Course begins Wednesday June 8, 2022
Course ends Wednesday July 13. 2022
Live Lectures every Wednesday 7 pm- 9 pm EST *Students are not required to attend the live lectures as they will be uploaded onto the student portal
Please view the Course Overview & Syllabus here Health Specialist Certificate Course
Identify the definition of a health coach
Identify health coaching strategies related to nutrition
Identify health coaching strategies related to exercise
Create a wellness-based treatment plan that includes health coaching components
Implement motivational interviewing techniques with a client
Identify the process to become a health coach
Define the limitations and scope of practice of a BACB certification holder (BCBA, BCaBA, RBT) providing health coaching strategies
AJ Rodrigue is a firm believer in simply MOVING – in any way or form. AJ has been a lifelong athlete, from basketball as a five-year-old, track and field in college and now general fitness and strength training as an adult. For the past 11 years, AJ has been part of the Crossfit community – competing in several competitions and coaching adults and kids as a Level 2 trainer for 10 of those years. Using behavior analysis in the fitness community motived AJ to continue serving others in the most crucial part of health and well-being as an L1 Precision Nutrition Coach.
AJ’s journey with behavior analysis began 14 years ago when working in-home with a family with a child with autism. Since then, AJ obtained a bachelor’s in psychology and sociology from Loyola University New Orleans and went on to graduate from University of Houston Clear Lake with a masters in behavior analysis. AJ is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst in Houston, Texas. She enjoys spending time with her 3 kids and husband and researching and presenting nationally on the maternal mental health of professional women.
Caitlin is a Registered Dietitian who has been in the nutrition field for the past 8 years. After graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in Neurobiology and Physiology, she went back to school to study dietetics. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition.
She completed her Dietetic Internship at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and spent the last 3 years as a Clinical Dietitian specializing in general medicine, cardiovascular health, and nutrition support in the intensive care unit. Caitlin offers one-on-one personalized nutrition coaching. She enjoys counseling clients to become confident in their food choices all while meeting their nutrition goals. Caitlin is currently working on acquiring a Registered Behavior Technician certification through the BACB.
Caitlin currently lives in Richmond, VA with her husband. When she's not teaching all things nutrition, she loves cooking, creating new recipes, practicing yoga, hiking, and traveling.
Edward Poindexter is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with 20 years of clinical practice and 8 years in private practice as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Primary Care Services Family Practice serving the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.
Edward is a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) comprised of nationally recognized Nurse Practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health policy, clinical practice or research.
Of the over 116,000 members of AANP there are only 874 Fellows. He led a National Patient and Family Engagement initiative for 26 Hospital Networks and over 4,000 hospitals nationwide where under his leadership the Patient and Family Engagement National Network increased from 75 to over 200 network participants, representing 25,259 core members; 194,846 extended members; and 230,715 contacts.