Coaching Courses

Training courses are taught live online in various formats including: two-day intensives, six-week format with each class lasting two hours, weekly sessions, or individual meetings with an instructor. Each course provides 15-20 hours of ICF approved coach-specific training. See our Training Schedule page for class dates, times, and delivery methods. To receive credit, full attendance and participation are required for all of our courses.

Courses

Introduction to Coaching

This course provides a basic foundation for understanding and practicing coaching. Topics include: core coaching skills, coaching conversation models, biblical foundations for coaching, and how students can use coaching in any setting. **This course is a prerequisite for all other courses.**

Course Testimonials:

The focus on experiential learning was excellent. The content was rich around coaching mindset, language, skills, distinctions and models which were immediately put into practice and refined over the two days. - Abby S.

The flow of the material was especially valuable. The intentionality the instructors brought to every element to assure we connected with the material was terrific. - Cindy S.

The Zoom classroom setting was better than I expected. The interactions with other students and instructors were God appointments. The skill practices really helped me see what I needed improvement on but also gave me hope and encouragement for what's to come. - Sally R.

The practicing of the skills was super helpful. It's one thing to learn about something, but so helpful to start applying the skills right away. - Jodi H.

Both the mindset and the skills shared and practiced in class were transformational. As a church leader in senior leadership, I have in just days adjusted the way I try to communicate with those I lead and work side by side with. I so look forward to developing my coaching mindset and skills. Wish I would have heard this years ago. Those I work with would be better off. - Robert J.

The content and peer coaching was fantastic. Practicing the skills we were learning further solidified the process. - Jacob R.

It has already been a great influence on my conversations. I think it is a great tool in my toolbox as a pastor. - Nathan B.

Not having any previous formal education around coaching, it has given me a solid foundation of knowledge and basic skills to coaching. - Naomi L.

A good balance of knowledge and personal stories. Great interaction in the zoom setting. - Thomas H.

It was insightful information with practical learning. I am just learning to be a coach so it's giving me the tools to begin this journey. - William H.

I loved the breakout sessions. These were really helpful to get to apply right away what's covered in the class. I also enjoyed how interactive overall it was. - Andrew W.

I am much more aware of what it means to have a coaching mindset and what distinguishes it from other relationships. I am now more focused on using pure coaching. - Emily C.

Great overview and introduction. It already has made me a more thoughtful listener, observer and question asker. - 
Jesse A.

The skills development process was excellent. - Gil S.

It was a very supportive environment to try new skills. The content was clear, carefully chosen and well illustrated with both diagrms and stories. This class gave me confidence to jump in and try coaching. I'm ready for the next class. - Heather S.

Loved all of it! It will influence everything! - Chris L.

The Coaching Relationship

This course focuses on building a dynamic relationship with the client. Attention is paid to coaching ethics, initial client contact, the coaching contract, and intake process. Special attention is given to developing and maintaining a mindset that is open, curious, flexible, and client-centered. Prerequisites: Intro to Coaching. Full attendance and participation are required.

Course Testimonials:

I received a ton of new ideas and approaches to things I had and had not considered. - John S.

I now realize how important it is to start strong and set proper expectations when beginning the coaching relationship. - Bernadette F.

I think this class will form the foundation of my coaching business and the foundation of the first few sessions of each coaching client I see. - Gil S.

I really enjoyed the practical steps in setting up the coaching relationship. - Chris L.

Great communicator and facilitator - made the content digestible and easy to understand. - Jacob R.

Very interactive. I think it helped me realize there are many styles to coaching, not just one perfect way to coach. - Carol C.

Great foundational pieces to build a good solid practice with. It gave me freedom to build my practice with good solid basics but to make it my own, i.e., my own voice, my own agreements, my own ways of building the intake process and fees and schedules, just to name a few. - Sally R.

Coaching Change, Transition, and Transformation

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. Prerequisites: Intro to Coaching. Full attendance and participation are required.

Course Testimonials:

I feel better equipped to understand where the person being coached is getting stuck in the change process and how to help them move forward. - Carolyn T.

The coaching and feedback was exceptional. I learned more practical skills that I needed. - John S.

Content and textbooks were excellent reference materials. Class environment was very comfortable and I connected at a Holy Spirit level with each student in my class. - Sally R.

This class gave me so many insights and tools for helping people navigate change well. - Tanya P.

The many skill development times were very helpful. - Gil S.

The tools provided in this class are essential to the coaching skills and areas I would like to focus on. - Angela W.

The Language of Coaching

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. Prerequisites: Intro to Coaching. Full attendance and participation are required.

Course Testimonials:

The introduction of a topic followed by exercise to do what was introduced was most helpful in understanding the concepts and made the idea practical. - Dallas F.

This was an incredibly practical course with great opportunities to practice what we were learning. - Darilyn F.

Real life application. Loved this class and tools presented. - Angela W.

Breaking into coaching sessions right after learning the material was very helpful. It gave us a chance to apply and practice the new skills presented. This class has given me a fresh way to approach the client and things to notice and look for throughout each coaching session. - Donna J.

The skills practice was valuable because any chance to apply what I'm learning is really important to me. - Adeniyi T.

It will give me much more awareness during my coaching conversations, specifically surrounding the type of language the PBC is using. - Jacob Y.

Exploring different ways to ask powerful questions and make powerful interventions in the process of a coaching conversation was terrific. It already has influenced my coaching in giving me way more freedom to be creative and flexible with the types of questions and interventions I feel free to explore. The results have been great! - Peter N.

This class has helped me listen deeper and make space for the PBC to process and discover. - Sara B.

Great tools to open up creativity for the PBC and to bring a more balanced approach to my coaching. Using the tools will help me coach with a more balanced approach so I can facilitate communication that flows well for both the linear thinker and the creative/visual thinker. - Tange T.

Group Mentor Coaching

This course is designed to help coaches grow in their skill and demonstration of the ICF competencies. This course allows students to coach and be coached in an environment that includes instructor and peer feedback with the purpose of enhancing their ability to coach with greater effectiveness. Prerequisites: Intro to Coaching, 3 other courses, and more than 30 logged hours of documented coaching experience. Full attendance and participation are required.

Course Testimonials:

It was helpful to hear other coaches coach and to have feedback from many different perspectives. - Brenda S.

This class, along with Competencies brought he whole program together for me. This summer was life changing for me in respect to my coaching and as a person. - Sharon V.

The core compentencies were always a framework and guide, but the instructor also imparted real life knowledge and perspectives to help each of us coach with our souls. - Stephanie W.

This class makes me believe that I need a mentor/supervisor whom I can rely on and be vulnerable with through my coaching journey. - Hana C.

This class helped me bring together a lot of the skills learned in other classes. My biggest personal improvement was becoming comfortable with letting the client lead the coaching conversation and letting go of the feeling that I needed to be leading it somewhere. - Mark D.

This class was perfectly drawn up and flawlessly executed. The skills practice was non stop! An excellent method. - John S.

This class will change the way I coach by allowing me to build confidence that my style can truly be my own. - Melinda K.

The gentle critique of my peer coaching was tremendously effective. This class has taken me from feeling awkward in a coaching conversation to confident comfort. It is the capstone in my training thus far. - Dallas F.

This was an ongoing laboratory for skills development and I saw significant improvement for each of us. I have greater confidence about my base of skills. I have a more relaxed presence with coaching clients. I have better intuition about what question will help the client most. - Randy R.

It helped me ask more concise questions, ditch the script, and I feel comfortable bringing myself into the coach-client realtionship. - David H.

Growing Your Coaching Practice

This course introduces students to the basics of establishing a coaching practice, ethical issues in coaching, and how to expand their coaching clientele. Focus is given to knowing yourself as a coach, what you offer, who you serve, and your strategy for growing your practice. Prerequisite: Intro to Coaching, 3 other courses, and more that 30 logged hours of documented coaching experience. Full attendance and participation are required.

Course Testimonial:

The work done in this class and other ACTC courses helped me step back and assess my coaching practice today and where I want to go in the future. - Marjorie Y.

It comprehensively covered all the necessary information about setting up and succeeding in a coaching business. The class provided more depth and focus for kicking off my business. It will influence the way I coach in that I walked away with the understanding that I am a business owner, not just someone who coaches to help others.  - Brenda S.

It was interesting to hear how my classmates plan to design their businesses. We all have attained the same skill sets, but intend to use them in unique ways. I plan to get up and running immediately! - Dallas F.

There was emphasis on key principles to be applied over a wide variety of types of coaching businesses. - Rob D.

The class was great for me for getting my ideas about my coaching business out of my head and into an actual business plan. Concepts to reality! This class, in conjunction with the other two advanced courses that I am taking this semester, just really pulled all of the learning together for me and helped me focus in on the why and the how of what I will do with all of it. - Tori D.

Elective Courses for 'Life Coaching' or 'Coaching in Organizations' Concentrations

You have the opportunity to add a concentration (consisting of 3 courses from the electives below) in either Life Coaching or Coaching in Organizations to your Certification. Take Life & Personal Coaching or Coach Approach to Leading and Managing to determine your path. You will choose the other two concentration electives to customize your concentration to fit your unique needs. An additional 20 hours of logged coaching is required to receive a concentration.

Life and Personal Coaching

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. Prerequisites: Intro to Coaching, 2 other courses, and more than 20 logged hours of documented coaching experience. Full attendance and participation are required.

Course Testimonials:

 I have a greater appreciation for the emotional buy in for the person being coached. I have greater confidence in trying out new tools and questions in the "playground". Outside-In was an effective technique that I will be adopting in my coaching.

We truly spent a lot of time in coaching scenarios that helped me personally. I benefitted from the coaching and can see the value of coaching in a new way.

I have much more awareness, monitoring my share of "air time" during coaching sessions.

Good examples. Practical insights. Very encouraging!

Good tools filtered through my own heart and coaching opportunities.

Coach Approach to Leading and Managing

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. Prerequisites: Intro to Coaching, 2 other courses, and more than 20 logged hours of documented coaching experience. Full attendance and participation are required.

Course Testimonials:

I enjoyed this class very much, with small sizes, high quality content, and high standard instructor. - Hana C.  

I could see immediate applications and it completely updated my understanding of the concept. Evaluating specific responsibilities and development levels was an aha moment. I plan to incorporate this immediately in a project I am doing at work as well as consider it in my individual coaching. - Jim G.

Through the class I learned a good coach is positive, enthusiastic, supportive, trusting, focused, goal-oriented, knowledgeable, observant, respectful, patient and an active listener.

I will definitely be bringing these tools to my coaching of leaders and teams.

Coaching for Spiritual Transformation

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 or any relationship, and the relationship between coaching competencies and Christian practices. Prerequisites: Intro to Coaching, 2 other courses, and more than 20 logged hours of documented coaching experience. Full attendance and participation are required.

Course Testimonials:

 Loved it all. Anybody doing ministry should take this class.

Coaching is a great context for spiritual formation and spiritual conversations in general. The instructor helped to demonstrate how the skills of coaching can be used for spiritual formation even outside of an official coaching conversation.

I did not realize that Jesus answered questions with questions. The instructor did a great job of pointing that out.

The atmosphere was relaxed which took the pressure off from "performing", yet I feel like I got the help I needed.

Very good flow, subject matters and examples.

I've already begun to implement what I've learned in this class, especially in the context of ministry. It helped me see how I can better integrate a coaching mindset into meetings with individual as well as training of leaders and staff.

Great class environment. I loved the skill practices and authentic interactions with fellow students.

Coaching Through Conflict

This course provides student with the knowledge and skills to help individuals and teams navigate conflict. Attention is given to how people handle conflict, while presenting several conflict resolution models and coaching tools to equip the student to work effectively. Prerequisites: Intro to Coaching, 2 other courses, and more than 20 logged hours of documented coaching experience. Full attendance and participation are required.

Course Testimonials:

The class environment was open and comfortable. Skill practices were great! - Donna J.

This class has given me tools to use during my sessions to help draw out of the person being coached. I have begun to explore more options during the brainstorm or playground phase, something that was encouraged of us throughout the class. - Laurie D.

I really appreciated all the models and tools used in class. They were very helpful and I am already thinking about ways I might use them.

Since my intention is to work with couples, all that I have learned in this class will be very helpful for navigating marital and pre-marital conflict.

I enjoyed all the ways the instructor used to get us to engage with the content, lecture, breakout rooms, coaching demos, and coaching practice. It was all great!

The Neuroscience of Coaching

This course will address developments in neuroscience as they relate to approaches to growth and change that can generate powerful results in the person or team being coached. Skill development focuses on incorporating the knowledge of a neuroscience informed approach into increased effectiveness in core coaching competencies. Prerequisites: Intro to Coaching, 2 other courses, and more than 20 logged hours of documented coaching experience. Full attendance and participation are required.

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Assessments, Inventories, and Tools in Coaching

This course provides 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 is given to discerning which instruments can be useful in client situations, what steps are necessary for utilizing various instruments, and how to promote effective client engagement with instruments. Prerequisites: Intro to Coaching, 2 other courses, and more than 20 logged hours of documented coaching experience. Full attendance and participation are required.

Course Testimonials:

 The instructor was interactive and engaging. Now I know what to do and how to do it when my clients are looking for inventories. - Connie S.

This was a fun, practical, and helpful class to have assessments in a coach's toolbox to use with clients.

I especially enjoyed learning about all of the different tools and assessments that are available and how to implement them with my style of coaching. Alot of really applicable content.

I feel more empowered and equipped to move into the next level of coaching.

Overall a fantastic class! The exposure to so many different tools will allow me to dive in as I see fit with my clients.

I feel this will enhance my coaching services. I plan to use a few of the assessments with clients who are seeking more practical and tangible tools.

Special Topics in Coaching

This course is offered occasionally with the purpose of exploring varoius specialized topics in coaching. See the training schedule for course details. Prerequisites: Intro to Coaching, 2 other courses, and more than 20 logged hours of documented coaching experience.

Research Project

This course is designed for student to research and explore the businesses of working professional coaches and gain valuable insight from those professionals. This course helps students learn to articulate the critical components and characteristics of a successful coach and coaching business and how to apply this insight to their own business model. Prerequisites: Intro to Coaching, 4 other courses including Group Mentor, and more than 30 logged hours of documented coaching experience. Full attendance and participation are required.

Course Testimonials:

This project has significantly influenced how I will embody the coaching mindset outside of my sessions with clients. It has also significantly influenced how I will run my business so that I can continue to serve my clients in the ways I love doing. - Caran J.

Very helpful to put together all the pieces and figure out what my next step might look like. - Aaron H.

It really helped develop my next steps in coaching. - Jill H.

It continues to strengthen my focus on building a coaching business and to shorten some of my learning curve. It opened the door to networking with other more experienced coaches. - Mike T.

I got a lot of personal clarity for my own life and the next steps. - Amy T.

I now have a business plan and a course of direction or path to begin walking. - Jason G.

Both students and instructor were helpful, insightful and kind. - Brenda S.

Advanced Courses

Advanced Coaching Supervision

This course is designed to give the coach in training individual supervision and feedback focused more on the being of the coach. Individual challenges are addressed while maximizing the strengths of the coach. Emphasis is given to creating awareness of factors that influence how the coach shows up for the client, along with exploring solutions to increase self-efficacy and enhance personal agency. Upon completion, coaches in training should take away a rich experience having interacted with a seasoned coach and the confidence to become a thriving coach within their own ministry or work setting. Prerequisites: Intro to Coaching, 5 other courses including Group Mentor, and more that 40 logged hours of documented coaching experience. Full attendance and participation are required.

Course Testimonials:

Outside of learning the technicalities of how to coach, this has been the most worthwhile class for me in the coaching program. - Caran J.

Made me a better coach. - Aaron H.

It has already informed me on ideas I can implement as I build my business and coach. - Mike T.

I was on the sidelines as far as, do I want to begin a coaching practice? I have moved to seeing a path to navigate to begin a practice. Very helpful. - Jason G.

Having time with a more experienced coach is always valuable. - Hsiang-En T.

This was possibly my favorite course my entire time at Western. I will carry things I discovered in these conversations with me for a lifetime. - Tori D.

The sessions were instructive, clarifying and interesting. I expect to coach with greater depth of knowledge of the coaching competencies and greater confidence. -  Dallas F.

Advanced Competencies Final

This course is the final course in our Level 2 accredited training program and is designed to help students feel confident and ready to pass their final recorded session for their Advanced Certificate in Transformational Coaching (ACTC). Prerequisites: Intro to Coaching, 6 other courses including Group Mentor, and more than 40 logged hours of documented coaching experience. Note: This may be taken concurrent with Advanced Coaching Supervision if all other prerequisites are met. Full attendance and participation are required.

Course Testimonials:

It helped me to refine and focus my approach...make me even more intentional in how I coach. - Randy M.

I grew greatly in this course. My confidence moving forward is much stronger and I learned things about myself and how I coach that will continue to benefit me moving forward. - Tori D.

The requirement of skills practice was priceless. After receiving feedback, I was able to make the recommended adjustments in my coaching and see the effectiveness of the suggestions. - Dallas F.

I think that no matter where you come in as a coach, skill wise, you will leave a better coach after taking this class. This course is a definate confidence builder. - John S.

It has made all the difference in helping me understand in a concrete way what I need to improve and how I can improve by making changes. Challenging, concrete and applicable. - Brenda S.

This class clarified my strengths and areas for growth, giving me the opportunity to put effort into those areas that could be improved. - Amanda M.

I chose Western for my coach training because of the ability to incorporate faith practice in coaching.  It's easy to focus on the technical aspects of coaching while losing sight of the primary objective, transformational coaching. The instructors incorporated both quite well. - Bernadette F.

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