Professional Coaching Program

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  • Course description
    Continuing Studies at Western is pleased to collaborate with Adler International Learning to deliver the Adler Professional Coaching Program. Adler is a world-class organization globally recognized as a leader in the coaching field and is the first school in Canada to attain International Coach Federation (ICF) accreditation.

    Professional Coaching is emerging as an exciting profession and is a must-have skill set for leaders, managers and business owners. The Adler Professional Coaching program leverages insights from a number of disciplines including psychology, philosophy, leadership studies, adult learning, and neuroscience. Participants will obtain cutting edge expertise on coaching and how it applies in a variety of contexts, with a specific emphasis in an organizational context.

    If you are a professional committed to excellence in coaching, The Adler Professional Coaching Program is for you!

        Leaders and Managers
        This includes organizational leaders, managers, human resource professionals, supervisors, internal workplace trainers, and anyone interested in establishing a unique leadership role within an organization.

        Many consultants such as organizational development consultants, financial advisors, and health and wellness consultants will find that developing their coaching skills will enable them to better serve their clients.

        Aspiring Coaches
        If you think professional coaching is a career you would like to move into, then this program is for you. Some aspiring coaches come from helping professions such as therapy and counselling. Others have made changes from fields as diverse as engineering, law and finance.

    The Adler Professional Coaching Program is the program of choice for the committed learner interested in any of the following benefits:

        * Attaining an internationally recognized accreditation
        * Learning the very latest coaching concepts and tools
        * Mastering a higher level of coaching resourcefulness and people/team development skills

    The following three courses are offered through Continuing Studies at Western. The Practicum and the Certification Exam are offered through Adler International Learning.

    Part One: Foundations of Coaching
    Part Two: The Coaching Conversation in the Context of Work
    Part Three: Moving Towards Artful Coaching

    Foundations of Coaching
    5 days

    This course provides grounding in the Adler coaching model: nine guiding principles, mindset, core competencies, and what it takes to be a coach. This course is both a powerful stand alone introduction to coaching, and a prerequisite for other courses.


        * The field of coaching and some key distinctions around ‘coaching’.
        * The conceptual foundations of coaching.
        * The Adler coaching model and its application.
        * The core competencies of coaching.
        * A ‘starter kit’ of coaching tools and techniques.
        * Opportunity to practice using skills, tools and techniques.
        * Developing a plan to support further personal learning.
        * Exploring fit into the field.

    The Coaching Conversation in the Context of Work
    5 days

    Prerequisite: Foundations of Coaching

    This course looks at the individual in the context of systems and how the coach supports people in their work and their lives. Part Two substantially expands your coaching skills while also providing additional tools and context for helping clients with work-related issues, an important focal point in almost any coaching relationship, regardless of your niche.


        * Use of coaching knowledge and skills effectively in the domain of work, and within the context of organizations.
        * Specific tools, techniques and processes for coaching in the context of work.
        * Further honing of skills and deepening of general coaching knowledge.

    Moving Towards Artful Coaching
    5 days

    Prerequisite: The Coaching Coversation in the Context of Work

    This course provides exposure to, and experience with, a range of tools and processes to deepen coaching effectiveness and creativity. Part 3 focuses on integrating your learning, enhancing and deepening your ability to coach artfully and creatively.


    Deepening coaching competence through exploring five themes:

       1. Coach and client as masterful intentional learners.
          Coaching through the lens of leadership, an integrative theme for many coaching engagements.
       2. Using the pathways of creativity and imagination effectively.
       3. Using the power of metaphor effectively in coaching.
       4. Integrating the being and doing strands in a long-term coaching program, and developing a personal action plan for ongoing professional development and practice building.

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