Coaching Courses offered
by Vibrant Faith Ministries



2020-21 Offerings

100-level Courses (ACC-level)

101 :  Core Competencies Course (24 hours)


This course provides an overview of the ICF’s  core coaching competencies with particular emphasis on four of them. Students must demonstrate a strong understanding of these competencies and how to embed them into a variety of  coaching situations. This training involves reading assignments, watching 8 videos (one for each of the 2021 competencies), responding to cases studies, and demonstrating how to apply them via various coaching scenarios. A reflection paper is submitted by students at the end of this course. A summary of key learnings highlighted in this training are listed:
  •  Applying coaching ethics and standards of coaching situations.
  • Demonstrating personal integrity and honesty in interactions with clients, sponsors, and relevant stakeholders.
  • Defining what coaching is and isn’t - the distinctions between coaching, consulting, psychotherapy, and other support professions.
  •  A brief history of the coaching profession.
  • Getting started as a coach.
  • An introduction to individual and ongoing coaching agreements. - Powerful questioning approaches and practices.
  • Coaching individuals, teams, cohorts, and congregations. - Cultivating trust and safety in all coaching relationships. - Developing your coaching presence.

102: Embodying a Coaching Mindset (4 hours)

This course begins with a brief summary of the history of coaching and how it has evolved in recent years. It defines what coaching is and isn’t, providing clarity about the critical differences between coaching, counseling, consulting, and mentoring. This course also describes how a coach describes and maintains a mindset that is open, curious, flexible, and client-centered where clients are responsible for their own choices, learn to reflect, and take consistent action. The course wraps up with a list of approaches coaches can employ to spark their ongoing learning and development, to be more aware of their emotions and the context of their coaching, and when to seek help from outside sources when necessary.

103: Developing and Demonstrating Ethical Practices as a  Coach (4 hours)

This course addresses ways that coaches can demonstrate personal integrity and honesty in interactions with clients, sponsors, and relevant stakeholders. It equips coaches to be sensitive to clients' identity, environment, experiences, values, and beliefs, and use language that is appropriate, respectful, and abides by the ICF Code of Ethics. Students will practice setting initial and ongoing coaching agreements, demonstrate ways to
maintain confidentiality with client information, and create a safe space for coaching conversations. Students will watch and receive feedback on coaching demonstrations related to the initial coaching session.

104: Embodying a Coaching Mindset (4 hours)

All of coaching begins with deep listening. Masterful coaches listen on multiple levels. This class is designed to develop and expand the new coach’s listening skills through practical demonstrations and exercises. Several handouts are provided along with a downloadable slideshow. The intersections between the initial and ongoing coaching agreements will be highlighted during this course. Students will focus on what the client is and is not saying to fully understand what is being communicated in the context of the client’s setting.
Students will learn to summarize what the client communicates to ensure clarity and understanding. They will learn to recognize when there is more to what the client is communicating and how to observe, acknowledge, and explore the client's emotions, energy shifts, and non-verbal cues. Students will practice active listening during this course and will be assigned active listening practices complete and reflect on following the course.

105: Evoking New Awareness (4 hours)

This course addresses people's limiting beliefs and false assumptions that prevent them from living into their preferred future. In this class, students explore their own limiting beliefs and assumptions, and learn how to create a new awareness in coachees. Students will learn powerful questioning techniques, and when and how to use silence, metaphors, and analogies to help clients gain greater awareness. Coaches will learn how to invite clients to share more about their experiences, notice what is present and what’s missing, and generate ideas about how they can move forward. Students will gain insights on how to reframe situations, problems, and possibilities, and imagine new ways of thinking, doing, and being.

106: Facilitating Action Steps, Accountability and Client Growth (4 hours)

This course focuses on helping people take specific, concrete action that moves them toward their preferred future. It begins with building new awareness, calling forth new possibilities, and then designing goals, action steps, and accountability measures. Students will learn ways to review results, rethink assumptions, and re-imagine new ways to move forward that focus on short-term wins and SMART goals. Students learn to help clients celebrate bright spots, list new learnings, and identify next steps toward their preferred future.

107: Practice Lab - Level 1  (12 hours)

This class, usually broken into 2 hour segments, and is an opportunity for students to receive feedback on their coaching, as well as offer feedback to other students when they coach. In addition to student feedback, faculty will also be offering constructive feedback throughout this lab. Students may be asked to pay attention to particular core competencies during these sessions. During onsite training, these are referred to as coaching demonstrations.

108: Using Direct Communication to Call Forth New Possibilities  (4 hours)

Direct communication (responding) is the ability to communicate effectively during coaching sessions and to use language that has the greatest positive impact on the conversation and its participants. Students will learn about:
  • Truth-telling: Sharing what you are seeing from the facilitator’s perspective.
  • Feedback: Giving honest assessments and opinions.
  • Insights: Sharing intuitive thoughts.
  • Interrupting: Learn when it’s appropriate to interrupt coachees and how to use this technique effectively.
  • Advising: Learn to offer advice that is appropriate, and is sought out before it is offered.
  • Directing: Learn to steer conversations back to the coachee’s stated goals for the session or relationship. 
  • Messaging: Find ways for speaking a ‘truth’ that helps coachees to act more quickly.

109: Using Coaching Skills to Spark Spiritual Growth and Trusting Relationships  (4 hours)

This learning modules addresses ways to use coaching approaches to nurture spiritual growth and congregational vitality, with particular attention to helping individuals and teams create life-giving, faith-forming norms that sustain a culture of vibrant faith.

110: Tips and Tools for Managing Coaching Relationships  (4 hours)

This learning modules addresses ways to use coaching approaches to nurture spiritual growth and congregational vitality, with particular attention to helping individuals and teams create life-giving, faith-forming norms that sustain a culture of vibrant faith.

200-level Courses (PCC-level)

201 :  Going Deeper with ICF's Core Competencies  (16 hours)


The course further develops a coach's capacity to embed the 8 core competencies into all coaching relationships. Students will read and respond to case studies and apply the core competencies in coaching relationships. Students will submit a reflection paper at the end of this course.

202: Setting, Reviewing and Modifying Coaching Agreements (4 hours)

This class will instruct new coaches on approaches to introducing the coaching agreement, reviewing it on a
regular basis, and how to make course corrections to the coaching relationship to maximize the impact of coaching.

203: Going Deeper with Creating New Awareness (4 hours)

This course will assist coaches with helping clients become more aware of limiting beliefs and false assumptions. Students will listen to coaching sessions, engage in case studies, and practice addressing limiting beliefs in ways that lead to new insights and awareness for their clients.

204: Developing Your Client Base; Expanding Your Coaching Network (4 hours)

This course provides students with a wealth of practical and proven strategies and approaches for building your coaching practice based on the experiences of veteran coaches. Interviews and online panel discussion will be part of this course.

205: Going Deeper with Direct Communication (4 hours)

This course will use case studies and demonstrations to develop one's expertise in using direct communication in common coaching situations. The course will provide ample opportunities to demonstrate this competency.

206: Going Deeper with  Action Steps and Accountability (4 hours)

This course will further refine a coach's capacity to embed action and accountability into coaching relationships. The competency will be modeled, and then students will be given coaching assignments where they’ll address specific scenarios related to action and accountability.

207: Using Alternative Coaching Models, Frameworks, and Approaches (4 hours)

This course is designed to offer students opportunities to “try on” a variety of coaching models, frameworks, and approaches. A significant amount of time will be devoted to coaching demonstrations and feedback.

208: Coaching Clients Through Disruptive Change (4 hours)

Coaches will be introduced to a change model that can be used as a foundation for coaching clients through times of transition and disruption.

209: Coaching Clients Through Conflict (4 hours)

Participants will learn about conflict management styles and gain practical and proven approaches and strategies that lead to breakthroughs in conflicted situations. Some reading assignments must be completed before the start of this course.

210: Practice Lab - Level 2  (12 hours)

This class, usually broken into 2 hour segments, and is an opportunity for students to receive feedback on their coaching, as well as offer feedback to other students when they coach. In addition to student feedback, faculty will also be offering constructive feedback throughout this lab. Students may be asked to pay attention to particular core competencies during these sessions. During onsite training, these are referred to as coaching demonstrations.

211: Practice Lab - Advanced Group Coaching  (8 hours)

Group Coaching Practice Lab is an opportunity for students to experience being part of group coaching as well as practice being a group coach. This course is highly experiential and will include demonstrations related to coaching a team of paid staff, elected church leaders, and a community-based task force.

200-level Hybrid Course  (PCC-level)

201 :  Going Deeper with ICF's Core Competencies  (16 hours)


This is a hybrid PCC level course intended to sharpen the skills necessary to function at this coaching level. The course will provide opportunities to practice those skills through live virtual groups. Students will also receive feedback from the instructor. Participation in the live sessions and completion of the assignments and exercise are required in order to successfully complete this course.

LESSON 1 | A Review of the Current and Anticipated ICF Core Competencies (4 hours)
This lesson provides a review of the ICF’s eight core coaching competencies. Students must demonstrate a strong understanding of these competencies and how to embed them into their coaching situations.
  • Time: 4 hours
  • Video: ICF Core Competencies

Homework: Reading and Reflection
Review the ICF Core Competencies handout found in the Resources folder for this class. Choose TWO of the competencies and write no less than two paragraphs, but no more than one page about each competency. Explain why do you think the competencies you chose are important to become an effective coach. Submit your answers to the assignment folder. Name the file using the following format: [Last Name]_Assignment_1.1_Reflection_PCC

LESSON 2 | ACC and PCC Level Competency Comparison
This lesson provides a comparison between the Associate Certification in Coaching (ACC) and the Professional Certification in Coaching (PCC). Students will be able to clearly identify the differences between ACC and PCC as they begin their journey to the PCC accreditation process. Students are expected to complete the assignments and meet in cohorts to successfully complete this lesson.
Time: 4 hours
Video: ACC and PCC Level Competency Comparison

Homework: Reading and Reflection 
Write a one-page reflection about your understanding of the competency requirements for ACC and ACC. Identify the areas you will need to focus on to get to the PCC level of coaching. Submit your answers to the assignment folder. Name the file using the following format: [Last Name]_Assignment_2.1_Reflection_PCC Cohort Work #2.1: Instructions
  1. Meet with your assigned cohort, share your reflection, and ask for feedback.
  2. This meeting should be scheduled for 45 minutes.
  3. Select a scribe to capture the major themes of the discussion.
  4. Submit the document and name it using the last name of the person who took the notes using the following nomenclature: [Last Name]_Cohort_Work_2_1_PCC

Live Q&A Session
This live Q&A Session will be used to answer questions and clarify concepts. This one-hour session will be scheduled in advance and will include all the cohorts in this course



  
Overview
Active Listening Best Practice
This lesson provides a deeper look at the ICF Core Competency of Active Listening and its application to PCC-level coaching. Active Listening is one of the most important skills in coaching. This lesson provides a deeper look at developing the coach’s listening skills and understanding the role that silence plays in the coaching session. Students will be provided an opportunity to practice this skill with each other in small cohorts. Students are expected to complete the assignments and meet in cohorts to successfully complete this lesson.
Video: Active Listening Best Practices
Time: 4 hours
Audio: Coaching Demonstration Exercise
After listening to the Coaching Demonstration, identify the Powerful Questions asked by the coach. Which questions would you have asked differently? Provide your reasoning. Submit your answers to the assignment folder. Name the file using the following format: [Last Name]_Assignment_3.1_Exercise_PCC
Cohort Work #3.1: Instructions
1.Meet with your assigned cohort.
2.Each cohort member will coach for 30 minutes.
3.Debrief the session for 10 minutes, using the “sandwich” approach (strength, area of growth, strength).
4.One coach, one coachee per session. The rest of the group observe and take notes.
5.Take notes using the Coaching Session Evaluation Form found in your Resources folder. Pay close attention the how the
coach listens actively and uses silence in each session.
6.Rotate coaching among members of the cohort.
7.Take breaks between sessions as needed. The total time in sessions, debriefs, and breaks will vary depending on the
cohort. Make sure to agree ahead of time on the amount time you will be together.
8.Submit any questions to your facilitator as a cohort using the last name of the person submitting the questions. Make
sure you list the names of the cohort participants in the document. [Last Name]_Cohort_Work_3_1_PCC Maintaining Presence
Overview
This lesson provides a deeper look at the ICF Core Competency of Maintain Presence and its application to PCC-level coaching. Students will have the opportunity to practice this core competency and become familiar on how it applies to the coaching session. Students are expected to complete the assignments and meet in cohorts to successfully complete this lesson.
Time: 4 hours
Video: Maintaining Presence
Audio: Coaching Demonstration Exercise
After listening to the Coaching Demonstration, reflect on how the coach maintains presence in the session. Provide specific examples. The reflection should not be more than one-page in length. Submit your exercise to the assignment folder. Name the file using the following format: [Last Name]_Assignment_4.1_Exercise_PCC
Cohort Work #4.1: Instructions
1.Meet with your assigned cohort.
2.Each cohort member will coach for 30 minutes.
3.Debrief the session for 10 minutes, using the “sandwich” approach (strength, area of growth, strength).
4.One coach, one coachee per session. The rest of the group observe and take notes.
5.Take notes using the Coaching Session Evaluation Form found in your Resources folder. Pay close attention the how 6.the coach maintains presence in each session.
7.Rotate coaching among members of the cohort.
8.Take breaks between sessions as needed. The total time in sessions, debriefs, and breaks will vary depending on the
cohort. Make sure to agree ahead of time on the amount time you will be together.


Evoking Awareness
This lesson provides a deeper look at the ICF Core Competency of Evoking Awareness and its application to PCC-level coaching. Students will have the opportunity to practice this core competency and become familiar on how it applies to the coaching session. Students are expected to complete the assignments and meet in cohorts to successfully complete this lesson
Time: 4 hours
Video: Evoking Awareness
Cohort Work #5.1: Instructions
1.Meet with your assigned cohort.
2.Each cohort member will coach for 30 minutes.
3.Debrief the session for 10 minutes, using the “sandwich” approach (strength, area of growth, strength).
4.One coach, one coachee per session. The rest of the group observe and take notes.
5.Take notes using the Coaching Session Evaluation Form found in your Resources folder. Pay close attention the how the
coach evokes awareness in each session.
6.Rotate coaching among members of the cohort.
7.Take breaks between sessions as needed. The total time in sessions, debriefs, and breaks will vary depending on the
This live Q&A Session will be used to answer questions and clarify concepts. This one-hour session will be scheduled in advance and will include all the cohorts in this course.
Live Level 2 Coaching Lab #1
Overview
This class provides an opportunity for students to practice their coaching skills and receive feedback at the PCC level. Students will be evaluated using the Coaching Session Evaluation Form. Observers will be assigned one or more coaching competency to observe and provide feedback during each session. This Live Coaching Lab will be scheduled in advance. Students are expected to meet in cohorts to successfully complete this lesson
Time: 8 hours
Coaching Lab #1: Instructions
1.Meet with your assigned cohort.
2.Each cohort member will coach for 30 minutes.
3.Debrief the session for 10 minutes, using the “sandwich” approach (strength, area of growth, strength).
4.One coach, one coachee per session. The rest of the group observe and take notes.
5.Take notes using the Coaching Session Evaluation Form found in your Resources folder. Pay close attention to your 6.assigned core competencies for observation and feedback.
7.Rotate coaching among members of the cohort.
8.Take breaks between sessions as needed.
Live Q&A Session
This live Q&A Session will be used to answer questions and clarify concepts. This one-hour session will be scheduled in advance and will include all the cohorts in this course.
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Overview
Cultivating Learning and Growth
This lesson provides a deeper look at the ICF Core Competency of Cultivating Learning and Growth, and its application to PCC-level coaching. Students will have the opportunity to practice this core competency and become familiar on how it applies to the coaching session. Students are expected to complete the assignments and meet in cohorts to successfully complete this lesson
Time: 4 hours
Video: Cultivating
Learning and Growth
Cohort Work #5.1: Instructions
1.Meet with your assigned cohort.
2.Each cohort member will coach for 30 minutes.
3.Debrief the session for 10 minutes, using the “sandwich” approach (strength, area of growth, strength).
4.One coach, one coachee per session. The rest of the group observe and take notes.
5.Take notes using the Coaching Session Evaluation Form found in your Resources folder. Pay close attention the how the
coach evokes awareness in each session.
6.Rotate coaching among members of the cohort.
7.Take breaks between sessions as needed. The total time in sessions, debriefs, and breaks will vary depending on the
cohort. Make sure to agree ahead of time on the amount time you will be together.
Overview
The Supervisor as Coach
This lesson explores common issues found when leading others and offers tools to address the perceived conflict of being a coach-supervisor. Students will learn how to use their coaching skills and the coaching core competencies involving supervisor-employee relationships. Students will also learn how to coach up, down, and laterally.
Time: 4 hours
Video: The Supervisor as Coach Cohort Work #6.1: Instructions
1.Meet with your assigned cohort.
2.Complete the Supervisor as Coach Exercise found in the Resource Folder.
Exercise
Reflect on your takeaways for this lesson as they apply to your specific ministry situation. Submit your reflection file using the following format: [Last Name]_Assignment_6.1_Exercise_PCC


Live Level 2 Coaching Lab #2
This class provides an opportunity for students to practice their coaching skills and receive feedback at the PCC level. Students will be evaluated using the Coaching Session Evaluation Form. Observers will be assigned one or more coaching competency to observe and provide feedback during each session. This Live Coaching Lab will be scheduled in advance. Students are expected to meet in cohorts to successfully complete this lesson
Time: 8 hours
Coaching Lab #2: Instructions
1.Meet with your assigned cohort.
2.Each cohort member will coach for 30 minutes.
3.Debrief the session for 10 minutes, using the “sandwich” approach (strength, area of growth, strength).
4.One coach, one coachee per session. The rest of the group observe and take notes.
5.Take notes using the Coaching Session Evaluation Form found in your Resources folder. Pay close attention to your
This live Q&A Session will be used to answer questions and clarify concepts. This one-hour session will be scheduled in advance and will include all the cohorts in this course.
Coaching Through Conflict
Overview
Participants will learn about conflict management styles and gain practical and proven approaches and strategies that lead to breakthroughs in conflicted situations. Students must complete reading assignments and complete assigned tasks to successfully complete this lesson.
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This class provides an opportunity for students to practice their group coaching skills and receive feedback. Students will participate in a live group coaching demonstration and will have an opportunity to debrief the exercise.
Time: 4 hours
Video: Group Coaching Best Practices
Live Group Coaching Demonstration
Live Q&A Session
This live Q&A Session will be used to answer questions and clarify concepts. This one-hour session will be scheduled in advance and will include all the cohorts in this course.
Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry


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Overview
Overview Time: 4 Hours





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