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Our Well-Being Training Program
Learn how to live a healthier, fuller life. Our program will help you cultivate well-being that lasts. Spanning approximately ten months, our training consists of a mix of teaching practices–didactic, experiential, personal study, and physical movement–to ensure that all of our participants have the tools they need to be successful in a variety of settings.
Based on the research of the Anthropedia Institute, and in collaboration with the Center for Well-Being at Washington University, our Well-Being Coach Certification Program is a 270-hour course that integrates evidence-based well-being approaches from psychology, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and various mind-body approaches to health and well-being. Our program will prepare you to become an integrative well-being coach.
Do you prefer talking to someone?
Below you will find out a lot of information about our training. Sometimes, however, there is no substitute for talking to a person to get more information. We regularly offer information sessions to talk about our work at the foundation, discuss our training, and answer any questions applicants may have. You can sign up to attend using the red button.
Here are some dates for upcoming events:
Wednesday, July 1
10:30am Central Time
We will send you the link upon registration.
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What's your interest?
There are 2 ways to participate in our 270-hour training:
I want to improve my personal well-being and become a coach.
Well-Being Coach Certification Track
Become an integrative well-being coach and teach others about sustainable health and well-being. This program is suitable for aspiring or practicing helping professionals–such as counselors, social workers, community health workers, and educators–seeking to become certified coaches. Participants must complete the 270-hour Resilience and Well-Being Program plus additional requirements for certification.
Payment plans and financial aid available.
I want to improve my personal well-being.
Resilience & Well-Being Track
This program is intended for individuals seeking to improve their own well-being, but who are not interested in coaching others. You’ll take the same course, but you don’t have to satisfy any of the requirements of coach certification.
Payment plans and financial aid available.
Earn a Professional Certificate and/or CEUs
Participants who complete our training are eligible for a certificate of completion
from the Saint Louis University College of Public Health.
For participants seeking continuing education credits,
the University of Missouri - St. Louis, Missouri Institute of Mental
Health will provide continuing education accreditation for trainings and
workshops administered by the Anthropedia Foundation. MIMH is part of
an accredited university and accepted by professional licensing boards
in the State of Missouri.
For participants seeking continuing education credits, the University of Missouri - St. Louis, Missouri Institute of Mental Health will provide continuing education accreditation for trainings and workshops administered by the Anthropedia Foundation. MIMH is part of an accredited university and accepted by professional licensing boards in the State of Missouri.
A recent study of 75 of our coach trainees yielded substantial gains in character development as measured by the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI). This included statistically significant (p<.01) improvement in the mean character trait scores before and after the training.
USA Locations & Dates
Jul. 25-26, 2020
Aug. 8-9, 2020
Aug. 22-23, 2020
Sep. 5-6, 2020
Sep. 19-20, 2020
Oct. 3-4, 2020
Oct. 17-18, 2020
Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, 2020
Nov. 14-15, 2020
Dec. 5-6, 2020
Dec 12-13, 2020
Jan. 9-10, 2021
Jan. 23-24, 2o21
Feb 6-7, 2021
Feb. 20-21, 2021
Mar. 6-7, 2021
Mar. 20-21, 2021
Apr. 10-11, 2021
Apr. 24-25, 2021
May 1-2, 2021
Aug. 24-25, 2020
Sep. 14-15, 2020
Sep. 21-22, 2020
Oct. 5-6, 2020
Oct. 19-20, 2020
Nov. 2-3, 2020
Nov. 16-17, 2020
Dec. 7-8, 2020
Dec. 14-15, 2020
Jan. 11-12, 2021
Jan. 25-26, 2021
Feb. 8-9, 2021
Feb. 22-23, 2021
Mar. 8-9, 2021
Mar. 22-23, 2021
Apr. 12-13, 2021
Apr. 26-27, 2021
May 10-11, 2021
May 24-25, 2021
Jun. 7-8, 2021
3693 Forest Park
St. Louis, MO 63108
Feb 21-24, 2020
Mar. 20-23, 2020
Apr. 17-20, 2020
May 29-Jun. 1, 2020
Jul. 10-13, 2020
Aug. 14-17, 2020
Sep. 11-14, 2020
Oct. 9-12, 2020
Nov. 6-9, 2020
Dec. 4-7, 2020
International Locations & Dates
The French Academy of Life Coaching also offers Anthropedia’s Well-Being Coach Certification Program in French in Vallauris. For more information about the training please visit
You can find out more information about our faculty in the FAQ below.
Most frequent questions and answers
Anthropedia’s instructors are all experts in the Science of Well-Being with a background in fields related to health and well-being. They have all completed the coach certification program, as well as additional training developed by our institute. Like the members of the institute, our instructors have expertise in a variety of fields. Some of them are medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and social workers, while others are experts in philosophy, literature, education, coaching, and physical movement.
Robert Cloninger, MD, PhD
Wallace Renard Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Genetics, Director of the Center for Well-Being at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and Director of the Anthropedia Institute
Kevin Cloninger, PhD
Executive Director and co-founder, Anthropedia
Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Denver
Nigel Lester, MD
Director of Mental Health, PALM Health and Anthropedia Institute Member
Trained in psychiatry at University College London and St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City
Alinda Muszynski, BA, CPT
Director of Administration and Programs, Anthropedia
BA in Psychology, Education, & Mathematics, University of Colorado, and Certified Personal Trainer
Amanda Chesnutt, BA
Member Navigator and Mind-Body Movement Instructor, PALM Health
BA in Geography and Internationally Certified Ballroom and Social Dance Instructor
Brian Keady, PhD
Doctorate in Philosophy and Theology, University of Denver
Christina Mengert, PhD
Associate Director of College Programs, Bard Prison Initiative
Doctorate in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing, University of Denver
Mary Druyvesteyn, PhD
Manager of Training and Development, PALM Health
Doctorate in French Literature, University of Chicago
Peter Hutchings, PhD
Doctorate in English Literature, Princeton University
Sarah Bird, DNP
Family Nurse Practitioner certified in Functional Medicine, PALM Health
Doctorate in Integrative Health and Healing, University of Minnesota
Sita Kedia, MD, MPH, FAHS
Neurologist & Chief Medical Officer, PALM Health; co-founder & Vice-President, Anthropedia
Medical Degree and Masters in Public Health, University of Colorado
Spencer Hutchings, PhD
Doctorate in Musicology, University of Colorado, Boulder
In both formats, each day of the training consists of five 1- to 1.5-hour classes (see course list above for specific course titles). For the in-person format, we begin at 8:30am and generally go until 6:30pm (there are seven days that end at 4:30pm). Because each class requires a lot of attention and energy, we take 30-minute breaks between each course, and our lunch break is an hour and a half.
The online course consists of the same courses as the in-person training, but you will have more flexibility over the course of each day of the training. There is a live-course each day of the training at a fixed hour, and you will have a a 2 day period to complete the remaining eight 1- to 1.5 hour.
There is no reading required outside of class. Upon completion of the training, however, you will be tested on the content of the Know Yourself DVDs, so you will want to study those throughout the course of the training. In addition, the other major task for those interested in certification is to complete a portfolio of exercises each month of the training. You can expect anywhere from 30-40 exercises per month. The amount of time that these exercises take varies from person-to-person, and they are all geared towards helping improve your self-awareness, resilience, and stress management.
The coursework is mostly the same, so it is a question of completing some extra classes, and fulfilling the requirements of certification, in addition to paying the difference in tuition. Generally people figure this out quite quickly, so we would encourage you to discuss it with us as soon as possible once the training begins.
Generally, attendance is expected at all sessions. Of course, we understand that emergencies and other justifiable situations do arise. However, please bear the following in mind:
- Attendance at all courses during the first two days of the training is mandatory.
- For the remainder of the training, you cannot miss more than two days (or the equivalent thereof, i.e., 10 courses). Exceptions are granted for absences that are due to the death of a loved one or for medical reasons.
In addition to private practice, our certified coaches work in a variety of settings—medical clinics, hospitals, schools, corporations, homeless shelters, halfway houses, and within other service-oriented organizations.