July 14, 2010

Life Coaching Schools

Life Coaching Schools: There are many life coach schools, academies and colleges throughout the UK (mainly in London) which are accredited and some which are not.
Should the school’s accreditation make a difference to you when you make your final choice of study?
It is a matter of opinion but with life coaching becoming an attractive career-change choice during the past five years or so, many of you will be seeking the right advice regarding training and certification.

Most clients will look to see whether the Life coaching school is providing quality coaches who have had the necessary formal training and will then decide to use their services if they develop a rapport with the coach and experience a tangible benefit from their initial free trial session with him/her.
That’s the reality.

How important is the Life Coaching school’s accreditation? If we can apply some perspective here and ask just what is the most important concern to a prospective client?
They will probably state their most important criteria is how can the coaching school help them in the particular area that they want to pursue as a career in coaching.
And because the better paid coaches generally work in a niche, those niches are such that they are personally developed by the coach independently of any training they might receive. So their success is built on a slightly different criteria.

And that is where the PSG life coach courses bring a measure of reassurance to their clients as they have a such a strong reputation regarding the variety of their syllabus as regards different coaching niches.
This is allied to a strong accreditation through the reputable ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) in Scotland and LBCAI (Life and Business Coaching Association of Ireland). Successful completion of the diploma programme will entitle clients to membership of other high level coaching organisations and associations.

Since coaching is a relatively new profession many new life coaching schools have come into existence. But because there are no universal standards for the life coaching profession, there are no universal standards for those schools.
Therefore to make a sound choice the client should make the effort to verify that the school’s philosophies align with their own and ensure that the syllabus covers the desired market segment.

May 7, 2010

Diploma Life Coaching

By considering a Diploma in Life coaching – you are looking at the industry recognised qualification for people wanting to be practitioner coaches.
We understand that selecting the correct programme is a difficult decision. There are a large and varied amount of choices  on the market and a slightly confusing  array of providers and accrediting bodies.

So it is important that the standards for both coach practitioners and training course providers are of a high ethical standard which should give greater peace of mind to those people looking to hire a coach or invest in their own coach training.

We are confident that our PSG Diploma in Life coaching contain all the key elements which in future will be seen as industry-wide best practice and satisfy the aspirations of the prospective coach.
The course covers the theoretical aspects of coach education and recognises that this is a vital aspect of learning to coach effectively but theory of itself does not produce a first class coach.

Life Coaching is a practical activity and any coach training worth its salt must be grounded in sound professional practice. This is why PSG devote so much attention to the practice/feedback model of coach development.
At each workshop you work in trios rotating around the roles of coach, coachee and observer. The feedback and learning from these sessions is often the most significant part of the programme for many where the ‘coalface’ type of approach includes :

  • Work-based Assignments  and Evidence Requirements
  • Breadth and depth of theoretical input as it relates to practical work
  • Intensive coach practise sessions with high quality feedback from course tutors
  • Requirement to build up supervised hours of coaching practise
  • Group supervision at workshops
  • Demonstration sessions from course tutors

So undoubtedly the Diploma in Life Coaching extensively covers the ‘on- the- job’ type experience that a practitioner is likely to meet on a day to day business whether in the area of private coaching but also in the internal business coaching environment.
All of the specialist subjects in the Diploma are mapped to professional coaching occupational standards – standards which have been developed in consultation with employers – thereby ensuring the PSG Diploma qualification is best placed to satisfy both the requirements of the business world as well as the private  practitioner.


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