We know coaching certification is a major commitment. That’s why we’ve created Coaching Essentials, an8-teleclassseries where you’ll learn core coaching skills that you can start using immediately.
This program provides an ideal opportunity to study and learn the application of foundational coaching skills without the commitment of a full certification program. If you decide to pursue certification, you can apply both your Coaching Essentials training hours and tuition toward theCoaching for Transformation certification program.
Coaching Essentials is highly experiential, packed with activities, demonstrations, plenty of practice, and feedback.
This program is led by coach trainers with extensive experience in culturally aware coaching, including:
building on the assets and addressing the challenges faced by people of different cultures
supporting personal and organizational transformation
developing nonprofit and social justice leaders
integrating body, mind and spirit
building vibrant, healthy communities
Using a holistic approach, you’ll integrate body, mind and spirit, to empower people to be the change they want to see in the world. As a coach, you’ll support cultural respect and help clients access their inner wisdom and creativity.
You will leave the Coaching Essentials workshop ready to:
Ask empowering questions that open new possibilities
Structure coaching sessions that flow
Hold attention on what is most important to your client
Listen for transformation, helping people break through old patterns and habits
Create inspirational action plans and accountability structures
Who Should Attend
Coaching Essentials is an ideal choice if you are curious about pursuing a coaching career. Coaching Essentials can be a first step toward becoming a Certified Professional Coach, giving you the opportunity to "test drive" the training before deciding if you want to continue with the full certification training.
You will also see an immediate benefit of applying a coach approach in your current work, making Coaching Essentials a valuable investment in your personal and professional development. You will renew your confidence as a change agent as you invite people to take action that reflects their power, creativity and authenticity.
In this Coaching Essentials course you learn to:
Embody a coaching mindset to tap into resourcefulness
Transform judgment into curiosity
Explore 23 coaching skills
Discover the secret to reaching goals while honoring values and needs
Get feedback on the impact of your coaching
Become a Certified Professional Coach
Coaching for Transformation takes place in a supportive learning community where you will discover 3 levels of listening, embody 5 principles, and practice 23 coaching skills that put your clients in the driver’s seat. And that’s only the beginning. The 5 pathways to alignment are powerful processes that lead to deep transformation:
Exploring Needs and Values
Expanding the View
Experiencing the Moment
Envisioning the Future
Embracing the Shadow
As a Certified Professional Coach, you can launch a coaching career, become an internal coach in your organization or use coaching skills to expand your leadership capacity. Coaching for Transformation attracts leaders from diverse backgrounds, including business, nonprofit, social change, health care, education, and more.
Certification Program Components
140 class hours
10 mentor hours
40-100 practice coaching hours
Weekly online discussions
Oral and written assessments
You will also work with a Coaching for Transformation certified coach of your choice for 6 hours (not included in the program cost). When you complete the program requirements, you become a Certified Professional Coach from an International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited school.
What's Unique About Distance Learning
We welcome participants from all over the world because the entire program is by phone or online. The Coaching Essentials distance learning course flows seamlessly into Coaching for Transformation certification training and Coaching Essentials tuition is applied toward the CFT certification program.
This learning community attracts:
social justice leaders, community organizers and activists
executives, managers, and leaders from all sectors
social workers, therapists, and counselors
organization development consultants and human resources professionals
educators, trainers and facilitators
Regardless of your field, your coaching skills will help people create a better future. You can use this program to become a professional coach or use your coaching skills to enhance your career.
Using a holistic approach, you’ll integrate body, mind and spirit, to empower people to be the change they want to see in the world. As a coach, you’ll support multicultural awareness and help clients access their inner wisdom and creativity.
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; 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.
Dewey Schott, CPCC, PCC coaches individuals who are committed to transformational social change. He has over 18 years of experience working in the social and cultural sectors specializing in capacity building and leadership development. In addition to teaching and coaching individual clients, he facilitates NAMAC Leadership Institute, New York Foundation for the Arts' Emerging Leaders Boot Camp, and is a founding member of Coaching For Justice.
Our faculty members have an unwavering commitment to your growth as a coach and their own continuous learning. Our dynamic international team is committed to every participant becoming an excellent coach. To that end, you can count on our faculty to:
Co-create a safe, courageous learning environment where you can take risks
Give you straightforward, rigorous feedback
Challenge you to step into your power as a coach
Make room for every voice and keep group learning our first priority
Take advantage of learning opportunities that emerge live in the moment
What Our Graduates are Saying
I was blown away by the vulnerability, caring, and generosity of the instructors. I wanted that authenticity. They opened up a whole new world for me. Life changing. Worth every penny and more. —Sarah Lightfoot
The CFT program was the most challenging, uplifting and life-changing experience that I have ever had. —Rowena Zabrodsky
The supportive community and experiential focus was so valuable. There’s nothing better than learning by doing. —Sharon Taub
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
Coaching for Transformation is an outstanding coach training program that delves into areas generally mentioned but seldom taught. I received formal coach trainings from various schools in the last ten years but this is the first time a program has actually taken me into areas of developing intuition, working with client and coach's vulnerability, allowed coach to experiment with transformative pathways. This program is highly recommended for anyone interested in becoming a highly competent coach, but even more recommended for those who, like me, spent years coaching and are searching for mastery. —Isabelle Min
Coaching for Transformation affected my way of working from the very first teleclass. As an organizational development consultant, I learned how to trust the inner wisdom of my clients. A new ease, flow and beautiful connection between me and my clients have opened new opportunities for growth and change. —Annika Schabbauer
The most valuable outcome for me is that I am more open. I used to be controlling and judgmental but I’ve made a complete 180 degree change in the way I coach and train. Now I dive in, take risks and create a space where we can learn together. I care deeply, bring in more curiosity and I’m more vulnerable, which helps clients deepen their own awareness. —Nancy Smyth
I have never in my life experienced learning so empowering, joyful, rewarding and life changing. The course is the best thing that has happened to me in years and worth every penny! I highly recommend participating if you are interested in contributing to change that matters. —Daniela Herzog
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
5 Reasons to Choose Coaching for Transformation
Mentor feedback – Going beyond theory, principles and models, you will coach many people on real issues. You get to work with several mentors, both in small groups and one-on-one. Your mentors help you identify your strengths and give you rigorous feedback to take your coaching to the next level.
Cultural respect – You will explore the dynamics of power and privilege, build capacity to engage across cultures and support awareness of the need for systemic change. Our faculty is committed to the respect and lifelong learning about different cultures and nationalities and shifting the demographics of the coaching profession by making coaching not only more accessible but more welcoming. The ability to coach across differences is vital in today’s world of diverse organizations and nuanced social change initiatives.
Deep, lasting change – Many coaching models just scratch the surface—focusing on short-term impact. In the Coaching for Transformation program, you’ll be diving into uncharted depths to help clients break through limiting beliefs, tap the wisdom of their bodies, identify their emotions and understand their needs. From that grounded, centered place of deep awareness, clients can develop strategies and take actions that honor their values and drive social change.
Supportive learning community – As a student you won’t be stuck on an island with a “how to” manual. In fact, you’ll interact with the same peers for the duration of the course—creating trusting, lasting relationships as you collectively celebrate successes and support each other’s development as coaches.
Business development – What good is it to become a certified coach if you don’t have clients? Coaching for Transformation includes a powerful business development program that helps you start working with clients even before you graduate. You’ll discover your unique gifts and develop marketing messages that reach your specialty niche. With many tools under your belt, you can get your practice up and running quickly.
EXTRA Early bird rate if registered by November 28, 2018: $345
Early bird rate if registered by December 28, 2018: $395
After December 28, 2018: $495
Find Out if Coaching for Transformation is Right for You
Choosing a coaching program can be a daunting process. We've made it easy for you to experience the Coaching for Transformation holistic approach during a FREE 90-minute teleclass.
By the end of the call you'll be ready to start using the new skills you've learned, plus you’ll have the information you need to make a clear decision about whether Coaching for Transformation is the best coach training program for you.
Our Mission is to develop transformational coaches and facilitators who empower evolutionary leaders and social entrepreneurs to develop sustainable, collaborative organizations. We take a stand for whole person transformation, and bring diverse voices into the field, developing multicultural competencies in coaching and facilitation. Read More