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Scope of Practice_Final

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>> Welcome back. In this lecture, we're going to provide you with a refresher and some further clarification on an important topic from your Health Coach Training Program, scope of practice. As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, it's important to always keep scope of practice in your back pocket. In this course, we'll teach you about the most common roots and habits of emotional eating and how to coach clients through them. We're helping you sift through the massive information out there. Our culture is obsessed with eating on multiple levels, and we're constantly bombarded with conflicting information. Your clients will turn to you for answers, but luckily, you aren't supposed to have all of the answers. Your job is to advocate for your clients and provide space for them to be heard and to grow. If they expect more, it's totally fine to make this clear. In fact, we encourage you to establish expectations right from the start. Your job is not to be their doctor, nutritionist, psychologist, or nurse. When you're passionate about helping people, it's a natural tendency to want to go above and beyond to offer your support and help clients heal. But remember, it's not your job to fix them, and it's never appropriate to step over the line into the turf of the medical professional. Consider yourself the bridge between your client and other healthcare providers. If you're not a nutritionist, it's not up to you to create specific meal plans for your clients. If you're not a doctor, it's not your role to diagnose or treat your clients or to prescribe medications or supplements. And if you're not a mental health professional, it's not your job to treat eating disorders or address mental illness. As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, you can help clients figure out how to maximize their visits to these healthcare providers, how to stay accountable to their goals, and how to navigate all of the other information that surrounds them, your source of education, inspiration, and support. This course does include information on eating disorders. So you're probably wondering if this falls within your scope of practice as a Health Coach. The short answer is no. Unless you also happen to hold a degree in counseling or medicine, treating eating disorders falls outside of your scope of practice. An eating disorder is a serious condition that can have life-threatening effects. We provide this information to help you recognize eating disorders so that you can help your clients get the proper support they need. It will also help you differentiate the fine line between emotional eating and eating disorders. The information on eating disorders in this course is not provided for you to take matters into your own hands. If a client reveals that he or she has an eating disorder but isn't seeking support from any healthcare professionals, it's your due diligence to refer this client to a clinician who can properly help them. If they refuse, it's best practice to let your client know that you're not trained to help them with their eating disorder and so you won't be able to provide your support around this issue until they seek help. This is in both your and their best interests. But this doesn't mean that you can't work from within your scope of practice with a client who's recovering from an eating disorder. I know this sounds confusing, so let me explain. You can work with clients who are receiving treatment for an eating disorder by a team of qualified professionals. You wouldn't be treating or healing them, you'd be coaching them like you would any other clients. For example, you could help those clients tap into self-trust, strengthen self-confidence, and find nourishment through primary food which we'll talk more about later in the course. You can provide general support for your coaching skills by listening, asking high-mileage questions, guiding, and supporting them in a nonjudgmental way. We recommend asking clients with eating disorders if you can consult with their treatment team to be a part of the process. If your client agrees, he or she will need to sign a release form from each healthcare provider who will be given permission to share information with you. Staying informed and maintaining connections in that way, triaging if you will, will only help you provide better coaching support and provide a system of checks and balances. By positioning yourself as part of the support team, you can deepen the impact you make by providing your own brand of wellness support as a Health Coach. If you're still feeling unsure about scope of practice, refer back to your materials from the Health Coach Training Program. You can also ask for course moderators for support in the Facebook group. We also encourage you to review your local laws as scope of practice guidelines can vary by location. For any questions about this, please email your question to [email protected] To recap the key points in this lecture, you are the bridge between your clients and other healthcare providers. You are there to guide them and to advocate for them. Your role is not to diagnose or prescribe, create specific meal or treatment plans, or provide treatment for mental illness or eating disorders. If a client is actively recovering from an eating disorder, you can work with them if you choose but only from within your scope of practice. You can do this by providing general support as you would with any clients. Whenever possible, work collaboratively as part of a client's treatment team. If a client reveals that he or she has an eating disorder, refer him or her to a clinician in their area. In short, remember that classic wisdom from Spiderman, "With great power comes great responsibility." Do you have any lingering questions about scope of practice? If so, stop by the Facebook group and let us know what's on your mind. Your course moderators are happy to answer your questions and to explain this concept further. Thanks for joining me. See you next time.

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Posted by: integrativenutrition on Aug 30, 2018

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