By participating in Academies during the National Wellness Conference (NWC), attendees receive additional networking and experiential learning during the Conference. Participants can continue to connect with each other throughout the year through NWI’s online Core Communities, which offer online forums and occasional scheduled conference calls for all NWI members. The Academies provide participants the opportunity to learn not only from the speakers and facilitators, but also from their peers.
The goal of the Academies is to provide a learning-community environment at the NWC for participants to interact with other wellness professionals, sharing ideas and resources, discussing challenges, creating solutions, developing skill-sets, and learning best practices specific to their wellness education/learning needs. While Conference attendees may attend individual Academy sessions (with the option of earning continuing education credit), participants who attend every 2.75-hour daily session (over three days) within an Academy will earn a certificate of participation. Main Conference registration is required to participate in the Academies.
NWC 2015 will feature the following Academies:
- Coaching Academy
- Day 1: The Emotions of Coaching
Facilitated by Jackie Bredl-Dietrich, CHES, PCC, CWP, BCC, and Carrie Phelps, PhD, BCC, with presentation by Margaret Moore, MBA (“Organizing and Understanding the Role of Emotions in Coaching to Deepen Awareness”)
- Day 2: The Experience of Dynamic Coaching Styles and Techniques with a Focus on Observing the Whole Person/Body
Facilitated by Jackie Bredl-Dietrich, CHES, PCC, CWP, BCC, and Carrie Phelps, PhD, BCC, with “Speed Coaching: Conversations with the Masters” led by Jackie Bredl-Dietrich
- Day 3: The Essence of Coaching
Facilitated by Jackie Bredl-Dietrich, CHES, PCC, CWP, BCC, and Carrie Phelps, PhD, BCC, with presentation by Linda Bark, PhD, RN, MCC, NC-BC (“Coaching from a Holistic/Integral Perspective for Lasting Change”)
- Integrative Health Academy
- Day 1: Primer of Biofield Energy Therapies—WE ARE ENERGY!
Facilitated by Denise Pastoor, MEd, APRN, BC, CHTP/I, CWP, RYT, with presentations by Denise Pastoor (“Igniting The Art of Biofield Energy Therapies in Your Wellness Practice”) and Sachiko Komagata, PhD, PT, CWP (“Mindful Self-care: Energy Tapping, Reflexology, & Qi-Healing”)
- Day 2: Energy Principles in Expressive Communication and Relationships—WE ARE ALL CONNECTED!
Facilitated by Denise Pastoor, MEd, APRN, BC, CHTP/I, CWP, RYT, with presentations by Kimberly Gray, RN, HN-BC, LMT, CHTP/I (“Activating Heart Intelligence: Energetics for Dynamic Communication and Relationships”) and Brenda Stockdale, MA (Narrative Medicine: The Power of Words to Shift Energy for Health and Healing”)
- Day 3: Movement-based Biofield Energy Modalities—WE ARE VIBRATIONS OF ENERGY FLOW!
Facilitated by Denise Pastoor, MEd, APRN, BC, CHTP/I, CWP, RYT, with presentation by Pete Gryffin, PhD, MS (“Metarobics: New Paradigm for QiGong and TaiChi Healing”) and panel to create “A Self-Care Biofield Energy Toolkit” with panelists Denise Pastoor; Pete Gryffin; Kimberly Gray, RN, HN-BC, LMT, CHTP/I; Sachiko Komagata, PhD, PT, CWP; and Brenda Stockdale, MA
- Multicultural Competency Academy
- Day 1: Closing the Health and Wellness Gap
Facilitated by Linda Howard, JD, and Jacquelyn McCray, PhD, with presentations by Aldrenna P. Williams, DrPH (“Addressing Health Equity and Health Disparities Issues Through Upstream and Mid-stream Interventions”), and Darryl P. Turpin, MPA, CADC (“Habilitation, Empowerment, and Accountability Therapy (H.E.A.T.) and the Role of Social Justice”)
- Day 2: Multicultural Competency in Organizational Development, Corporate Wellness, and Community Policing
Facilitated by Linda Howard, JD, and Jacquelyn McCray, PhD, with presentations by Deborah A. Wilcox, PhD, MPA (“Multicultural Competency in Organizational Development”); Bob Stewart, Police Practices Expert (“Community Policing: Supporting Wellness on Both Sides of the Badge”); and Linda Howard, JD (“Multicultural Requirements for Corporate Wellness Programs: The Legal and Business Case”)
- Day 3: Strategic Wellness Interventions for Underserved Populations
Facilitated by Linda Howard, JD, and Jacquelyn McCray, PhD, with panelists Jennie Trotter, MEd; Nikki Akparewa, RN, MSN/MPH, CWP; June Strickland, PhD, RN ; and Ed Ramos
- Worksite Academy (Sponsored by Optum)
- Day 1: Examining the Research Behind Multiple Dimensions of Wellness
Facilitated by Laura Putnam, MA, and Mim Senft, CWWS, GBA, AAI, RYT, with presentations by John Waters, MBA, Director of Wellness Consulting with Optum (“Key Insights from the 6th Annual Wellness in the Workplace Study to Advance an Employer’s Health and Wellness Programs”) and Jessica Grossmeier, CEO of Verity Analytics and Vice President, Research, for HERO. (“The Value Proposition for Workplace Wellness”)
- Day 2: Linking the Multiple Dimensions
Facilitated by Laura Putnam, MA, and Mim Senft, CWWS, GBA, AAI, RYT, with presentations by Deb Smolensky, CWP, WCC, CLP, Senior Account Executive with National Financial Partners (“Operating in the SWEET SPOT: 9 Key Areas and Next Practices to Create a Thriving Workplace”) and Elizabeth Cushing, President of Playworks, (“How to Leverage the Power of Play for a New Kind of Wellness”)
- Day 3: Multiple Dimensions in Action
Facilitated by Laura Putnam, MA and Mim Senft, CWWS, GBA, AAI, RYT, with “Corporate Wellness—Past, Present, and Promising Future” Panel featuring Leslie Ritter, Wellness Leader at Eileen Fisher; Ginny Bryson, Wellness Manager at Phoebe Putney; and Anna Follman, Onsite Health Specialist at Best Buy