Curriculum for 2015-2016 program

(at-a-glance list of dates and times pending)

Lead instructor Darcy Luoma talks about the PLCC curriculum—its rationale and flow.

Module 1

Coaching Fundamentals: Setting the Foundation

In this module we touch on every aspect of the coaching process and lay the foundation for deepening your development as a Professional Life Coach. You acquire the fundamentals you need to begin your coaching career.

When: W-F, Sept 9-11, 2015 (W, Th 9am-5pm, F 9-4p)
ICF Core Competencies: All

Module 2

Supervision and Mentoring: Increasing Your Impact Through Experience

This virtual module, which runs throughout the program, is where your coaching will truly flourish. We begin with a 2-hour teleconference to review the process and goals of supervision and mentoring. Then you have 8 individual sessions in which an ICF-certified coach observes your coaching and provides written and verbal feedback based on the ICF Core Competencies.


Initial teleconference: T, Sept 22, 2015 (11:30am-1:30pm)

Throughout the program, October 2015 through the end of the program in May 2016:

  • 8 virtual supervision and mentoring sessions with ICF certified coaches. To be scheduled based on student's schedule.

ICF Core Competencies: All

Module 3

Coaching Presence: An Inside-Out Perspective

Here we focus on your development as a person and as a coach. Discover core values, beliefs, and perspectives that shape your frame of reference and then learn how to self-manage in order to heighten your coaching presence. Know yourself better so you can be a more effective and powerful agent of change.

When: W-F, Oct 28-30, 2015 (W, Th 9am-5pm, F 9-4p)
ICF Core Competencies: Coaching Presence

Module 4

The KSAs (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) of Empowered Coaching

Increase your knowledge of coaching practices and principles, practice communication skills that guide the client to a higher level of awareness, and develop your abilities that will increase your confidence and help the client deepen their learning and achieve their vision.

When: 5 teleconferences, Tuesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm

  • Nov 17
  • Dec 1
  • Dec 15
  • Jan 5, 2016
  • Jan 12, 2016

ICF Core Competencies: Active Listening, Powerful Questioning, Direct Communication

Module 5

Co-Creating a Coaching Relationship

Learn how to create a safe and supportive environment based on mutual respect and trust, which in turn helps the client be bold and courageous in achieving their goals. Understanding the coaching process and the importance of coaching logistics helps you co-create a strong coaching relationship.

When: W-F, Jan 27-29, 2016 (W, Th 9am-5pm, F 9-4p)
ICF Core Competencies: Establishing Trust and Intimacy with the Client, Establishing the Coaching Agreement

Module 6

Coaching Ethics: Understanding ICF Ethical Guidelines

Examine the ethical guidelines and professional standards created by the International Coach Federation. ICF is the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession, setting professional standards, and providing independent certification. Understanding the ethics and standards of coaching is a major part of the credentialing process.

When: 5 teleconferences, Tuesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm

  • Feb 2, 2016
  • Feb 16
  • Mar 1
  • Mar 15
  • Mar 22

ICF Core Competencies: Meeting Ethical Guidelines and Professional Standards

Module 7

Forwarding the Action: Facilitating Learning and Results

Learn how to guide the client from awareness to creating what they want for themselves. Understand how to establish, create, design, and plan with the client to facilitate progress, deepen learning, and forward the action.

When: W-F, Apr 6-8, 2016 (W, Th 9am-5pm, F 9-4p)
ICF Core Competencies: Creating Awareness, Designing Actions, Planning and Goal Setting, Managing Progress and Accountability

Module 8

Integration: Bringing it All Together

Understand how all the pieces fit together to create a powerful coaching relationship that includes action and accountability. You will have a higher level of self-awareness, an understanding and basic practice of coaching skills, and the ability to co-create dynamic coaching relationships.

When: W-F, May 18-20, 2016 (W, Th 9am-5pm, F 9-4p)
ICF Core Competencies: All

Final Exam: May 4, 2016