Program Information

Self-paced video program with live bi-weekly meetings
quizzes / tests
Certified Health Coach (eligible to be Registered Health Coach)
American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP)
Dr. Wendy Nickerson
Dr. David Bardsley
Dr. Laura McCallum
Suzanne Balcom, RHC
Jeannette Folan, RHC

Why is Corporate Health Coaching needed?

It is no secret that mental health concerns and stressors are a major concern for employees and organizations throughout the world. There are both human and monetary costs associated with poor workplace mental health.

Human costs include suicide, stigma, poor morale and low employee engagement. Monetary costs include absenteeism, presenteeism, employee turnover, low productivity and healthcare and social service costs. Furthermore, the issue of poor employee mental health is becoming more prevalent as younger generations enter the workforce.
graphic showing up to 70% of Canadians have experienced mental health
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) found that by age 90, 65-70% of Canadians have experienced mental illness at some point in their life (MHCC, 2012).
graphic showing 76% of employees struggle with mental health
The American Heart Association (2019) found that 76% of employees have struggled with their mental health. This concern is only growing.

Worldwide, depression and anxiety rates have increased by 15-20% over the last decade (American Heart Association, 2019). This percentage has increased dramatically since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Graphic showing $1 trillion spent on mental health

A large proportion of an individual's waking hours are spent at work. However, almost half of all Canadians say their job is the most stressful part of their day (Government of Canada, 2016). In a survey by the MHCC and Morneau Shepell (2018), 70% of respondents indicated that work affects their mental health. Furthermore, 78% of respondents indicated that mental health challenges were a top reason for missing work (MHCC & Morneau Shepell, 2018). Mind Share Partners (2019) also found that 61% of respondents have had their workplace productivity impacted by their mental health.

A new approach to providing sustainable mental health support and prevention of more serious mental and physical illnesses is required.  Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) have produced some relief, however the results are not long-standing, nor sustainable.

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The Nickerson Institute

recently conducted a scopic research investigation to determine the best approaches to solving the mental health crisis in organizations. Learn more about our findings (link to brochure).

Weaknesses of Current Approaches.

While there are many interventions already in place to respond to mental health challenges, very few are focused on preventing these challenges from occurring at both an individual and organizational level. Although programming that responds to mental health challenges is important, Deloitte (2019) recommends also investing in proactive programs that prevent mental health concerns from arising by promoting psychological wellness.

Workplaces often attempt to promote wellness using digital interventions and workplace-wide workshops, as these tend to be cost effective options. However, in their meta-analysis on the effectiveness of various workplace interventions, the American Heart Association (2019) found that individual-level stress management interventions have the greatest impact on overall mental health, as well as depression, anxiety and stress levels. Conversely, physician activity and digital interventions were much less effective (American Heart Association, 2019, p. 53). This suggests that workplaces could benefit from implementing individual-level mental health interventions.

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The Corporate Integrative Health Coach Training Program

is not for every organization.  It is designed for organizations that are wanting increased levels of human thought and consciousness throughout the culture of the entire organization and are ready to take an integrative approach to wellness for the ‘whole person’ employee.

Our Innovative, Effective Solution.

Research suggests that health coaching can improve mental health among participants, however no robust programs currently exist that train coaching in the complexities of organizational mental health. The Nickerson Institute's Corporate Integrative Health Coach Training Program (CIHCTP) provides an innovation, effective solution to this issue.

The program provides the intensive mental health coach training to specific employees throughout the organization (such as management, personnel administration, or other key employees). Those employees, once certified in the CIHC program, are able to deliver effective in-house mental health coaching, following an integrative model with a focus on motivational interviewing, nutrition for brain health, and cognitive-behavioral coaching strategies to promote employee wellness, focus, and concentration. A mindfulness component also focuses on resilience and self-care to prevent issues like burnout and anxiety. Finally, the program trains coaches to be familiar with organizational and interpersonal issues, such as cultural sensitivity, compassion, spirituality, and the cohesive of multiple generations.  

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Studies Reporting Improvement in Mental Health Outcomes

The literature on health coaching shows that these interventions can contribute to improvement in:

In all of the North American organizations

I have consulted with, it has become evident that corporate integrative health coach training is one of the most effective ways to improve wellness, focus, concentration and productivity.

Dr. David Bardsley ~ author of the best selling book "Smarter Next Year"

What you'll learn...

Training module topics included in the course.

Organizational Coaching Ethics and Boundaries
to create higher levels of consciousness and safety within an organization
Listening and Motivational Interviewing
the most evidence-based strategy for effective change
Using Cognitive-Behavioral Coaching Strategies
to increase positive thought patterns, focus and concentration
Alternative and Natural Methods
to increase positive emotions & mental and spiritual wellness
Simple Nutrition
for optimal concentration, focus and mental health
Mindfulness Training
to enhance focus, concentration and productivity, as well as deepen self-care and spirituality
Better Brain Health
Instruction by Dr. David Bardsley
Understanding Mind-Body Connections
Minimizing chronic pain/illness in the workplace
Creating a Trauma-Informed Workplace Awareness
Recognizing and diffusing trauma-induced behavior
The New Workplace
Effective strategies for maintaining motivation and mental health while working from home; as well as respecting the needs and beliefs of others related to their personal post-pandemic choices
Transcending Toxic Behavior in The Workplace
Instruction by Dr. Laura McCallum
Multi-Generational Workplace – Harness the Power to Engage Every Age
Instruction by Suzanne Balcom, RHC
Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs) in The Workplace
Instruction by Jeannette Folan, RHC
Honoring Compassion and Cultural Inclusion
for enhanced human connectivity and productivity
Developing Advocacy Skills
Scoping out your community to utilize valuable local resources

Course Features

Individual Enrollment
200-Hour Self-Paced Course

$3,799 US - Single Payment
$975 US - Four Monthly Payments

Credentialing as a Registered Health Coach*
15 modules of self-paced video instruction
Live bi-weekly meetings with instructor
Ongoing email and text support from instructor
Development of individualized toolbox
Practice buddies
Engaging exercises and powerful tools
Ongoing post-graduate monthly support meetings
Post-graduate support for starting private practice
$3,799 US
Single Payment
$975 US x 4
Monthly Auto-Payments

*Upon completion of the CIHC program, you are eligible to apply for the credential of Board Certified Health Coach.

Organization Enrollment
200-Hour Self-Paced Course

$3,799 US - Single Trainee
Discount for multiple trainees

Discounted multi-user tuition rates
Credentialing as a Registered Health Coach*
15 modules of self-paced video instruction
Live bi-weekly meetings with instructor
Ongoing email and text support from instructor
Development of individualized toolbox
Practice buddies
Engaging exercises and powerful tools
Ongoing post-graduate monthly support meetings
$3,799 US
Single Payment
$3,420 US
2 - 4 Trainees
$3,050 US
5 - 9 Trainees
$2,850 US
10+ Trainees


Dr. Wendy Nickerson smiling

The principle instructor of this program is Dr. Wendy Nickerson, founder of the Nickerson Institute for Integrative Health Training, Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Canada  and the United States, university instructor to graduate students in Counselling Education and Behavioral Health Sciences, and author of “Wild Women Never Get The Blues”.

Being employed as a Fitness for Duty Psychologist in large healthcare organizations, I have witnessed the struggles of health care providers who are dedicated to helping others, yet are working in unprecedented stressful and toxic environments that produce moral, emotional, and sometimes physical injury. 

Providing organizational development training for a wide range of industries has provided clarity into the innovative measures that are required to make these cultural workplace shifts.  It begins with raising human thought and consciousness at all levels of the organizational hierarchy — top down reprocessing, both at the individual and organizational levels. Mental health is the cornerstone for developing higher levels of consciousness and human functioning.

Clearly a new paradigm for fostering mental health and wellness in the workplace is needed, so I initiated a scopic research review to determine how to best handle the epidemic of mental suffering in the workplace.  The Corporate Integrative Health Coach Training Program (CIHCTP) has been developed to reflect these research findings.  Employees need individualized preventative and self-recovery care, in a safe and non-stigmatized environment, with someone who is educated in mental health and who also has an understanding of the dynamics of the organization.  

You can read Dr. Nickerson’s full bio on this page.

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Dr. David Bardsley
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Dr. Laura McCallum
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Suzanne Balcom, RHC
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Jeannette Folan, RHC

The best course you can take is one that leads you to your best life.

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