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Health Coach Training: Insider Tips for Effective Coaching
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Health Coach Training: Insider Tips for Effective Coaching, an October 26, 2005 audio conference on CD-ROM, examines the training strategies and techniques used for health coaches.

Click here to listen to some comments from our audio conference presenters.

During this 90-minute audio conference on CD-ROM, your expert panel of speakers, Kerry Little, senior health coach with Duke University Medical Center, Bonnie Sechrist, director of clinical program development with Health Management Corporation, Maddy M. Rice, area vice president of education at CorSolutions and Dr. Ruth Quillian-Wolever, clinical health psychologist and the clinic director with Duke University Medical Center examine what type of training organizations are providing to health coaches from initial set-up to ongoing training needs. You will get details on:

  • Initial training requirements;
  • Ongoing training offered;
  • Lessons learned from training sessions;
  • Modifications made to training programs based on experience;
  • Case load management;
  • Guidelines for coaching; and
  • Call center coaching versus one-on-one coaching.

You can "attend" this program right in your office and enjoy significant savings Ė no travel time or hassle; no hotel expenses. Itís so convenient! Invite your staff members to listen in.

Here's what participants said about the live program:

"This conference gave a good foundation to develop your own program," according to Peg Audley, Depression Disease Management Team Lead, Cigna Behavioral Health.

"This conference helped clarify our thinking about Health Coaching, particulary in regards to training, credentialing and scope of practice," according to Jay Groves, EdD, Administrative Director, The Vanderbilt Dayani Health Promotion Center.

"This conference was great! The information that was provided will be shared with lifestyle coaches and team," according to Heather Daniels, Prediabetes Educator, Kenaitze Indian Tribe IRA, Denaina Health Clinic.

Listen to some comments from our expert presenters:

Bonnie Sechrist, director of clinical program development at Health Management Corporation explains the guiding principles for health coaching and how they are translated into HMC's training program.

Kerry Little, senior health coach with Duke University Medical Center, shares what strategies Duke uses for its health coaches to connect with participants.


CEOs, medical directors, disease management directors, managers and coordinators, health plan executives, care management nurses, business development and strategic planning directors.


Kerry Little

Kerry Little, M.A., is a senior health coach at Duke Center for Integrative Medicine (DCIM) at Duke University Health System. Little has over 10 years of experience teaching and working with groups and individuals with a focus on improving their well-being. From corporate presentations to one-on-one sessions, Little has helped clients lose weight, stop smoking, reduce stress, become physically active and improve their health and quality of life.

As the senior coach at DCIM, she is involved in cutting-edge healthcare and research. She also enjoys coaching clients to achieve the better life they seek and deserve. Prior to working at Duke, as an account manager with Johnson and Johnsonís Health Care Systems, Little designed and led a three-month weight loss program where Duke employees lost over 4,000 pounds.

Little also worked as a health educator and manager at a top hospital-based wellness center where she designed and taught a variety of health programs for corporate clients and members of the community.

Little received her BA in health education from Elon University, and her masterís degree from NC State University with a focus on health behavior. She also received a coaching certificate from Totally Coached and a training certification from the Coaches Training Institute.

Bonnie Sechrist

Bonnie Sechrist, R.N., B.S.N., director, clinical programs at Health Management Corporation (HMC), is responsible for the overall development and management of the clinical components and their effectiveness of the health management programs at Health HMC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wellpoint, Inc. Sechrist leads the development of disease management programs focused on diabetes, cardiovascular disease and respiratory illness, depression vascular risk and a number of other chronic conditions.

Sechrist has a diverse background in healthcare, ranging from research coordinator for NIH funded clinical trials to directing cardiovascular services in both the academic and community hospital settings. Sechrist has over five years of clinical research experience, over 20 years of patient management experience, and over 15 years of senior management experience. Her diverse background includes an extensive history in research protocol design, program design and development, project management, quality and operations management and sales support. Sechrist clinical experience includes emergency nursing, critical care nursing, general/cardiac surgery, general/interventional cardiology and disease management.

Sechrist has worked extensively with health plans and employer groups to develop effective solutions for patients with chronic illnesses. She has also collaborated with various senior healthcare professionals to create and establish integration processes and interfaces between disease management programs and various medical management initiatives.

Sechrist graduated with honors from James Madison University with a bachelor of science degree in biology and with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia Hospitals with a bachelor of science degree in Nursing. She participated on the editorial board of Cath Lab Digest, and has been a member of the advisory board to several medical device-manufacturing companies and is a frequent speaker and presenter at disease management seminars, workshops and forums.

Maddy M. Rice

Maddy M. Rice, BSN, MA, ACRN, is the area vice president for training and development at CorSolutions, a customer-centric, health intelligence and solutions company. In this function she oversees all functions of the education department, which provides comprehensive new employee orientation and continued professional development training for over 500 clinical, corporate, and sales employees.

Rice is a master trainer with over 15 years experience designing, developing and facilitating training curricula programs for pharmaceutical, medical, and educational institutions.

Prior to coming to CorSolutions, Rice worked for GlaxoSmithKline in their HIV division in both a research and training capacity. She was able to demonstrate in two clinical studies how a 12 module education program, which she developed, coupled with progressive reinforcement by a healthcare provider improved HIV medication adherence over 12 months. Rice received the Bob Pike Creative Trainer of the Year award for the Train-the-Trainer instructorís guide for this HIV Education program. During this tenure, Rice became an AIDS certified nurse, certified as Highlands Program affiliate, and completed five years of graduate work in adult learning and health behavior change.

Rice received her BSN from Georgetown University in 1978. Her clinical experience began at the National Institutes of Health where she served in various patient care and clinical research positions. During her eight year tenure at NIH, she was commissioned as an officer in the Public Health Service and received the NIH Nurse of the Year award, as well as the Maryland Hospital Nurse of the Year award.

Dr. Ruth E. Quillian-Wolever

Dr. Ruth E. Quillian-Wolever is a clinical health psychologist and the clinic director at the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine (DCIM). She specializes in the connection between stress and health, and the application of integrative techniques for lifestyle change. Ruth was formerly the Director of the Health Psychology component of the Duke Diet and Fitness Center, Duke University Executive Health Program, and Duke Health and Fitness Center (collectively known as the Duke Center for Living).

Dr. Quillian-Wolever is licensed as a clinical psychologist, is certified as a health services provider, a PAIRS Facilitator (PAIRS Foundation), a Williamsí Lifeskills Inc., trainer, and is credentialed in medical hypnotherapy (Institute for Health Psychology & American Society for Clinical Hypnosis). She has been working in the field of health psychology since 1989. Her clinical and research work focus on the mind-body connection, particularly in the areas of cardiovascular, neuroendocrine, and autoimmune disease. In addition, her work applies medical and behavioral literature to improving lifestyles in the areas of sleep, weight, stress, and mood. Dr. Quillian-Wolever recent research on meditation-based approaches to binge-eating and weight control has been funded through the National Institutes of Health. She has published in scientific journals and spoken nationally on these topics.

Prior to entering the field of health psychology, Dr. Quillian-Wolever earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at the University of Virginia, taught in the Dade County Public High Schools and directed several youth programs in South Florida.

Dr. Quillian-Wolever received her Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of Miami in 1994, and completed her Clinical Internship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill the same year. She joined the faculty of the Duke School of Medicine in 1995 while completing her postdoctoral fellowship.

Publication Date: October 26, 2005
Number of Pages: 90 minutes of audio on CD-ROM
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