Starting 19 September 2019 – Lake Geneva, Switzerland
A transformative year-long certification course that is designed to maximize learning and development in a coaching context using proven methodology.
The Professional Coaching Course (PCC) is designed by one of the leading coaching schools in the United States – New Ventures West (NVW). The course is an International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited course and is being run in partnership by the Centre for Coaching, based at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business and NVW.
The PCC is part of the 18-month programme offered by the Centre for Coaching that is made up of two courses targeted at different levels. The six-month course (CfD) can be completed separately and offers a stand-alone qualification; however, CfD and PCC are designed to work together as a unit over an 18-month period with ‘soak in’ time between each programme to allow information to be absorbed and practised. Once you have completed the Professional Coaching Course, we offer Master Classes to further enrich your coaching.
When you enrol in the PCC, you join a group of professionals who study, learn, and coach together for an entire year and quickly form a supportive learning community. The curriculum blends a rigorous course of study with hands-on practice and attention to participants’ own individual development.
The course is structured in the following way:
The PCC is organized around four face-to-face sessions that run from Thursday to Sunday.
Days run from 09h00 to 18h30, with a long afternoon break to eat lunch, do a short assignment, walk, and relax.
In between sessions, you read books from the “Coaches’ Bookshelf”, complete written assignments, coach clients, and undertake your own individual development programme.
As you engage in these activities, you draw upon the support of small learning groups called pods. Each pod works together and is assigned a pod mentor. You also receive periodic coaching from the course faculty.
Session 1 focuses on building a strong and supportive community and cultivating your capacity to be present, mindful, and a skilled observer of yourself and others. The course leaders coach you (and others) and design an individual development programme for you. This begins your initiation into the “two tracks” of Integral Coaching: the simultaneous focus on your clients’ development and your own development.
Between Sessions 1 and 2, by engaging in your own personal development programme, you begin to develop the body of a coach and the capacity to witness how distinctions and practices can impact someone’s life (in this case, your own).
In Session 2 we turn our attention to the three core integral coaching models and their use with clients. We discuss the stages of a coaching relationship, the elements of a coaching programme, and how to design and conduct an Integral Coaching programme.
Between Sessions 2 and 3, your attention expands to include not only your development and that of your classmates but also the practice of coaching. As you work with three to five clients, your pod and other faculty all support you in identifying what the coaching invitation might be, offering powerful distinctions, and designing practices and self-observation exercises. It is here that you begin gaining first-hand experience in blending inquiry and advocacy in the cauldron of relationship. Here, too, you start to receive supervision and feedback on your coaching of others. Despite all this activity, it remains essential for you to continue to focus on your own development right through the year.
Session 3 emphasizes practice. By working with your classmates, a “guest client” from outside, and PCC-qualified coaches acting as observers, you learn to simultaneously be present with clients and draw upon the rich models and frameworks.
Between Sessions 3 and 4, you continue to work with clients, writing up case descriptions in which you reflect on your experiences and what you have learned. You also continue to receive feedback from the faculty on tape-recorded conversations with clients, continue to focus on your individual development, and receive one-on-one coaching from faculty.
The heart of Session 4 is the certification process, which takes place on Day 2 and Day 3. This involves live coaching in front of a certification committee and the discussion of coaching cases. Again, the focus is on the “two tracks”: both your development and your work with clients. Day 4 is a day of closure, on which you and your classmates offer gratitude to each other, one by one.
Who Will Support You
Learning to coach is not something we can do alone. Throughout the year, you receive support from the staff at the Centre for Coaching, the PCC faculty and your classmates in several ways:
You have two private coaching sessions with the course leader.
You work with a phone coach who supports you in your personal and professional development through periodic telephone calls.
You receive written feedback from a PCC-certified tape coach who listens to different coaching sessions that you conduct with your clients and gives you insight as to how closely your own live coaching methodology is aligned with the integral coaching principles that you have been taught.
You participate with your learning pod. This pod meets together on a regular basis in between sessions either by telephone or in person (depending upon where people live). The focus of pod meetings evolves during the year from students’ personal development to the models and practices of Integral Coaching to students’ experiences coaching clients. Each pod is assigned a pod mentor, a PCC-certified coach who is there to support you all.
Individual participants often pair up with each other informally around particular issues of mutual interest.
How the Programme Has Changed in Recent Years
Based on feedback from participants and our own learning, we have changed the PCC in the following ways: – Enhanced small group learning. Working in small group pods has taken the place of the previous support system, which was study group calls involving the entire class. – Emphasis on the body. We have introduced an entire day in Session Two focused on the body. This day includes developing the body of a coach, recognizing how clients hold emotions and patterns in their bodies and designing customized body practices for clients. – More extensive feedback. We have significantly expanded the number of feedback participants receives on their coaching by providing faculty comments about tape-recordings of participants coaching their clients. – Update to the flow of coaching itself. We are constantly searching for ways in which to enhance and improve the integral coaching approach and methodology. In 2009, a shift away from assessment and towards invitation in the flow of coaching, has allowed for new openings and possibilities in the style of coaching adopted by each coach as they develop their own, unique coaching ‘voice’. In 2011 we shifted towards including a narrative approach in our coaching programme design.
These fees include all four sessions, books, materials, pod meetings, coaching sessions, and certification.
2019 Tuition Fees: CHF 13’500. These fees include all four sessions, books, materials, pod meetings, coaching sessions, and certification, as well as lunches/teas/coffees during the in-person sessions.
Early Bird Rate: CHF 12’500 on a limited number of seats.
A CHF1’000 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required no later than six weeks before the start of the course. If your application is not accepted, your deposit will be returned. If it is accepted and you cancel your booking, we will retain your deposit.
Course fees are payable before the start of the course but payment plans are available, please email email@example.com for further details.
To register for the programme, please complete the form below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org For more information contact Michele Stoudmann on +41 (79) 242 77 90
New Ventures West (NVW), one of the leading coaching schools in the USA, founded in 1987, is a San Francisco based organisation dedicated to having people be both effective and fulfilled in their work as integral coaches. www.newventureswest.com
The International Coach Federation is the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals.
Under the auspices of New Ventures West, our learning partner, this PCC course is recognised by the International Coach Federation as an Accredited Coach Training Programme (ACTP).
On completion of both CfD and PCC, you will have 286 Approved Coach Specific Training Hours. This fulfils the ICF coach educational requirement to apply for Master Certified Coach (MCC) Credentials with the ICF.
For more information on how to become or find an ICF-credentialed coach, please visit www.coachfederation.org
The Centre for Coaching is based at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) – a global top-100 executive school. Its courses form part of the GSB Executive Education suite of offerings and are informed by both academic rigour and coaching practice. www.gsb.uct.ac.za