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Deeper Relationship with my Patients

Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy graduate and faculty member Susanne Cutshall, RN, DNP, APRN-CNS, APHN, HWNC, explains how coaching has provided her with greater job satisfaction in her role as a nurse.

Integrating Coaching within a Healing Arts Practice

Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy graduate Diane Anderson, Reiki Master/Teacher, Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner, shares how she has integrated coaching tools within her healing arts practice.

The Freedom to Live & Work Anywhere

Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy graduate and faculty member Courtney King, ACC, Intuitive Coach, Shamanic Practitioner, shares how coaching has provided her with an independent location lifestyle with the freedom to live and work from anywhere.

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What Does It Mean To Be Integral?

As you can see from the picture above, Linda met with close friends and colleagues in Asheville, NC this summer after presenting her integral coaching model at an MAHEC continuing education event. They talked about Duncan’s social venture Trusted Sharing and how it can help Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy as an organization be ...

Is Coaching Part of Your Encore?

Is Coaching Part of Your Encore? by Ruth Tongen   Encore career is the term used for second half of life work that has greater personal meaning and creates social impact. Are you considering an encore career in your future? The number of people choosing to pursue encore careers is growing rapidly. In 2011, Penn Schoen Berland found ...

Where in the world is Linda Bark?

If you subscribe to our newsletter, you might already know about our Where In the World is Linda? column. Linda attends many events across the US (and sometimes across the globe), spreading the word about holistic coaching. Since not everyone subscribes to our newsletter, we wanted to share this fun article with our blog followers! ...

Summer Days of Renewal

Here in coastal Virginia, summer brings early sunrises and late sunsets, an onslaught of lightening bugs in the evening, the lingering scent of honeysuckle, and of course, heat and humidity!  As life slows down, albeit briefly, I begin to take time to enjoy those things that nourish and renew my spirit – kayaking, backyard barbecues ...

Do you know what Nutritional Coaching Is?

Nutritional Coaching & the Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Model  by Paula Szloboda, RN, MA, MBA, NC-BC What is nutritional coaching? It is a whole-person approach to helping clients make the dietary changes they desire to support their health and wellness goals. It is a blended model of coaching and consulting in which the coach and client collaborate ...

Words versus Pictures

“Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.” ~ Arthur Brisbane, 1911 Recently, on a cold, rainy spring afternoon, I curled up on the couch with a warm cup of homemade chicken soup, a thick slice of homemade bread, and a 2014 movie, “Words and Pictures” – an intriguing title, I thought. The soup and bread ...

The Energy of Coaching

Experiencing a coaching session from an energetic perspective provides a client with many opportunities for exploration and discovery. It’s hard to put into words, but the energy of a coaching session can range from stagnant, quiet, or calm, to meandering, vibrant, or fresh. Who knows, maybe the coach and client both sense a “suffocating” energy ...

Nurse Talk Radio with Dr. Linda Bark

For the nurses out there, our Founder and CEO Dr. Linda Bark was recently interviewed on Nurse Talk radio to discuss how combining medicine and holistic care opens up new ways for patients to heal. Listen now or hear Dr. Bark in person at the AHNA SF Chapter conference on Saturday March 26th in Pleasanton, ...



Nurse Talk Radio with Dr. Linda Bark

For the nurses out there, our Founder and CEO Dr. Linda Bark was recently interviewed on Nurse Talk radio to discuss how combining medicine and holistic care opens up new ways for patients to heal. Listen now or hear Dr. Bark in person at the AHNA SF Chapter conference on Saturday March 26th in Pleasanton, ...

Is Coaching Part of Your Encore?

Is Coaching Part of Your Encore? by Ruth Tongen   Encore career is the term used for second half of life work that has greater personal meaning and creates social impact. Are you considering an encore career in your future? The number of people choosing to pursue encore careers is growing rapidly. In 2011, Penn Schoen Berland found ...

This is my Dream Program

Wisdom of the Whole graduate Heidi Ochtrup-DeKeyrel, BSN shares how she found her dream program in our 60-hour coach training program: www.wisdomofthewhole.com

Regaining Parts of Yourself

Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy graduate and faculty member, Barb Schroeder, MS, RN, APN- BC, CSCP, HC-BC, Grief Coach, shares personal guidance for those who are considering our 60-hour coach training program.

Integrating Coaching within a Healing Arts Practice

Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy graduate Diane Anderson, Reiki Master/Teacher, Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner, shares how she has integrated coaching tools within her healing arts practice.

Global Coaching Study

The ICF Global Coaching Study has just been released and has some very interesting information. If you would like to read the summary, click the link below. Let us know your own thoughts on the findings by leaving a comment.Do you want the details? Instructions for ordering the full report are at the end of ...

AHNA SF Chapter Conference

Wisdom of the Whole is happy to announce that Dr. Linda Bark will be speaking at the AHNA SF Chapter Conference this year on March 26th at Stanford Health Care – Valley Care 5725 West Las Positas #240, Pleasanton CA See below for details and registration information, but don’t delay, early bird registration ends 3/1. Please ...

How Multidimensional is Your Coaching? in Coaching World Magazine

Our latest publication just hit the figurative newstands via Coaching World Magazine. Read about how you can develop your coaching practice to reach and help more clients. Click here to read the November 2015 issue of Coaching World Magazine. Enjoy!

Nurse Coaching Is Not What I Do: It Informs Who I Am

WOW faculty Linda Bark and Shirley Conrad were recently published in the American Holistic Nurses Association’s Beginnings magazine. The August 2015 issue of the magazine was dedicated to the theme of Nurse Coaching and highlighted a wide variety of thoughts and ideas from leaders in Nurse Coaching. Linda and Shirley’s article, “Nurse Coaching is Not ...

NCCHWC – Consortium for National Certification for Health and Wellness Coaches

This past year, alumni from Wisdom of the Whole (WOW) Coaching Academy have been actively participating in the research efforts of NCCHWC, a volunteer organization dedicated to developing a national certification for health and wellness coaches. A national certification is vital to gain recognition for well­-trained health and wellness coaches as experts in supporting client-­centered engagement ...

Nurse Talk Radio with Dr. Linda Bark

For the nurses out there, our Founder and CEO Dr. Linda Bark was recently interviewed on Nurse Talk radio to discuss how combining medicine and holistic care opens up new ways for patients to heal. Listen now or hear Dr. Bark in person at the AHNA SF Chapter conference on Saturday March 26th in Pleasanton, ...

Is Coaching Part of Your Encore?

Is Coaching Part of Your Encore? by Ruth Tongen   Encore career is the term used for second half of life work that has greater personal meaning and creates social impact. Are you considering an encore career in your future? The number of people choosing to pursue encore careers is growing rapidly. In 2011, Penn Schoen Berland found ...

Global Coaching Study

The ICF Global Coaching Study has just been released and has some very interesting information. If you would like to read the summary, click the link below. Let us know your own thoughts on the findings by leaving a comment.Do you want the details? Instructions for ordering the full report are at the end of ...



Is Coaching Part of Your Encore?

Is Coaching Part of Your Encore? by Ruth Tongen   Encore career is the term used for second half of life work that has greater personal meaning and creates social impact. Are you considering an encore career in your future? The number of people choosing to pursue encore careers is growing rapidly. In 2011, Penn Schoen Berland found ...

Grief Coaching Call

Coping with Grief During the Holidays As a way of honoring the Grief Process, we have put together a 1 hour recording with some of our Faculty members who are coaches and grief coaches.  Access to this recording is free and it is yours to keep. We also hope you will share it with others who you know are ...

We Can Go So Much Further Together

Wisdom of the Whole Coaching graduate, Heidi Ochtrup DeKeyrel, BSN shares what she loves most about coaching.

This is my Dream Program

Wisdom of the Whole graduate Heidi Ochtrup-DeKeyrel, BSN shares how she found her dream program in our 60-hour coach training program: www.wisdomofthewhole.com

The Freedom to Live & Work Anywhere

Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy graduate and faculty member Courtney King, ACC, Life + Biz Coach, Shamanic Practitioner, shares how coaching has provided her with an independent location lifestyle with the freedom to live and work form anywhere.

Making Authentic Decisions

Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy’s founder, Linda Bark, PhD, RN, MCC, NC-BC, describes how coaching is something everyone can use.

A Passion for Coaching

Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy graduate and faculty member, Laura Wentworth, DNP, ACNS-BC, HWNC-BC, AHN-BC, describes her passion for coaching and why she would recommend the Wisdom of the Whole coaching model to others.“Coaching resonates with people. It gets them in connection with what’s important in their life.” –Laura Wentworth

A New Way of Approaching Old Health Problems

Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy graduate and faculty member, Laura Wentworth, DNP, ACNS-BC, HWNC-BC, AHN-BC, shares her perspective on how coaching can help improve the health of our nation as a new way of approaching old problems.

Partnering with My Patients

Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy graduate and faculty member, Laura Wentworth, DNP, ACNS-BC, HWNC-BC, AHN-BC, describes how our 60-hour coach training program has taught her how to partner with her clients.

Alongside the Client

Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy graduate and faculty member Susanne Cutshall, RN, DNP, APRN-CNS, APHN, HWNC, describes how she partners with patients in a variety of settings, journeying alongside and empowering patients to tap into their own inner wisdom to find the next step in their journey.

Nurse Coaching Across the Continuum

Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy graduate and team member Ruth Tongen Eaton RN, NC-BC, LAc, SPHR describes how she has used her coaching skills with a variety of clients, including those with chronic illness.

Integrating Diverse Training

Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy graduate and team member Ruth Tongen Eaton RN, NC-BC, LAc, SPHR explains how to integrate multiple approaches within coaching.

From Problem Solver to Being Present

Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy graduate Ann Loth DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, APHN-BC, HWNC-BC shares how coaching has allowed her to be more present with her family.

Giving Voice to the Process

Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy graduate Ann Loth DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, APHN-BC, HWNC-BC describes how our 60-hour coach training program has helped her define the way she works with patients.

Regaining Parts of Yourself

Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy graduate and faculty member, Barb Schroeder, MS, RN, APN- BC, CSCP, HC-BC, Grief Coach, shares personal guidance for those who are considering our 60-hour coach training program.

Good, Solid, Effective Communication in Relationships

Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy graduate and faculty member Michelle Bozeman RN, BSN, HNB-BC, shares how coaching has changed the way she communicates with others.

Deeper Relationship with my Patients

Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy graduate and faculty member Susanne Cutshall, RN, DNP, APRN-CNS, APHN, HWNC, explains how coaching has provided her with greater job satisfaction in her role as a nurse.

Shift to the Integral

Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy’s founder, Linda Bark PhD, RN, MCC, NC-BC, talks about how the practice of coaching has started to shift more towards an integral perspective.

Integrating Coaching within a Healing Arts Practice

Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy graduate Diane Anderson, Reiki Master/Teacher, Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner, shares how she has integrated coaching tools within her healing arts practice.

Health Education and Health Coaching, the Dynamic Duo!

Paula Szloboda, RN, NI, MA, MBA, Therapeutic Chef Health Education and Health Coaching, the Dynamic Duo!  I’ve provided health education as an expert, in my position as a registered nurse, and also from the position of health educator/health coach and therapeutic chef specializing in nutrition. In this realm I find a combination of coaching and consulting to ...

Organizational Leadership

Susan Spoelma, MBA, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, DNP (student) Organizational Leadership  In my position as chief nurse executive of a hospital I need to directly manage my employees. I say, “The policy in this situation does not allow for that action.” or “If you do X, then the results will be Y, and that’s not acceptable.” This stance ...

Therapy and Coaching

Estelle Brodeur, MS, PMHCNS-BC, ACC Therapy and Coaching  After working as a nurse in various settings, then as a public mental health therapist, and next as a designer of stress management education groups for corporate health care employees, I wanted to move into a different conversational framework that embraced all of my professional experiences, that was grounded ...

Avatar Association and Behavioral Change

Kate Sadowsky, MA Avatar Association and Behavioral Change I facilitate support groups for a weight loss program called Club One Island that takes place in virtual reality, which requires some explaining. Our participants and instructors, in our self-designed avatar bodies, share in an immersive online environment designed to support their behavior changes around weight loss and movement, ...

Coaching in Kindergarten

Ginny Katz, MS, MSS Coaching in Kindergarten   I’m a kindergarten teacher and spend my days with five- and six-year-olds. When they’re in an argument, and really in all aspects of their lives, they’re used to having adults intervene, and to counter this I spend part of my year allowing them to ask powerful questions to learn how ...



Global Coaching Study

The ICF Global Coaching Study has just been released and has some very interesting information. If you would like to read the summary, click the link below. Let us know your own thoughts on the findings by leaving a comment.Do you want the details? Instructions for ordering the full report are at the end of ...

AHNA SF Chapter Conference

Wisdom of the Whole is happy to announce that Dr. Linda Bark will be speaking at the AHNA SF Chapter Conference this year on March 26th at Stanford Health Care – Valley Care 5725 West Las Positas #240, Pleasanton CA See below for details and registration information, but don’t delay, early bird registration ends 3/1. Please ...

How Multidimensional is Your Coaching? in Coaching World Magazine

Our latest publication just hit the figurative newstands via Coaching World Magazine. Read about how you can develop your coaching practice to reach and help more clients. Click here to read the November 2015 issue of Coaching World Magazine. Enjoy!

Nurse Coaching Is Not What I Do: It Informs Who I Am

WOW faculty Linda Bark and Shirley Conrad were recently published in the American Holistic Nurses Association’s Beginnings magazine. The August 2015 issue of the magazine was dedicated to the theme of Nurse Coaching and highlighted a wide variety of thoughts and ideas from leaders in Nurse Coaching. Linda and Shirley’s article, “Nurse Coaching is Not ...

NCCHWC – Consortium for National Certification for Health and Wellness Coaches

This past year, alumni from Wisdom of the Whole (WOW) Coaching Academy have been actively participating in the research efforts of NCCHWC, a volunteer organization dedicated to developing a national certification for health and wellness coaches. A national certification is vital to gain recognition for well­-trained health and wellness coaches as experts in supporting client-­centered engagement ...

Talking Turkey Over Turkey

Death & Dying: Talking Turkey Over Turkey There is a movement here in the United States to become more open and accepting about the death and the dying process. One way we can bring these topics into our own lives in a healthy way is to open up a conversation as we are gathered together for ...

Textbook Named an AJN 2012 Book of the Year

Our course companion, “The Wisdom of the Whole: Coaching for Joy, Health, and Success,” has been recognized as one of the most valuable nursing texts—a panel of nurse experts judged it to be a 2012 AJN Book of the Year in the Professional Development and Issues category. Written by Linda Bark, PhD, RN, MCC (ICF), ...

Alameda Nurse Wins National Book Award

This article featured in the Oakland Tribune features Dr. Linda Bark’s award-winning book “Wisdom of the Whole: Coaching for Joy Health and Success.”  This interview offers unique insight into Dr. Bark’s coaching practice and her motivation to make transformative, positive change in people’s lives. Click to Read the Article

Dr. Linda Bark Co-Authors New Book “The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching: The Provider’s Guide to Coaching Scope and Competencies”

The nurse coaching profession has gained momentum with the American Nurses Association’s publication and release of “The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching: The Provider’s Guide to Coaching Scope and Competencies” which describes the rapidly emerging role of the nurse coach. This groundbreaking book is written by six nurse coaches, including Wisdom of the Whole ...

Dr. Linda Bark Discusses the Art and Science of Nurse Coaching

View a short video interview with Dr. Bark discussing ANA’s new guide to the scope and competencies of Nurse Coaching

Master Classes Are a Big Hit!

We want to thank all of you for your incredible support of our brand-spanking new Master Classes! We successfully launched 5 new classes in Fall of 2014 including Changing the Paradigm, Motivational Interviewing, Nurse Coach Exam Prep Course, Nutritional Coaching, and Organic Practice Building. This is an exciting step forward for us and we look ...



Nurse Talk Radio with Dr. Linda Bark

For the nurses out there, our Founder and CEO Dr. Linda Bark was recently interviewed on Nurse Talk radio to discuss how combining medicine and holistic care opens up new ways for patients to heal. Listen now or hear Dr. Bark in person at the AHNA SF Chapter conference on Saturday March 26th in Pleasanton, ...

International Coaches Week 2015

 International Coaches Week 2015 begins Monday May 18th! Join in the weeklong global celebration of professional coaching! We are so privileged to be a part of this incredible profession, and we are happy to help spread the word about it.

National Nurses Week 2015

National Nurses Week 2015 begins Wednesday May 6! Let’s celebrate nurses! We have so many nurses on faculty, as students and in our alumni group and we want to honor the care and commitment of this special community.



Is Coaching Part of Your Encore?

Is Coaching Part of Your Encore? by Ruth Tongen   Encore career is the term used for second half of life work that has greater personal meaning and creates social impact. Are you considering an encore career in your future? The number of people choosing to pursue encore careers is growing rapidly. In 2011, Penn Schoen Berland found ...

Global Coaching Study

The ICF Global Coaching Study has just been released and has some very interesting information. If you would like to read the summary, click the link below. Let us know your own thoughts on the findings by leaving a comment.Do you want the details? Instructions for ordering the full report are at the end of ...

NCCHWC Research Resources

Check out all the great coaching research summarized on NCCHWC’s website. Thank you NCCHWC for doing such an extraordinary service and compiling these invaluable coaching resources! View the website at: at: www.ncchwc.org/index.cfm?page=research

Recently published: Self-Determination Theory and Autonomy Align with the Nurse Coaching Culture

Our faculty member Charlotte Nielsen and founder Dr. Linda Bark published an article in the February 2014 of Beginnings magazine titled “A Closer Look at Self-Determination Theory and Autonomy in Nurse Coaching.” The article introduces Self Determination Theory (Deci, Ryan, et al., 2013,www.selfdeterminationtheory.org) and discusses Dr. Richard Ryan’s keynote presentation at the September 2013 Coaching in Leadership ...

Building a Coaching Culture

A growing number of organizations recognize the value in building a coaching culture that offers employees at all levels the opportunity to grow their skills, enhance their value and reach their professional goals. Still, questions remain: What does a successful coaching culture look like? What’s more, how can organizations design a coaching culture that is ...

ICF Consumer Research Illustrates High Value of Coaching Credentials

Global study shows consumers seek out, are more satisfied by, credentialed coaches. New research released by the International Coach Federation (ICF) shows growing consumer awareness of the professional credentials and certifications held by Business and Life Coaches. Commissioned by the ICF and conducted by the International Survey Unit of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the 2014 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study tapped ...



What Does It Mean To Be Integral?

As you can see from the picture above, Linda met with close friends and colleagues in Asheville, NC this summer after presenting her integral coaching model at an MAHEC continuing education event. They talked about Duncan’s social venture Trusted Sharing and how it can help Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy as an organization be ...

Is Coaching Part of Your Encore?

Is Coaching Part of Your Encore? by Ruth Tongen   Encore career is the term used for second half of life work that has greater personal meaning and creates social impact. Are you considering an encore career in your future? The number of people choosing to pursue encore careers is growing rapidly. In 2011, Penn Schoen Berland found ...

What is Integral Coaching, REALLY?

How can we talk about Integral Coaching with Others?    How can we talk about an integral coaching model with others in a way that makes sense? To start a conversation describing Jean Gebser’s Structures of Consciousness might not help keep it simple either, particularly when some people aren’t very clear about what coaching is in general! Here ...

Where in the world is Linda Bark?

If you subscribe to our newsletter, you might already know about our Where In the World is Linda? column. Linda attends many events across the US (and sometimes across the globe), spreading the word about holistic coaching. Since not everyone subscribes to our newsletter, we wanted to share this fun article with our blog followers! ...

Summer Days of Renewal

Here in coastal Virginia, summer brings early sunrises and late sunsets, an onslaught of lightening bugs in the evening, the lingering scent of honeysuckle, and of course, heat and humidity!  As life slows down, albeit briefly, I begin to take time to enjoy those things that nourish and renew my spirit – kayaking, backyard barbecues ...

Do you know what Nutritional Coaching Is?

Nutritional Coaching & the Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Model  by Paula Szloboda, RN, MA, MBA, NC-BC What is nutritional coaching? It is a whole-person approach to helping clients make the dietary changes they desire to support their health and wellness goals. It is a blended model of coaching and consulting in which the coach and client collaborate ...

Words versus Pictures

“Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.” ~ Arthur Brisbane, 1911 Recently, on a cold, rainy spring afternoon, I curled up on the couch with a warm cup of homemade chicken soup, a thick slice of homemade bread, and a 2014 movie, “Words and Pictures” – an intriguing title, I thought. The soup and bread ...

The Energy of Coaching

Experiencing a coaching session from an energetic perspective provides a client with many opportunities for exploration and discovery. It’s hard to put into words, but the energy of a coaching session can range from stagnant, quiet, or calm, to meandering, vibrant, or fresh. Who knows, maybe the coach and client both sense a “suffocating” energy ...

Nurse Talk Radio with Dr. Linda Bark

For the nurses out there, our Founder and CEO Dr. Linda Bark was recently interviewed on Nurse Talk radio to discuss how combining medicine and holistic care opens up new ways for patients to heal. Listen now or hear Dr. Bark in person at the AHNA SF Chapter conference on Saturday March 26th in Pleasanton, ...

The Rhythm of Coaching

The Rhythm of Coaching Our biological rhythms are the symphony of the cosmos, music embedded deep within us to which we dance, even when we can’t name the tune. ― Deepak Chopra     We all move to our own rhythm, and accomplish goals in our own time and at our own pace. Lets consider for a moment some ...

A New Year, A New You

A New Year, A New You! 2016 has arrived!  What New Year’s resolutions did you place on your list?  Eat healthier? Drink a green smoothie daily for breakfast? Go to the gym every day?   Clichés aside, many of us intend to create new healthy habits at the start of a new year, and as coaches, we often ...

Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy and IM Health partner to change healthcare

We share a vision of forming healthcare around an integrative model I have worked with many companies and as the years progress, I have become extremely selective about my alliances. When I met acupuncturist, Geoff DePaula and his team, I was very impressed. Of course, I was enthusiastic about his vision:   To completely transform ...

The Magic of April Fools Day

By Diane Shaver   Happy April Fool’s Day!  I believe that April Fool’s Day provides an excuse to do silly things to make other people laugh!  Thinking ahead to April Fool’s Day 2015, I did some early reconnaissance on various internet sites during February to find ideas for April Fool’s Day jokes to use on my family ...

Happy April Fools Day!

Believe it or not, this is my very favorite day of the year. Yes, even more fun and special for me than Christmas, Thanksgiving, or New Years. The way I think about it is that April Fools Day is the day of the fool and the fool is often described as having no fear. So, ...


 

The Wisdom of the Whole:  Coaching for Joy, Health, and Success

Named an AJN 2012 Book of the Year

ALAMEDA, CA –Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy’s (formerly Bark Coaching Institute) course companion, “The Wisdom of the Whole: Coaching for Joy, Health, and Success,” has been recognized as one of the most valuable nursing texts—a panel of nurse experts judged it to be a 2012 AJN Book of the Year in the Professional Development and Issues category… Read Entire Press Release

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