Want to make a difference doing what you love? You have the innate power ... to be, do, or create whatever you want.
Coaching for Transformation is an exciting adventure in experiential learning that challenges your growth. As a coach, you'll support awareness and help clients access their inner wisdom and creativity.
Using a holistic approach you'll integrate body, mind and spirit to empower people to realize the change they want to see in the world.
Classes are held Mondays and Thursdays from 2-3:30 pm ET OR 8-9:30 pm ET
This program is accredited by the International Coach Federation. When you graduate, you will be a Certified Professional Coach.
Social Justice / Non-Profit Sector
This is the only accredited coach training program with a focus on coaching in the nonprofit sector with multicultural awareness, including the issues of power and privilege. What makes this cohort unique is our commitment to:
- Designing curriculum that addresses the assets and challenges faced by people not of the dominant culture.
- Leveraging the experience of diverse faculty and mentors with deep roots in the nonprofit sector.
- Recruiting participants committed to the values of social justice and the nonprofit sector.
- Making coaching accessible to diverse or underserved communities.
- Creating, supporting and honoring the training needs of a diverse, multicultural learning community.
- Enhancing the success of coaches after graduation.
Leadership that Works is an innovator in the coaching field and a lead partner with the Coaching and Philanthropy Project (CAP) created to assess and advance coaching as a strategy for building effective nonprofit organizations. Utilizing the results from the CAP project, this cohort includes specific competencies necessary for coaches working in the nonprofit sector and with diverse, multicultural communities.
We actively learn from our faculty, colleagues and students how best to address the needs of the nonprofit sector and diverse communities to integrate these lessons into our dynamic coach-training curriculum.
As you practice and get feedback on 24 coaching skills and 5 pathways to transformation, you'll help clients move easily and safely through fear and old patterns. Transformation is a two-way street. As your clients find new awareness, greater vitality and a more fulfilling life, so will you!
The Coaching for Transformation program is a proven structured path toward a career and certification as a Certified Professional Coach. The program includes both an on-line and teleclass component. This distance learning program minimizes travel costs and helps you form a community of like-spirited people from around the world. The program includes:
- 140 hours of class - includes practicing in pairs and small groups
- 40 - 100 hours of practice coaching with peers and clients
- 10 hours of mentor coaching with rigorous feedback on your coaching skills
- Weekly on-line discussions to explore concepts, celebrate success and address challenges
- Final assessment (oral coaching competencies demonstration and written assessment)
- 6 hours working with a CFT coach of your choice (not included in the program cost)
As you combine empathy with coaching skills, you support clients to design and create fulfilling lives by transforming their relationships, career, health, spirituality and finances.
You will begin by attending Coaching Essentials, a foundational introductory coach training course. Choose from:
- 8-teleclass distance learning format (Mondays and Thursdays; January 12-February 5, 2015), or
- 2-day in-person (in Berkeley or Halifax)
The Coaching Essentials distance learning course flows seamlessly into Coaching for Transformation certification training on February 9, 2015. For those fulfilling the Coaching Essentials prerequisite at a 2-day, in-person training, you will begin certification training via distance learning on February 9, 2015.
Belma González, PCC has been providing assets-based, culturally aware coaching to nonprofit and social justice activists since 2004. She works with diverse, multi-generational clients on leadership enhancement, change management, work/life transitions, balance and fulfillment. Belma has coached participants of thirteen leadership development programs to date; all with an eye to strengthening the nonprofit sector and social justice movement. Belma is a co-founder of Prism Coaching, a group of coaches of color who consider the identification, understanding and use of cultural influences as assets. She is also a member of RoadMAP, an alliance of consultants who work collaboratively with members of social justice organizations.
Kim Fowler, PCC, CPCC, ORSCC, has provided coaching and consulting services to nonprofits for over 10 years, after 20 years of management experience in the sector. She is also a trainer and facilitator and has worked with organizations in the areas of arts, social justice, government and education. She coaches individual clients internationally, primarily in leadership development. Kim uses a systems approach to increase clients’ awareness of all parts of themselves and the system they work in. This includes mindfulness of the presence and impact of culture, gender and class. Kim is a member of Prism, a group of coaches practicing and educating around culturally aware coaching.
You'll also work with many other senior faculty at Leadership that Works and experience diverse coaching styles.
Business success doesn't have to be hard! By mastering your inner game, your dreams come true. As you support clients in creating lives they love, they recognize that prosperity, love, and health are their birthright. With the entrepreneurial skills you gain, you can reach the people who have been waiting for you and earn your living doing what you love! You'll be part of the marketing club and graduate with the tools to create a sustainable coaching practice.
"We began a group of strangers, activists, organizers, problem solvers, artists, looking for something more… Our trainers took us to the edge, opened the door, challenged us, loved us, and we began a journey… Through this journey, incredible transformation occurred for all of us." —2012 Coaching for Transformation Bay Area Cohort (Watch their story here: http://vimeo.com/38669037 )
“Prior to Coaching for Transformation I went through a bumpy career transition. I silenced my voice. Unplugged. The coaching course rejuvenated me. I got my voice back. I discovered who I was, what I was, and how I served. I’ve never had this much impact—I’ve strengthened my intuition and my approach is a return to the old—it feels ancient, sacred, and intuitive. The biggest change in my life is that I feel free and I am not afraid.” – Leslie Brown
“I’ve attended some dry academic coaching courses in the past, but what instinctively called me to Coaching for Transformation was its edgy feel, and its values of creativity and social justice. The program has been the single most important learning experience I’ve had in over a decade. CFT helped me remember my core values, quirky strengths, and love for community and connection. The program enabled me to trust my intuition and take creative risks, and in turn, it provided me with the tools to help clients do the same.” – Jessica Balboni
“As a child, I emigrated from Trinidad to the USA. I’ve experienced the aloneness and doubt of leadership roles, negotiating between race, gender, and cultural borders, to recovery as a survivor who now thrives. Coaching for Transformation gave me the skills to support others, and myself, in recognizing core needs and aspirations in creating healthy lives. The values-based method was key to my facilitating an inclusionary process in developing a California mental health stigma and discrimination reduction plan awarded $1.2 million in implementation funds.” - Adele James
“The impact of Coaching for Transformation has been profound. One of my biggest realizations was that my dedication to learning was not coming from a loving place—it was a disguise for feeling like I was not enough. My coach asked, “How can you be in a loving relationship with all parts of yourself?” That struck a chord. I started bringing more lightness to the way I approached my work. This shift has allowed me to set realistic expectations for myself, stop over-promising, and to listen more. Since letting go of having to be a star, I find I’m doing my best work.” – Rebecca Aced-Molina
“Coaching for Transformation was a major factor in self-discovery. I reinvented myself - empowered, free and transforming others. Part of the best year of my life...so far. CFT introduced a new community of empowered and impactful people who are agents of positive change. The friendships I developed are priceless.” – Michael Palumbo
"Coaching is a radical form of de-colonization where people become whole, recognize their uniqueness, and trust their divine knowing about their community needs. This is especially useful when multiple generations have experienced trauma, oppression and subjugation. Coaching for Transformation is the tool for generational healing.” – Sophia Kizilbash
“The impact of Coaching for Transformation on me personally is magical—the quality of my life and relationships has improved because I’m letting in love and learning.” - Dara Silverman
“I chose Coaching for Transformation after researching several coaching programs. It’s one of the best personal and professional decisions I’ve made. Not only was I able to put the skills into practice right away with my clients, I also achieved deeper levels of self-intimacy by using the tools in my own life.” – Tanuja Ramchal
“The course is absolutely fantastic. It has deepened my NVC practice and my ability to really support people when connecting with their deepest values, dreams and goals. I have never in my life experienced learning as so empowering, joyful, rewarding and life changing. I have started with clients and the training helps me to be more competent, not a "rent a friend" person, but a real coach. One that also, when necessary is outspoken with the client in order to support them in leaving their comfort zone and moving towards what they really need and value. The course is the best thing that has happened to me in years and worth every penny!”– Daniela Herzog
The program cost is $7,860 if you pay in installments but you can save $365 by paying in full. The cost includes tuition, mentor coaching, texts, and all materials. In addition, you are required to work with a CFT coach of your choice for 6 hours (cost varies and is not included in the program).
For those attending a 2-day, in-person Coaching Essentials course, enter your discount code at registration to apply the cost of Coaching Essentials toward certification.
Leadership that Works is committed to advancing the field of coaching around the world. Our vision is that every individual and organization has access to transformational coaches and facilitators. So our goal to offer coach training to as many people as possible, by offering several partial scholarships for each cohort. Download a scholarship application and forward your completed application to our scholarship committee. Scholarship funds are awarded based on financial need, potential to reach diverse communities and the potential impact you intend to have as a coach.