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Promising Outcomes: The Impact of Positive Psychology on Health and Wellness Coaching

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Does happiness equal good health? There's no clinical evidence, but recent findings in the field of positive psychology link positive emotions and well-being with both health and longevity. The relatively new domain of coaching psychology is exploring the effects of targeting both the client's mental state and physical condition during the coaching encounter.

"Promising Outcomes: The Impact of Positive Psychology on Health and Wellness Coaching" explores evidence-based theories and coaching models, research linking physical and mental health, and critical coaching skills and outcomes that help bring about lasting behavior change.

Promising Outcomes: The Impact of Positive Psychology on Health and Wellness Coaching
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The theories of positive psychology come alive during a 15-minute unscripted coaching demonstration that features Wellcoaches CEO Margaret Moore helping volunteer client Kathy Smith (not her real name) identify life issues that are keeping her from being her "best self" in managing her thyroid condition and weight issues.

Dissecting the dynamics of this brief coach-client interaction, this 55-page report explains how a coach's cultivation of client strengths, positive emotions and self-efficacy can not only help individuals chart a path in the management of their disease but also effect positive change in other life areas.

In addition to Ms. Moore's presentation, this report features an interview with Dr. Neal Mayerson, a clinical psychologist who helped launch the eight-year-old field of positive psychology and a principal in Hummingbird Coaching, a provider of online health coaching. In describing the emerging shift in health coaching from an expert, advice-driven model to a collaborative problem-solving model, Dr. Mayerson explains why health coaches should address the patient's whole state and suggests tools health coaches can use to assess a client's motivational state.

Ms. Moore and Dr. Mayerson provide details on:

  • Basic tenets of positive psychology;
  • Emerging models of health coaching that incorporate positive psychology;
  • Identification and use of character strengths in coaching to motivate and encourage behavior change;
  • Demonstration of coaching processes and skills to coach the client to the "best self;"
  • Client/member response to the use of positive psychology in health coaching;
  • Coaching the health coach in application of positive psychology principles;
  • The healthcare provider's health coaching responsibilities;
  • The future of positive psychology and global applications;
  • and much more.
Order online by December 31, 2007 and receive a 10% discount!

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