• Karien Henrico University of Johannesburg



individual wellness, wellness, health professional, higher education, selfcoaching, Appreciative Inquiry


There is a growing demand and a global shift towards universal holistic healthcare. The work context of health professionals is often marked with numerous stressors and demands affecting the outcomes of clients. Current individual wellness interventions often lack a holistic and self-regulation approach needed to ensure optimal individual wellness. An Appreciative Inquiry (AI)-based strategy was utilised. In-depth, one-on-one semistructured interviews were conducted with somatology health professionals in order to determine their peak experience of holistic individual wellness and to question their ideal wellness dream. Field notes and reflective notes allowed for triangulation. The findings of this study indicated that participants utilise various personal, interpersonal and financial wellness options to facilitate their individual holistic wellness. The research team, therefore, suggests seven self-coaching strategies to address the findings of this study. These strategies aim to facilitate behavioural change in a flexible and interconnected process in order to promote holistic individual wellness.


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Author Biography

Karien Henrico, University of Johannesburg


Department Somatology

Faculyt of Health Sciences


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How to Cite

Henrico, Karien. 2016. “SELF-COACHING STRATEGIES TO PROMOTE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS’ INDIVIDUAL WELLNESS”. Southern African Journal of Social Work and Social Development 28 (3):288-302.