Self-enroll in the Introduction to Coaching Conversations Canvas site, below. This site will give you some introductory information, as well as the “pre-work” that will prepare you for coaching workshop Days One through Five and the “post-work” that will support your practice between workshops.
Participate in Coaching Day One and Coaching Day Two, usually offered back-to-back from 9:00-4:00 each day. In this two-day introductory sequence, which should be taken together, you will come to understand the core concepts and assumptions of coaching and be able to identify the differences between therapy, advising, mentoring, and coaching. You will learn one specific model for guiding a coaching conversation and get plenty of practice in generating and asking powerful open-ended questions, listening to and observing your coachee, transitioning in and out of coaching conversations, and applying the core concepts and the model. Finally, you will get to observe coaching demonstrations, practice coaching in several contexts, and learn how to document your coaching conversations in IU systems.
After you complete Days One and Two, deepen your understanding and skills by participating in Coaching Days Three, Four, and Five. You will want to take these a few weeks--or even months--apart to allow time for practice and integration. In addition, they must be taken sequentially as they build on each other. Each workshop is a full day (9:00-4:00), is preceded by pre-work and followed by post-work; the pre- and post-activities and assignments are housed in the Canvas site.
In addition, as you commit to this next level of learning, you may choose to move toward gaining experiences that allow you to apply for national certification as a coach. To support this path, IU forms certification-seeking cohorts each summer. The people in the cohorts commit extra time and energy, over the course of a year or two, to work with an IU coach-trainer, outside of the workshops. Note: these cohorts have already been formed for 2018-19.
Coaching Day Three
In Day Three, you’ll continue to develop a Coaching Way of Being, explore the roles of meta-awareness and intuition in coaching, and begin to cultivate the self-management and boundaries necessary to effective coaching. You will deepen your skills in building rapport, listening attentively, finding the themes in a coachee’s intentions and experience, observing a coachee’s responses, and giving clear feedback. You will explore the skills of championing, acknowledging, and challenging the coachee. In addition, you will analyze some coaching demonstrations, develop your capacity to be fully present, and practice coaching.
Coaching Day Four
In Day Four, you will immerse yourself in a Coaching Way of Being as you explore ways to coach people from diverse backgrounds and apply theories of emotional intelligence to your coaching practice. You will expand your abilities to manage yourself and your boundaries in the coaching relationship and cultivate your capacity for meta-awareness and intuition. In terms of coaching skills, you will learn how to use modalities, reframing, metaphors, and props. You will ascertain how to deconstruct a coachee’s experience to find their strengths and strategies and to address issues of failure and disappointment. You will practice transitioning from one coaching conversation to another, discover how to coach online, analyze coaching demonstrations, and practice coaching.
Coaching Day Five
In Day Five, you will more fully integrate a Coaching Way of Being as you expand your capacity for meta-awareness, intuition, and self-management. You will learn to identify situations that are not coachable, and practice referrals for coachees who actually need therapy or other mental health support. You will encounter some tools for self-assessment, practice exchanging observation and feedback with other coaches, enhance your skills at challenging a coachee through feedback, and learn how you might conclude a coaching relationship. And, you will analyze coaching demonstrations, practice coaching, and make some decisions about your ongoing development as a coach.
You may participate in additional workshops and opportunities for professional growth and development, as they are offered. These workshops will round out your training, and are required if you choose to pursue the national certification process to become a Board Certified Coach.
- Coaching in Groups or Classes (6 hrs; pre-requisite: Coaching Days One and Two) - Learn to use coaching techniques in group environments for group advising, teaching, and other collective endeavors.
- Coaching in an Academic Advising Practice (3 hrs; pre-requisite: Coaching Days One and Two) - Use coaching practices for outreach, registration, probation, orientation, and getting students in the office.
- Coaching for Career Development (6 hrs; pre-requisite: Coaching Days One through Four) - Take coaching techniques into your career-based interactions with students to help them develop confidence in their choices, independence in their professionalization, and their own direction as young professionals.
- Coaching for Leadership (7 hrs; pre-requisite: Coaching Days One through Five) - Learn to use coaching techniques to engage other professionals and build your team. Coaching for leadership will emphasize how to gain team investment and collaboration based on shared or complementary motivations and values.
- Professionalism in Coaching (6 hrs; pre-requisite: Coaching Days One through Five) - Review and preparation for people seeking the national coaching certification. If you are not currently a member of the certification cohort, please look for an application in the summer.
If you want to become a Board Certified Coach, you will need to complete Coaching Workshop Days One through Five and all of the Focused Workshops to learn the content for the national coaching certification exam. The exam is provided by the Center for Credentialing and Education. Currently, certification cohorts begin annually in the summer, but you may begin your coaching training at any time through workshops and the Canvas site. People may progress at their own rate through the certification process.
Apply to become a Coach-Trainer for Indiana University. Each year, a few coaches who are already a Board Certified Coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education, are selected to go through an intensive year-long "train-the-trainer" experience. At the end of the year, after demonstrating specific standards of excellence as coaches, coach-mentors, and workshop facilitators, these people will be certified to mentor new coaches and lead coaching workshops at IU. Coach-Trainer applications are accepted and candidates are selected in the summertime. A commitment from your supervisor is required.