Effective Health Coaching Strategies Discussed at Integrative Medicine Conference

Northwestern Medicine
News October 22, 2013
Health coaching partners up patients looking to make and sustain long-term lifestyle changes like losing weight, quitting smoking or reducing stress with professional coaches. The coaches help their patients identify potential obstacles and opportunities for success, and then the pair works together on developing, implementing and continuing a plan to reach shared goals. 
2 woman walking and exercisingThis increasingly popular partnership is one of the topics at the International Congress for Clinicians in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, in Chicago from October 29 to 31. Hosted jointly by Northwestern Medicine® in partnership with the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, the inaugural event is expected to attract more than 250 clinicians and trainees to discuss topics like health coaching, empowering patients to make and sustain behavioral changes and integrative approaches to conditions like chronic pain, fatigue and depression.

“As integrative medicine practitioners gather in Chicago, health coaching will be part of the discussion of ways to help our clients achieve their wellness goals,” said Melinda Ring, MD, medical director of Northwestern Integrative Medicine. “The coaching process is collaborative. Both the coach and the person seeking coaching are equals on this team. Health coaching is a way to help everyone achieve their highest potential.”

As more and more people seek out integrative approaches like health coaching, credentialed members of the media are invited to the conference to learn more about complementary approaches and integrative medicine.

Northwestern Integrative Medicine strives to include therapies backed by scientific evidence to improve health and promote healing, while minimizing any side-effects or harm. All factors that affect health, wellness and disease are considered to promote optimal healing of the mind, body and spirit in all their complexities. 

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