OT and Coaching: 
Skills and Confidence for OTs as the Original Life Coach – Recording
Instructors: Ana Hernando, OTR, MOT, MBA and Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L, BCTMB, ARCB
Location: Video Recording via Zoom link
Class Hours: 12 CEUs
Regular Price: $349
Full Holistic OT Members
: $299, become a member here
Class recorded on September 26 & 27, 2020. No refunds due to the class being a recording. Class must be completed within one month of registration. 

12 CEUs:
Participants will receive a certificate of completion that may be submitted to their professional board for professional development credits. A completed course evaluation is required to receive a certificate of completion. This course meets the NBCOT requirement as a Professional Development Activity.

Course Description:
The OT and Coaching class will give occupational therapists the skills to successfully guide clients with coaching skills as outlined by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the OT Practice Framework. The OT will understand how coaching can be utilized as a profound tool in occupational therapy practice for the occupation of being human. This class will enhance the occupational therapist’s confidence using coaching as an effective tool with clients to meet their occupational performance goals related to health, wellness, and prevention. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify how OTs meet the International Coach Federation (ICF) Guidelines through the ICF core competencies.
  2. Understand and apply coaching ethics and standards appropriately in all coaching situations.
  3. Demonstrate improved active listening skills and gain applicable knowledge on the art of inquiry to engage in powerful questioning.
  4. Gain working foundational knowledge of the coaching process from intake interview to goal setting.
  5. Understand the process to develop and maintain an effective coaching plan with the client.

    Listen to the conversation with Emmy Vadnais and Ana Hernando about “Coaching for Health and Wellness.”

Ana Hernando, OTR, MOT, MBA is passionate about complementary and integrative health. She holds several certifications including Sensory Specialist, Level III Reiki provider, Self Talk Speaker and Trainer, Life Coach and Chair Yoga for Seniors provider.  Ana focuses on empowering people to reclaim their health from the inside out. She is the creator of  the 12wks2wellness program. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and a Master’s of Business Administration. She has conducted continuing education seminars for several years and has been a guest speaker for America Airline Professional Women in Aviation, Texas Autism Conference, MOPS International, Mothers of Multiples, and The Lions Club International. Ana lives in a suburb of Dallas and currently consults for The Center for Cardiovascular Health as well as owns and operates her private practice, Holistic Solutions focusing on wellness and health promotion. Visit DoctorAna.net.

Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L, BCTMB, ARCB is a Holistic Occupational Therapist, who is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, an American Board Certified Reflexologist, and Intuitive Healer who specializes in integrative health, wellness and prevention. She graduated with her B.S. in occupational therapy and psychology from St. Catherine University in 1996. She is the founder and director of the Holistic OT Community that supports OTs interested in or practicing integrative health, wellness and prevention. She has a deep understanding of the mind-body-spirit connection having provided care as an OT and integrative health practitioner in the hospital setting, nursing homes, clinics, and private practice. She is trained in medical qigong energy healing, meditation, mindfulness, relaxation techniques, intuitive development and healing, guided imagery, massage therapy, acupressure, reflexology, aromatherapy, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, emotional freedom technique (EFT), and yoga. She has been studying and practicing holistic and integrative health for 20 years. She teaches continuing education and provides consultation to health care professionals about how to incorporate holistic and integrative health approaches into their practice and for self-care. She is in private practice serving children and adults in St. Paul, MN. Visit EmmyVadnais.com and HolisticOT.org.


“I’ve been an OT for about 28 years and this was the best, most interesting CEU course I have ever taken! Maybe it just “came at the right time.” The information was very well presented. Both instructors were clear, and as a student I got the benefit of two different styles and approaches to the topic. Thank you also to the students who participated live and were agreeable to being recorded. Their perspectives, plans, and questions added to the value of the course for me. There was so much information presented that I want to listen to it all again!” Laney McDonald, MS, OTR/L

“Thank you, Emma, for creating these courses. I feel there is such a connection between all the OTs out there who are looking for another avenue to take. It’s such comfort to be around other OTs going through a similar path. I look forward to learning more and taking more courses that will help me get started and to reach my future goals! You and Anna have a great balance of energy of warmth, knowledge, and enthusiasm!” Michelle Gal, MS, OTR/L

“The course was very helpful in understanding how to combine OT and coaching. I have been wanting to “become” a health coach, but this course gave me the confidence to know that I already am one. With additional skills and understanding how to combine motivational interviewing and other techniques, I feel more confident to use these skills to start my own practice.” Emily Hearle, OTR/L

“I greatly enjoyed this course as an excellent introduction to coaching principles and techniques as an OT. I hope to discover the skills I already have developed of the past 30 years and ways to shift my way of assisting clients as an active listener instead of just the teacher. Ana and Emmy are experts in the field of Coaching and OT! They were so reassuring that OT’s already have the skills that need to be shifted for us who have been treating in the traditional medical model. I hope to refine these skills learned in this course to have a successful practice of my own. Thank you!” Cynthia Caldwell OTR/L

“Such a helpful course with concrete examples to provide effective coaching. This course has given me so much more confidence and preparation to work with clients in the coaching realm.” Lauren Siroonian, MA, OTR/L

“This class was everything I hoped for and more. I was very impressed with the amount of information provided. Ana and Emmy are exceptional instructors that have amazing energy and knowledge. I came away with a new perspective and understanding. I am forever grateful for the outpouring encouragement and support that was provided during this course.” Jennifer Johnson, OTR/L 

“I was confused as to how I could start an online OT practice that was also coaching in the wellness realm. I had no idea how to differ between just coaching and OT, until I took this course! This gave me so much insight that half way through I applied for my LLC, spoke with a lawyer to write up a contract, and feel confident in starting my business! Thank you, Emmy and Anna!” Emily R., OTR/L

“I thought that this class was well thought out and well taught. It had the perfect combination of participation/discussion and teaching that kept me engaged. This class clarified so many questions that I had for coaching others. It not only provided me with the motivation to move forward but the skills to do so with confidence. Thanks!” Megan Carroll, MOT, OTR/L

“Excellent course! Made me feel that I was not alone in this desire to become more holistic focused in my practice.” Amy Heiser OTD, OTR/L

“Both Emmy and Ana were very helpful in helping me to see how OT and coaching Health and Wellness are a natural fit. I believe coaching is something I can use to help my clients reach their health and wellness goals. It helped me see more clearly my own beliefs and put what I value into words. Thanks so much validating what I’ve known for years but have been unable to see the bigger picture. I’m already using Holistic modalities and I teach Yoga. Thank you both for your knowledgeabout OT and coaching and I really appreciate your expertise. It helps to see the importance of using my OT background and credentials to back up my coaching practice.” Kelly Riska, OTR/L, RYT, LMT

“This course definitely provided great, comprehensive education in the realm of OT and Coaching. Prior to finding this course, I thought this practice was nuanced and innovative in the OT community. However, it is great to see that Ana and Emmy have actually been practicing in this area for years and have been amazing advocates. The robust knowledge that this course consists of is perfect for any OT, like me, to acquire a foundation of how to begin this type of practice. I now feel more empowered and confident in applying the skills I have learned from this course in my current Pediatric practice as well as my own future Coaching practice. It is also a plus that Ana and Emmy were able to connect CEU approval through NBCOT, so awesome! Clydon Vista, OTD, OTR/L

“This class validated why I love my profession so much! Occupational therapists ARE the original life coach, and this class gives ample evidence to prove that. I love the yin and yang energy from Emmy and Ana. They balance each other out very well, and both have their own unique backgrounds, experiences, and knowledge to share. Whether you want to use these skills in your own coaching practice, or in your current position as an occupational therapist, it is very helpful and empowering.” Mallory Jackson, LOTR, MOT, RYT“I found this class to be extremely beneficial in introducing me to a new way of thinking through coaching as an OT. In many ways, I feel that I have coached my patients throughout my entire career; however pivoting to the new perspective and approach as taught by Emmy and Ana feels more natural to what my spirit has been calling for me to do as an OT since the beginning. Thank you, Emmy and Ana for your time and effort in providing such a quality course.” Diana Duganitz, MOT, OT/L, CHT

“This class was amazing and provided the push I was needing to continue with preparation of turning my desire into reality. The class provided great detail on how to merge both OT and being a life coach, as were are the original life coaches. Both Emmy and Ana were personable and very knowledgeable about this topic. I highly recommend this course if you have that restlessness in your soul to serve in an unorthodox yet intended way.” Eddwina Smith

“What an incredible weekend. The topics presented in this course validated the uniqueness of our OT profession as the original life coaches and the important health, wellness and prevention contributions that we can provide to help empower individuals, organizations and the community to reach their highest occupational performance potentials. Emmy and Ana did a fantastic job in outlining the skill sets of International Coach Federation (ICF) and Occupational Therapy Framework, integrating updated research, theoretical approaches and OT practice and providing experiential sessions to promote confidence and enthusiasm to continue with further education.” Kathy Foley

“This class was fantastic, thank you Emmy and Ana! It was just what I was hoping for, and just what I needed to get me motivated and excited about what else I can do as an OT, given my interests, experience, and stage of my career. Through working with a partner, I got some clarity on my own goals, and I feel less doubtful about what I can truly achieve.” Eileen Zeidman, MS, OTR/L; MA, TESOL

“This was, by far, the best course I have attended of late. Emmy and Ana are wonderful presenters and facilitators. I came to the course scattered, disillusioned with my profession and ready to give it up entirely. I’ve known for a while that I need to make a change, but I forgot where I wanted to go. Ana and Emmy have given me the tools I need to make a plan and follow it to my future in my profession of OT. This course was full of theory and practical application, and the time to practice was really the first step to the realization that this change is within my grasp. Thank you.” Melissa Hart

I truly enjoyed this class!! Very informal and practical to implement in my OT career… whether using right away with my current clients in home health or in the future if I want to dive into being a Health & Wellness Coach on my own. I’m always wanting to learn advanced practice OT skills and this class is valuable either way!! Ana and Emmy are very experienced and knowledgeable to teach this class and offer exciting charisma and leadership for participants. I look forward to what they have to offer next!!” Anna Bromeland, OTR/L 

“Thank you so much Emmy and Ana for sharing your expertise as OTs in health and wellness. This course has given me the courage and understanding on how I can grow my skills as a coach and OT in health and wellness. I really appreciate the time you both took to show how the OT Framework supports this area and how we as OTs can become involved. I also really liked how you both provided information and research on the neuroplasticity as it relates to coaching.” Kari Burmeister, OTR/L

“I thoroughly enjoyed the course, both the content and the delivery. Ana and Emmy complement each other so well; both their energies were fabulous and they both have a wealth of knowledge, which has helped in making my overall experience of the course exceptional. I was able to achieve clarity with how I intend to pair my current OT skills and the new coaching skills I’ve learned. It really has given me the confidence to know that I already possess the skills in becoming an excellent coach and there was practical information that I learned that I can start using immediately. I will be using the manual as an ongoing reference because it has summarized so many essential points. Also, since I’ve been out of school for some time, it’s great to have a refresher on some of the theories and frameworks that we reference from an OT perspective. I would recommend this course to all OTs because I think what we learn from here can enhance how we practice in general and better serve our clients.” Mayleen Torres, OT Reg.(Ont)

“The knowledge you and Anna have shared is priceless, and the handouts are worth the course alone!” Shauna McFadden

“This class was amazing. I have been an OT for almost 8 years in Alabama & recently started my own business using Holistic & Integrative approaches. This class was dynamite for helping to empower & educate me on ways OT can and SHOULD be practiced! In all settings! Thank you Emmy & Ana so so much!”  Magan H. Gramling, OTR/L, CLT, CMF

“I would highly recommend this class to any OT who is interested in either moving to a coaching model or who wants to incorporate coaching into their current practice. The instructors are passionate about their work and this comes across in their teaching style.” Alison Koblin MA OTR

“Ana and Emmy empowered and equipped all class participants with the necessary knowledge to understand how coaching falls within our OT practice framework and licensure. Best of all, they assured us and explained why we do *NOT* need to spend our valuable time and money to get additional coaching certifications, because as national board-certified OTs we’re already qualified!!” Nicole Gordon OTR/L

“This class will help you to feel comfortable interacting with your clients. It will give information on how to tell others why health & wellness and coaching are an integral part of OT.” Rebecca Fowles, M.S., OTR/L, LVT

“This was a great class! Well done to the both of you! I learned so many things and gained very valuable knowledge that will help me not only in my current OT practice setting but for a future coaching program I wish to develop at my current place of employment. Please consider offering a marketing class to supplement this course as it would be very helpful to us OT’s who are beginning to transition from one practice setting to another. I really enjoyed the course and look forward to taking future ones.” Sherri Madsen, OTR

“Great course with researched based, up-to-date information regarding OT and Coaching. This course definitely builds confidence to pursue coaching without seeking out additional certifications. Thank you Emmy and Ana!” Sarah Behrends, MS, OTR/L

“I just finished the course and I really enjoyed it. The topics covered were very relevant to what I was looking for and gave me a host of resources. My only disappointment was that I was not able to be live with the rest of the group. That being said, I still felt a strong sense of being part of an innovative approach to treatment..ie: the prevention model..as opposed to the sickness model.” Jillian Minor COTA

“It is both encouraging and empowering to have experienced this training . As and OT that has been focusing on more integrative practices, this training was so help to encourage and affirm that I am headed in the right direction in following non traditional practices with clients that I know to be helpful. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of what we can continue to reach for as OT’s and offer the people we serve.” Trista Richardson MS OTR/L

“Emmy and Anna have put together a fantastic resource to give OT’s the confidence and knowledge that we have already been trained to offer health and wellness coaching. It’s a core part of Occupational Therapy! Their knowledge is thorough and grounded in experience, and they teach with great wisdom, passion and kindness. All OT’s should do this course before any other health coaching course. You may realize, as I did, that you already have the training to coach well! Annette Gardiner-Wynn

“This course has helped me realize the potential I have providing OT services (and using coaching skills) in health and wellness. There were so many take-aways! I feel empowered and motivated to take the next steps to opening my own practice. It’s what I needed at exactly the right time. Thank you, Emmy and Ana!” Melissa Jorden, OT

“Emmy and Ana really work well together as co-teachers in this course! They balance each other well and are both very knowledgeable in holistic OT and coaching. Although I was not live for this course, I could truly feel their passion for helping us learn how to develop/follow our intuition and create a path that supports the engagement of meaningful occupations with our clients. It was empowering to hear from individuals with like-mindsets and I feel more confident in the possibilities that exist for my future!” Jacqueline O’Brien, OTR/L