Happy Whole Human

Definition of Terms

  • HAPPY WHOLE HUMAN™.  “HAPPY WHOLE HUMAN™,” often referred to as “Happy Whole Human” or “HWH,” provides tools, structure, and support to empower individuals to raise their consciousness and overcome the personal challenges that contribute to chronic stress, interpersonal drama, disassociation, dissatisfaction, apathy, and burn out. In this way, our holistic program builds upon the traditional ways of thinking about wellness, adding specific key components of mental, emotional, and interpersonal health.


  • Happy Whole Humans.  All individuals who have enrolled in the HAPPY WHOLE HUMAN™ program, received HAPPY WHOLE HUMAN™ coaching, and/or are employed or associated with the HAPPY WHOLE HUMAN™ program are considered broadly “Happy Whole Humans,” implying that, no matter where we start, we have all embarked on a path to optimal health and wellness.


  • Participants.  Individuals who have enrolled, but not yet completed any one of the HWH courses are “program participants” or “participants.”


  • Graduates.  Individuals who have passed the comprehensive final examination for any of the HWH courses and received a certificate of completion are called “graduates.”


  • Coach Trainees.  Graduates of the HWH Fundamentals Program who are enrolled in the HWH Holistic Wellness Coach Training Program are called either “Coach Trainees” or “coach trainees.”
  • Facilitators or Certified Facilitators.  Graduates of the HWH Facilitator Training who have passed the comprehensive final examination and received a certificate of completion are called either “Facilitators” or “Certified Facilitators.”
  • HWH Holistic Wellness Coaches.  Graduates of the HWH Holistic Wellness Coach Training Program in good standing, meaning that they have satisfied all HWH coach training certification requirements, may be called several versions of “HWH Holistic Wellness Coaches.” Specifically, these graduates may also be referred to as “HWH coaches,” “HWH Coaches,” or simply “Coaches” or “coaches” plural or singular.
  • International Coaching Federation.  Currently neither life coaching nor wellness coaching is regulated.  That means that anyone can call him/herself a coach.  However, the “International Coaching Federation,” or “ICF,” has established widely adopted guidelines for the emerging field, and has certified over 20,000 people, making the ICF a valuable resource for curriculum design and ethical standards.


  • Coaching.  HWH adopts the ICF’s definition of “coaching:” “Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”


  • HWH Holistic Wellness Coaching.  HWH employs a non-directive approach, empowering individuals to optimize their holistic health and wellness. HWH provides a comprehensive, original, and research-driven program, focusing on assessing and improving 22 dimensions vital to creating and sustaining health.  Our holistic wellness coaching empowers clients to tap into their own inner source of motivation to restore and preserve health and well-being.  We call the service itself:  “HWH Holistic Wellness Coaching,” “HWH holistic wellness coaching,” “HWH Wellness Coaching,” “HWH wellness coaching,” “HWH Coaching,” or “HWH coaching.”

HWH uses the ICF’s definition of roles as follows*:

  • Client.  “The ‘client’ is the person(s) being coached.”
  • Sponsor.  “The ‘sponsor’ is the entity (including its representatives) paying for and/or arranging for coaching services to be provided.”
  • Professional coaching relationship.  “A ‘professional coaching relationship’ exists when coaching includes a business agreement or contract that defines the responsibilities of each party.”


*For clarification, the ICF elaborates:  In order to clarify roles in the coaching relationship, it is often necessary to distinguish between the client and the sponsor. In most cases, the client and sponsor are the same person and therefore jointly referred to as the client. In all cases, coaching engagement contracts or agreements should clearly establish the rights, roles, and responsibilities for both the client and sponsor if they are not the same persons.”