Mental Health Coach Program
Become a Certified Mental Health Coach and help people experiencing mild to moderate mental health challenges thrive
- The latest science in preventative lifestyle medicine for mental health
- Live cohort based immersive and interactive online learning
- Gain practical skills in coaching, behaviour change and ACT behaviour therapy
- Internationally certified and endorsed by the Health Coach professional body HCANZA
12 courses and 23 live labs
to complete part-time over 12 months
Get certified from $833/month
Over 12 months INTEREST FREE for a limited time
Become a Certified Mental Health Coach and help change the face of mental health
It is estimated that one in ten globally, and one in five in most Western countries, suffer from some form of mental health disorder. Yet for many, the health system offers little help. How is it possible that at a time in human history when we have more wealth, more knowledge and more tools than ever before, that we are failing to meet the needs of so many people?
Mental Health Coaches are the missing link needed in mental healthcare. By becoming a Certified Mental Health Coach you’ll be qualified to help support people experiencing mild to moderate mental health challenges in making the critical lifestyle changes required to dramatically improve their mental wellbeing, increase their mental fitness and start thriving.
This Mental Health Coach Program is right for you if…
- You are looking to undertake university level study in the field of mental health, preventative medicine and behaviour change.
- You want to understand the latest science & evidence in mental health practice and lifestyle medicine to improve the mental wellbeing of others.
- You want to work as a Mental Health Coach in a GP clinic or other primary care setting, an insurance company, in aged care, in a corporate setting, in education or start your own private coaching practice specialising in mental wellbeing.
- You want specialise in the field of mental health & wellbeing, for example as an Anxiety Coach, an Addictions Coach, a Mental Wellbeing Coach, a Stress Coach or a Resilience Coach.
- You want to become an internationally endorsed Certified Mental Health Coach and be eligible to join the professional health coach body HCANZA.
Overview of the PREKURE Mental Health Coach Program
This program has been designed to…
- Provide you with university level study in the field of health, mental wellbeing, preventative medicine and behaviour change.
- Equip you with the latest science in advanced lifestyle medicine for mental health.
- Provide you all the knowledge, practical tools and resources you need to help clients and patients suffering from mild to moderate mental health challenges.
- Equip you with practical tools in coaching, behaviour change and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and then support you to hone your practice in our live online & interactive labs.
- Start you on a life-changing journey to one of the most meaningful jobs on the planet, helping bridge the gap in our overburdened mental healthcare system and support people who are languishing to start thriving.
Not sure where to start?
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World class instructors
Prof Julia Rucklidge
Prof Clinical Psychology
Prof Clinical Psychology at University of Canterbury. World leading mental health & nutrition researcher. Co-author The Better Brain; TEDx & edX speaker.
Sophia has a passion for nutritional psychology and holistic wellbeing. She is the founder of Bloomers Psychology where her primary therapeutic modality is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Prof Grant Schofield
Professor Public Health
Distinguished expert in human potential and performance. Co-Director of the Centre for Human Potential at Auckland University of Technology, former Chief Scientific Adviser to the Ministry of Education, author and PREKURE Chief Science Officer.
Exercise Physiologist, Nutritionist and Neuroscientist. Undertaking his PhD in Applied Psychology.
Senior Firefighter and Health Researcher
Over 17 years in the fire service, a peer supporter and health researcher. Postgraduate pathway of violence and trauma studies, examining suicide, psychological injury, and maladaptive behaviour within Fire and Emergency.
Dr Ed Timings
30 years of experience in the health field, Ed brings a dynamic approach to stress that utilises specific knowledge and inspired living.
Dr Caryn Zinn
Registered Dietitian and Associate Professor with over 20 years of consulting experience as a dietitian and managing director of her nutrition and lifestyle consultancy practice.
Dr Catherine Crofts
Pharmacist with a PhD in the early diagnosis of metabolic disease.
Dr Glen Davies
Medical doctor focused on offering LCHF and Keto active management diets for chronic illness and disease. GP of the Year 2021.
Dr Desiree Dickerson
Neuroscientist & Clinical Psychologist with a doctorate in the neuro-development of mental health disorders.
Dr Chris Reid
Medical doctor based in Cornwall, United Kingdom.
Dr Louise Schofield
Behaviour Change Expert
A passionate public health expert, health entrepreneur and behaviour change expert with a Ph.D. in Public Health.
ICF qualified Coach with a Master’s of Health Practice. Highly experienced critical care nurse in the acute treatment of people suffering from ill-health.
Dr Brad Hulcombe
Erik van den Top
Leadership and health coach, functional wellness specialist, lifestyle medicine researcher and entrepreneur.
Your Mental Health Coach program includes
Certificate in Health Coaching Science
6 theory based courses covering the latest science and evidence of preventative lifestyle medicine. Gain foundational knowledge in health science, nutrition, mental wellbeing and behavioural change.
Certificate in Coaching Practice
40 hours of live, interactive and immersive online coaching labs taught by our expert coaching faculty in a trusted, immersive and interactive setting.
Certificate in Mental Health Science
6 courses covering the latest science in lifestyle medicine for mental health, including micro-nutrition, positive psychology, behaviour therapies and strategies for addictions.
Certificate in Mental Health Practice
8 x 2 hour live labs led by PREKURE’s high performing faculty including PREKURE Registered Psychologist Sophia Dawson. Hone your skills and gain confidence to work with real patients and clients.
Tools & support to become a masterful coach
Ongoing expert support for your success
As a student you’ll receive 12 months access to weekly live online coaching gyms & student support sessions.
This is your opportunity to deepen your coaching practice and connect with the PREKURE science faculty of psychologists, dietitians, professors and behaviour change experts.
Your guide to exceptional health coaching
PREKURE Health Coaching students receive an exclusive bonus 100 page guide to The Science & Art of Exceptional Health Coaching, written by the world-class PREKURE coaching faculty.
Your ultimate guide to everything you need to know to become a masterful health coach.
Flexible study to work for you
All theory based online courses are self paced. Learn on your own time, at your own pace, in your own space.
You’ll also experience online live, cohort based immersive labs. With ongoing opportunities to practice and refine your coaching skills you’ll become a masterful health coach before you know it!
12 courses and 23 live labs
to complete part-time over 12 months
Get certified from $833/month
Over 12 months INTEREST FREE for a limited time
Hear what our students are saying
Why are PREKURE the leaders in Mental Health Coach training?
- It comes down to results. The impact and outcomes achieved by the clients of PREKURE trained coaches.
- PREKURE trained coaches are behaviour change specialists who deliver consistent, meaningful results for their clients.
- PREKURE university-level courses are taught by recognised world experts and academics who share only evidence-informed knowledge and tools including Registered Psychologist Sophia Dawson and Professor Julia Rucklidge – a world-leader in the field of micronutrition for mental health.
- We allow you to bring your full self – your experiences, professional experience and personality – to our interactive learning environment, where we create a safe space for you to learn, grow and gain confidence.
- PREKURE are a recognised training provider for Health Coaches Australia and New Zealand Association, whose standards set the global benchmark for professional coach training.
- PREKURE is internationally certified in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.
- PREKURE is endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and are approved for CME credits and CPD.
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If you’re not happy with your results, simply contact us, and we will give you an instant refund. It’s that simple.
Join the Mental Health Coach Program today for $9,995
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Frequently Asked Questions
When does the Mental Health Coach program start and finish?
To become a PREKURE Certified Mental Health Coach you will complete four Certificates as part of your training program:
1. Certificate in Health Coaching Science
The Certificate in Health Coaching Science starts as soon as you enrol. The six online theory-based courses that make up the Certificate are available for you to start and complete in your own time and at your own pace with online, 24/7 access.
2. Certificate in Coaching Practice
The Certificate in Coaching Practice includes 40 hours of live coaching labs (mainly scheduled in the evenings and/or weekdays). There are 15 x 2-hour live, online coaching labs. You can view our live lab schedules and start dates here.
3. Certificate in Mental Health Science
The Certificate in Mental Health Science starts as soon as you enrol. The six online theory-based courses that make up the Certificate are available for you to start and complete in your own time and at your own pace with online, 24/7 access.
4. Certificate in Mental Health Practice
The Certificate in Mental Health Practice includes 8 x 2-hour live coaching labs (usually scheduled in the evenings) that are to be commenced after you have finished your Certificate in Coaching Practice. You can view our live lab schedules and start dates here.
How long does it take to complete the training?
The Mental Health Coach Program can be completed within ten months with a weekly time commitment of approximately 5-7 hours per week. However, you have up to 12 months to complete your training if you need extra time.
Which courses make up the Mental Health Coach Program?
The Mental Health Coach Program is made up of 4 Certificates.
1. The Certificate in Health Coaching Science, which is made up of the following six theory courses to complete in your own time and at your own pace:
PK101: Behaviour as Medicine
PK102: Nutrition as Medicine
PK103: Fitness as Medicine
PK104: Mind-Body Medicine
PK105: Making Sense of Research
PK106: Maximising Your Potential as a Health Coach
2. The Certificate in Coaching Practice, which includes 40 hours of live coaching labs (mainly scheduled in the evenings and/or weekdays). You can view our live lab schedules and cohort start dates here.
3. The Certificate in Mental Health Science, which is made up of the following six theory courses to complete in your own time and at your own pace:
PK301: Mental Health Practice
PK302: Brain Biology and Neuroscience
PK303: ACT – Behaviour Therapy
PK304: Substance Misuse and Addictions
PK305: Advanced Lifestyle Medicine for Mental Health
PK306: Psychological Injury and Trauma
4. The Certificate in Mental Health Practice, which includes 8 x 2-hour live coaching labs (usually scheduled in the evenings ). You can view our live lab schedules and cohort start dates here.
Can I go at my own pace?
Yes. You can do the 12 theory courses for the Certificate in Health Coaching Science and the Certificate in Mental Health Science in your own time and at your own pace, with online 24/7 access.
For the Certificate in Coaching Practice and the Certificate in Mental Health Practice, these are cohort based live coaching labs that will be scheduled mainly in the evenings. You can view our live lab schedules here.
All four Certificates can be completed within ten months with a weekly time commitment of approximately 5-7 hours per week. However, you have up to 12 months to complete your training if you need extra time.
What are the benefits of doing this training?
PREKURE is recognised by medical professionals as being credible and of the highest standard. Through your study, you’ll develop the skills and gain all the knowledge you need to start working as a Mental Health Coach. Once you meet the assessment criteria and graduate, you will be eligible to use the “PREKURE Certified Mental Health Coach” endorsement and be eligible for Professional Membership to the Health Coaches Australia and New Zealand Association (HCANZA).
As a Certified Mental Health Coach, you will have the skills to start your own private coaching practice specialising in Mental Health & Wellness. You can also choose to specialise in a number of areas such as an Anxiety Coach, an Addictions Coach, a Mental Wellbeing Coach, a Stress Coach or a Resilience Coach.
You will also go on a personal discovery of transformation and gain the knowledge and tools of how to live your best life, and the confidence to teach other people how they too can live their best lives.
Are there jobs for Health Coaches?
Yes. Health Coaches are employed in GP clinics, pharmacies, government organisations, hospitals, insurance companies, aged care, schools, corporate organisations, and more. Alternatively, you can start your own health coaching private practice.
After graduation you are invited to join the PREKURE Postgrad Network – an exclusive membership offering postgraduate professional support to PREKURE graduates. PREKURE Network Membership is an optional resource for you to continue learning & developing, and provides all the ongoing support, resources and tools you need to thrive in your health and/or coaching career.
What happens in the coaching skills labs?
The Certificate in Coaching Practice and the Certificate in Mental Health Practice are where you will be taught by our faculty in an online live and interactive setting. You’ll apply what you’re learning in a safe environment, honing your skills so you’ll feel confident when working with real patients or clients. Surrounding yourself with your fellow Mental Health Coach students will inspire and encourage you. These interactive sessions are where you, as students, train and share your experiences together and are a really important part of the PREKURE Health Coaching training process.
As a Health Coach, who is your typical client?
It really depends on what your niche is going to be. It’s important to understand what your unique strengths are as a potential Mental Health Coach. Then, you need to understand who your ideal target market would be.
Some example areas include working with clients experiencing anxiety & stress, supporting those recovering from drug, alcohol or other addictions, or working with clients on their overall mental fitness and resilience.
Can I do the training even if I don’t plan on practicing as a Health Coach?
Yes! Many of our students go on a personal journey of discovery and transformation for themselves when studying to become a Health Coach. The coaching skills you learn can be included in your everyday life and in your current job – you don’t have to be a coach to utilise your coaching skills. You can email [email protected] if you’d like to have a chat with one of our graduates.
Is setting up my own Health Coach business achievable?
Absolutely. We recommend that you start your business on a part-time basis then progress from there.
As part of your Short Course, PK106: Maximising Your Potential as a Health Coach, you’ll cover the basic principles of starting your own business as a Health Coach. You’ll delve into how to find your niche and get a wealth of knowledge from successful health business entrepreneurs Dr Ed Timings and Dr Louise Schofield.
After graduation we’ll also invite you to join the PREKURE Postgrad Network, an exclusive membership offering postgraduate professional support to PREKURE graduates. The PREKURE Network program has been designed for PREKURE graduates to build confidence in themselves and their coaching ability, to provide connection to the wider PREKURE community, to give you a guide of your next steps post graduation, to build courage to initiate sales conversations and ultimately create consistency in finding new clients and building a sustainable income stream.
How do I know if I will make a good Health Coach?
If you’re passionate about health and wellbeing, like to help other people, find it easy to build relationships and are a good listener, then health coaching could be a great fit for you! Health Coaches believe in people. They believe that people can change, and they bring optimism and efficiency to the change process.
Is this Certification recognised internationally?
Yes. We follow the International Coaches Federation (ICF) core competencies, definition of coaching and code of ethics. We are a recognised training provider for Health Coaches Australia and New Zealand Association (HCANZA), the Canadian Health Coach Alliance, and the United Kingdom Health Coaches Association (UKHCA).
Has this training program been assessed by NZQA for micro-credentialing?
Yes. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) ensures that New Zealand qualifications are valued as credible and robust, both nationally and internationally.
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has evaluated the Health Coach Certificate (Micro-credential) delivered by PREKURE and has assessed it to be equivalent to 30 credits (300 notional learning hours) at Level 5 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has evaluated the Advanced Certificate in Mental Health (Micro-credential) delivered by PREKURE and has assessed it to be equivalent to 30 credits (30 x 10 notional learning hours) at Level 7 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).
The Australian Qualifications Framework has equivalency with the NZQA e.g. Level 5 microcredential with NZQA is the same as Level 5 on AQF, and Level 7 microcredential with NZQA is the same as Level 7 on AQF.
Do I have to be a health or medical professional to become a Health Coach?
No. There are no prior learning requirements or prerequisites to enter this course. If you have a passion for health & wellbeing and to help others achieve their health goals this training is for you.
What if I am unhappy with the training?
If you are dissatisfied for any reason with your purchase, contact us within 30 days and we will give you a full refund, no questions asked.
How do I know this program is credible and contains correct information?
The Mental Health Coach Program is scientifically-based and evidence-informed with full academic references provided for all materials. It is taught by our highly qualified, world-class teaching faculty with extensive real-world experience including Registered Psychologist Sophia Dawson, Professor of Clinical Psychology Julia Rucklidge, Registered Dietitian Dr Caryn Zinn, Professor of Public Health Grant Schofield and practising GP and fellow of the RNZCGPs, Dr Glen Davies.
What ongoing support will I receive as a student?
All Health Coach students receive 12 months access to weekly live online coaching gyms and student support sessions.
This is your weekly space to:
- Connect with the PREKURE team and your community of fellow students & graduates.
- Build your confidence and capability as a coach.
- Connect with the PREKURE science faculty including our resident psychologist, dietitian, behaviour change expert and Chief Science Officer.
- Get all your questions answered by the PREKURE team.
What certification will I receive?
If you pass your assessment criteria you will graduate with your:
- Certificate in Health Coaching Science
- Certificate in Coaching Practice
- Certificate in Mental Health Science
- Certificate in Mental Health Practice
You will also become a PREKURE Certified Mental Health Coach.
To maintain your active PREKURE Certified Mental Health Coach status you must meet the industry body standards of 10 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) per annum plus undertake a minimum of 4 x Coaching Supervision sessions every year. You can learn more about the annual CPD process here.
Do I get lifetime course access?
All PREKURE course content is available for 12 months from the date you enrol.
Graduates can retain ongoing access to their course material by joining the PREKURE Postgrad Network, an exclusive membership offering postgraduate professional support to PREKURE graduates. This includes access to updated content, resources and references as we continue to develop and re-release courses.
Is it too late to enrol?
No! You can enrol and start learning at any time during the year.
For your theory-based courses, you can start learning straight away, with online 24/7 access.
For your live labs, these are scheduled at different times during the year. You can view our start dates and schedules here.
Please contact [email protected] to secure a seat in our next intake. The class is limited to 30 students and can fill up quickly.
What support will I receive after graduating?
After graduation you are invited to join the PREKURE Postgrad Network, an exclusive membership offering postgraduate professional support to PREKURE graduates.
The PREKURE Network membership program has been designed for PREKURE graduates to build confidence in their coaching ability, to provide connection to the wider PREKURE community, to give a guide of the next steps post graduation, and to build courage to initiate sales conversations and build a sustainable income stream.
PREKURE Network Membership is an optional resource to continue learning & developing, and provides all the ongoing support, resources and tools Health Coach graduates need to thrive in their health and/or coaching careers.
What payment options are there?
You can either pay upfront in 1 payment, or take advantage of our 6 and 12 month payment plans.
6 month payment plan: Pay an additional 5% and split your payment into 6 monthly payments.
12 month payment plan: Pay an additional 10% and split your payment into 12 monthly payments.
Please note, that if you are on a payment plan you must have paid in full to be eligible to graduate.
How can I learn more about PREKURE's Mental Health Coach Program?
Come along to a free open night to learn more about the possibilities of becoming a Certified Mental Health Coach. We hold these at various times throughout the year. Come along to learn what sets PREKURE’s training above the rest and get your questions answered in our AMA. You can register for our next live online open night session here.
You can also book a call with a PREKURE Health & Career Coach for a time that suits you. We’d love to connect and understand where you are at and talk about what study options will suit you best.
Download a copy of our Health Coach Pathways Prospectus
PREKURE provides training in the theory and practice of lifestyle medicine for mild to medium mental health challenges. We cannot provide personalised medical advice. If you or your loved ones require personal medical advice, or suffer from moderate to severe mental ill-health, then we recommend you consult a registered health practitioner (GP, Registered Psychologist).
Need help now?
- In New Zealand: If life is in danger, call 111 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department. Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor or access other Helplines and Support here
- In Australia: If life is in danger, call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department. Or call 13 11 14 (Lifeline), 1300 22 4636 (Beyond Blue), or call 1300 659 467 (Suicide Call Back Service).