Beth McKinney is a lecturer in the College of Human Ecology and former Director of the Cornell University Wellness Program. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences and her Master’s degree in Health Education. Ms. McKinney’s expertise in coaching and counseling spans over 20 years and includes life coaching, nutrition counseling, wellness counseling, and behavior change. She also teaches counseling skills and behavior change techniques to Cornell undergraduates. A Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Certified Intrinsic Coach® with previous experience in both clinical and community nutrition, Ms. McKinney specializes in both nutrition education and behavior change.
People who are currently employed in helping professions may not see themselves as counselors, yet they frequently serve in this role. In this course, you will learn how client-directed counseling can be effectively blended into a variety of fields where behavioral change is needed. You will reflect on a listening experience and articulate the benefits of client-directed counseling. With a colleague, or friend, you will practice the effective use of silence in a counseling setting. You will also practice interpreting clients' nonverbal cues. You will create a plan to integrate self-management into your sessions, and finally, you will outline research-based principles and techniques to use in your practice. At the end of this course, you will be positioned to use research-based techniques to create rapport, build trust, elicit useful information from clients, and enhance their effectiveness, along with the success of the groups you serve.
Key Course Takeaways
- Apply principles from formal theories to wellness counseling
- Identify the benefits of client-directed counseling
- Interpret non-verbal cues from both client and self
- Practice various techniques of wellness counseling
- Identify techniques for self management during a counseling session
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How It Works
3-5 hours per week
100% online, instructor-led
Cornell College of Human Ecology
Who Should Enroll
- Healthcare professionals
- Medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, and aides
- Physical therapists
- Wellness coaches
- Personal trainers
- Health educators and coaches
- Corporate wellness and HR professionals