Functional Medicine Coaching Academy (FMCA) is the only coaching certification program that has completely incorporated Functional Medicine and Functional Nutrition into the curriculum. This one-year program is approved by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching. IFM educators collaborated with FMCA to develop the course content, which prepares health coaches to consistently apply their functional medicine and nutrition training as well as their health coaching techniques in a variety of settings globally.
FMCA-trained health coaches guide patients to optimum wellness using Functional Medicine, Functional Nutrition, Mind-Body Medicine, and Positive Psychology Coaching. A central theme of the training, positive psychology embraces and enhances people’s higher selves to achieve optimal functioning.
A Functional Medicine–trained health coach is an extremely valuable member of an integrated care team. Having a designated health coach in the clinical practice makes the clinician’s treatment protocol more effective, improves patient compliance and outcomes, and frees up the clinician’s time. IFM is partnering with FMCA to train health coaches in the use of the Functional Medicine clinical model to help patients make lasting lifestyle changes in diet, exercise, stress reduction, sleep, and other modifiable lifestyle factors.
This partnership supports IFM’s mission by:
- Improving practitioner and patient access to Functional Medicine.
- Supporting the broader adoption of Functional Medicine.
- Facilitating an interdisciplinary Functional Medicine clinical care team to improve practice efficiency.
- Providing affordable, virtual health coaching.
Since opening its doors in 2015, FMCA has trained over 2,300 Functional Medicine health coaches.
The collaboration between IFM and FMCA ensures that physicians who send a team member for training, or hire an FMCA-trained coach, can trust that the FMCA graduate will have learned Functional Medicine and Functional Nutrition principles, and have been well-trained in the coaching process for supporting patients.