Frequently Asked Questions
After completing MWU, does that mean I’m a therapist now?
No, you are not a therapist, but you will be able to function as a mental wellness coach. Listening to people and working through problems is not a profession that everyone is built for. As a mental wellness coach, we make sure you understand the difference between therapy and coaching so that you market yourself properly. You will receive psycho-education, knowledge, and concepts from a graduate level counseling program. We make sure that you give your clients the right information and title description so there are no misconceptions, and you do no harm.
How does MWU view and implement Cultural Competency?
We have found that most of the theoretical orientations used in therapy were created and founded by western European men. Therefore, there is often a disconnect where clients of color encounter suggestions that may not be effective because certain words, exercises, and concepts are not sanctioned in one’s community. MWU focuses on cultural competency and the importance of understanding and acknowledging someone’s ethnic identity as a priority and not a minority. We teach MWU students how to work with different cultural groups and provide a safe space for people to engage in sessions. Therefore, we are seeking to empower more mental health advocates of color to provide wellness in their communities.
What type of person is a great fit for MWU?
Teachers, entrepreneurs, coaches, authors, mentors, ministers, pastors, artists, therapists, prayer warriors, nurses, parents, educators, social workers, bloggers, social influencers, school counselors, anyone who is good at something and people come to learn from them.
Are men a good fit for mental wellness coaching?
Yes! Men are needed & involved in this field because it reduces the stigma of “therapy”. You will help more people strengthen their mental muscles and receive guidance with professional skills. This is a market where your influence as a male mental wellness coach, can heighten the amount of men who will seek mental wellness services and reduce the stigma of suffering in silence.
How is MWU different from traditional programs?
MWU believes the answer is already inside of our clients, and it is our job to help them remove the clutter so they can see their life clearly. We do not want clients to feel dependent on us as coaches. Therefore, it is not our job to give advice, but to empower our clients with effective coping tools, so they can maintain holistic balance and see life from a healthier perspective. MWU advocates that it is important to get to the root of the problem and heal, rather than giving someone a label and medication that reduces the symptoms but not the problem. Our clients produce more results, more independence, and develop positive coping skills at a faster rate which increases their ability to function at a healthier emotional and mental level.
How do I get a return on my investment?
Coaching is a powerful industry and clients are attracted to the term “mental wellness coach” over the term “therapist”. We teach a specific strategy that helps you create different packages for different clients. The minimum strategy will have our clients making $3,600 a month, working 2 hours a day. This is a profession that is great as part-time, but can grow into a full-time lucrative business. These results are possible, effective, and tangible for those who implement what is taught to them and have a strong work ethic. Results vary per individual and their commitment level.
Can I apply what I learned at MWU in other coaching areas as a nutrition coach, fitness coach, financial coach…etc?
Yes, at MWU we help you identify your specific population, specialties, and learn how to apply it to your specific area of interest with the concepts discussed in the academy.
Do I have to have a Masters degree or previous experience/education in psychology or counseling?
No, you should pursue MWU if you are passionate about interrupting negative patterns and teaching new skills to people. Whether you do this with your friends, family, or co-workers, if you think it’s time to turn your guidance into profit, then MWU can teach you the professional coaching skills you need.
Do I diagnosis people with mental health disorders and give them medication as a mental wellness coach?
No, as a mental wellness coach you do not diagnosis people with a disorder, prescribe medication, or take insurance. If a client needs a higher level of care, you can refer them to a therapist. We will teach you how to assess a clients needs, and see if it is a right fit.
What is the Exit Exam & if I pass will you give me a job?
In order to receive a certificate of completion you must attend the classes, complete the homework and pass the exam. All concepts will be reviewed and this exit exam is designed to increase your knowledge and confidence about the coaching business. You do not become an employee of MWU, you now have the tools to open your own mental wellness coaching business, start building clients and impacting your community with what you’ve learned.
How will I get clients?
We will teach you how to utilize different online platforms where your clients are waiting to receive your help.
What if I can’t attend the classes during the live training?
That’s okay, we will send the replay after class. It is important to attend the live training’s so you can get your questions answered and so you can participate in the role plays where you practice your skills.
What are some common problems faced by those in the profession of therapy & social services?
Low employment opportunities without a state license
Overwhelming number of clients / cases
Low pay-rate / salary
Conflicting interest with Insurance companies
Diagnosing clients with a mental health disorders
Monitoring medication use
Expensive costs of supervision
The accumulation of hours to manage supervised group and individual hours
What are some things that I should I consider between coaching and getting my license as a therapist?
As a coach, you can work with people who live in different states. As a therapist, you are required to do therapy with people in your state only.
As a therapist you have to pay for supervision for 2-3 years until you get your license. Coaching allows you to operate in the area that you feel confident in and receive guidance in the MWU private community.
If you plan on moving a couple times within the next 5 years, then coaching would be a better option so you can still work with clients virtually in different area codes.
As a therapist you may have to work for an agency and operate by their standard of documentation and work with clients assigned to you. As a coach you can choose who you want to work with and help people who are a good fit for you.
If you are a recent counseling graduate, most employers want to hire someone who has a license, so getting a job to accumulate hours towards getting your license, could be difficult. As a coach, you can take the knowledge and open up your own business and let people know the skill set that you have.
How do I get started?
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