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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Community Care and Counseling

Health and Wellness Coaching

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This course serves as a further exploration of an aspect of professional coaching that includes wellness. This course will examine health and wellness from a Christian perspective with special attention given to a biblical foundation of health and wellness coaching.





Professional life coaching has wellness as an orientation at its core. Life coaching works to develop the complete person, and the physical aspect of a person plays a role in the overall growth of a person. This aspect of coaching includes educating people on the importance and the benefits of developing a healthy lifestyle. It also includes the development of skills to maintain a well-balanced life. This course works to equip students with the basic foundations of health and wellness coaching from a biblical perspective.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the physical benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
  2. Identify the key psychological factors of weight management.
  3. Construct a biblical worldview of health and wellness.
  4. Discuss the physical and psychological factors in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  5. Develop a wellness strategy for life coaching.
  6. Recognize key differences in men and women’s health.
  7. Discuss the effects that stress plays on one’s physical, spiritual, and emotional life.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American psychological association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Arloski, M. (2014). Wellness coaching for lasting lifestyle change (2nd ed.). Duluth, MN: Whole Person Associates Inc. ISBN: 9781570253218.

Travis, J. W. & Ryan, R. S. (2004). The wellness workbook: How to achieve enduring health and vitality. (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Celestial Arts. ISBN: 9781587612138.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning 

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Office
  5. Professional Life Coaching lecture notes

Course Assignments

Textbook readings. Presentatios, and lecture notes.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (8)

The student will complete 8 Discussion Board Forums that specifically relate to weekly content. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be a minimum of 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads in week 2 through 8. Each reply must be a minimum of 100 words.

4-MAT Book Reviews

The student will complete 2 4-MAT book reviews with one over the Travis and Ryan text and the other one over the Arloski text. The 4-MAT book reviews must be 4–5 full pages and include the following 3 sections: overview/summary of author's key points, personal response, and application to the student as a life coach. The paper must be written/formatted in current APA style.

Mid-term and Final Exams

The student will complete 2 exams, a Mid-term Exam and a Final Exam, that are cumulative and cover the material presented in the video presentations and lecture notes. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (8 at 50 pts ea)


4-MAT Book Reviews (2 at 150 pts ea)


Mid-term Exam

(Modules 1–4)


Final Exam

(Modules 4–8)





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


LIFC 601

Textbooks: Arloski, M. Wellness coaching for lasting lifestyle change. (2014).

Travis, J. W. & Ryan, R. S. The Wellness workbook: How to achieve enduring health and vitality. (2004).



Reading & Study




Arloski: chs. 1 & 2

Travis: chs. 1 & 2

Bible reading

1 presentation

lesson notes

Course Requirement Checklist

Class Introductions

Discussion Board 1





Arloski: ch. 3 & 4

Travis: chs. 3 & 4

1 presentation

lesson notes

Discussion Board 2



Arloski: ch.5 & 6

Travis: chs 5 & 6

1 presentation

lesson notes

Discussion Board 3



Arloski: chs. 7 & 8

Travis: chs.7 & 8

2 presentations

lesson notes

Discussion Board 4

Mid Term Exam




Arloski: ch. 9

Travis: chs. 9 & 10

2 presentations

lesson notes

Discussion Board 5



Arloski: ch.10

Travis: chs. 11 & 12

2 presentations

lesson plans

Discussion Board 6

Travis and Ryan 4-MAT Book Review




Arloski: ch.11

2 presentations

lesson notes

Discussion Board 7

Arloski 4-MAT Book Review




1 presentation

lesson notes

Discussion Board 8






NOTE: Each course week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.