Functional Medicine Coaching Academy
The Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, Inc. offers a 12-month online educational program in collaboration with The Institute for Functional Medicine that leads to students’ recognition as Functional Medicine Certified Health Coaches.
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The Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, Inc. (FMCA) offers a 12-month online educational program in collaboration with The Institute for Functional Medicine that leads to students’ recognition as Functional Medicine Certified Health Coaches. Functional Medicine Health Coaches are key to the Functional Medicine model of health care, a transformative approach to medicine that essentially puts the “health” back in healthcare, as opposed to a system that focuses on disease.
It considers the whole person, rather than just a collection of symptoms. This systems-oriented, science-based approach involves digging deeply into a patient’s biochemistry, physiology, genetics and environmental exposures to find a root cause of illness rather than simply treating the symptoms. Then, working together with the patient, practitioners develop a unique, proactive health plan for each person.
Coaches who have undergone training at the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy act as bridges between practitioners and patients. Working as part of a team, or in their own private practice, they meet regularly with patients in person, or virtually, online, and develop a relationship with each, helping people take daily, practical steps toward the health goals that patients set with their doctors.
Research supporting the relatively new industry of health coaching is growing. Studies show that health coaches can help people manage chronic conditions, weight and keep it off, increase movement and activity and generally improve their physical and mental health. Employers and insurance companies are taking notice of how coaches can help bring down patient coverage costs and reduce claims. More and more medical centers and major hospitals are hiring health coaches. Many insurance companies, including United Healthcare, Humana, Cigna and Aetna, offer coaching programs.
FMCA is growing as quickly as the field of health coaching, and the program’s appeal is spreading around the world. Four classes of coaches have graduated from the program since FMCA began in 2015. Students hail from 25 nations and 44 states across America. While many FMCA students have professional backgrounds in healthcare, it is not necessary to have formal training in a healthcare field to take part in the program. Many students come from business and communications fields with a passion for the tenets of Functional Medicine and a desire to help empower people to live happier and healthier lives.
The curriculum integrates the art of coaching with principles of Functional Medicine, nutrition, the psychology of eating, mind-body medicine and positive psychology. Monthly modules consist of webinars and interviews with Institute for Functional Medicine faculty and certified practitioners, experts in mind-body medicine and positive psychology, and leaders in coaching. Learning centers around case studies and personal exploration and includes an extensive practicum during which students under supervision work with clients through the Functional Medicine Coaching Center. The Coaching Center offers accessible health coaching sessions to the public via online conferencing platforms. While the program is one hundred percent online, the curriculum is heavily interactive, providing students with a strong community of like-minded people passionate about transforming healthcare and empowering people to take charge of their own health. Discussion groups, forums, partner projects and group projects invite students to build relationships with one another as they learn.
FMCA graduates are qualified to take the Health & Wellness Coach Certifying Examination to become a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach by the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching.
FMCA CEO and founder, Sandra Scheinbaum, PhD., and co-founder and director of admissions, Elyse Wagner, are publishing a book, “Functional Medicine Coaching: How to Be Part of the Movement That’s Transforming Healthcare, ” with a foreward by Mark Hyman, M.D.
Learn more about the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy here.