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IAFPD Certificate in Coaching
Introducing the Cognitive-behavioural approach to coaching

The Certificate in Coaching (Option 1) is our most popular professional body Approved and Recognised coaching programme delivered by the Centre.  It forms part of the Association for Coaching Accredited Advanced Diploma in Coaching programme. (The certificate programme at an introductory level.)


It introduces Learners to the cognitive-behavioural approach to coaching. The trainers are experienced cognitive-behavioural coaches who have published work on the approach. There are two versions of the programme. Option 2 is for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists who wish to attend a conversion programme.



Both of these programmess are Approved by the British Psychological Society, and recognised by the International Society for Coaching Psychology. They form part of the Association for Coaching (AC) Accredited Advanced Diploma in Coaching programme. This programme is also approved under the AC CPD Hours Scheme. 


These two 36 hour 5-day intensive (or 6-day) programmes each have the same aims and objectives but cover the theory and practice of coaching from different perspectives. The courses introduce the traditional GROW model of coaching and cover the cognitive-behavioural Dual Systems and SPACE models. The pre-programme reading includes Cognitive Behavioural Coaching (Neenan, 2018). These programmes are modules on the Centre’s Advanced Certificate and Diploma in Coaching. 


Option 1
This programme is suitable for trainee coaches, managers, personnel staff, management consultants, psychologists, trainers and others interested in learning about coaching and the cognitive behavioural approach.
NB. This course is not suitable for experienced coaches or those professionals already accredited in the cognitive behavioural approach.


Option 2
This course is run specifically as a conversion programme for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. The aims and objectives are similar to Option 1. However, issues raised and discussed by the course participants may reflect their advanced therapeutic experience. Time will be given to ensuring that counsellors and psychotherapists develop appropriate coaching, rather than therapeutic skills and interventions. Option 2 is only available in-house for organisations.
NB. This introductory course is not suitable for experienced coaches or those professionals already accredited in the cognitive behavioural approach.

These programmes provide learners with an underlying philosophy of coaching together with a range of practical skills required to be able to undertake coaching with individuals. The main approach is cognitive behavioural.

• be able to define coaching
• understand the difference between coaching and counselling
• become knowledgeable about types of clients and their problems
• become knowledgeable about the cognitive behavioural approach
• understand the concept of the life audit and how to structure initial meetings
• develop and have an opportunity to practise a range of relevant skills
• become proficient in using a coaching assessment form
• explore four learning styles
• explore and resolve difficulties impeding goal-attainment
• understand the importance of keeping a time log to improve time keeping
• troubleshoot obstacles to action plan implementation

A CPD certificate is provided for all attendees. Learners wishing to obtain a Certificate of Achievement need to submit a 1000 word Post Programme Review. 

The trainers include Dr Siobhain O’Riordan, Kasia Szymanska and Nick Edgerton.





Institute of Leadership approved 5-Day Coaching Development Programme 

The 5-day Certificate in Coaching course is also the Institute of Leadership (IoL) approved Coaching Development Programme. This is an attendance only programme and does not require the completion of the Post Programme Review. Successful completion of this IoL programme can also lead to Associate Membership of the Institute. Associate membership (post-nominals AIoL) is aimed at new or aspiring managers who are at the start of their leadership journey   

Visit our Centre IoL Hub for more information.

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