Facilitating Behavior Change - The Coach Approach*
Facilitating Behavior Change - The Coach Approach*

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Facilitating Behavior Change - The Coach Approach | EIM Online Module


Health fitness professionals routinely help clients and patients put together a safe and effective exercise program. But what if there’s a better way to guide people to an active lifestyle? Learn evidence-based, practical techniques to help your clients and patients take ownership of their journey to better health. 

This module, from the Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) Online Course, was developed with assistance from ACSM’s partner Wellcoaches®, experts in health and wellness coaching. It includes video discussions and demonstrations, interactive study breaks and helpful PDF notes.  

Learning objectives 

After completing this module, participants will be able to: 

  1. Describe and apply the transtheoretical model of behavior change, social-cognitive theory, self-determination theory and affective-reflective theory; 
  2. Utilize the cognitive-behavioral techniques of decisional balance, goal-setting (SMART goals), self-monitoring, self-efficacy enhancement and relapse-prevention strategies to improve clients’ exercise enjoyment, adoption and adherence; and 
  3. Conduct effective motivational interviewing that empowers clients to create and sustain their own health/physical activity plan based on their strengths, personal motivators and values (patient-centered approach). 

Contributing Authors

Cherie Kroh, Ed.D., FACSM, NBC-HWC, EP-C, is the owner/CEO of Wellness Coaching Elevated® and serves on the EIM Credential Committee. She is a contributing author to the American Council on Exercise’s The Professional’s Guide to Health & Wellness Coaching. Her research focus includes the efficacy of wellness coaching and coaching in health care. 

Simon Matthews, MAPS, FASLM, NBC-HWC, ICF-PCC, is a psychologist, board-certified lifestyle medicine professional, certified coach, fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and the CEO of Wellcoaches® Australia. 

Blaine Wilson, M.S., CEP, CHWC, LMC, is a strategic advisor to Wellcoaches® Corporation and holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology in addition to his extensive experience as a health and wellness coach. 

Technology Requirements: 

  • Windows: Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
  • Mac: Safari (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
  • Mobile:?Safari in Apple iOS/iPadOS (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version) in Apple iOS/iPadOS (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version) in Android OS 6 or later

To earn your CEC, you will view the course content, pass the online exam (you must earn 80% or better to pass), and print your certificate of completion. All course content will be presented to you electronically upon completion of your purchase. ACSM will not offer refunds, transfers or course credits for not completing courses prior to their expiration date or for duplicate purchases. This course expires one year after purchase date.

ACSM does not allow substitutions, refunds or credits for this course.  

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