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 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 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

Recommended pre-requisites:

  • 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 is also available in person for organizations local to the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area. Contact leah@youthcoachinginstitute.com to schedule life coach training for your staff, if you have a group of 6 or more.

Training Progression

Training progression is as follows for those pursuing youth life coach certification:

Stage 1Introduction to Coaching – cannot be taken as a stand-alone block.

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.

**We also offer a separate CE course for certified coaches who only need supplemental training in coaching youth and young adults – Coaching Adolescents – CE Only

Session Schedule

The length of training varies by selected training stages.

Stages 1-3: The weekly time commitment includes a 2-hour (standard schedule) or 3-hour (accelerated schedule) webinar/conference call once weekly, required reading, and assigned practice coaching. The first half of class time is dedicated to lecture and discussion. The second half of class time is dedicated to 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.

Coaching Adolescents – CE Only – Self-Study: The weekly time commitment includes a 1.5 hour video lecture + 30 minutes to respond to the reflection/discussion prompt once weekly. **This is for certified coaches only seeking supplemental training for coaching youth and young adults.

Calendar: 

  • Winter 2016 – Saturdays – Beginning February 27 (Facilitator: Leah B. Mazzola, PhD, BCC, ACC) Registration is FULL
  • Summer 2016 – Thursdays – Beginning June 30 (Facilitator: Maggie Steele, MSW, ACC) Registration is FULL
  • Winter 2017 – Saturdays – Beginning January 21 (Facilitator: Leah B. Mazzola, PhD, BCC, ACC) Registration is FULL
  • Spring 2017 – Tuesdays – Beginning April 4 (Facilitator: Maggie Steele, MSW, ACC) Registration is FULL
  • Fall 2017 – Mondays and Wednesdays – Beginning September 11 (Facilitator: Leah B. Mazzola, PhD, BCC, ACC) Registration is FULL
  • Winter 2018 – TuesUdays – Beginning February 27 (Facilitator: Maggie Steele, MSW, BCC, ACC) Registration is FULL
  • Fall 2018 – Saturdays, 10:00 AM CST – 1:00 PM CST – Beginning September 1 (Facilitator: Leah B. Mazzola, PhD, BCC, ACC) Registration is FULL
  • Winter 2019 – Stages 1-3 Life Coach Training/Certification – Tuesdays, 7:30 PM CST – 10:30 PM CST – February 26-July 16 (Facilitator: Maggie Steele, MSW, BCC, ACC) Registration is FULL
  • Winter/Spring 2019 – Self-Study CE Coaching Adolescents – February 2-March 23 (Facilitator: Leah B. Mazzola, PhD, BCC, ACC) Registration is FULL
  • Spring 2019 – Stages 1-3 Life Coach Training/Certification – Saturdays, 10:00 AM CST – 1:00 PM CST – March 23-August 10 (Facilitator: Leah B. Mazzola, PhD, BCC, ACC) Registration is FULL
  • Spring II 2019 – Stages 1-3 Life Coach Training/Certification – Thursdays, 6:30 PM CST – 9:30 PM CST – April 4 – August 22 (Facilitator: Leah B. Mazzola, PhD, BCC, ACC) Registration is FULL

Upcoming Classes:  

  • Ongoing 2019 – Self-Study CE Coaching Adolescents –   (Facilitator: Leah B. Mazzola, PhD, BCC, ACC) Registration is OPEN
  • Summer 2019 – Stages 1-3 Life Coach Training/Certification (Evenings) – Standard 30-week schedule – Tuesdays, 7:30 PM CST – 9:30 PM CST – August 27-March 31 (Facilitator: Maggie Steele, LMSW, BCC, ACC) – Registration is OPEN
  • Fall I 2019 – Stages 1-3 Life Coach Training/Certification (Daytime) – Accelerated 20-week schedule – Thursdays, 11:00 AM CST – 2:00 PM CST – September 19-February 13 (Facilitator: Cyndy Etler, MEd, ACC) – Registration is OPEN
  • Fall II 2019Stages 1-3 Life Coach Training/Certification (Weekend)Accelerated 20-week scheduleSaturdays, 10:00 AM CST – 1:00 PM CST – October 26 – March 14 (Facilitator: Leah B. Mazzola, PhD, BCC, ACC) – Registration is OPEN

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CE Only - Coaching Adolescents - Self-Study

$400
Total USD

  • 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.
  • Total training tuition is $400.
    • Payment plan available for 10% additional fee. Payment plan includes a $220 non-refundable registration fee + 1 monthly installment of $220.

Stages 1-2: Certified Youth Transition Coach

$1,000
Total USD

  • 42 training hours over 14 (accelerated) or 20 (standard) 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 is $1,000.
    • Payment plan available for 10% additional fee.
    • Standard schedule payment plan includes a $250 non-refundable registration fee + 5 monthly installments of $170 each.
    • Accelerated schedule payment plan includes a $275 non-refundable registration fee + 3 monthly installments of $275 each.

Stages 1-3: Certified Youth Mentor Coach / Certified Youth Leadership Coach

$1,500
Total USD

  • 60-63 training hours over 20 (accelerated) or 30 (standard) 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
  • Total training tuition is $1,500 (includes Stages 1-3).
    • Payment plan available for 10% additional fee.
    • Standard schedule payment plan includes a $250 non-refundable registration fee + 8 monthly installments of $175 each.
    • Accelerated schedule 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 8/24-12/31/19.

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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.