Life Coach Training and Certification

We are professionals committed to reaching back, inspiring, and equipping struggling young people to overcome and thrive. We have found research-based life coaching is an ideal outlet to do this work.

Do you have a passion for empowering disadvantaged young people?

Program Overview

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 yearly on a need basis. If you’re okay with that, read on!

Our Coaching Focus

Resource Optimization
Personal Development
Social Development
Structural Support Development

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 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 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 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.

Youth Coach Trainee Requirements

Candidates must be

  • 21 years old or older and 
  • 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.

Is training available in my area?

Training is virtual and available internationally via Zoom webinar and telephone conference calling.

Training Progression

Training progression is as follows:

Our life coach training program is psychology-based.

Candidates who have completed an Introduction to Psychology course at the college level or higher can begin training at Stage 2. 

Candidates who have not completed an Introduction to Psychology course at the college level or higher will begin training at Stage 1 – Introduction to Psychology with Dr. Mazzola.

Stage 1Introduction to Psychology – for trainees who have not completed a college-level Introduction to Psychology course.

Stage 2Certified 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 3Certified 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 4ICF 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.

Session Schedule

The length of training varies by selected training stages.

Stage 1: The weekly time commitment includes a 2-hour webinar/conference call once weekly, required reading, and assignments.

Stages 2-3: The weekly time commitment includes a 3-hour webinar/conference call once weekly, required reading, and assigned practice coaching. The 3-hour call includes 90 minutes of lecture and discussion and 90 minutes of demonstration, practice, supervision feedback, and debrief.

Stage 4: The group meets bi-weekly for 90-minutes for five sessions over 2 1/2 months. Then, mentees schedule three 1:1 mentor coaching sessions with the mentor over the third month.

Calendar: 

  • Winter 2016 – Saturdays – Beginning February 27: FULL (Facilitator: Leah B. Mazzola, PhD, BCC, ACC)
  • Summer 2016 – Thursdays – Beginning June 30: FULL (Facilitator: Maggie Steele, MSW, ACC)
  • Winter 2017 – Saturdays – Beginning January 21: FULL (Facilitator: Leah B. Mazzola, PhD, BCC, ACC)
  • Spring 2017 – Tuesdays – Beginning April 4: FULL (Facilitator: Maggie Steele, MSW, ACC) 
  • Fall 2017 – Mondays and Wednesdays – Beginning September 11: FULL (Facilitator: Leah B. Mazzola, PhD, BCC, ACC)
  • Winter 2018 – Tuesdays – Beginning February 27: FULL (Facilitator: Maggie Steele, MSW, BCC, ACC)
  • Fall 2018 – Saturdays, 10:00 AM CST – 1:00 PM CST – Beginning September 1: FULL (Facilitator: Leah B. Mazzola, PhD, BCC, ACC)

Upcoming Classes:  

  • Winter 2019Stages 2-3 – Tuesdays, 7:00 PM CST – 10:00 PM CST – February 26-July 16: Registration opens October 15th. (Facilitator: Maggie Steele, MSW, BCC, ACC)
  • Summer 2019Stage 1 – Wednesdays – 11:00 AM CST – 1:00 PM CST – June 12 – August 28 – Registration is OPEN – (Facilitator: Leah B. Mazzola, PhD, BCC, ACC)
  • Summer 2019 – Stage 4 – Group sessions: Saturdays, 5/11/19, 5/25/19, 6/8/19, & 6/22/19 – 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM CST + Saturday, 7/6/19, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CST (Mentor Coach: Leah B. Mazzola, PhD, BCC, ACC)
  • Fall 2019 – Stages 2-3 – Dates pending

 

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Stage 1 - Introduction to Psychology for Life Coaches

$450
Total USD

  • 28 training hours over 14 weeks
  • Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behavior. Our life coach training program is psychology-based.
  • This course offers trainees with no higher education in psychology a primer in the core areas of psychological inquiry as a foundation to developing the applied coaching skill set to serve as a more effective life coach.
  • Concepts covered include biopsychology, consciousness, learning, cognition, emotion and motivation, personality, lifespan development, social psychology, stress, lifestyle, and health.
  • May also be taken as a stand-alone coach CE course for certified life coaches
  • Total training tuition for this stage is $450.
    • Payment plan available for 10% additional fee. Payment plan includes a $165.00 non-refundable registration fee + 2 monthly installments of $165.00 each.

Stage 2: Certified Youth Transition Coach

$1,000
Total USD

  • 42 training hours over 14 weeks
  • Basic coaching skills
  • Training and development in YCI model coaching competencies relevant for at-risk and/or high-risk youth
  • 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 underserved youth, but have no interest in independent practice or business building
  • Total training tuition for Stage 2 is $1,000.
    • Payment plan available for 10% additional fee. Payment plan includes a $275 non-refundable registration fee + 3 monthly installments of $275 each.

Stages 2 & 3: Certified Youth Mentor Coach / Certified Youth Leadership Coach

$1,500
Total USD

  • 60-63 training hours over 20 weeks
  •  Stage 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
  • Total training tuition for Stage 3 is $1,500 (includes Stage 2 & 3).
    • Payment plan available for 10% additional fee. Payment plan includes a $330 non-refundable registration fee + 4 monthly installments of $330 each.
  • ICF and CCE approved training hours as follows:

acsth 200

International Coach Federation Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (63 hours)  

Center for Credentialing Education Approved BCC Training Provider (30 hours)

Stage 4 - ICF Group Mentor Coaching

Coaches interested in pursuing higher credentialing through the International Coach Federation are required to complete 10 hours of mentor coaching with an ICF ACC, PCC, or MCC credentialed coach who has completed at least one renewal cycle.

We offer these hours in a group option with Founder, Dr. Leah B. Mazzola, PhD, BCC, ACC. The next group will run Saturdays between 5/11/19-7/27/19. Click here for schedule and registration details.

14-Day Withdraw/Refund Policy: Pro-rated refunds for tuition paid beyond the registration fee are available for trainees who withdraw within 14 days of training start date.

Scholarship opportunities: We offer a small number of partial scholarships on a need basis. Interested parties must apply for consideration.

Are group rates available? Yes. A 10% discount is available for groups of six or more.

We take mental health seriously. We recommend trainees without graduate level training in behavioral sciences take a Mental Health First Aid course prior to training completion. The Mental Health First Aid course is free in some areas or may be completed with a low fee (e.g. $75.00) for the 8-hour course.