The NWI Wellness Promotion Competency Model, released by the National Wellness Institute’s Council on Wellness Certification Excellence (CWCE) in spring 2017, is a ground-breaking resource to aid in curriculum development, recruitment and hiring, continuing professional development, and certification in the wellness field.
As the first national model of competencies for wellness promotion, the NWI Wellness Promotion Competency Model advances a common understanding of critical success factors and desired behaviors within the wellness profession to facilitate a common culture and standard of practice.
The CWCE collaborated with employers, experienced professionals, and education partners for two years to assess the knowledge and skills essential to wellness practice within multiple areas of practice. Based upon the results of interviews, survey research, and an expert review process, these items represent the minimum essential competencies for a professional to be considered competent in wellness promotion, regardless of their specific job function. Beginning July 1, 2017, this model will serve as the standard for the Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) certification.
The model guides professionals employed in this challenging role in how to partner with clients using an autonomy-supportive approach; consider the individual’s or community’s whole life context, values and aspirations; and collaborate as part of an inter-professional team to address organizational and community barriers to wellness.