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IAFPD Certificate in Coaching Psychology 

This programme has been designed for psychologists who have Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS) (or similar with an overseas professional body) and are wishing to work towards becoming an International Society for Coaching Psychology Accredited Coaching Psychologist or BPS Chartered Coaching Psychologist. The programme is also popular with Chartered, Registered or Licensed psychologists who need additional training before applying for a post-qualification Register. The programme has been run in London, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; and in Goteborg, Sweden.

The programme Approved by the British Psychological Society and Recognised by the International Society for Coaching Psychology. It forms part of the Association for Coaching Accredited Advanced Diploma in Coaching programme. (This certificate programme is at an intermediate to advanced level.)



Learners have usually completed the Certificate in Coaching module or another course at the Centre to ensure they have some skills, knowledge and practice of solution focused cognitive behavioural coaching. 

Learners will be currently coaching coachees, clients or staff. If Learners have not attended a formal coaching training programme, they are advised to consider undertaking the Centre’s Certificate in Coaching.


Learners will be required to coach another Learner on the course, live in front of the group for the purpose of training-related group supervision and maintain a log of this experience to be included in a review after attending the programme. In addition, pre-programme reading includes one set text focusing on coaching psychology, the Handbook of Coaching Psychology 2nd edition by Palmer and Whybrow (2019). After the programme, the Learner will submit a written book review and a Post Programme Review. 



This five-day programme provides delegates with an understanding of the psychology of coaching from a cognitive-behavioural perspective together with a range of advanced coaching skills.

• demonstrate knowledge of the development of coaching psychology
• develop an understanding of the coach-coachee relationship
• develop an understanding of a range of coaching psychology approaches, models and frameworks
• understand the nature of coaching psychology
• become knowledgeable of cognitive-behavioural, problem-solving, solution focused  and rational emotive behavioural coaching
• understand the psychological concepts of emotional management, self-esteem, self-acceptance, self-motivation, focus on achieving goals, transformation of the coachee into the self-coach (the coaching career), low frustration tolerance and practice relevant skills that can be used in coaching
• develop and have an opportunity to practise a range of advanced coaching skills
• become proficient in the use of challenges and disputation in coaching
• learn how to overcome blocks in coaching
• understanding how to deal with emotional interference when implementing and/or maintaining action plans
• learn how to maintain their newly acquired advanced coaching skills
• consider the psychological coaching models and their application to life, business, executive, performance and speciality coaching
• practise coaching sessions and skills training in pairs or triads
• group supervision of a live coaching session with another Learner on the course
• consider what further training, if any, is required

A Centre and Academy certificate of achievement is awarded to Learners who successfully complete the programme, the Post Programme Review (1000 words), Book Review and other written work.

Trainers and supervisors include Kasia Szymanska, Dr Siobhain O’Riordan, Dr Kristina Gyllensten and Professor Stephen Palmer.




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