ACC-level Coach Training

Meet  your  training  team

Felix Villanueva, MCC

Director of the Coaching School
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Jim LaDoux

Director of Coaching & Consulting  |  612.865.0628
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Begin your coaching journey with the ACC-level Training Course 

We look forward to walking alongside you on your journey toward being an effective and engaged coach! You will learn the essential coaching skills, approaches, mindsets needed to facilitate powerful and transformative coaching conversations.  You will engage with other student that bring their wisdom and experience to the training, and you'll work with several Vibrant Faith coaching school instructors . Listed below are faculty that you'll interact with on a regular basis - both during classes, practice labs, panel and book discussions, and via blogs.  You'll also meet several other faculty members who will equip, encourage, and empower you in fulfilling your training objectives.


SEP 4:  What Coaching Is and Isn't (101)
SEP 9:  Create Safe Space for Coaching (102)
SEP 11:  Demonstrate Ethical Practice (103)
SEP 16:  Develop Coaching Presence (104) 
SEP 18:  Active Listening Skills (105)
SEP 23:  Practice Lab 1 (119)
SEP 25:  Powerful Questioning Skills (106)
SEP 30:  Appreciative Inquiry Coaching (107)
OCT 2:  Practice Lab 2 (119)
OCT 7:  Set Coaching Norms (108)
OCT 9:  Evoke New Awareness (109)
OCT 16:  Coaching Clients Through Change (110)
OCT 21:  Practice Lab 3 (119)
OCT 23:  Design Action Steps & Accountability (111)
OCT 28:  Assess Coaching Skills & Impact (112)
OCT 30:  Facilitate Client Growth (113)
NOV 4:  Practice Lab 4 (119)
NOV 6:  Direct Communication Strategies (114)
NOV 11:  Helping Clients Set Goals (115)
NOV 13:  Coaching Groups & Teams (116)
NOV 25:  Practice Lab 5 (119)
DEC 2:  Managing Multiple Clients (117)
DEC 4:  Prepare for the ICF exam (118)
DEC 15:  Submit feedback & Reflection Paper

General Information about the Course

About  the Training  Sessions

  • Training sessions  are held Mondays and Wednesdays (1:00-3:00pm central).
  • Recorded training sessions may be accessed online for up to 2 weeks following the presentation date..
  • Presentation slides are posted for all sessions exceptpractice labs.
  • Please watch the Core Competencies videos  for the first time before the first class.  Then watch them a second time, by September 30th, to complete the Core Competencies Video assignments which are listed below each video. Click here to go to the Core Competencies Course page.
  • Complete Coaching School Manual assignments by September 30th so that you have a foundational understanding of key coaching concepts and practices.
  • Read and submit 20 blog assignments by November 30th. Your instructor may request that you complete certain blog by a specific time if they are referred to during a sessionAs a rule, complete 2 blogs a week starting with the first session..
  • Please email your instructors if you'll be late or absent from a class.

Our Covenant

  • Attitude:  Be positive, present, playful, proactive,  and open-minded,
  • Actions: Be on time, ready to contribute, and seek to "go first."  
  • Assumptions:  Be willing to stretch yourself and trust the process.

Important  Notes

Pre-Work Assignments

Reading & Paperwork Assignments

1 | Read the Coaching School Student Guide.
2 | Read the Coaching School Manual (8 chapters plus the Appendix)
3 | Submit a signed version of the Release form..
4 | Review ICF Code of Ethics via the ICF's website; review credentialing process.
5 | Download the Excel Coaching Log  or copy this Google Sheet .
6 | Download the Surface to Soul app on your phone/tablet via Apple or Android. Once it's downloaded, please create an account (save your User ID and password). Turn on notifications so that. you receive updates on th e learning lessons and assignments. 

Watch Core Competencies videos 

1 - Introduction to Coaching
2 - Demonstrating Ethical Practice
3 - Embodying a Coaching Mindset
4 - Coaching Agreements
5 - Cultivating Trust & Safety  
6 - Maintaining Presence
7 - Active Listening
8 -Evoking New Awareness
9 - Facilitating Learning & Growth
10 - Powerful Questioning Approaches
11 - Cultivating Trust & Safety
12  - Coaching Agreements
13 - Getting Started as a Coach
14 - Coaching Teams, Cohorts, Organizations