To change a life, first change the lifestyle
Human beings are capable of incredible transformations. We can learn, grow and alter the trajectory of our lives. We can become stronger and improve our health—but it doesn’t come easy. With the right coaching approach and strategy, positive habits can be built to make a lifelong impact on health and wellbeing. As an ACE Behavior Change Specialist, you will help your clients discover their own paths to a healthy, happy lifestyle.
The ACE Behavior Change Specialist Program will teach you the key tools to promoting behavior change and creating a foundation for a healthy lifestyle. You will learn how to help clients of all backgrounds recognize counterproductive behaviors and coach them to discover new methods to move more, eat better and make healthier decisions for themselves and their families.
The program is led by a panel of prominent, behavior change experts:
- Robert Biswas-Diener, renowned positive psychology expert
- Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD, member of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Obesity
- Billie Frances, MA, National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach, licensed marriage and family therapist and founder of Guiding Mindful Change
- B.J. Fogg, director of the Persuasive Tech Lab at Stanford University and founder of the Tiny Habits® program
- Dan Goleman, author of The New York Times best-selling books, Emotional Intelligence and Focus
- William R. Miller, one of the founders of motivational interviewing
Become the coach your clients need
Any fitness, healthcare or allied health professional who wants to effectively guide their clients to their goals will benefit from this specialization. You will gain crucial communication skills to foster effective client-coach relationships and will learn cognitive behavioral coaching to help your clients reach their potential. Upon completion of the program, you will own critical skills that will elevate your profile as a fitness or health professional.
What’s in the curriculum?
This program will help you familiarize yourself with common obstacles to achieving healthy behavior change and teach you how to help clients find their own path to a more fulfilling lifestyle. You will learn strategies, such as motivational interviewing and setting SMART goals, to help clients increase energy, prevent disease and develop healthier habits.
In addition to the Coaching Behavior Change manual, podcasts and videos, this program includes a virtual coaching session with live feedback from an ACE Master Coach. This face-to-face experience ensures you have a deep understanding of the strategies and techniques covered in the curriculum.
How do I become an ACE Behavior Change Specialist?
To become an ACE Behavior Change Specialist, you must complete seven sections of curriculum and pass an online quiz after the first five sections. After the final section, you must participate in a practical coaching session and demonstrate sufficient skills to an ACE Master Coach in each of the four competency groups.
Anyone may complete the ACE Behavior Change Specialist Program, but only those who also hold a current NCCA-accredited certification or equivalent professional credential will be recognized as an ACE Specialist. For a list of accepted pre-requisite credentials, click here.
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