Mental Health Literacy for Coaches: The Time is Now!

Learn practical tools for supporting clients with mental health challenges

Learn at your own pace while gaining new information from leading
professionals in the coaching and mental health field.


The Mental Health Literacy course provides coaches with a base​line understanding on 5 of the most common mental health issues displayed in the population: depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar disorder, and addiction/substance abuse. 

Coaches will learn what is outside the ethical boundaries of coaching, and new information about mental health issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, bipolar disorder. In learning the basics on mental health literacy, you can help reduce stigma around mental health issues, facilitate growth in your clients, and make educated suggestions within the referral process.

Meet Your Course Facilitator

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Shelley Carson

As a researcher and instructor at Harvard University, Dr. Shelley Carson, Ph.D. has been a consultant and expert on the topics of psychopathology, creativity, and resilience since she received her doctorate from Harvard in 2001. She also serves as Director of Education & Research of the Academy for Brain Health and Performance and is a Founding Scientist/Scholar of the Florida Gulf Coast-based Brain Health Initiative.

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How long will this course take?

This course has about twelve hours of content. Individuals who register to take the IOC’s course will be free to proceed through this content as quickly as they please.

Are there cohorts for this course?

This course is a-synchronous and has an open enrollment. You will be able to begin this course at any time in the calendar year. To accompany the course, we have a proposed itinerary and sequence that can guide you through the course and it’s modules.

Is this course completely asynchronous?

Yes, the main portion of this course is completely asynchronous. Members of the Institute of Coaching will also be able to participate with discussion groups that the IOC will host throughout the year that have topics that directly pertain to content with the mental health literacy course.

What will I learn in this course?

Individuals taking this course will learn about common mental health issues. The neuroscience and background of these issues. What tools they have at their disposal to assist individuals dealing with mental health issues. The difference between coaching and therapy and what coaches are ethically allowed to do. When, and how to refer clients to mental health professionals. How you can be a member of a client’s mental health team in partnership with psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, and other medical professionals.

What topics are covered in this course?

The modules covered in this course are: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance abuse and addiction, and trauma.

Do I receive certification for this course?

This course will allow individuals to receive credits for continuing education from ICF, NBHW and Wellcoaches. Along with credits from these organizations, individuals will also receive a certificate of completion of the Institute of Coaching’s Mental Health Literacy Course.

Do I need to be an IOC member to take this course?

This course is open to both IOC members and non-members. You do not need to be an IOC member to complete this course and receive the certificate of completion. Members of the IOC will have access to additional IOC resources, some of which are not available to the general public. Along with these additional resources, IOC members will have access to IOC discussion groups.

Can I talk with other people taking the course?

Although this course is completely asynchronous, we want to provide a space to discuss, learn, and grow. Everyone deserves to have support with their mental health, and there is a lot to learn to properly support individuals who are experiencing mental health issues or a mental health crises. To support our course attendees, we have a community space available where individuals can discuss what they are learning in a closed environment with other course participants. We encourage our course participants to enter this space and view it as a learning experience for themselves and everyone they encounter.

Who is the courses’ instructor?

The Institute of Coaching is proud to have Dr. Shelley Carson of Harvard’s Psychology Department host this course as our primary instructor.