The Ohio State University at Lima


Apply to be a Student Wellness Coach

Applications for the 2016/2017 academic year will be open beginning Spring semester 2016. Contact the Wellness Center for more info.

What is Wellness Coaching?
Student Wellness Coaches provide information, support, and educational materials to other students on various topics within the 9 dimensions of wellness.

Some things SWC volunteers may be involved with:

Volunteers will receive specialized training and the experience to independently work with students or develop and deliver other programming components. Volunteering in the Student Wellness Center will help enhance your personal strengths and foster the development of many transferrable skills like problem-solving skills, communication skills, interpersonal skills, organizational skills, cultural competency, teamwork, dependability, integrity, leadership, conflict resolution and adaptability.

Wellness Coaches support The Office of Student Life’s mission, which aims to promote wellness among OSU students and their communities. Wellness Ambassadors work directly with other students to educate, promote and discuss wellness on campus.

The Student Wellness Center offers peer-to-peer coaching in many wellness topics. There may be opportunities to be trained as a coach in topic areas including financial wellness, safer sex, nutrition, and alcohol and other drugs.

Literature Reviews – Review current literature to determine which health promotion approaches have been most effective with college students. Make recommendations to Student Wellness Center staff to cut, add, change, or refine programming approaches based on research findings.

Needs Assessment: Focus Groups, Interviews, Benchmarking – Determine alternative modes of delivery for Student Wellness Center initiatives. This may include researching other institutions and conducting student focus groups or informant interviews concerning program content and preferred methods of delivery.

Event Planning and Coordination – The Student Wellness Center hosts several large and small events annually. There may be opportunities for students to support initial brainstorming and help with speaker selection, scheduling coordination, marketing, strategic partnerships, communications and overall logistics.

Financial Coaching - education and advice for students’ financial concerns. Common topics discussed during coaching sessions include budgeting, credit/credit scores, debt repayment planning, financial goal-setting, savings planning, and major purchase analyses. Prior to leading one-on-one coaching, students will have the opportunity to learn about personal finance through research, group presentations, business development, continuing education and shadowing.

Sexperts – Sexperts are trained student volunteers that facilitate sexual wellness presentations across campus. Topics include safer sex, contraceptive choices, risk reduction, and sexually transmitted infections.

Healthy Eating & Active Living – Students can learn about nutrition counseling skills, develop educational handouts, and assist with other projects related to healthy eating & active living. Peer Presenters are trained to present on topics related to nutrition, fitness, body image and eating disorders. Volunteers can assist with various opportunities, such as developing presentations and other healthy initiatives.

Sexual Violence Prevention – Peer educators can be trained to assist in the development and delivery of educational workshops and presentations to a variety of audiences. Peer educators may also have the opportunity to provide support for numerous outreach events throughout the year. Students with specialized skills may also assist in the development of marketing materials or with program evaluation.

If there is an area within the 9 Dimensions that Coaches are interested in developing skills for and promoting on campus, training and education can be arranged to develop programming around these topics.

Qualifications for Wellness Coaches:
OSU Lima Student
Ability to complete training (6-12 hours)
Available at least 2 hours per week to provide services to other students
Commitment for all of SP 2015 semester; Training to begin at the end of AU 2014
Strong communication skills
GPA of 2.7 or higher
Willingness to promote the Student Wellness Center & its services
Ability to develop & present programming relevant to current student concerns
Preference will be given to upper classmen
Peer Counselors must understand the importance of privacy & confidentiality

For more information on the 9-dimensions of wellness, check out the OSU Student Wellness Center web site for Columbus Campus: http://swc-qa.osu.edu/

Interested? Complete an application and submit it for consideration. Qualified applicants will be contacted for additional steps. 

For additional information, contact Samantha Haudenschield at haudenschield.11@osu.edu or 419-995-8272