Before you read this latest blog post, please start by reading our most recent blog written by NSHC Co-Founder Melinda Huffman, BSN, MSN, CCNS, CHC here: As a Health Coach, What Should My Average Caseload Be?
We will be focusing on the seven key factors discussed in that blog, with little diversions here and there, for this summer blog series!
Today, let’s dig deeper into the fifth and sixth factors, specifically certain wellness and prevention topics. When we talk about who needs health coaching and how many health coaches are needed, the key is to understanding what scenarios are especially effective with health coaching. Today we will specifically give some pointers about tobacco cessation and health coaching:
- As a health coach, you need to be cognizant of the potential fears clients may experience related to quitting smoking
- One a smoker has decided to quit, the health coach is astute to use their motivation interviewing skills to address the co-behaviors that have developed as a result of the smoking
- Guide the client to self-discover particular co-behaviors and together develop a plan to address each one over time
- Develop a plan for times when he/she will be in a smoking environment, which can cause a relapse
- Identified barriers to cessation include: other smokers in the home or workplace, stressful life circumstances, depression, alcoholism, multiple previous quit attempts, and serious withdrawal symptoms
- Encounters as short as three minutes can be effective with smoking cessation (so, those random calls to these patients can make all the difference!)
- Post quitting, weekly encounters for the first 4-7 weeks of cessation significantly enhance cessation rates