Congratulations to our newest Nurse Coaches
The following Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy graduates have passed their certification examination through the American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation (AHNCC). We congratulate you on your accomplishment and look forward to hearing great things from our graduates about their continued growth as Nurse Coaches!!
Fall 2016 Exam
Featured Graduate: Romina Portas
Romina Portas is an International Coach Federation (ICF) Associate Certified Coach (ACC). She is a project manager and entrepreneur currently developing a program about cross-cultural coaching. She was born in Italy, and works in Italy, Spain, and Pakistan.
Here is more about Romina and her story:
Three years ago, I decided to move ...
ACTIVITY & TAKING ACTION
Last month we talked about our Holistic Assessment as a tool to consider when cleansing/spring cleaning, and this month we thought it would be a great opportunity to look at the Holistic Assessment in terms of activity and taking action.
Here in the Northern Hemisphere it’s springtime; a time of activity and things coming to life, ...
The Art & Science of Coaching
We are excited for our inaugural Wisdom of the Whole (WOW) coaching conference to take place in Rochester, Minnesota, September 9-10.
The conference theme is “The Art and Science of Coaching: Wholeness for Transformation.”
Coaches and health care professionals from all over the world are invited to join us at ...
Last month, we talked about our Holistic Assessment as a great tool when considering nourishment, and this month we thought it would be perfect timing to discuss aspects of cleansing as part of the same Holistic Assessment.
Why is it that we start cleaning in the spring? It’s tradition in many cultures, almost like it is ...
Lynda Berger: A Featured Graduate
Lynda Berger is a Registered Nurse, and Board Certified Holistic Nurse.
She is currently working toward a Holistic Health and Wellness Nurse Coach Certification and has nearly completed the 60-hour Wisdom of the Whole coach training program. She is on a holistic care team at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango, Colorado. Her department ...
Part of our Holistic Assessment is a great tool when considering nourishment because feeling nourished is not just about the food we eat, but about all kinds of things that “feed” us, as well as how it is balanced with cleansing, activity, and rest. Many of us tend to think about taking ...
5 Reasons Why Coaching is a Hot Topic
Twenty years ago not very many people had even heard of “coaching” outside of its traditional sports application. These days, this new profession, which could very well be the answer to many of our current problems, is experiencing incredible growth and quickly becoming a hot commodity throughout many industries, such as business, education, and healthcare.
Compassion and Coaching
February often brings up thoughts of love, hearts, and Valentine’s greetings; it’s the perfect time to talk about compassion…and more specifically, compassion and coaching.
Compassion is a very useful coaching tool; it can help a coach be in a place of non-judgement during a coaching session.
What might compassion look like for a coach, before or ...
ZOEY WREN – A FEATURED GRADUATE
Zoey Wren is a Business Coach, Life Purpose Coach, Reiki Master, Sound and Vibrational Healer, and Musician who has produced 3 CDs: Light on the Water, Make Me a River and Sounding The Chakras. Through her 6 step transformational program, Courage to Thrive, Zoey supports healer-entrepreneurs to find their voice, build confidence, attract ideal clients ...
PURPOSE AND MEANING IN 2017
Have you set your compass for 2017? Many things are changing. What about your intentions for 2017? And sense of purpose for being here at this time, on the planet? Setting intentions can help create the outcomes you want, and knowing your life purpose can fuel you.
Now, if you don’t know your life purpose, how ...
A Path to a Nurse-Owned Business – A Featured Graduate
Karen Sanders, MSN, RN, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC, works as adjunct nursing faculty and a clinical coordinator at South College in Asheville, NC. She is also an instructor for the North Carolina Board of Nursing, teaching an ethical/legal decision-making course to disciplined nurses.
In addition, Karen is a faculty assistant and student advisor for Wisdom of the Whole ...
Build Better, More Integral Relationships
Relationships don’t have to be hard. They can be fun and easy too!
Facing a challenging relationship during the holidays? These three powerful tools can quickly shift a relationship from difficult to collaborative and cooperative.
Seeing others as strong and capable, and trying not to “fix” them
Naming “old” patterns to put “new” patterns in place
As you ...
In our Mission and Vision statements for Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy, we talk about multiple perspectives and how this will help create a different and better world. Well, what do we mean by “multiple perspectives”? And how would that make a better world?
It’s about looking at something from different angles, ...
In the days following our recent election, I have cycled through a whole range of emotions. I have been quiet, listening to and trying to make sense of what I have been feeling. I have been asking myself, “What do I need to change?” As I listen inwardly, I find myself growing more challenged ...
One Coach’s Story-A Featured Graduate
MARIAN LONG RN, MSN, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC, ND, CHTP/I
Marian has a long history of using holistic nursing concepts and practices in hospital and community settings. She has been a nurse for more than 30 years in ambulatory care, long term care, home care, hospice, hospital and private practice settings. She has a MSN in ...
Fun and Easy!
FUN AND EASY FALL SEASON
Our Founder and CEO Dr. Linda Bark often shares a motto of “fun and easy” in the classes she teaches. It doesn’t necessarily mean the subject matter is lightweight, but that it can be enjoyable, and doable within the context of our busy lives. Educators often look at ...
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 ...
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 ...
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!
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 ...
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.
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 ...
Gratitude in Coaching
Gratitude plays a particularly important role in coaching. Let’s take a moment to consider how the significant strength of this core attitude can help provide clients a path towards leading more fulfilled, more enriched, more productive, and ultimately happier lives.
By experimenting with coaching tools designed to tap into an “attitude of gratitude”, clients can become ...
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!
Presence in Coaching
Presence in Coaching by Diane Shaver, RN, MSN, NC-BC
A friend of mine recently shared old class photographs from my childhood elementary school on social media; I thoroughly enjoyed the brief trip down memory lane. One particular thing that came to mind was of my elementary school teacher taking attendance by reading the list of names ...
Coaching In Healthcare
Pondering Coaching in Healthcare
This past year, as I was completing my practice coaching sessions to accompany the Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy 60-hour course, I had the opportunity to provide volunteer coaching in an acute care hospital. Throughout my experience, I often pondered, “How might coaching fit into a healthcare setting?”
A literature review ...
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 ...
Responsibility in Coaching
Work on yourself first, take responsibility for your own progress. ~ I Ching
Thoughts About Responsibility in CoachingI have been pondering ‘responsibility’ lately and the different aspects of responsibility within the holistic coaching process. According to the Oxford Dictionary, responsibility can be defined as:
The state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having ...
Sounds of Silence
“When the silence falls upon us, we can hear the voices of the Gods pointing out in the quiet light of divine law, the true path for us to follow.” – H.P. Blavatsky,
This quote resonates with me on many levels, as I’m sure it does with many of you. Life for most of us ...
With June being the beginning of summer and the end of an academic year for me, I found it to be a particularly busy month. I am grateful to have finally made it to July! Finishing up my first few months as a new part-time instructor brought forth an overwhelming “to do” list that seemed ...
By Diane Shaver
My parents were avid readers, and I believe, instilled in all five of their children, the love of reading and learning. Growing up in the 1960’s, our house was littered with recent copies of Reader’s Digest. I remember eagerly awaiting my turn to read the latest issue once it arrived at our ...
Season of Discovery
By Diane Shaver
The season of discovery has arrived! In southeastern Virginia where I live, the trees and flowers are in bloom or leafing out, warm sunny days are now the norm, and the fresh clean fragrance of moist earth and cut grass wafts into the house through the open windows . . . these are ...
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, ...
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
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 ...
Hurry! Happy Holidays Sale Ends December 15th
2015 is Your Year to Become a Certified Coach!
Take advantage of our Happy Holidays Sale and get 60 hours of Coach Training for only $2995! That’s a savings of $500 off the regular course tuition.
Hurry this is a limited time Holiday offer!
Register by Dec 15th:Jan 29th 2015th Teleclass or In person Rochester Class
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 ...
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.
Coaching Empowers Acupuncture Patients
Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy graduate and team member Ruth Tongen Eaton RN, NC-BC, LAc, SPHR shares how she has used her coaching skills to empower acupuncture patients.
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 ...
Susan Spoelma, MBA, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, DNP (student)
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 ...
Wellness Coach – Indianapolis
Full time, 40 hours per week, located in Indianapolis, IN.
Are you passionate about wellness and its importance in people’s lives?
Are you a persuasive communicator driven to help people make positive changes in their lifestyle?
Would you like to work with a growing organization that is committed to promoting and practicing health and wellness?
If you answered yes to ...
HR Coach International – Coaching Industry Partner
Company: HR Coach International Position: Coaching Industry PartnerRaleigh-Durham, North Carolina Area
Who We Are
HR Coach International is an established network of like-minded business professionals providing solutions to organisations across all industries. In addition, HR Coach International is supported by leading professional service providers and mentors. Founded in 2000 we have been leaders in this flourishing industry. We have ...
Provant – Sr. Manager of Health Coaching Operations
Company: ProvantJob: Sr. Manager of Health Coaching OperationsSr. Manager : Rhode Island Clinical Lead and Operations
Reports to Executive Director
Oversight of Operations Manager and Onsite Clinical Coaching Team
Recruit, interview and hire
Assist with onboarding of new off-site health coaches
Deliver performance evaluations
Develop career paths
Support Sales and Client Management in implementation of health coaching programs
Own projects throughout the entire ...
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.
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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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.