Life Coach Training & Certification
Our program includes training, practice, and supervision around core coaching competencies and research-based coaching practice. It is ideal for professionals working directly with underserved youth, professionals leading organizations serving these populations, or those who aim to serve this audience through private coaching businesses or volunteering.
Because socioeconomic disadvantage is a common issue for our audience, trainees who certify through our program commit to coaching one to two pro-bono and/or severe sliding scale clients during or after training on a need basis.
Our coach training program allows us to cover the cost of free virtual coaching services for low-income youth. Our coaches-in-training may be matched with a low-income youth as a practice client during training, if they have availability. If you’re okay with that, read on!
Our Program Focus
Our work with each client begins with an assessment to understand the client’s needs and goals. From there, the coach tailors the program to the client incorporating relevant focus areas from the four domains above. Focus areas are adjusted for ongoing development as the client progresses.
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.
Structural Support Development
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.
Training is virtual and available internationally via Zoom webinar and telephone conference calling.
Candidates must be
21 years old or older
hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in any field with 1 year of experience working directly with at-risk youth or
hold an associate’s degree or higher in any field with 2 years of experience working directly with at-risk youth or
have four years of experience working directly with at-risk youth or young adults
Training progression is as follows for those pursuing youth life coach certification:
Stage 1 – Introduction to Coaching – cannot be taken as a stand-alone block.
Stage 2 – Certified Youth Transition Coach – for trainees with no interest in independent practice or business building. These coaches will apply their newly honed skills as internal employees for schools, colleges, community-serving organizations, etc.
Stage 3 – Certified Youth Mentor Coach/Certified Youth Leadership Coach – Trainees who complete Stages 2-3 will earn the full ICF and CCE-approved life coach training hours. These coaches will go through the business building considerations portion of training and be prepared to continue higher credentialing through the ICF and/or CCE.
Stage 4 – ICF Group Mentor Coaching – for coaches who will be pursuing higher credentialing through the International Coach Federation. This is the 10 hours of mentor coaching required for the ICF ACC application.
CE – Coaching Adolescents (Video Series) – Open to coaches certified by an ICF- or CCE-approved coach training organization who are seeking supplemental training for coaching youth and emerging adults. The complete training program consists of 16 hours of self-study training over eight weeks. International Coach Federation-credentialed coaches may use this training toward Resource Development CE for the maximum 16 hours of self-paced courses allowed for ICF credential renewal. See the ICF’s “self-paced courses and other self-study guidelines. Board Certified Coaches through the Center for Credentialing & Education may use these hours toward self-study CE. See the CCE’s CE guidelines.
Basic Coaching Skills (Video Series) – Available to organizations employing staff or volunteer coaches who practice under the supervision of a coach certified by an ICF- or CCE-approved program. This series is not intended to serve as a stand-alone training or certification program for coaches. It is intended to serve as a training primer. Coaching is an applied discipline. Therefore, it is highly recommended that staff or volunteer coaches experience formal training in a synchronous setting wherein they have an opportunity to apply and develop coaching skills in practice under the supervision of a qualified coach.
Youth Life Coach Certification (Stages 1-3) – Available for private group scheduling for agencies or organizations with a group of 6 or more.
Certified Desistance and Positive Reform Coach – Separate training for professionals who support juveniles and emerging adults working toward positive change. (E.g., juvenile justice professionals, social workers, case managers, probation officers, counselors, etc.) Only available on a group training basis for agencies or organizations supporting this audience. Scroll down to the pricing table for additional details.
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UPCOMING LIFE COACH TRAINING CLASSES
Ongoing 2019 – Self-Study CE Coaching Adolescents – Registration is OPEN
Ongoing beginning 12/23/19 – Basic Coaching Skills – Registration is OPEN
Winter 2020 – Stages 1-3 Life Coach Training/Certification (Weekend) – Accelerated 20-week schedule – Saturdays, 10:00 AM CST – 1:00 PM CST – February 15-June 27, 2020 (Facilitator: Cyndy Etler, MEd, ACC + Leah B. Mazzola, PhD, BCC, ACC for Supervision Assistance) – Registration is OPEN
Spring 2020 – Stages 1-3 Life Coach Training/Certification (Evening) –Accelerated 20-week schedule – Thursdays, 5:30 PM CST – 8:30 PM CST – April 16-August 27, 2020 (Facilitator: Leah B. Mazzola, PhD, BCC, ACC) – Registration is OPEN
UPCOMING ICF MENTOR COACHING GROUPS
The group will meet bi-weekly for five Tuesdays. The first four Tuesdays will be 90 minutes each. The last Tuesday will be 60 minutes. Each mentee will also schedule three 1:1 sessions for between 6/24-8/31/20. The schedule is as follows:
Group sessions: Tuesdays, 4/28/20, 5/12/20, 5/26/20, & 6/9/20 – 7:30 PM – 9 PM CST + Tuesday, 6/23/20, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM CST (Mentor Coach: Leah B. Mazzola, PhD, BCC, ACC) Registration is OPEN
The group will meet bi-weekly for five Saturdays.
Group sessions: Saturdays, 7/11/20, 7/25/20, 8/1/20, & 8/15/20 – 10 – 11:30 AM CST + Saturday, 8/29/20, 10-11 AM CST (Mentor Coach: Leah B. Mazzola, PhD, BCC, ACC) Registration is OPEN
Life Coach Training Stages 1-2Certified Youth Transition Coach
42 training hours over 14 weeks
Basic coaching skills
Training and development in YCI model coaching competencies relevant for youth and emerging adults
Intensive practice and supervision
2-3 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
Payment plan available for 10% additional fee. Payment plan includes a $320 non-refundable registration fee + 3 monthly installments of $315 each.
Life Coach Training Stages 1-3Certified Youth Mentor Coach / Certified Youth Leadership Coach
60-63 training hours over 20 weeks
Stages 1-2 content + Introduction to additional evidence-based models for coaching contexts
Skills for independent practice and business building considerations
Final exam (Recorded coaching session submission for evaluation and pass/fail feedback)
Ideal for professionals interested in independent coaching practice and business building
ICF and CCE approved training hours as follows: International Coach Federation Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (63 hours) - Center for Credentialing Education Approved BCC Training Provider (30 hours)
Payment plan available for 10% additional fee. Payment plan includes a $315 non-refundable registration fee + 5 monthly installments of $300 each.
ICF Mentor Coaching Group - Stage 4Group Mentor Coaching for ICF Associate Certified Coach Applicants
10 mentor coaching hours with a qualified ICF-credentialed coach
7 hours in group format over five weeks - bi-weekly sessions
3 hours one-on-one with the assigned mentor coach
Overviews of ACC competencies in preparation for the ACC evaluation and exam
An opportunity to coach a young adult practice client in the group sessions for immediate feedback
CE Only - For Certified CoachesCoaching Adolescents - Self-study
16 self-study training hours over 8 weeks
Includes one 90-minute video lecture weekly + discussion prompts that account for an additional 30-minutes weekly
Coach specific training in evidence-based considerations when coaching adolescent clients, with special attention toward supporting at-risk youth.
Concepts covered include coaching to build resilience and internal and external protective factors to promote positive outcomes from the inside out.
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
Basic Coaching SkillsVideo Series - Self-study
The complete video series consists of six hours 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
Certified Desistance and Positive Reform CoachFor Professionals Supporting Juvenile and Emerging Adult Offenders Toward Positive Reform
48 hours of coach-specific training over 8-16 weeks with one to two three-hour classes weekly
Basic coaching skills + training in desistance science based on Dr. Mazzola's research
2-3 opportunities for formal supervision and pass/fail feedback
This program is only available to agencies or organizations on a group training basis. Group size requirement is 6-14 trainees. Please reach out to email@example.com to schedule your training group.