Phase 2: The Professional Coach
Phase 2 is all about taking the knowledge you’ve gained in phase I and putting it into practice so you can prepare yourself to work as a professional coach.
It is about working with real clients while still getting a lot of support and gaining knowledge, skills and tools as a coach-in-training with the hope that you feel confident to call yourself a professional coach who’s able to see clients by yourself at the end of the course.
In this phase, there are 6 modules (modules 3-8). Unlike phase 1, in Phase 2 they’re being taught parallel to each other in order to insure a steady development and practising of skills learnt.
Module 3 -The Code of Ethics
We’ll learn the ethical code of the profession, understand its importance and how it translates into our work with clients. We’ll also look at some common ethical issues and raise possible ethical dilemmas.
Module 4 -The Coach’s frame of work
In this module, we’ll work on establishing a frame of work as a coach (from how the client hears about you, through establishing a relationship all the way to finishing the mutual work). Boundaries, coach-client agreements, referring, logistics, money matters etc. will all be explored in this module.
Module 5 – Creating a Helpful Process
We’ll practice and get a better understanding of how to take a client through a meaningful thought-provoking journey, and how to encourage them to use more of their personal potential.
We’ll explore how to best help our clients to get from point A to a more preferred point B in their lives.
This module is focusing on the client’s actual journey: Active listening, effective questioning, meaningful communication, looking for possibilities, planning, goal setting, accountability, action taking and reflecting are all going to be explored.
Building on phase I (in which those topics were learn too) we are now going deeper into the exploration, and basing it on our work with real clients.
Module 6 – Intervision
This is “group supervision”, where we hear each other’s clients’ stories, learn from one another and support each other.
Module 7 – Personal Focus
Each student will have the opportunity to explore a certain specific way of working with clients. This can be either focusing on a certain type of clientele (for example: Women / Managers / Parents) and/or a certain working style or attention putting (like Positive Mental Attitude / Existential coaching / Career coaching / Grief and Loss etc.).
Each student will have to explore this and use it in at least some of the coaching sessions they give.
Module 8 – Basic Business and Marketing skills
Our aim is to help the good coaches, those who studied profoundly and showed commitment to the profession be out there and serve the community.
So you’re ready to be out there and for people to know about you and your services, we’ll touch on some marketing tools you’ll need (such as tips for networking, what needs to be on your website and how to self-present yourself confidently). We’ll also help you understand what you need to do in case you wish to open your own business in The Netherlands.
During Phase 2, you’ll start working with real clients. We’ll help you to find the right clients for your level of competency: first those with less complicated problems until you’ll feel confident to work with more complicated issues.
You’ll have to do 100 hours of practical work (which for some you can start earning money for, so you’ll start covering the course expenses).
The total 115 study hours + 100 practice coaching hours of phase 2 consist of:
66 hours of in-class training (11 training days)
9 hours of online training
15 hours of peer studying
5 hours* of receiving coaching for yourself by a professional coach (*A minimum of. Can be taken anytime during phase 2)
10 hours of receiving coaching as a mentor (from students on Phase 2 Module 2)
10 hours of outside supervision by a qualified supervisor
On top of the studying hours, you should do a minimum of 100 hours in which you are coaching real clients (you can already get paid for some of these sessions)
On top of these hours, you should calculate time for reading the theory, homework and preparation for the lessons. We believe that you’ll have to dedicate an extra 5-8 hours a week on average for that.