There will not be a spring 2022 enrollment for the ADAPT Health Coach Training Program.

We are taking some time to consider the best way to grow and administer the program. If you would like to receive program updates, please subscribe to our interest list.

A career as a health coach could change your life.

It could also change the world.

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What if you could make a living … making a difference?

As you consider your next career move, you may not know exactly what it looks like, but chances are you have an idea of what it should feel like.

And the right career path for you would let you:

  • Tap your natural gift for communication and listening
  • Develop new skills and expertise for helping others
  • Draw on your passion for wellness, healthy living, and disease prevention
  • Make a real and lasting impact on others’ lives
  • Earn a living doing something you actually believe in
  • Play a critical and fulfilling role in something bigger

This is the job of a health coach.

And if it appeals to you, you may have exactly what it takes to become a great one.

“It’s extremely life changing for me because I’ll be ready to leap off into a completely new career”

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So what is health coaching, exactly?

When most of us hear the word “coach,” we think of a high school basketball coach with a whistle around his neck, yelling at you.

Here’s what a health coach really does:

  • Empowers you to discover your own wisdom and strength
  • Helps you create your own solutions to problems
  • Supports you without judgment
  • Holds you accountable to your goals

Why is this so critical? Because making real, lasting lifestyle and behavior changes isn’t a switch you flip. It takes ongoing effort and support.

ADAPT Heath Coach Graduate - Tom Prickette
I learned more about coaching…than I have in my 35-year career as a sales executive.
"I learned more about coaching in the ADAPT Health Coach Training Program than I have in my 35-year career as a sales executive. The skills I have learned are not only essential for effective health coaching but are also worthwhile life skills." Tom PricketteWheaton, Illinois

In short, a health coach is a change agent

You provide the right kind of support to help clients make critical lifestyle and behavior changes aligned with their health goals.

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ADAPT Health Coach Student - Sherry Pratt
I am confident that I made the right choice. I know that I can do this and look forward to starting a career as a health coach.
"When I signed up for the course I had a dream of becoming a health coach, but I wasn’t sure how realistic that dream was. It felt a bit like jumping off a cliff and then just trusting that the parachute would open or that somehow I would land unharmed. I am confident that I made the right choice. I know that I can do this and look forward to starting a career as a health coach." Sherry PrattSouthey, Saskatchewan, Canada
ADAPT Health Coach Student - Sarah Wilson
I can’t recommend this program enough!
"I can’t recommend this program enough! It exceeded my expectations in so many ways. Not only have I delved deep within myself and established a daily mindfulness practice, but my relationships with my family have changed for the better and I am working on being more empathetic and non-judgmental. I’ve learned that change can only come from within but there are many powerful ways to elicit those thoughts and curiosity in myself " Sarah WilsonMill Valley, California

Fact: We need health coaches—now more than ever.

Why? Because our healthcare system is broken. And doctors alone can’t fix it.

Consider these frightening statistics:

  • 1 in 3 Americans has prediabetes or diabetes
  • 86% of our healthcare spending goes toward chronic disease
  • Chronic disease will generate $47 trillion in healthcare costs by 2030
  • 7 of 10 deaths are caused by chronic disease
  • Today is the first generation of kids expected to live shorter lifespans than their parents

Why is chronic disease on the rise?

It’s happening for a few reasons.

Reason #1:

Our modern diet and lifestyle are out of alignment with our genes and biology.

In other words, what we eat (highly processed, inflammatory foods) and how we live (too much sitting, not enough sleep, chronic stress, etc.) are no match for the way our bodies have evolved—and thus we’re out of sync with our surroundings, unable to function optimally.

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Reason #2:

Our current medical model is the wrong tool for the job.

Conventional medicine is designed to address acute and traumatic medical conditions—infection, fever, wounds, broken limbs. But its singular focus on house-on-fire emergencies is no match for the slow, persistent burn of chronic illness.

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Reason #3:

We’re not set up to offer the most effective kind of care.

Seven minutes with a doctor is not enough time to put sustainable lifestyle changes in place to support long-term health. We need a healthcare system that emphasizes and supports the interventions that will have the biggest impact on preventing—and reversing—chronic disease.

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Left unchecked, the tide of chronic disease will continue to rise—and destroy our quality of life, killing millions each year.

… That means the answer to the healthcare crisis isn’t just more doctors.

We need people who provide that vital (and missing) layer of support to help patients make lasting diet, lifestyle, and behavior changes, cope with stress, and provide moral and emotional support.

We need health coaches.

ADAPT Health Coach Student - Ann Aylward
This has been the best thing I've ever done for myself.
"This has been the best thing I've ever done for myself. The mindfulness and nonviolent communication parts of the course are brilliant. They should be required courses in schools everywhere. There is no part of my life that hasn't improved because of them but especially my relationships and sense of connectedness to everyone and everything. My idea of what a health coach does has profoundly changed. I now understand the importance of meeting people where they're at and helping them see their own strengths and motivation and make their own goals for real change to occur. I have learned the skills I need to change behavior and lives." Ann AylwardFort Wayne, Indiana

You can have a bigger impact than you realize.

Helping people to change their diet, lifestyle, and behavior is the single most important step we can take to reverse chronic disease.

In fact, I believe that health coaches are just as important as—if not more than—licensed clinicians when it comes to addressing the chronic disease epidemic.

Do you have what it takes to be a health coach?

Think back to the last time you helped someone through a tough or confusing time.

Did you…

  • Tell your friend or family member what to do … or did you listen?
  • Have all the answers … or ask good questions?
  • Try to get them to do what you thought was right … or support them as they made the decision that was right for them?

The best kind of support—the kind that makes a difference—doesn’t come from the person with the highest degree, biggest income, or most connected network.

It comes from the person who knows how to be present, to listen, and to offer unconditional support.

If you can do that, it means you’re a good friend.

… It also means you’d make an excellent health coach.

There will not be a spring 2022 enrollment for the ADAPT Health Coach Training Program.

We are taking some time to consider the best way to grow and administer the program. If you would like to receive program updates, please subscribe to our interest list.

ADAPT Health Coach Student - MaryAnn Jones
I feel like the ADAPT course is my "masters degree."
"I am a graduate of [a competitor program] and feel like the ADAPT course is my "masters degree". Of course I expected the Functional Medicine information to be excellent as I have followed Chris for many years but never expected to be exposed to such a variety of coaching techniques. I have become a much better listener and vastly more mindful person." MaryAnn JonesManhasset, New York

“But don’t I need a special degree or medical credential to do that?”


That’s because as a coach, you aren’t practicing medicine; you’re using your own arsenal of coaching tools, paired with your natural communication skills to help your clients:

  • Identify their own motivation and strategies for change
  • Align their actions with their values
  • Develop achievable, measurable goals

In other words…
A coach is not an advice giver.

Health coaching is not about being a “health expert.”

Fact is, anyone can give advice. But not everyone can help another person tap her own potential for change.

Advice is just information.

If information alone could create change, then Google could cure chronic disease (spoiler alert: it can’t).

Most people already know what they should be doing, and simply telling them to do it isn’t going to magically change their behavior.

Your job as a coach is not to be an “expert” on health, but a catalyst for change in another person.

Let’s clear up a few other myths while we’re at it…

Myth #1:

Health coaching isn’t a “real” profession

Inconsistency and low standards have harmed the coaching profession. But the idea that it isn’t a “real” thing couldn’t be further from the truth.

Truth: Fact is, the current medical system is ill equipped to address the epidemic of chronic disease—which is why health coaches will play a vital role in the reinvention of healthcare.

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Myth #2:

You can’t make a living doing it

Again, completely untrue. Now, having strong coaching skills is not the same as having business acumen, and you need both.

Truth: Coaching is like any career—it takes time to grow. There isn’t just one way to earn income as a coach, either—you can work on your own in private practice, in a clinical setting, or for a company, school, or other organization. There are plenty of opportunities for making this a sustainable and profitable career.

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Myth #3:

There are too many coaches already—the market is saturated

I wish we had that problem, where we had so many qualified coaches that we didn’t need any more! But that simply isn’t true.

Truth: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, health coaching (along with other health professions) is growing at a faster rate than any other occupation. The statistics on chronic illness speak for themselves. Highly skilled coaches are crucial for helping people make lifesaving behavior change. In short, the world desperately needs your passion for health, and your compassion for people.

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ADAPT Health Coach Student - Sybil Sanchez
I think [this course is] the most thorough, attentive, and reflective program out there.
"This course is very thorough on three tracks - coaching, functional health, and marketing and administration. I think it's the most thorough, attentive, and reflective program out there. There's a diverse, amazing, and AVAILABLE staff of people; strong engagement among students; and a real sense of community with the school. I am only half-way through but I already feel ready to coach and more than that, ready to start my coaching business. I can't wait to capitalize on this amazing community as I pivot toward stepping out with my own private practice." Sybil SanchezPachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico

How do I know if health coaching is for me?

Does this sound like you?

You are:
  • A great listener and natural connector

    You’re a gifted and passionate communicator who loves to create real and thriving connections one on one.

  • Passionate about better health

    You’ve watched loved ones struggle (or struggled yourself) with chronic disease, or experienced the transformative effects of healthy living, and want to share it with others.

  • Eager to make an impact

    You’re hungry for a way to make your work matter, whether by adding skills to your current role or starting a new career altogether. Either way, you’re ready to make a meaningful contribution to a critical cause whose results you can see.

ADAPT Health Coach Student - Victoria Brenneman
I learned so much about motivational interviewing, powerful coaching questions, empathic communication, meditation, and functional medicine.
"Diet and lifestyle changes have helped my autoimmune condition so with a desire to help others on their health journey I joined the ADAPT Health Coach Training Program and learned so much about motivational interviewing, powerful coaching questions, empathic communication, meditation, and functional medicine." Victoria BrennemanGoshen, Indiana

What kind of training do I need?

There’s no question that a skilled health coach has had plenty of training.

But here’s the thing: It’s the Wild West out there!

Virtually any educational institution can call itself a health coach training program. And anyone can take one and hang out their shingle the very next day.

When a coaching program doesn’t adequately prepare the coach, not only does the coach suffer, but the client does, too—along with the entire reputation of the coaching profession.

If we want health coaches to be taken seriously and given the respect and credibility they deserve, we need to establish and maintain guidelines for how they should be trained, the skills they should acquire, and how they should operate in their practice.

“A wider, deeper dive into the art and practice of coaching”

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Introducing the ADAPT Health Coach Training Program

I designed this program specifically to:

  • Uphold high, evidence-based standards
  • Directly address the steep rise in chronic disease nationwide
  • Close the frightening gaps in the current healthcare system
  • Equip, support, and train health coaches to do paradigm-shifting work

What’s included in the ADAPT Health Coach Training Program

This comprehensive program ensures that you get everything you need to establish and grow your coaching career.

Education & Training

Top-notch content on the art and practice of coaching, functional health, and business and professional development, delivered in a way that informs—without overwhelming.


A tight and connected group of ambitious and health-minded professionals like you dedicated to maintaining supportive relationships with their clients and each other.

Practice & Supervision

Our emphasis on practical application, mentorship, and peer-to-peer coaching means that you’ll have plenty of focused feedback and guidance and never be left to fend for yourself.

Career Development

Health coaching doesn’t start with serving clients, but with finding them. We help you set up, establish, and structure your work so that you can run it as a profitable business.

Ancestral Advantage.

The most powerful lens for focusing your nutrition and lifestyle recommendations

Few health coaching programs offer much in the way of nutrition training. Those that do tend to give an overview of different diets—Mediterranean, vegetarian, vegan—without specific recommendations backed up by science.

We provide in-depth and evidence-based training on ancestral health and nutrition. We'll tell you what works—and why.

Why an ancestral diet?

The reason we’re able to provide far more practical diet and lifestyle information than any other program is because we take an ancestral approach to diet and lifestyle—the most effective approach for preventing and reversing disease. Here’s why:

  • Like all organisms, humans adapted to survive and thrive in a particular environment.
  • Our environment has changed dramatically since the days of our hunter–gatherer ancestors. Processed foods, artificial light, and our largely sedentary lives have affected everything from our digestion to our sleep patterns.
  • The human body has not caught up to the changes in the modern environment—causing a mismatch between our genes and the world around us.
  • This mismatch is the driving factor behind the modern epidemic of chronic disease.
  • The goal: realign your body with the environment.

“Our DNA is geared toward eating real food, having a strong community and moving our bodies and that is the opposite of where we are now…”

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You'll learn:

  • How our modern lifestyle is a mismatch for our bodies—and how it’s contributing to chronic disease
  • How humans lived when they were free of chronic illness—and what that can teach us about diet and lifestyle today
  • The ways in which ancestral health informs diet, physical activity, stress management, sleep, and other lifestyle factors
  • How to reduce exposure to toxins, based on our knowledge of a time before they existed
ADAPT Health Coach Student - Lesli Matt
I feel empowered and knowledgeable to help others change their lives.
"The ADAPT Health Coach Training Program has been a wonderful experience. I look forward to the content every week. I am a busy mom of three that has been able to balance home life, work, and the ADAPT program without feeling overwhelmed. I feel empowered and knowledgeable to help others change their lives." Lesli MattBoerne, Texas
ADAPT Health Coach Student - Louise Buckley
This course has changed my life.
"This course has changed my life. I have learned so much valuable content that will inform me in my work with clients. The skill development, though, has been the most crucial. The coaching skills portion of the course has made such an impact on me that I was already able to transition into a new job as a health coach for a weight loss company. Amazing!!!" Louise BuckleyCoon Rapids, Minnesota

What "ADAPT" means

We call this the ADAPT Health Coach Training Program for a few reasons. Naturally, ADAPT refers to the fact that we must address the mismatch between our genetic code and the modern world we live in by adapting—by aligning our bodies with our environment.

But ADAPT also refers to another thing that must change: Our entire medical system.

The sickcare model that evolved to address acute issues (infection, broken bones, etc.) is not equipped to address the greater threat of chronic disease.

We not only need to adapt our individual behaviors; we need to adapt as a society so that we can more effectively address the issues posing the largest threat to our health and our lives.

ADAPT is about making positive changes that last … and when you’re trained in this approach, you become a change agent.

Areas of Study

The program spans three areas of study. Here are just some of the topics we’ll cover:

Area of Study #1

Art & Practice of Coaching

  • Core coaching skills
  • Positive psychology
  • Character strengths
  • Motivational interviewing
  • The stages of change
  • Coaching relationship skills
  • Behavior change and habit formation and reversal
  • Difficult conversations and conflict resolution
  • Goal setting and accountability
  • Mindfulness and coaching presence
  • Legal and ethical considerations for coaches
Area of Study #2

Functional Health

  • Ancestral nutrition fundamentals
  • Principles of Functional Medicine
  • Diet variations: AIP, low-FODMAP, ketogenic, etc.
  • Overview of Functional Medicine lab testing (understanding when/why tests are ordered)
  • Better understanding of specific conditions ranging from autoimmune to thyroid, gut health, and more
  • The role of nutrient status and supplementation
  • The power of lifestyle and behavior modifications (exercise, sleep, stress, toxins)
  • Food and kitchen prep and shopping
Area of Study #3

Business and Professional Development

  • How to build and manage a practice
  • Clarifying your vision, purpose, and brand
  • Content, marketing, and sales strategy
  • Establishing your online presence and platform
  • Career opportunities for private practice and employment
  • Business set-up (legal, banking, bookkeeping, accounting, scheduling)
  • How to collaborate with licensed providers in a clinical setting
  • Productivity, time management, and fulfillment
Pre-Practicum Education & Training

Master and apply key concepts in an interactive, innovative format based on advanced learning theory (we promise—no death by PowerPoint)

You’ll devote approximately six months of your education to laying the foundation of knowledge for your coaching practice.

But unlike other text-heavy programs, where you drink from a firehose of information and then promptly forget all of it, we designed this program so you can digest it and put it into practice right away.

No, we don’t expect you to learn all about coaching from a slide deck.

It’s not all one-way content, either. The practical application starts during this pre-practicum period, with peer-to-peer coaching, mentor coaching sessions, and dedicated time for developing skills so that you can put what you learn into practice—right away.

Plus, you’ll have opportunities to connect with your fellow classmates and colleagues in our online community so that you can share ideas and interact with TAs and mentor coaches.

Here’s what pre-practicum looks like:

Watch recorded content,

review the handouts, do the exercises and worksheets, and discuss with your classmates

Participate in 2-4 weekly webinars

with live demos, breakout sessions, and Q&As led by faculty instructors

Develop your core coaching skills

independently and with your classmates

Conduct peer-to-peer coaching sessions

with other students to build your chops and gain experience

Get feedback and answers to your questions

in weekly small-group sessions with mentor coaches and TAs

Attend a live, bi-monthly discussion and Q&A

with ADAPT Health Coach Training Program founder Chris Kresser

Practicum (~6 months)

Apply core coaching competencies in real-life, mentor-based, peer-to-peer, and client coaching sessions

This practicum period is what sets our program apart from just about any other coaching program you’ll find, as we are one of the only year-long programs that devotes half the course to the practicum.

Here’s what practicum looks like:

Watch recorded content

emphasizing practical application and case studies

Participate in a weekly webinar

with live demos, breakout sessions, and Q&As led by faculty instructors

Practice with peers and mentors

35+ practice sessions and plenty of structured independent skills practice

Practice with real-life clients

Using what you’ve learned, you’ll be able to recruit and coach your first 25 practice clients all on your own.

Receive feedback and supervision

on your coaching in weekly small-group sessions with mentor coaches and TAs

Attend live regular discussions and Q&A

with ADAPT Health Coach Training Program founder Chris Kresser

One-on-one review sessions

Meet with mentor coaches and faculty to prepare for your practical skills assessment (PSA)

All of this is geared toward helping you not only apply the concepts and master the skills—but also prepare for certification at the end.

What is the time commitment expected for the program?

The estimated time commitment for this program is between 10 and 12 hours per week, which includes:

  • Recorded content

  • Live demos with breakout sessions and Q&A

  • Small group sessions led by mentor coaches and TAs

  • Skill development and practice (self-guided and peer-to-peer)

  • Peer-to-peer and practice client coaching sessions

Marketing and Practice Support Kit (MAPS)

Done-for-You Tools & Resources

Imagine having not only the answers to your pressing coaching and business questions, but also the written procedures and ready-made forms to go along with them.

Our goal is to arm you with the best resources and guides to support your business, including:

For You:

Coaching Support: 50+ guides, worksheets, cheat sheets

These are designed to help you to quickly and effectively implement everything you learn in the course. Examples include:

  • 5 Steps to Success with Motivational Interviewing
  • Finding Your Authentic Voice as a Coach
  • 7 Keys to Asking Powerful Questions
  • Hardware and Software Tools for Behavior Change
  • Finding and Developing Your Niche
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For Your Clients:

Client Support: 50+ customizable client handouts

Customize these client resources with your own branding using our handout generator. Examples include:

  • Healthy Eating on a Budget
  • Evaluating Your Kitchen and Pantry
  • Functional vs. Conventional Medicine
  • Identifying and Building on Your Strengths
  • Getting Started with Meditation/Mindfulness
  • Guide to a Toxin-Free Home and Workplace
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For Your Business:

Success Pack: 30+ forms, templates, and resources

Everything you need for getting your practice up and running—quickly and affordably. Examples include:

  • New client intake forms
  • Cancellation and late policy
  • Confidentiality agreement
  • Informed consent template
  • Email templates
  • Technology, software, and hardware recommendations
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We continue to support our students—even after the course ends

Our dedication to our talented grads doesn’t end at graduation. We continue to provide ways for you to connect with one another and build your career.

Health Coach Alumni Forum

Our Health Coach Alumni Forum allows students to maintain connections and conversations with fellow classmates after the course has ended, as well as to expand their community to include graduates of past and future cohorts.

ADAPT Networking Forum

Our Networking Forum is open to graduates of both our Health Coach Training Program and our Practitioner Training Program. As the only organization in the world that offers both Functional Medicine and health coach certification programs, we’re building a thriving community of Functional doctors, health coaches, and other professionals—which only graduates of our programs can access.

ADAPT Provider Directory

Every student who achieves ADAPT-Certified Functional Health Coach status has the opportunity to be listed in the ADAPT Health Coach Directory on our website. This public-facing directory allows you to be found more easily by potential clients, Functional Medical clinicians, and organizations looking to hire a health coach.

Health Coach Job Board

Kresser Institute also maintains a private listing of job opportunities for our health coach graduates. Some of these are public openings, while others are private listings where organizations have approached us with the specific goal of hiring an ADAPT-Trained coach.

ADAPT Health Coach Faculty member - Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener
This program is cutting edge.
"When I first met Chris Kresser, I thought I would be meeting an expert in health. I was pleasantly surprised to find out I was also meeting someone who was savvy in effective teaching and learning practices. This program is cutting edge." Dr. Robert Biswas-DienerPositive psychologist, coach, and educator

OK, so what makes this program different from other coaching programs?

A focus on mastery

You can’t learn coaching without practicing anymore than you can learn piano without your hands on the keys. You have to play over and over to master the skill.

Whereas most coach training programs are 90% information and 10% practice, we aim for the reverse: with as much as 70% focus on practical application, and 30% content over the course of the year.

ADAPT Health Coach Student - Kelli Saginak
I have learned skills that have the potential to change behaviors and lives.
"The ADAPT Health Coach Training course has been outstanding and beyond what I had anticipated. The depth and range of content across the three areas of coaching, functional health, and professional development are contributing to my development as a coach over and above my expectations. Likewise, the weekly live, TA, and MC sessions, and peer coaching provided hands-on opportunities to apply all the knowledge. Kresser Institute has taken an online coach training program and made it seem as if it is an in-person experience. I have learned skills that have the potential to change behaviors and lives." Kelli SaginakOshkosh, Wisconsin

An innovative approach to learning

The traditional methods for learning (which you were taught in school) don’t work. So we don’t use them. No “firehose” of information. No brute-force memorization. The research on learning theory is very clear—these methods don’t help you actually absorb or use information.

We use the “sprinkler” method:

  • Content is delivered a little bit at a time, over a longer period of time. Think a couple of hours a week over several months rather than a 3-day workshop.
  • Topics unfold in a way that mimics how you will apply them later. This helps you put what you learn into practice so it doesn’t just go in one ear and out the other.
  • Our approach encourages thinking, analysis, problem solving, and discovery—the same skills you need to be successful as a health coach.
  • We use low-stakes quizzes, prompts, action steps, peer-to-peer practice, and other tools for increasing comprehension and retention. There is no learning without action.

“I’m getting to experience being coached as well as getting to coach someone…”

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ADAPT Health Coach Student - Melissa Pylypchuk Saskatoon
This is by far the most robust health coach training program out there.
"This is by far the most robust health coach training program out there. It’s very conducive to and convenient for adult learners, with very high quality programming and highly skilled facilitators, mentors, and TAs. Embedding the learning into practice has been foundational to translate knowledge acquisition into practice and adopting new behaviors." Melissa PylypchukSaskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

The future of medicine isn’t individual expertise, but a thriving and collaborative ecosystem

Our traditional “sickcare” model of medicine is all about division—one practitioner from another, this specialist from that one, and doctors apart from, well, everyone else.

The future of healthcare isn’t defined by how different we are, but by where and how we collaborate. And that’s a skill and mindset that coaches and practitioners must master in order to lead the way to a new era of healthcare.

We hear from health coaches all the time about the problems they run into between clients and practitioners. For instance:

  • Your client comes to you and asks why their practitioner is ordering a certain Functional Medicine test
  • You refer your client to a doctor who then puts them on a low-fat, AHA diet—and they start getting worse, not better

This lack of communication and collaboration between coach and practitioner can spell frustration for both of you—and trouble for the client.

If coaches are going to be part of the future of medicine, then collaboration is key. It’s crucial to your work, your client’s health, and the reinvention of healthcare. And few, if any, programs are equipped to offer it.

Coaches struggle to find Functional Medicine practitioners to refer clients to—and practitioners are in desperate need of good coaches.

ADAPT Health Coach Student - Andrew Rayner
The ADAPT Health coach course has been a life changing event for me.
"The ADAPT Health coach course has been a life changing event for me. I went into the course thinking I would be learning about nutrition and lifestyle knowledge to help my clients and grow my business, but have already taken away so much more. The ADAPT course has covered a huge amount of information about personal development, mindfulness, function health, phycology, motivational interviewing, behaviour change, setting vision, goals and chasing your dreams. My lifestyle has certainly changed for the better as I start to implement more and more of this wonderful material and I look forward to helping others do the same." Andrew RaynerByron Bay, NSW, Australia
ADAPT Health Coach Student - Danika Charity
This is the most comprehensive health coach training program that I could have wished for.
"This is the most comprehensive health coach training program that I could have wished for. As a long time follower of Chris Kresser's I had full confidence, coming into the program, that I would receive the highest quality education, but the program has far exceeded my expectations. Whether or not you are planning on being a full-time health coach or not, the coaching track alone will change your life for the better! From the Positive Psychology material to the Motivational Interviewing, Non-Violent Communication modules, I feel fully equipped to help people make long-lasting behavioral changes." Danika CharityStudio City, California

We’re the first organization that trains practitioners and coaches under the same theoretical and practical framework.

The ADAPT program provides more than training; it’s an ecosystem in which coaches and practitioners are not only trained in the same approach—they have the opportunity to connect with each other.

The result? Far more effective and synergistic collaboration.

A foundation for collaboration

While coaches are not trained to practice medicine, having a clearer understanding of how Functional Medicine and ancestral health works can give you a powerful lens for working with both clients and practitioners.

As part of the ADAPT Health Coach Training Program, you’ll also:

  • Gain insights into Functional Medicine that make you more informed
  • Understand the basics of Functional Medicine lab testing (without leading you beyond the health coach scope of practice)
  • Learn three distinct models for collaborating with practitioners
  • Receive specific guidance on how to initiate and form partnerships with licensed clinicians
ADAPT Health Coach Student - Kate Neville
The mentor coaches and TAs are excellent.
"The ADAPT Health Coach content - the behavior change theories, transtheoretical model, motivational interviewing and strengths - is phenomenal. I studied some of this in my Masters in Public Health program, but this was far more hands on and applicable to practice. The mentor coaches and TAs are excellent." Kate NevilleTacoma, Washington

The ADAPT Health Coach Training Program also stands out because it:

  • Emphasizes practical application over book learning, so you can not only acquire the knowledge you need, but more importantly, master the core skills and competencies that will make you a successful coach.
  • Embraces an ancestral approach to diet, lifestyle, and behavior, with information that is based on both peer-reviewed evidence and clinical experience—instead of providing general information about a wide range of diets, as most other health coach trainings do.
  • Teaches you a collaborative approach to helping clients implement customized programs based on their own goals and their practitioners recommendations
  • Gives you a Functional Medicine context, without leading you beyond the legal scope of practice for a health coach. While we don’t train you to interpret labs or treatment protocols, which is beyond the scope of a coach, we give you a familiarity with them, while underscoring your role as an expert in human behavior change.
  • Is directed by a global thought leader in Functional Medicine and the application of the ancestral approach and Paleo principles to the prevention and reversal of chronic disease.
  • Features content delivered and taught by the same experts who created it. Some coaching programs have guest appearances by experts with short added Q&A sessions. Our curriculum was created by top experts in each of the core competency areas (e.g., motivational interviewing, character strengths, stages of change, etc.), and these sessions are hosted by the experts themselves.
  • Enables you to earn National Board Certification. Graduates from ADAPT HCTP are eligible to pursue the National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach credential, which confers professional credibility and expands employment and career opportunities.

Why certification matters—and why not all certifications are alike

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Graduates of the ADAPT Health Coach Training Program will earn the credential of A-CFHC (ADAPT Certified Functional Health Coach).

But that’s not all you can earn. As more clients and companies seek out qualified coaches, earning the field’s highest-level professional credential becomes even more important. For health coaches, that’s the National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) credential.

An approved program

We’re proud to say that the ADAPT HCTP is one of the few programs worldwide that is fully approved by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC). Graduating from our program means that you have the option to pursue board certification.

The advantages of certification

Board certification expands your career and employment opportunities. The NBC-HWC credential:

  • Shows your commitment to obtaining the highest level of health coach education and training available
  • Gives potential employers, other practitioners, and the public confidence that you have mastered the knowledge and skills required to be an effective health coach
  • Makes you eligible for employment opportunities through companies that specifically seek out board-certified providers

In the future, this credential may be required for health insurance reimbursement.

“Once I understood behavior change through that lens I felt like I was able to make a bigger impact with my clients.”

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There will not be a spring 2022 enrollment for the ADAPT Health Coach Training Program.

We are taking some time to consider the best way to grow and administer the program. If you would like to receive program updates, please subscribe to our interest list.

ADAPT Health Coach Student - Lawrence Jones
I'm a fuller, more functional human being thanks to the course work.
"The live sessions with TAs and MCs provide a safe and low stakes environment for taking risks, reviewing material, asking questions and making meaningful connections with peers. In addition, I've learned and absorbed new tips, techniques and strategies to incorporate not only into coaching but into my own life. I'm a fuller, more functional human being thanks to the course work." Lawrence JonesCoquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

There are lots of reasons to become a health coach.

You’re ready for a new career. You’re passionate about health. You want to contribute to something larger. You want to put your own experience to good use in helping others.

But one of the most powerful reasons to invest in a health coach training program is simply this:

Becoming a good coach makes you a better person.

It’s true. Because the capacities you need to be a good health coach really do serve you in every other area of your life, from your relationship with your partner to the way you parent your kids to how you experience your life and the world around you.

Think about how your life and relationships would improve if you were to hone your skills in:

  • Mindfulness, which is the ability to stay present with yourself and others
  • Positive psychology, which emphasizes cultivating strengths rather than fixing what’s broken
  • Empathy, which is a respectful way of understanding what others are experiencing and is the foundation of building trust and rapport in a relationship
  • Mastering behavior change, which enables you to achieve your goals and support others in achieving theirs
  • Reflective listening, which helps you to connect more deeply with others

These are the skills that a well-trained health coach should have.

But they’re also skills that make us better humans.

ADAPT Health Coach Student - Cheryl Pierce
You'll be taught all the in's and out's of starting a business.
"The program will make you a better person. Your communication confidence will improve. Your listening skills will improve. You'll learn health practices that can accelerate your well-being. And you'll be taught all the in's and out's of starting a business." Cheryl PierceBountiful, Utah

Who should not do this

While there are so many great reasons to become a health coach, there are also many good reasons not to.

Ask yourself these questions to help you determine if health coaching is a good fit:

  • Do you accept that the motivation for lasting change comes from within your client—not you?
  • Are you willing to meet your clients where they are, rather than where you think they should be?
  • Are you willing to develop “being skills” like mindfulness, empathy, compassion, listening, and presence—and do you see these skills as at least as important as “what you know”?
  • Would you be comfortable not sharing your knowledge or giving advice, even when you’re sure that you have the “right” answer for your client?
  • Do you enjoy listening as much (or more) than talking?

If you didn’t answer yes to most of these questions, health coaching may not be the best fit for you.

“This was an investment in my future and also in my own health and wellbeing.”

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There will not be a spring 2022 enrollment for the ADAPT Health Coach Training Program.

We are taking some time to consider the best way to grow and administer the program. If you would like to receive program updates, please subscribe to our interest list.

Meet Our Faculty

Chris Kresser MS, LAc

Creator and Executive Director

Chris is the co-director of the California Center for Functional Medicine, founder of Kresser Institute, creator of, and the New York Times best-selling author of The Paleo Cure and Unconventional Medicine. He is one of the most respected clinicians and educators in the fields of Functional Medicine and ancestral health and has trained over 1,500 clinicians and health coaches in his unique approach. Chris was named one of the 100 most influential people in health and fitness by and has appeared as a featured guest on Dr. Oz, Fox & Friends, and other national media outlets.

Chris Kresser
Robert Biswas-Diener

Robert Biswas-Diener, PhD

Robert is the foremost authority on positive psychology coaching and has consulted with a wide range of international organizations on performance management and talent development.

He conducts training on coaching, strengths, positivity, courage, and appreciative inquiry with organizations and businesses around the world and through his coaching school, Positive Acorn. Robert has trained professionals in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, South America, and the Middle East. He has a doctorate in social psychology and a master’s degree in clinical psychology and is an ICF Professional Certified Coach. He is the author of Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching, The Courage Quotient, and The Upside of Your Dark Side, among other books.

John Kinyon

John Kinyon, MS

John is on a mission to help people learn communication and conflict resolution skills that create empathy, compassion, and collaboration. For more than two decades, John has mediated conflicts in a wide range of contexts, including families, businesses, and organizations.

A certified trainer of the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) since 2000, he’s the co-creator of the international Mediate Your Life (MYL) training program, which draws on the international work of Compassionate Communication (Nonviolent Communication/NVC) with mindfulness and a mediation framework.

A seasoned speaker, trainer, and coach, he’s the author of several books, including When Your Mind Sabotages Your Dreams: Turning Your Critical Internal Voices into Collaborative Allies. He studied clinical psychology at Penn State University, and during his five years of doctoral study, he worked as a psychotherapist with individuals and groups and as a research assistant at the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Institute. John lives with his wife and children in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Forest Fein

Forest Fein, MA

Forest is the Founder and Executive Director of Wise Up: Greater Wisdom + Wellbeing for All, offering innovative mindfulness-based, science-backed coaching and training to organizations and corporations. He is also the Head of Youth Mindfulness Programs at UCSF Hospital Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.

Through community partnerships, Forest designs and teaches mindfulness-based wellness programs that incorporate yoga, social and emotional intelligence, and positive psychology to support at-risk and homeless youth to experience greater resiliency, health, and well-being. As of 2020, his programs have touched the lives of over 4,500 underserved youth. All his work is rooted in teachings and practices that support compassionate awareness of and care for oneself, one another, and the earth. Forest has been practicing mindfulness since 1999.

Kerry Evers, PhD

Kerry Evers, PhD

Kerry is Co-President and CEO of Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc., a research and development company on a mission to disseminate evidence-based behavior change solutions to maximize health and well-being.

In July 2011, Kerry was named one of Rhode Island’s top businesspeople in the annual “40 Under Forty” feature in Providence Business News based on her career success and community involvement. She has close to 40 publications and has been invited to speak at close to 100 meetings and conferences in the United States and around the world.

She obtained Pro-Change’s first SBIR funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1998 and has been integral in the awarding and implementation of many of Pro-Change’s corporate contracts. She is currently the Principal Investigator on $2.5 million of SBIR contracts with the NIH. She received her PhD from the University of Rhode Island, where she is now adjunct faculty. She is actively involved in a variety of professional societies and several boards of local nonprofits.

Ken Kraybill

Ken Kraybill, MSW

Ken has worked in health, behavioral health, and homelessness/housing for over 30 years. He is a Senior Trainer at C4 Innovations. Formerly the Center for Social Innovation (C4) and the T3 Training Institute, C4 Innovations provides innovative training, technical assistance, and consulting with the goal of improving the lives of marginalized people and communities.

Drawing on his direct service and supervisory experience, Ken has developed various curricula in best practices. He provides onsite and online training nationally on motivational interviewing, supervision, outreach and engagement, tenancy support, trauma-informed care, and renewal for care providers. Ken earned his master’s degree at the University of Washington in Seattle and his undergraduate degree from Goshen College in Indiana.

Keith Rhys

Keith Rhys

For more than 30 years, Keith has helped natural health and wellness companies and entrepreneurs find their unique message, attract their passionate audience, and create lasting authority, impact, and income.

As a former health products marketing VP, content marketing expert, and strategic advisor, Keith has helped health practitioners, wellness authors, supplement formulators, and some of the biggest alternative wellness companies in the world break through the noise and get noticed.

Keith has shown his clients how to go from nonexistent to #1 on Google for meaningful keywords in under six months and grow their lists from 5,000 to 100,000 in under a year. In addition to producing multiple New York Times best-selling health authors, he has helped health practitioners launch digital products that produce 200 percent more income annually than they make from seeing patients.

Keith now works exclusively with current and future thought leaders in health and wellness through private consulting and via his online guided course, Evergreen Authority. He teaches you how to build an audience and attract clients, patients, and followers without becoming a full-time marketer, without putting your practice on the back burner, and without sacrificing your purpose and authenticity.

Mary Beth McGavran

Mary Beth McGavran, PhD

Mary Beth is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kentucky and serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Training.

Her work focuses on clinical training with graduate students in clinical psychology, and she also enjoys working on an interprofessional team to facilitate service learning with medical and allied health students. Since 2014, she has been a mental health specialist doing pro bono work with refugees at the Survivors of Torture Recovery Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Mary Beth graduated from Grinnell College with Phi Beta Kappa honors and earned her PhD at the University of Kentucky in 1999. She grew up in Illinois.

Change the world from home

While some coaching programs require that you fly to another location several times a year (which can add thousands of dollars in expenses), our program is 100% virtual, which means you can stay on track with the program from wherever you happen to be. You can access the recorded content anytime through the membership site, and all you need to participate in the live sessions is an internet connection.

ADAPT Health Coach Student - Liz Goulding
It was just what I needed to help me feel really good about making the commitment.
"You answered all my questions and were incredibly helpful, knowledgeable, and supportive in a way that didn't feel gimmicky or sales-driven. It was just what I needed to help me feel really good about making the commitment." Liz GouldingDallas, Texas
ADAPT Health Coach Student - Laura Silva
This course exceeded my expectations for an online program.
"This course exceeded my expectations for an online program. Having another full time career, I was hesitant that an online program would be dull, take too much time and I wouldn't learn as much, but it has been the opposite. The live MC and TA sessions are great, and the live instructor sessions pair nicely with the content. The way the course videos and handouts were delivered (slowly) really accelerated my learning. The low stakes quizzes helped me retain my learning in a low stress environment." Laura SilvaOakland, California

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to travel to participate?

Nope! While some coaching programs require that you fly to another location several times a year (which can add thousands of dollars in expenses), our program is delivered virtually, so you can learn from the comfort of your home or office.

Will I get support or any individual attention?

You’ll get tons of support! The program is designed not just to educate, but to offer hands-on training, supervision, and plenty of opportunities for feedback, Q&A with the instructors, and small-group coaching. You will also receive three development sessions with our highly trained mentor coaches to further develop and refine your coaching skills. The ADAPT HCTP offers more hours of support and mentorship than any other health coach training program we are aware of.

Will you help me set up my business?

We put a lot of emphasis on helping you succeed in your career as a health coach. In fact, Business & Professional Development is one of the three main areas of study and training in the program.

We’ll help you understand the career options for health coaches and how to choose the one that’s right for you. We’ll teach you how to collaborate with licensed clinicians, and how to approach them and propose a partnership. And if you decide to start your own practice, we’ll teach you how to do that too: from the nuts and bolts of setting up your business (legal, banking, bookkeeping, accounting, scheduling) to clarifying your vision and choosing your niche, from attracting and retaining clients to launching your online platform, and from optimizing your productivity to managing your time.

What are the enrollment requirements?

You automatically qualify if you a) have a professional license, certification, or associate’s degree or higher in any healthcare or wellness-related field or b) have at least two years of full-time work experience in a healthcare or wellness-related field. You can also qualify with other types of education and experience as well. Please refer to our Health Coach Training Program Eligibility Form to verify if you qualify.

When does the program start?

Our next enrollment will be in Spring 2022. Join the interest list to be the first to get details and special pricing for the Spring 2022 enrollment.

Is this program 100% online?

Yes! The program is completely virtual, no travel required.

What is the weekly time commitment?

We estimate that with the recorded content, live sessions, and the work you’ll do on your own and with your assigned partner, you’ll spend 10 to 12 hours per week on this course.

Will you offer payment plans or scholarships?

Yes! We offer 12-month and 18-month payment plans if you do not wish to pay in full. In addition, we do offer partial scholarships to eligible applicants. Please contact an Enrollment Advisor to learn more.

Can I take this program if I don’t live in the United States?

Yes, we’ll hold live support sessions at various times and make every effort to accommodate those living in different time zones. And of course since the content is virtual, you can access it anytime.

What formats will the content be delivered in?

You’ll learn in a variety of ways. There will be live sessions, video content, and slide decks, as well as audio content and downloadable worksheets and resources. All you need is an internet connection to participate!

Can I work ahead?

The content will be released weekly, so you can’t work ahead, but trust us—you will have plenty to do, and we believe the value in this course is that you’re not drinking from a firehose, but instead will have the chance to pace yourself and really absorb and apply the material.

How long will I have access to the content?

To be eligible for the ADAPT-Certified Functional Health Coach (A-CFHC) certification, including a certificate of course completion, you will need to complete all required coursework within the 12-month course schedule. You will have an additional six months to complete the coaching log of 25 practice sessions for the A-CFHC certification beyond the end of the 12-month course.

You will also have access to all the online course materials for your reference for an additional 12 months beyond the 12-month course calendar, but live support will end after course completion or the first 12 months.

What if I miss a live event? Will I be able to view it later?

Yes! Not to worry. We understand that sometimes you may have a scheduling conflict. We record all the live sessions, and you’ll have access to them later.

However, please be aware that in order to get certified there are some live attendance requirements. You must attend a certain percentage of live events, in real time. For more information on this, please contact one of our Enrollment Advisors.

If I wasn’t able to order labs prior to starting this program, will I be able to order labs after becoming certified in this program?

Ordering and interpreting lab tests would be considered diagnosing a disease, which is outside of the scope of practice of a health coach—unless you have an existing license (e.g., MD, NP, etc.) that enables you to do this. Please see this article for a thorough discussion of this topic.

If I completed the ADAPT Practitioner Training Program, do I get a discount on the Health Coach Training Program?

Graduates of the ADAPT Practitioner Training program may qualify for special pricing.

What kind of contact will I have with Chris Kresser?

Chris will host a live Q&A every other month on a series of topics throughout the program. He also hosts or cohosts periodic webinars on special topics, such as health coach scope of practice, the collaborative care model, and behavior change.

I’m already a certified health coach. Can I just take the Functional Health and/or business and professional development tracks? Can I just focus on specific areas of study?

You’re welcome to take this course as a certified health coach! We work with lots of certified coaches who really want to expand and deepen their expertise, particularly in the areas of ancestral health and Functional Medicine. That said, the program at this time must be taken in its entirety, as it is designed, and cannot be broken up.

What if I start the program and decide it’s not for me? Is there a money-back guarantee?

We make every effort to ensure that you have everything you need to make a confident and informed decision before you enroll. If you are considering enrolling but feel unsure, please schedule a free consultation with an enrollment advisor.

We offer a refund prior to the end of the enrollment period. We also have a satisfaction/refund policy that applies to the first six weeks of the course. You can read the details of the refund policy here. After six weeks, no refunds are offered.

What if my circumstances change and I no longer have time to keep up with the coursework?

You do not need to stay on the exact schedule we set forth for the course. You are free to pause and catch up, working at a somewhat flexible pace, as long as you complete all required coursework by the date of course completion.

You have access to the course materials for a full 12 months after the end of the 12-month course calendar. The live support will be available only during the first 12 months, however. If you think you need more than just a little break or flexibility, you can also apply for a transfer to the next course. Please see the full transfer policy for details.