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2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Summer Addendum
Saybrook University
  Nov 21, 2019
2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Summer Addendum 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Summer Addendum [Archived Catalog]

Mind-Body Medicine, Specialization in Integrative Wellness Coaching, Ph.D.

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Integrative wellness coaching (IWC) is a solution-focused, holistic, and sustainable approach to wellness that forms an intersection between lifestyle, health needs, and personal transformation. IWC is quickly becoming recognized as an essential component of holistic health and wellness services, education, and research.

The specialization in Integrative Wellness Coaching includes 18 credits of coursework designed around the fundamental coaching competencies and skills recognized by professional credentialing organizations.  Drawing from current research in professional coaching, lifestyle medicine, positive psychology, and mind-body interventions, students enrolled in the IWC program learn how to apply evidence-based, best practice approaches to support wellbeing in others.

This program is best suited for individuals who have an interest in the research and practice of mind-body approaches with a special focus on integrative wellness coaching. Educated and trained as a wellness practitioner and certified coach, graduates are prepared to pursue careers in private practice, medical offices, wellness centers, community and public health, corporate organizations, and education.

By completing the required coursework in this specialization, students also complete the Certificate in Integrative Wellness Coaching.  The Certificate in Integrative Wellness Coaching is approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF) for 88 hours of coach training and is also an Approved Transition Program by the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaches (ICHWC). 

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing the PhD Degree in Mind-Body Medicine will be able to:

1. Evaluate methodologies and/or conduct independent research to investigate contemporary issues in lifestyle and wellness.

2. Explain the influence of biopsychosocial factors on general health and wellbeing and the implications for individuals, organizations, and/or communities.

3. Interpret the values, ethical principles, and practice standards that are paramount for multidisciplinary practitioners and researchers.

4. Assess and synthesize evidence, theories, and informed practices/interventions in integrative medicine.

5. Apply published research and critical thinking skills in academic papers, presentations, and/or communications.

6. Develop reflective practices and/or model adaptive skills in integrative healthcare and wellness.

7. Demonstrate multicultural competencies and diversity awareness, and support health equity and social justice in healthcare systems.

Specialization Credits: (Years 1-4) 18


Degree Requirements for the 2017-2018 Academic Year approved by the CIMHS Degree Program Committee.


  • The degree completion time for a student following the default course sequence will average between 4 ½ and 5 ½ years. Some students may complete degree requirements in fewer terms and some may require more terms to complete the degree.
  • A listing of acceptable CIMHS courses and electives is available in the Saybrook catalog. Students may also choose an elective from the required courses in other specializations.
  • This is a structured cohort program and the sequence of courses is different for students who start in the fall than for students who start in the spring.
  • As part of the 5593 Advanced Practicum course, students will complete a practical examination on coaching competencies.  It is possible to pass the course requirements; however, passing the examination is the final requirement to earn the certification. 

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