My journey to national board certification – an update

Today I'm sharing an update on what’s happening as I prepare to sit for the NBHWC exam in February.

Some coaches have asked why I’m pursuing this credential. Here’s a few reasons why:

  • I love studying and being a student and I’m truly passionate about health coaching so whenever I can learn more I jump at the chance.
  • I’ve received other credentials such as the IAHC certification and the ICF ACC credential. The NBHWC is the gold standard and is specific to health coaching. So it’s the next level of professional achievement for me.
  • As I do more mentoring with health coaches, I believe it will provide me with the knowledge and experience I need to be a competent and confident mentor.
  • When I decided 10 years ago I wanted to be a health coach, I promised myself I would be the best coach I could be. So going all the way with this gold standard credential aligns with my values and commitment.

So where am I with the application process?

Well good news, I passed all the components of the certification program I had to retake in order to apply for the exam.

I'm pleased to report I scored 97% on my exam, 100% on my case study and 97% on my personal skills assessment (PSA) recording. YAY!

I received some great feedback on my case study and PSA. Things I need to work on and improve such as:

  • Exploring more of the current state with the client before moving onto the future state
  • Not asking the client so much about their feelings. This was a new one to me. The rationale was that some people can’t really articulate feelings. So instead ask, “What did you notice? What was that experience like for you?”
  • Getting more comfortable assessing a client’s readiness for change. Just ordered this book to dig into this topic more - Changing to Thrive by James Prochaska.

Why practical experience and feedback on your coaching is so important

I wholeheartedly believe that receiving personal feedback on your coaching is one of the most invaluable learning tools and experiences you can have.

For me personally, having someone listen in as you coach and offer feedback after is has been a game changer. It’s helped be see my blindspots, bad habits I was developing and also boosted my confidence dramatically to hear all the good things I was doing, and the opportunities for growth.

I’ve received various forms of feedback throughout my coaching career.

During my courses I always volunteer to be the coach or client. I always take advantage of buddy coaching sessions and opportunities tp practice with classmates.

And then of course, some of my courses required the submission of recordings with clients as well. Throughout all of these experiences I welcome the feedback so I can learn and grow as a coach.

I received a great deal of very valuable feedback when I worked 1:1 with a coaching mentor in  order to receive my ICF ACC credential. Part of the requirement is 10 hours of mentor coaching. Working 1:1 with PCC Dr. Michael Arloski was invaluable and took my coaching to a whole new level.

Next Steps

This week I paid for the exam ($450 USD), which you have to do before you submit all the documentation. And I have my 50 coaching session log all ready to go.

Next step will be to submit the documentation by October 30th and then I'll be studying my butt off in November, December and January and sit for the exam between Feb 1-22.

Are you curious about further education or the coaching credentialing process?

Got questions about any of this? I’d be happy to answer them

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