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Wellness Coaching for Lasting Lifestyle Change 1st Edition
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Michael believes that wellness is not just an academic pursuit but instead is something you live every day. Hiking, running, canoeing, camping, wilderness exploration, international travel, photography, connecting with friends and family and practicing Tai Chi are just some of the ways he does this. He and his wife Deborah, work, live and play in The Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
For more information on Dr. Arloski, and the latest wellness coach training class schedules see his website: www.realbalance.com.
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A wide range of health-related practitioners will find solid ideas in this book for motivating clients (and themselves) to reach improved levels of performance both professionally and personally. While the focus is behavioral change, Arloski presents a solid groundwork in health education history, change theory and traditional methodologies. A central coaching idea continually reinforced is the mindset shift from prescribe and treat (or educate and implore) to advocate and inspire.
Among the key chapters are sections devoted to medical coaching (persons with health challenges), unique coaching issues in different kinds of settings (e.g., hospital versus corporate programming) and attending to the interpersonal dynamics within coaching (e.g., "calendarizing" and body/mind concerns).
Generous, easy-to-understand graphic illustrations and an extensive recommended reading list add to the value of "Wellness Coaching."
Michael heads the Ft. Collins, CO based "Real Balance Global Wellness Services" organization. He is a licensed psychologist, consultant and wellness advisor for "The Institute for Life Coach Training." He has served as president of the Northern Colorado Association for Training & Development, the Ohio Society for Behavioral Health And Biofeedback and the Colorado College Counselors Association.
It was one of the best manuals I could find in the matter of Wellness Coaching.
The book gives a good definition of wellness coaching and I found very useful:
- The different tools and models presented (even though a bit theoretical)
- The insights for anybody thinking of becoming a wellness coach
- Arloski's mastery aligning the model / concept with the International Coaching Federation core competencies
- The chapter on coaching people with health challenges
And last but not least, Michael Arloski's used of real examples and own story make the book real and very inspiring.
I feel fortunate to have come across Michael's work. His solid background and experience in psychology and coaching, his involvement with the International Coaching Federation and his passion for what he does, gives him lost of credibility.
Wellness Coaching is a very new industry and Michael Arloski is with no doubts making the path and setting up the standards.
Anybody thinking seriously about making wellness coaching a way of living should have this book.
This was a refreshing read because it dovetails nicely with the research in Humanistic and Positive Psychology. In particular, I found the tools in the appendix to be useful for the initial rapport-building and goal-setting sessions. My students have enjoyed the "Wellness Wheel" activity, which is a self-assessment tool for rating satisfaction in many areas of their lives (not just school or work). My only disappointment was that the materials in the appendix appeared to be scanned in and were too small to reproduce.
Instructive because the book shows us the psychological stages people pass through as they attempt, and hopefully succeed, at creating lasting lifestyle change; we just need to stay with them as they move along the path.
And indispensible because it's the perfect handbook for health and wellness professionals to keep handy; to remind themselves to review the steps, to stay with the client where they are and to ride out the waves of change with patience, compassion and joy.
There are also quite a few grammatical, punctuation, and spelling mistakes. A good editor could have remedied all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arloski approaches coaching the way I would have if I had stayed in psychology and is the way I will approach it when I complete my coaching credentials. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Wesley Hall
Truly one of the best books I've ever read... On wellness and on coaching!Published 11 months ago by Janine Maitri
Easy to read, informative and many useful tips. Great for anyone who is in a coaching role, healthcare or who would just like to crack the code in making positive lifestyle... Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by mdpt
This is the main textbook being used at UW-Tacoma for a new elective course in Wellness Coaching. Our instructor has already been certified by RealBalance and we are using their... Read morePublished on October 9, 2013 by Elena M. Moreno
I'm about halfway through the book and I have found it to be very informative. It's a fairly easy read and provides insights into wellness coaching that might be intuitive however... Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by Carmen
I train and certify Holistic Life Coaches and ALWAYS recommend this book to those who want to specialize in WELLNESS coaching. Dr. Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Dez Stephens
This book is not terribly difficult to get through, yet the information is relevant. It gets into the 'meat' of what wellness coaching is all about. Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by Patti Mcdougall