Our Courses

All training courses (MCS 210/510 – 218/518) are taught in a two-day intensive format and each course provides 20 hours of coach-specific training.  Coaching Supervision is taught via conference call and provides 15 hours of coach-specific training.

**Note that Intro to Coaching is a prerequisite for all other courses.

Introduction to Coaching (MCS 210/510)

This course provides students a basic foundation for understanding and practicing coaching. Topics covered include: core coaching skills, coaching conversation model, the biblical basis for coaching, and how  students can use coaching in their ministries or workplace.  **This course is a prerequisite for all other courses.**

Coaching for Change (MCS 211/511)

This course provides students the knowledge and skills necessary for coaching people and groups through change. Attention is given to understanding different types of change, how to support people going through transitions, and how to use coaching to initiate positive change .

Life and Personal Coaching (MCS 212/512)

This course provides students with practical tools that can be used when coaching clients in a wide range of personal, life and family issues. Special attention is given to helping the student develop the six basic components of personal coaching: goals, tolerations, needs, values, boundaries, and standards.

Coaching Approach to Leading and Managing (MCS 213/513)

This course provides students the knowledge and skill necessary for taking a coach approach to working with teams, managing direct reports/volunteers, and leading within a church or other organization.

Coaching Spiritual Transformation (MCS 214/514)

This course provides students the knowledge and skills necessary to apply coaching to faith conversations. Attention is given to how a dialogical approach can be effective for evangelism and discipleship, how coaching can be expressed in the ministries of a local church, and the relationship between coaching competencies and Christian practices.

Coaching and a Brain-based Approach to Learning (MCS 215/515)

In the coaching relationship the coach is a learning partner in the person being coached’s (PBC) growth. This class will provide information on different learning styles, cognitive preferences, and learning processes that reflects how the brain works in order to generate powerful results in the person being coached. Skill development focuses upon incorporating the knowledge of learning into coaching questions, statements, and listening.

Using Assessments, Inventories and Tools in Coaching (MCS 216/516)

This course provides students an overview of various assessments, inventories, and tools for creating awareness with coaching clients.  Among the instruments addressed will be the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the Leadership Practices Inventory 360 (LPI 360), Strengths Finder 2.0, and DiSC.  Attention will be given to discerning which instruments are most useful in which client situations, what steps are necessary for utilizing various instruments, and how to promote effective client engagement with instruments.

The Language of Coaching (MCS 217/517)

This course helps the coaching student make proper use of powerful language elements such as metaphors, stories, formulas, yellow-flag words, and distinctions.  Knowing and using these language elements improves the coaches powerful questioning, active listening, and direct communication.

Growing Your Coaching Practice (MCS 218/518)

This course focuses on creating dynamic coaching relationships.  Focus is given to orienting around strengths and high performance patterns.  This course introduces students to the basics of establishing a coaching practice, ethical issues in coaching, and how to expand their coaching clientele.

Positive Psychology and Coaching (MCS 261/561J)

This course explores the connections between coaching and the emerging field of positive psychology.  The course helps students learn the basics of positive psychology and apply insights in helping coaching clients live happier, flourishing lives.

Coaching Supervision (MCS 219/519)

This course meets via phone each week during the length of the semester and is designed to help coaches grow in their skill and demonstration of the ICF compentencies.  Prerequisites include at least 3 other coaching courses and at least 25 hours of documented coaching experience.   

 

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