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The program

The Take Courage Coaching® U coach training program is a telephonic and web-based course designed to prepare students for the National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) exam.

Our next class is scheduled to start in February, 2019.

TCC®U’s coach training program provides trainees with comprehensive health and wellness tools, with an emphasis in pain-management coaching skills through education, practice and mentoring during a 24-week course. TCC®U faculty includes experienced coaches, many who specialize in pain management and motivational interviewing. Education combines general coaching skills and best practices with specific attention to working with pain clients. To complete the course, trainees must pass a comprehensive exam and a practicum of recorded calls.

Program highlights:

  • The 6-month training includes:

    • 78 hours of coach training classes

    • Smaller class setting conducive to group discussions

    • 3 Coded Call sessions with One-on-one mentoring

    • Mentored practicum in Group Coaching

  • This training is an approved pre-requisite for taking the NBC-HWC exam and/or for credentialing through ICF via portfolio.

  • TCC®U’s unique coaching model integrates a curriculum of research-based and proven pain management techniques.

  • TCC®U is an approved transition program with the International Consortium of Health and Wellness Coaching.

  • No travel required—training is done via tele-classes.


The Goal

The goal of this program is to provide the trainee with coaching skills through education, practice and mentoring—a process that is challenging and fun. Coursework, reading, homework, mentoring, and practice prepare the student to be a well-educated health and wellness coach who understands chronic pain and utilizes best practices to help clients overcome barriers and thrive, despite pain.  


The Course Content

  • Assignments to be completed for each session (required reading and videos).

  • Reading exams

  • Comprehensive final exam

  • Buddy Coaching(practice skills are built on 6 scenarios)

  • Practice Coaching includes 3 sessions (recorded and scored using the Motivational Interviewing(MI) Treatment Integrity scale or the MITI-4 evaluation form). TCC®U works with students to ensure they have a good level of comfort using MI skills in conversation with clients. Students are required to find a practice client to hone the skills learned through classroom instruction. Class discussions help students strategize and problem solve complicated client situations.

  • Each trainee will receive:

    • Lesson materials via web-platform.

    • Weekly emails from the education coordinator.

    • Access to the education coordinator for any questions for the duration of the course.

    • A required-reading list and homework assignments (reading and videos).

    • A buddy for coaching practice.

    • Mentoring to improve coaching skills.


The Requirements

  1. A dependable phone and Internet connection, plus moderate computer skills (an email address, internet or data plan with sufficient speed to view videos, basic typing skills, access to long-distance calling).

  2. Passing score of at least 80% on final multiple-choice comprehensive exam.

  3. Completion of required reading, reading exams and homework.

  4. Attending and logging a record of all classes.

  5. Submitting 3, and passing a minimum of 2 recorded coaching sessions as scored by the MITI.

  6. Completion of three 30-minute debrief sessions coinciding with coded calls. In these sessions you will discuss what went well with your call and where there may be room for improvement with your MI skills.

  7. As an adult learner, each participant is responsible for completion of requirements within the 24-week course, if certification is desired. Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will receive a Certificate of Completion, which is a necessary requirement to sit for the NBC-HWC exam.


The Investment

The cost for the course is $3,500, plus textbooks (approximately $300). There are three payment plan options:

  1. $3,500 if paid in full, prior to program start date.

  2. Three payments of $1,200 within 90 days of program start date.

  3. Six payments of $650 within 180 days of program start date.

Occasionally, events arise that compel students to withdraw from training. A prorated refund schedule is available. 

A $500.00 non-refundable down payment is required to reserve your place in the class.