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Life Coaching for Clinicians: General Principles with a Focus on Weight Management


Coaching Organizations and Institutions

  • Association for Coach Training Organizations
  • Board Certified Coach credential (especially relevant for counselors and therapists)
  • Burris Institute
    Specializing in "subconscious-restructuring" Burris institute offers counseling coaching solutions, master certification programs and training licensing.
  • Center for Credentialing and Education
  • Coach Federation
    Founded to advance the practice of professional coaching, the ICF sets industry standards, provides independent certification, and maintains a worldwide network of credentialed coaches.
  • Coach Training Alliance
    Comprised of active coaching professionals, this organization offers a trademarked learning system, as well as graduate level courses for life coaches.
  • I Coach Academy
    I Coach Academy is a global company whose programs are accredited by the International Coach Federation. They work to improve the credibility and advancement of life coaching.
  • Institute for Life Coach Training
  • Institute of Coaching (Harvard University)
  • International Coach Federation (ICF) - Information on ICF Credentialing
  • Ipec Coaching
    Integrating consulting, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), mentoring, quantum physics, metaphysics, adult and accelerated learning theories, emotional intelligence, and leadership development, Ipec Coaching offers basic as well as master's level coach training programs.
  • Life Coach Training
    Meeting the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE) Board Certified Coach Training Requirements, Life Coach Training offers both 30 and 60 hour coach training programs conducted via the telephone, as well as access to a network of coaching professionals.
  • Robbins-Madanes Training
    Pioneered by Anthony Robbins and Cloe Madanes, the Robbins-Madanes Training Center harnesses powerful strategic interventions drawn from social psychology, human needs therapy, structural family therapy, Ericksonian therapy, conflict resolution techniques, and many more to offer many five Strategic Coach certifications.
  • Spencer Institute
    The Spencer Institute offers Life Coaching, Holistic Education, Nutrition Coaching, Sports Psychology, and Wellness Training Certification Programs delivered in online and distance learning formats.
  • The Coaches
    The largest in-person coach training program in the world, The Coaches uses a whole person coaching approach, as well as their Co-Active Coaching Model.
  • Wellcoaches School of Coaching
    One of the few coaching schools that offers coach training, continuing education, and self coaching courses.
  • World Coach Institute
    Offering business, marketing, and 15+ niche coach training areas, this organization provides mentoring and coach training hours accepted by the International Coach Federation.

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Coaching Journals


Ethics of Coaching

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Coaching & Weight Management

  • Ahern, A. L.; Bennett, K. M.; Hetherington, M. M. (2008). Internalization of the Ultra-Thin Ideal: Positive Implicit Associations with Underweight Fashion Models are Associated with Drive for Thinness in Young Women. Eating Disorders 16 (4): 294–307.
  • Ahern, A. et. al., (2017). Extended and standard duration weight-loss programme referrals for adults in primary care (WRAP): a randomized controlled trial. The Lancet, 2017; 123, 54.
  • Anderson, N. (2013). Poll of psychologists cites emotions as top obstacle to successful weight loss. ScienceDaily, 9 January 2013.
  • Daubenmier, J., Kristeller, J., Hecht, F., Maninger, N., Kuwata, M., Jhaveri, K., Lustig, R., Kemeny, M., Karan, L., Epel, E. (2011). Mindfulness Intervention for Stress Eating to Reduce Cortisol and Abdominal Fat among Overweight and Obese Women: An Exploratory Randomized Controlled Study. Journal of Obesity, 2011; 1
  • Finkelstein, E., Tham, K., Haaland, B., Sahasranaman, A. (2017). Applying economic incentives to increase effectiveness of an outpatient weight loss program (TRIO) – A randomized controlled trial. Social Science & Medicine, 2017; 185: 63
  • Hunger, J., Tomiyama, J. (2014). Weight Labeling and Obesity: A Longitudinal Study of Girls Aged 10 to 19 Years. JAMA Pediatr. 2014; 168(6):579-580.
  • Jackson, S. Wardle, J. (2014). Fat Shaming Doesn't Encourage Weight Loss. Sciencedaily, 2014.
  • Jensen, C., Kirwan, C. (2015). Functional brain response to food images in successful adolescent weight losers compared with normal-weight and overweight controls. Obesity, 2015
  • Johnson, S., Paiva, A., Cummins, C., Johnson, J., Dyment, S., Wright, J., Prochaska, J., Prochaska, J., Sherman, K. (2008). Transtheoretical model-based multiple behavior intervention for weight management: Effectiveness on a population basis. Preventive Medicine, 46, 238-246.
  • Juarascio, A., Forman, E., Timko, C., Herbert, J., Butryn, M., Lowe, M. (2011) Implicit Internalization of the Thin Ideal as a Predictor of Increases in Weight, Body Dissatisfaction, and Disordered Eating. Eating Behaviors 12.3 (2011): 207-13.
  • Leahey, T., Xu, X., Unick, J., Wing, R. (2013). A preliminary investigation of the role of self-control in behavioral weight loss treatment. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, 2013.
  • Lepsen, E., Lundgren, J., Holst, J., Madsbad, S., Torekov, S. (2016). Successful weight loss maintenance includes long-term increased meal responses of GLP-1 and PYY 3-36. European Journal of Endocrinology, 2016; EJE-15-1116
  • Miller, H. et al. (2009). Attitudes of Overweight and Normal Weight Adults Regarding Exercise at a Health Club. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 2009.
  • Orlando Health, (2015). Food and Emotions: 90 percent overlook key to weight loss, survey finds: Expert says diets fail because people don't address the emotional aspects of food. ScienceDaily, 1 December 2015.
  • Phelan, S., Hagobian, T., Brannen, A., Hatley, K., Schaffner, A., Muñoz-Christian, K., Tate, D. (2017). Effect of an Internet-Based Program on Weight Loss for Low-Income Postpartum Women. JAMA, 2017; 317 (23): 2381
  • Smeesters, D., Mussweiler, T., Mandel, N. (2010) The Effects of Thin and Heavy Media Images on Overweight and Underweight Consumers: Social Comparison Processes and Behavioral Implications. Journal of Consumer Research, April 2010
  • Trepanowski, J., et. al., (2017). Effect of Alternate-Day Fasting on Weight Loss, Weight Maintenance, and Cardioprotection Among Metabolically Healthy Obese Adults. JAMA Internal Medicine, 2017; 124, 56.


Additional Life Coaching References

  • Achor, S. (2010). The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work. New York, Crown Business
  • Ahern, A. et. al., (2017). Extended and standard duration weight-loss programme referrals for adults in primary care (WRAP): a randomized controlled trial. The Lancet, 2017; 123, 54.
  • Ariely, D. (2010). Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Lives. New York, Harper Perennial, (2010).
  • Boyce, C., Wood, A., Ferguson, E. (2016). Individual Differences in Loss Aversion: Conscientiousness Predicts How Life Satisfaction Responds to Losses Versus Gains in Income. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2016; 145, 65.
  • Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2008). Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. New York, Harper Perrenial Classics.
  • Curry, O., Rowland, L., Zlotowitz, S., McAlaney, J., Whitehouse, H. (2016). Happy to Help? A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of performing acts of kindness on the well-being of the actor. Open Science Framework, 2016; 43, 24.
  • Drake, D., Brennan, D., Gortz, K. (2008). The Philosophy and Practice of Coaching. New York, Josey Bass Books.
  • Gilbert, D. (2007). Stumbling on Happiness. Vintage. New York, NY. (2007)
  • Kassam, K., Morewedge, C., Gilbert, D., Wilson, T. (2016) “Happiness, comparatively speaking: How we think about life's rewards.” ScienceDaily, 10 April 2016.
  • Kiessling, B., Kennedy-Armbruster, C. (2016). Move more, sit less, and be well: Behavioral Aspects of Activity Trackers. Health & Fitness Journal, November 2016
  • Kim, E., Kubzansky, L., Soo, J., Boehm, J. (2016). Maintaining Healthy Behavior: a Prospective Study of Psychological Well-Being and Physical Activity. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 2016; 14, 56.
  • Kimsey-House, H., Kimsey-House, K., Sandahl, P. (2011). Coactive Coaching: Transforming Business and Changing Lives. New York, Nicholas Brealey Publishing.
  • Li, C., Wang, S., Zhao, Y., Kong, F., Li, J. (2017). The Freedom to Pursue Happiness: Belief in Free Will Predicts Life Satisfaction and Positive Affect among Chinese Adolescents. Frontiers in Psychology, 2017; 7, 45.
  • Mayo Clinic. (2014). Wellness coaching: Expert explains how it improves overall quality of life. ScienceDaily, 7 August 2014. McHugh, S. (2017). “Lessons from the past on how to be happy.” ScienceDaily, 2 May 2017.
  • McLaughlin, D. (2016). “FOMO: It's your life you're missing out on.” ScienceDaily, 30 March 2016.
  • Miller, W. R., Rollnick, S. (1991). Motivational Interviewing: Preparing people to change addictive behavior. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Park, L., Ward, D., Naragon-Gainey, K. (2017). It's All About the Money (For Some): Consequences of Financially Contingent Self-Worth. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2017; 34, 57.
  • Phelan, S., Hagobian, T., Brannen, A., Hatley, K., Schaffner, A., Muñoz-Christian, K., Tate, D. (2017). Effect of an Internet-Based Program on Weight Loss for Low-Income Postpartum Women. JAMA, 2017; 317 (23): 2381
  • Pink, D. (2011). Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. Riverhead Trade. New York, N.Y. (2011)
  • Schmittdiel, J., et. al., (2017). The impact of telephonic wellness coaching on weight loss: A “Natural Experiments for Translation in Diabetes (NEXT-D)” study. Obesity, 2017; 25 (2): 352
  • Seligman, M. (2003). Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment. Free Press. New York, NY. (2003)
  • Seligman, M. (2012). Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being. New York, Atria Books.
  • Stober, D., Grant, A. (2006). Evidence Based Coaching Handbook. New York, Wiley Books.
  • Trepanowski, J., et. al., (2017). Effect of Alternate-Day Fasting on Weight Loss, Weight Maintenance, and Cardioprotection Among Metabolically Healthy Obese Adults. JAMA Internal Medicine, 2017; 124, 56.
  • Walker, J., Kumar, A., Gilovich, T. (2016).Cultivating Gratitude and Giving Through Experiential Consumption. Emotion, 2016; 298, 87.
  • Whillans, A., Weidman, A., and Dunn, E. (2016). Valuing Time Over Money Is Associated with Greater Happiness. Social Psychological and Personality Science, January 2016; 35, 24.
  • Williams, P. Menedez, D. (2007). Becoming a Professional Life Coach: Lessons from the Institute for Life Coach Training. W. W. Norton & Company.
  • Williams, P., Anderson, S. (2005). Law and Ethics of Coaching. New York, Wiley Books.
  • Willaims, P. Davis, D. (2007). Therapist as Life Coach: An Introduction for Counselors and other Helping Professionals, (2nd edition, 2007)
  • Williams, P., Thomas, L. (2005). Total Life Coaching: A Compendium of Resources. New York, Norton Publishing.

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