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Kitchener campus  Milton

About Coaching 

Great workplace culture, embedded with deep psychological health and safety, is now the single greatest advantage toward achieving world class results in any industry. Today, and into the next decade, companies and organizations poised to perform the best with trends such as artificial intelligence, the demise of command-and-control leadership, or a globalized workforce, are those that are actively building a coaching-centric workplace. To get there, workplaces must devote strong resources to the development of people and the talents they bring.

About the Certificate Program

This Certificate in Professional Coaching is a six month, 140-hour training program comprised of both in-class sessions in Milton and online learning. Students will complete their course of study having attained 40 hours of live coaching experience*, supported in their learning by classroom instruction, independent learning and online small group coaching circles with an instructor.

* Students will be responsible for finding a minimum of five different volunteer “clients” to complete their practice hours. The volunteer clients can be friends, family members, colleagues etc.

Learning Objectives

The Certificate in Professional Coaching is a training program for business and mental health professionals who want to learn how to coach for deep growth and cultural health across organizations. The important tools and insights of the social sciences are used to teach the skills of coaching to professionals in contemporary workplaces. Some attention is paid to life coaching outside of the work arena. Students will leave the program having learned the concepts, skills and spirit needed to coach for great culture through people development. Specifically, this certificate program will provide:

  • Guidance in understanding and applying the concepts of psychological health and safety, and its impacts on the world of work.
  • Clarity in understanding the intersections between coaching, management, consultancy and therapy.
  • The tools to begin a coaching practice that is embedded within the workplace.
  • Skills that enable coaching for discovery, exploration, self-awareness and insight.
  • Recommendations on how to integrate current trends and emerging ideas into the coach’s practice.
  • A practical understanding of how the coach role intersects with other important business solutions, such as disruption and innovation, design thinking, vision and governance, next generation talent management, teaming and other transformation initiatives.

Program Overview 

The certificate is comprised of four parts, including: 

  1. The Power of a Question: Creating the Coaching Conversation 
  2. Cognitive Behavioural Coaching with Individuals
  3. How People Grow: Consolidation of the Coaches Toolbox
  4. Transformational Workplaces: Advanced Coaching with Organizations

A two-hour orientation session will be held on the first day of the program. The session will be held through Zoom video conferencing. While the session will be recorded for those who cannot attend, we strongly encourage you to participate in this video conferencing session so you have an opportunity to ask questions before the program begins.

The program is 140 hours, which includes 100 synchronous learning (in-class or video conferencing) and 40 hours of independent online learning. Students will complete the program with 40 hours of coaching practice.

Spring 2020 

Program Schedule

Part

Length

Dates

Format

Orientation

 Two Hours 

Monday, April 6, 2020 | 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. EST 

Zoom video conferencing

One

Eight weeks

Monday, April 6 to Sunday, May 31, 2020

Online and Zoom video conferencing

Two

One week

Monday, June 1 to Friday, June 5, 2020

In-class in Milton

Two week break

Three

Eight weeks

Monday, June 22 to Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020

Online and Zoom video conferencing

Four week break

Four

One week

Monday, Sept. 14 to Friday, Sept. 18, 2020

In-class in Milton

Fall 2020 

Program Schedule

Part

Length

Dates

Format

Orientation

 Two hours

Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 | 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. EST

Zoom video conferencing

One

Eight weeks

Monday, Sept. 28 to Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020

Online and Zoom video conferencing

Two

One week

Monday, Nov. 23 to Friday, Nov. 27, 2020

In-class in Milton

Two week break

Three

Eight weeks

Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 to Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021*

Online and Zoom video conferencing

Four week break

Four

One week

Monday, March 22 to Friday, March 26, 2021

In-class in Milton

* No classes Dec. 21, 2020 to Jan. 3, 2021

Program Components

Partnership with Red Maple Coaching

Across industries, it is generally understood that coaching is the new management. Important trends such as artificial intelligence (AI), disruption and transformational change initiatives mean that workplaces of today must reinvent themselves at every turn (of course, this is most true of workplaces that provide mental health care!). Even more importantly, workplaces must find ways to re-humanize themselves, making boardrooms, meetings and hallways places of deep humanity so employees working in this high change context are able to meet these demands.

Red Maple Professional Coaching aims to do just that through one-on-one and corporate services. Located in Waterloo, Ontario, Red Maple is owned by Raechel Pefanis, MDiv, MSW, RSW, Professional Certified Coach (International Coach Federation). Made up of mental health and wellness experts, as well as ex-industry professionals, Raechel and her team work to bring the wisdom of the social sciences to workplaces, helping them build great cultures, teams and leaders by developing the person behind the professional.

Part One – The Power of a Question: Creating the Coaching Conversation

In Part One of this course students will begin to understand what coaching is and how to co-create the coaching dialogue with their clients. There are three components in Part One.

  1. Six online learning modules: Each module will take approximately two hours to complete. At the end of each module students will be required to write a reflection about the topics covered in that section. Reflections will be sent to colleagues in their small group coaching circle (SGCC) for discussion and collaboration.
  2. Three small group coaching circles (SGCC): These groups will meet live via Zoom video conferencing for supervised coaching practice. Each video conferencing call will be two hours. Participation in all calls is mandatory for progression to Part Two of this program.
  3. Six hours of student coaching with volunteer clients: Volunteer clients can be colleagues, friends, family members or others willing to support learning. A student coaching log will be submitted at the end of Part One.

Part Two – Cognitive Behavioural Coaching with Individuals

During this week, students and instructors will come together in person to engage in teaching, conversation and practice. Students will also have the opportunity to work with their SGCC in person to incorporate what they are learning.

Attendance for the full five days is mandatory. There will be no makeup options available for missed classroom time.

 

Part Three – How People Grow: Consolidation of the Coaches Toolbox

There are three components in Part Three:

  1. Eight online learning modules: Each module will take approximately two hours to complete. At the end of each module students will be required to write a reflection about the topics covered in that section. Reflections will be sent to colleagues in their small group coaching circle (SGCC) for discussion and collaboration.
  2. Five small group coaching circles (SGCC): These groups will meet live via Zoom video conferencing for supervised coaching practice. Each video conferencing call will be two hours. Participation in all calls is mandatory for progression to Part Four of this program.
  3. Eight hours of student coaching with volunteer clients: Volunteer clients can be colleagues, friends, family members or others willing to support learning. A student coaching log will be submitted at the end of Part Three.

Part Four – Transformational Workplaces: Advanced Coaching with Organizations

How does coaching technique become a catalyst for transformation of workplaces? In Part Four, students will spend the week learning how the skills learned in the previous three parts intersect with other business objectives. What is the coaches’ role as it pertains to strategic initiatives, design thinking, talent, teambuilding or next generation leadership?

Part Four is the pinnacle of our training together. During this week, students will embed the coaches’ role within the greater health, progression and vitality of companies. Hearing from a number of business solution specialists, students will learn how to leverage the coach role with themes such as:

  • measuring, defining and accelerating culture/culture improvement strategies
  • employee engagement
  • talent management
  • peace, conflict and bridge-building between stakeholders
  • facilitation and management of group dynamics

Attendance for the full five days is mandatory. You will be required to sign in and out, and are not permitted to miss any class time. Please note that there are no makeup options available for missed classroom time.

 

Admission Requirements

The Certificate in Professional Coaching program is open to business and mental health professionals who want to learn how to coach for deep growth and cultural health across organizations.

Completion Requirements

To receive the Certificate in Professional Coaching you must successfully complete:

  • Fourteen online independent learning modules
  • Eight small group coaching circles
  • Fourteen reflection papers
  • Two, five-day in-person courses in Milton
  • Twelve practice coaching sessions with volunteer clients

Costs

The cost for the Certificate in Professional Coaching is $8,500 + HST, which includes course materials, instruction, coaching support and small group coaching circles. Textbooks, meals, transportation and accommodations are the responsibility of the student. Payment plans are available. There is a $150 discount if paid in full upon registration. The certificate does not qualify for any other discounts.

Cancellations up to two weeks prior to start date are subject to a $50 administration fee. Cancellations within two weeks of the start date are not eligible for refund or credit. 

Contact Us:

Lynne Jordan, Manager, FSW Professional Development

E: ljordan@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x5265

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