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University of Minnesota Health Coaching Students Present Capstone Projects

January 18, 2018
University of Minnesota Health Coaching graduates

Ten University of Minnesota integrative health and wellbeing coaching students presented their final capstone projects on Dec. 8, 2017. The health coaching program, which is offered by the University’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, requires that students complete a professional case report as a capstone project to earn a master of arts degree in integrative health and wellbeing coaching.

“Students bring their own passions and interests to bear in selecting and presenting their capstone projects which are professional, publication-ready case reports,” said Karen Lawson, MD, NBC-HWC, director of the health coaching program. “This program prepares our graduates to be excellent coaches for both individuals and groups, as well as potential leaders and educators in the rapidly evolving and maturing field of integrative health coaching. I’m proud to welcome each of them as new colleagues in this exciting field.”

Student presentations included:

  • Exploring Work Life Balance with Group Coaching: A Case Report – Mary Baker
  • Stringing the Beads: Cohesion in an Integrative Health Coaching Group Supports Wellbeing Goals and Reduces Stress Perception – Caryn Guse
  • The Impact of Health Coaching on Emotional Regulation to Foster Health-Promoting Behaviors: A Case Report – Melissa Hatch
  • Affecting Wellbeing in the Workplace: A Case Study of Telephone-Based Health and Wellbeing Group Coaching to Elicit Behavioral Change – Katherine Jackson and Michelle Porter
  • Group Coaching Long-Term Care Employees Through Organizational Change: A Case Report – Ricka Kohnstamm
  • Coaching for Caregivers of Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities: A Case Report – Gretchen Peck
  • Integrative Group Health Coaching for the Underserved: A Case Report – Cindy Schultz and Claire Stuckey
  • The Use of Health Coaching to Modify Dichotomous Thinking: A Case Report – Maddie Warlof

Graduates of the health coaching program will work in a multitude of practice settings, including hospitals, clinics, health educational facilities, community centers, senior living centers, fitness venues, corporations, schools, and private practice.

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