Diploma In Life Coaching Skills
Diploma In Life Coaching Skills courses with author and tutor Laurel Alexander
|The individualized level of the course delivery was spectacular.
Life coaches provide support, structure and encouragement to help clients fulfill their potential, make the most of their lives and move forward in the areas which they want to change e.g. relationships, careers, fitness, work-life balance or self-confidence.
By observation, listening and questioning, life coaches explore with clients their situation, values and beliefs. They work with clients to find ways in which they might achieve their aims and help them to set appropriate goals. By remaining supportive and non-judgmental, life coaches encourage clients to maintain motivation and commitment and to find ways of overcoming barriers and setbacks. They may challenge assumptions through constructive feedback, but do not tell clients what to do; their main aim is to empower clients to take control of their life by finding answers for themselves. They may sometimes suggest referral to an appropriate therapist if a client agrees that they would benefit from this.
Once you have qualified as a life coach, you can choose to do further training and work in any number of niche areas, for example:
- career coaching
- wellness coaching
- leadership coaching
- creativity coaching
- parent skills coaching
- retirement coaching
- performance coaching
- business coaching
- stress management coaching
The Diploma is offered through blended learning whereby you can start your course at any time of the year. The mode of delivery is by supported distance learning and supervised practice at times to suit. Features of blended learning:
- start your course anytime
- 1:1 tuition throughout your course
- complete the course fast-track or take up to 2 years
- access your course 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week
- self-directed learning opportunities where you learn at your own pace (with full tutor support)
- course content can be modified to include bespoke needs
- have your skills development hours when you want (weekday or weekends)
- work with a range of volunteer clients on authentic life coaching issues
- opportunity to develop self-confidence with quality feedback and challenge
- work with a study-buddy
The Diploma in Life Coaching Skills is suitable for anyone who wants to develop a life coaching practice or use life coaching skills in their work. It is also relevant as a foundation for specialised coaching e.g. wellness.
National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP)
The Diploma in Life Coaching Skills will provide you with a professional qualification and is independently accredited by the National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP). The NCP is one of the longest established and prestigious societies of its type in the UK and enjoys an international reputation.
Student membership is included in your fee when you are accepted onto the Diploma and following successful completion of the course, you are eligible for full NCP membership.
This mark represents an acknowledgement by the Association for Coaching that the Diploma in Life Coaching Skills meets the course recognition criteria and is aligned with the AC's code of ethics and complaints process.
Association for Coaching
Wellness Professionals at Work is an organizational and training provider member of the Association for Coaching and is committed to the ethical development of coaching as a profession. Our coaching training is in line with the Association’s Code of Ethics and Good Practice.
Following successful completion of the Diploma and the gaining of coaching hours, you are eligible to apply for membership of the Association which has international recognition.
Complementary Medical Association (CMA)
Wellness Professionals at Work is a recognized and authorized course provider of the Complementary Medical Association (CMA). This course carries CPD points (1 point for every hour of study or skills development).
Stage One: Pre-Course Reading
Prior to your skills development, you will need to read the provided textbook: The Coaching Manual by Julie Starr
Stage Two: Supervised Skills Development And Supported Distance Learning
The supervised skills development and supported distance learning run concurrently.
Supervised Skills Development Master Classes
All students must gain a minimum of 30 hours of supervised skills development before taking on case studies. You can attend as many Master Classes as you like for the duration of your course.
Saturday Master Classes are held monthly in Brighton, Sussex for students to practice their coaching skills under the supervision of Laurel. You will be:
- facilitating initial assessments
- co-creating coaching plans
- developing the use of positive body language
- developing rapport
- improving effective listening skills
- developing powerful questioning techniques
- practicing cognitive behavioural coaching
- using techniques in overcoming client resistance
- improving client motivation
- managing client change
- gaining practice in face-to-face and tele-coaching skills.
The Saturday Master Classes run from 9am - 5pm (giving seven hours of contact time). Dates for 2013-2014 are:
|13 July||11 January|
|14 September||8 February|
|19 October||15 March|
|16 November||27 April|
NOTE: It is possible to deliver the skills development through individually arranged sessions, either face-to-face or using Facetime. Please contact Laurel.
Supported Distance Learning
You can go at your own pace for the distance learning with the full support of Laurel. This is designed to give you the underpinning knowledge you need in order to practice life coaching. As well as the pre-course textbook, two additional textbooks are provided. Based on this reading and your own self-directed study, you complete assignments at your own pace. Completed work is passed onto Laurel for marking and comment and returned to you. Modules:
Module 1: Coaching Skills: Setting the scene for life coaching - Co-creating a life coaching programme - Core coaching competencies - Showing attention and interest in coaching- Using exploration skills in coaching - Showing understanding skills in coaching - Using action skills in coaching - Motivational coaching - Change management
Module 2: Nine Ways to Deliver Coaching: Personal tele-coaching - Group tele-coaching - Personal face-to-face coaching - Personal coaching by Skype - Face-to-face group coaching - Webinars - Teleseminars - Email coaching - Products
Module 3: Cognitive Behavioural Coaching: Defining cognitive behavioural coaching - The 8-step process to using CBC in wellness coaching - Step 1: Setting the Scene for CBC - Step 2: Problem Identification - Step 3: Goal Selection - Step 4: Choices & Consequences - Step 5: Exploration of Faulty Thinking - Step 6: Decision-Making & Action Planning - Step 7: Implementation - Step 8: Evaluation
Module 4: Developing Client Self Esteem: Defining self-esteem - Self acceptance - Defining confidence - Language of assertiveness - Values and rights - How to respond assertively
Module 5: Using Visualisation and Imagery in Coaching: The mindbody connection - Background to using imagery for health - Relaxation techniques - Imagery techniques - Using imagery with different conditions
Module 6: Working with Client Mindfulness and Meaning: Defining mindfulness - Physiological influence of mindfulness - Mindfulness in daily living - The link between wellbeing and human spirituality - Personal Meaning Profile - Coping Schemas Inventory - The Wheel of Life - Labyrinths.
You are required to keep a learning journal throughout the course. This records your personal and professional learning experiences related to the Diploma.
Stage Three: Case Studies And Log
Following your supervised skills development, you need to complete six case studies, each having six sessions. Each case study will include one assessed tele-coaching session. You complete all case studies in your own time and location, under remote or face-to-face supervision from Laurel.
You will be asked to keep a log amounting to 80 hours of contact time with life coaching clients. This can include your case studies.
Stage Four: CPD Evaluation
You will be assessed:
- during your face to face skills development
- during telephone coaching sessions
- through regular supervision
- via assignments
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