Life Coach Training & Coach Mentoring Services
Our Rise and Thrive Model
Our coaches are trained to guide clients through an intake assessment process to understand the client’s needs and goals. From there, the coach tailors the coaching plan to the client incorporating relevant focus areas from the four domains below. These domains integrate research-based resilience building initiatives for optimal performance and enhanced well-being through achievement.
Coaching clients through resource optimization involves helping the client identify and leverage the internal and external tools presently available to them to begin moving toward their goals. We facilitate self-awareness around concepts like identity, strengths, interests, values, and desires to enhance self-mastery.
Coaching clients through personal development involves helping clients enhance their sense of agency to choose goals, act toward chosen goals, and succeed. We support clients as they prioritize self-regulation and tap into self-determined motivation, meaning, and purpose on their way to achievement.
Coaching clients through social development involves facilitating social and emotional learning and related competency building. Through this focus, clients become more aware of the functional role of social interactions and relationships to success and well-being.
Coaching clients through structural support development involves facilitating goal-orientation for fit in education, job paths, and prosocial groups conducive to goals. We coach clients through the research and considerations necessary to begin to establish self-determined life direction, related planning, and action steps around long-term goals.
Most of our trainees are pursuing their professional development around full-time careers and/or full-time family responsibilities. We believe lifelong learning and professional development should be accessible for all. As such, our programs are designed for the working adult to be able to complete weekly requirements in five hours or less. Our trainees also attend from all over the world; thus, our programs are delivered virtually, via online meetings and transition between morning, evening, and weekend courses to accommodate diverse groups. We apply a combination of self-directed, active, observational, and experiential learning techniques in an environment where we foster positive interdependence among trainees.
Our live course options include self-study lectures, quiz questions, discussion prompts, and assigned reading that trainees can complete on their own time, when its most convenient for them, prior to the weekly live class. (Self-directed and active learning)
Live classes are led by ICF-credentialed Faculty who facilitate an opening debrief on the assigned self-study content where trainees get the chance to engage in rich dialogue around real-world applications. (Active learning and positive interdependence)
Trainees observe a real-life coaching session to witness skills in action. Faculty then leads the group in a debrief of the observed session to discuss observed competencies and/or opportunities. (Observational and active learning, positive interdependence)
Trainees are paired with peers to practice coaching skills in private meeting rooms where they take turns serving as the coach or client. (Experiential learning and positive interdependence)
Live classes close with a return to the group meeting forum to debrief on the practice experience. (Active learning and positive interdependence)
Trainees experience observations of coaching practice and receive supervision feedback and mentorship for ongoing skill development.
Coachee Content Considerations
Life coaching is a forum where clients discuss real-life experiences to enhance awareness and set and pursue goals that matter to enhancing their lives in some way. This may include welcome and unwelcome experiences. While coaching is not therapy, nor a substitute for therapy, life coaches do and will encounter supporting clients through difficult conversations and emotions at times. You will be trained to recognize indications that clients may need a referral to therapy, as not everyone is ready, willing, or able to engage in the coaching experience. Embarking in the coach training journey is committing to holding space for clients in a safe and supportive way. A core factor of coach training is also being coached – experiencing sitting in the client seat. Since coaching clients are ready, willing, and able to engage in the coaching process, it’s also important for coach trainees to meet this criteria.
Virtual Practicum-Based Experience Considerations
Energy and Capacity Demand
Learning to coach well is often a process of habit formation and change related to the way we interact with others. Coaches behave, engage, and communicate with coachees in very specific ways. That means, trainee coaches must have the capacity and space to attend to that habit change as they develop their skills. If you are already overstretched, overworked, and/or overwhelmed, it may not be feasible to engage in this training experience until you’re able to lighten your load enough to manage the additional challenges inherent in this training process.
Practice coaching sessions in class are designed to give the coach a chance to practice their skills while under supervision in the training environment. A number of those sessions are observed and evaluated for feedback and scoring. Trainees must pass a particular number of those evaluations based on their training path.
When serving as a practice coach,
remaining on track with the self-study content is vital to ensure you’re well-equipped to coach your coachee well and do no harm,
Joining the session from a private location is imperative to 1) protect the practice client’s privacy and confidentiality; and 2) remove all distractions to focus on mindfully attending to your coachee.
When serving as a practice client,
Trainees need to be able to attend the session from a private location where they are free from distractions.
Being focused and settled while sitting in the coachee seat are imperative to a meaningful coaching session.
We’d love to have you join us in this deep, beautiful work, if this sounds like a fit for you!
Training & Curriculum Offerings
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Live, Virtual Coach Training Programs
Language: All training programs, curriculum packages, and services are offered in English only at this time.
- For Organizations: Stages 1-2 - Certified Youth Transition Coach (14-Weeks)
Trainees complete Stages 1-2 of our full youth life coach training and certification program. Includes 50 training hours over 14 weeks. Weekly commitment: 2-3 hours self-study + 2 hours in a live weekly Zoom meeting. Basic coaching skills + Training and development in YCI model coaching competencies relevant for youth and emerging adults. Intensive practice and supervision. 4 opportunities for formal supervision and pass/fail feedback. Ideal for youth-serving professionals who will be adding coaching skills to their work with youth, but have no interest in independent practice or business building. This option was designed as a professional development path for internal staff of youth-serving organizations (e.g. schools, universities, community serving organizations, etc.) Click the link in the heading for costs and registration options.
- For Individuals or Coach Program Leadership: Stages 1-4 - Certified Youth Resilience Coach (25-Weeks; ICF ACC and/or CCE BCC Path)
Full youth life coach training and certification program - Stages 1-4. 80 coaching education hours including 10 ICF mentor coaching hours over 25 weeks. Weekly commitment: 2-3 hours self-study + 2 hours in a live weekly Zoom meeting. Meets minimum training and mentoring requirements for ICF ACC applicants. Includes Stages 1-2 content + Introduction to additional evidence-based models for coaching contexts, skills for independent practice and business building considerations, and a final exam (Recorded coaching session submission for evaluation and pass/fail feedback). This program is ideal for individuals interested in independent coaching practice and business building and/or internal staff who supervise coaching staff or manage coaching programs. ICF and CCE approved training hours as follows: International Coaching Federation Level 1 Accredited (80 hours) - Center for Credentialing Education Approved BCC Training Provider (60 hours) (BONUS! Those who earn our CYRC receive a FREE license to use our full Resilience Coaching Program Curriculum - General Edition Package in their private practice. That is a $300 USD value bonus gift.) Click the link in the heading for costs and registration options.
- For Certified Coaches: ICF Mentor Coaching Group for ACC Applicants or Renewals
10 ICF mentor coaching hours with a qualified mentor coach over a 3-month period via Zoom online meetings. For ACC applicants and renewals. Mentees coach a young adult practice client and receive verbal feedback to hone skills to the ICF ACC level or begin building toward the PCC level.
For Certified Coaches: Coach Continuing Education - Self-Study
- Coaching Adolescents - Self-Study CE for Certified Coaches
For certified coaches. 14 self-study training hours. Includes video lectures, discussion prompts, and demo sessions. Coach specific training in evidence-based considerations when coaching adolescent clients, including those at-risk. Coaches will be introduced to biopsychosocial considerations relevant to the adolescent stage of development along with methods for supporting clients through the resource optimization, personal, social, and structural development to enhance chances of successful transitions to adulthood and independence. ICF credential renewal: This course can count as the 16 hours of self-paced study allowed in resource development training for credentialed coaches. This course also counts toward BCC credential renewal through the CCE. Click the link in the heading to register.
- Certified Academic Resilience Coach / Certified Career Discovery Coach - Self-Study CE for Certified Coaches (Stage 5 for CYRCs)
12 self-study coach specific training hours for certified coaches. Training in our knowledge-based/evidence-based coaching approach to empower adolescent clients to enhance their academic life by fostering resilience and optimizing learning; and guiding a strategic career discovery process to support tailored decision-making related to work paths and/or higher education. This program is only available to certified coaches who have completed 60+ hours of ICF- or CCE- approved coach specific training. Click the link in the heading to register.
- Evidence-Based Coaching Methods - 1-Hour Self-Study CE for Certified Coaches
(Options: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Coaches, Positive Psychology Primer for Coaches, Mindfulness for Coaching, Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Coaching) For certified coaches. Individual lectures for 1-hour of coach continuing education credit. Includes discussion prompts for a completion certificate. Click the link in the heading to register.
- Basic Coaching Skills - Self-Study Video Series for Organizations
For organizations employing staff or volunteer coaches practicing under the supervision of a credentialed coach certified by an ICF- or CCE-approved coach training organization. The complete video series consists of six 30-60 minute modules of instructor-led training with Dr. Mazzola Coaching foundations including, core competencies, ethical guidelines, and professional standards. Includes behavioral science research and theory relevant to effective coaching for adolescents.
For Certified Coaches or Organizations: Coaching Program Curriculum
Our coaching program curriculum packages are designed to foster resilience and thriving for youth and emerging adults in life, school, and work. Each is designed for delivery as a combination of group and 1:1 coaching. Group workshops include micro-learnings in behavioral science relevant to enhancing mental and emotional health, social and emotional learning, well-being, life, academic, and/or job skills. Coaches support participants through applying weekly concepts directly to their lives during follow-up 1:1 coaching sessions. Programs are designed to be delivered over 10-12 weeks and may be implemented into schools, higher education institutions, juvenile detention centers, churches, community serving organizations, and/or any other setting where you serve.
- Resilience Coaching Program Curriculum - General Edition
This is a packaged coaching program for professionals, agencies, schools, or organizations committed to empowering teens or emerging adults to thrive in life, school, and work. The package includes 10 PowerPoints with speaker's notes for weekly group coaching, a group participant guide, a coach's guide for 10 weeks of 1:1 coaching sessions, coaching activities, and the program agenda. 3. Coaches and facilitator enhance participants understanding of how to a. Leverage internal and external resources to begin moving toward self-determined goals, b. leverage personal strengths, traits, and skills conducive to goal pursuit, c. identify life direction and set and pursue goals in line with that direction, d. align themselves with people, places, and spaces conducive to goal pursuit, e. develop the skills and make behavior modifications necessary to enhance resilience and chances of success through goal striving.
- Resilience Coaching Program Curriculum - Academic Edition
This is a packaged coaching program for professionals, agencies, schools, or organizations committed to empowering teens or emerging adults to thrive in school. The package includes 11 PowerPoints with speaker's notes for weekly group coaching, a group participant guide, a coach's guide for 11 weeks of 1:1 coaching sessions, coaching activities, and the program agenda. Includes general edition curriculum objectives as well as an introduction to how learning works and academic skills for success.
- Resilience Coaching Program Curriculum - Desistance & Positive Reform Edition - Juvenile Diversion through Evidence-Based Coaching
This is a packaged coaching program for professionals, agencies, schools, or organizations supporting offenders through transitions away from crime. The package includes 12 PowerPoints with speaker's notes for weekly group coaching, a group participant guide, a coach's guide for 12 weeks of 1:1 coaching sessions, coaching activities, and the program agenda. It's designed for teens or young adults with a history of delinquency or criminality who are committed to positive behavior change. The program is grounded in Dr. Leah Mazzola's desistance research and intended to be delivered by certified coaches.