“The life coaching course I took with Wellness Professionals at Work completely surpassed my expectations. It is extremely comprehensive and a very solid foundation for launching a coaching business.”   Natasha, empowerment coach

Life coaches provide support, structure and encouragement to help clients fulfil their potential, make the most of their lives and move forward in the areas which they want to change e.g. relationships, careers, fitness, work-life balance or self-confidence.

Life coaches work with clients to find ways in which they might achieve their aims and help them to set appropriate goals. By remaining supportive and non-judgmental, life coaches encourage clients to maintain motivation and commitment and to find ways of overcoming barriers and setbacks.

Once you have qualified as a life coach, you can choose to do further training and work in any number of niche areas, for example: career coaching, wellness coaching, leadership coaching, creativity coaching, parent skills coaching, retirement coaching, performance coaching, business coaching and resilience coaching.  Work opportunities for a coach might include:

  • continuing to practice within your defined job with an expansion into coaching
  • using your qualification as a coach to lever promotion in your existing job
  • applying for a new job encompassing coaching
  • becoming an evening entrepreneur and staying with your day job while building up a part-time coaching practice
  • enhancing your existing business with life coaching
  • starting up your own life coaching practice
WHO THE COURSE IS FOR

The Diploma in Life Coaching Skills is suitable for anyone who wants to develop a life coaching practice or use life coaching skills in their work. It is also relevant as a foundation for specialised coaching e.g. wellness.

HOW THE COURSE IS DELIVERED

You can take up to two years to complete this course which is delivered through blended learning (a mixture of supported distance learning and supervised skills development).

FEATURES OF THE DIPLOMA IN LIFE COACHING SKILLS
  • Supervised skills development options: Choose how you want your supervised skills development:

    – face-to-face group workshops held monthly in Brighton, Sussex, UK or

    – online live webinar sessions (with the option of occasional face-to-face group workshops held monthly in Brighton, Sussex, UK if you choose)

  • Accreditation and credibility:

    – Accreditation from the Association for Coaching (AC). Student membership for one year of the AC is included in your fee.

    – CPD recognition from the National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP).  You can apply for student membership of the NCP at the start of your study.

    – CPD recognition from the Complementary Medical Association (CMA).

    – There is the opportunity to apply for full membership of the AC, NCP and CMA upon qualification depending on criteria fulfilment.

  • Community: Access to a private Facebook student group.  You can also work with a study-buddy.
  • Materials and resources provided: Course textbooks and learning materials.
  • Tutor support: Quick turnaround for queries and marking (one week) with support by email, phone and online.  You are constantly encouraged with quality feedback and challenge.
  • Marketing consultation: Included in the course fee is a 30-minute marketing consultation with Karan Hopper of Kameleon Marketing.
  • Business start-up coaching:  Included in the course fee is two hours of business start-up coaching.
COURSE ACCREDITATION
Complementary Medical Association (CMA)

Wellness Professionals at Work is a recognized and authorized course provider of the Complementary Medical Association (CMA).   This course carries CPD points (one point for every hour of study or skills development). Following successful completion of the course, you are eligible for full membership.

National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP)

The NCP is one of the longest established and prestigious societies of its type in the UK and enjoys an international reputation.    Wellness Professionals at Work is an accredited provider of CPD with the NCP.  Each hour of this course counts towards CPD points.  You are eligible to join the NCP as a student member when you begin the course.  At course completion, you can apply for full membership as long as you fulfil membership criteria.

Association for Coaching (AC)

 

Wellness Professionals at Work is an organizational and training provider member of the Association for Coaching (AC) and is committed to the ethical development of coaching as a profession. This Diploma is accredited by the AC and student membership for one year is included in the course fee. Following successful completion of the Diploma and the gaining of coaching hours, you are eligible to apply for membership of the Association which has international recognition.

COURSE OUTLINE

Stage One:  Pre-Course Reading

Prior to your skills development, you will need to read the provided textbook (s).

Stage Two:  Supervised Skills Development and Supported Distance Learning

The supervised skills development and supported distance learning run concurrently.

Supervised skills development

You need to complete 40 hours of supervised skills development before you take on case studies.

There are two different ways you could have your skills development:

1          Face-to-face group Saturday workshops

You need to attend seven Saturday workshops for supervised skills development before taking on case studies.

Saturday master classes in Brighton, Sussex, UK   These run from 10am – 4pm on the following 2017 dates: 15 July – 16 September – 14 October – 18 November – 9 December

2018 dates: 13 January – 10 February – 17 March – 14 April – 19 May – 16 June – 14 July – 15 September – 20 October – 17 November – 8 December

2          Remote sessions

These skills development sessions are facilitated online via Skype, Facetime or a learning platform.  You will be trained, observed and assessed delivering coaching in two ways:

  • when you and your client are in the same location (this develops your face-to-face coaching skills – please note you are required to find your own volunteer clients)
  • when you and your client are in different locations (this develops your remote coaching skills – I will provide some volunteers for you to work with)

You can book your remote skills development sessions when you choose.  Each session will last an hour and includes coaching delivery and feedback.  Choosing to have your supervised skills development remotely gives you individual course delivery and support.  However, to give a sense of student community and extra skills development, you are welcome to attend the face-to-face group master classes in Brighton at no extra cost.

Supported distance learning

You can go at your own pace for the distance learning with the full support of your tutor.  This is designed to give you the underpinning knowledge you need in order to practice life coaching. As well as the pre-course reading, additional textbooks are provided. Based on this reading and your self-directed study, you complete assignments at your own pace. Completed work is passed onto your tutor for marking and comment and returned to you together with the next module.

Modules:

Differences between coaching, counselling and mentoring – AC Coaching Competency Framework – AC Code of Ethics and Good Practice – GROW Model

Introduction to the cognitive behavioural approach – 8-step process to using CBC

 

Personal tele-coaching – Group tele-coaching – Personal face-to-face coaching – Personal coaching by Skype – Face-to-face group coaching – Webinars – Teleseminars – Email coaching – Products

You are required to keep a learning journal throughout the course. This records your personal and professional learning experiences related to the Diploma.

Stage Three:  Case Studies

Following your supervised skills development, you need to complete fifty hours of case studies. You complete all case studies in your own time and location, under remote supervision from your tutor.

Stage Four:  CPD and Course Evaluation

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed: during your face-to-face skills development, via assignments, case studies and learning journal.

FREE 30 MINUTE MARKETING CONSULTATION

We are delighted to offer all Diploma students a free 30 minute marketing consultation with our marketing partner Kameleon Marketing. Kameleon Marketing offer affordable, flexible marketing services and consultancy for small businesses, sole traders and start-ups. For more information about Kameleon Marketing visit www.kameleon-marketing.com.

WHAT THE STUDENTS SAY

Here’s what some of our Diploma Students have said:

I found the course extremely interesting and have learnt so much. By far the most valuable experience to the course is the master classes. I also found the 1:1 business planning sessions with Laurel very useful. The case study aspect to the course was great, as no amount of reading will be as valuable as actually putting what you’ve learned into practice. The support from Laurel during this period has been great and I’ve always felt Laurel was there to offer advice and guidance when needed. Georgina (www.georginalucy.com)

The life coaching course I took with Wellness Professionals at Work completely surpassed my expectations. It is extremely comprehensive and a very solid foundation for launching a coaching business. Laurel is an amazing coach herself and shares her vast knowledge with her student, both in master classes and through written feedback. I cannot recommend her or her courses highly enough!   Natasha, confidence and empowerment coach

On a professional level, this course has enhanced my job skills for the better. It has also encouraged me to finally leave a job which I hated and really pursue a profession that better suits my personality, ethos and skill set. Leila

I wonder if you remember my mentioning a mentoring job? I got it!!! It’s for an arts project where I will be mentoring people such as the unemployed, older people, younger people, lone parents, immigrants and people with disabilities. The rate of pay is fab and I’m so excited. The youth work is also going well. I have been working with young people with special needs. I’d like you to know that I got the youth work on the strength of the life coaching course and now have the mentoring position mainly because of the course and also due to the youth work. So thanks again for the course which has enabled me to find work I really enjoy. TC, 28, graduate of 2008

I enjoyed the course, especially learning about how to use questioning and listening skills and motivating others. I also thoroughly enjoyed learning about TA which put a lot of my behaviours in place for me. Jan, retired oncology nurse

The Diploma in Life Coaching Skills has been the best example of CPD that I’ve undertaken in a very long time. A well-structured course with plenty of opportunities for skills practice and skills development. In my work as college manager, this course has emphasized the usefulness of coaching as a means of supporting my team. Before I tended to lean more towards a hands on style of management where I thought I needed to have all the answers. Now I am encouraging my team to become more resourceful and come up with their own solutions. Claire, college manager

This course has taught me so much!  Much of what I have learnt I have not only used with my clients but have applied to myself and situations that I have found myself in.  Thank you Laurel!  The course for me has been life changing.  I never imagined that coaching could have such as impact on people’s lives.  To see the change in my case study clients and to get their feedback has been humbling.  I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to make a difference to others as well as themselves.  Sue Ripley, business manager

FEES

Your fees include:

  • accreditation from the Association for Coaching (AC)
  • student membership of accrediting bodies
  • CPD recognition from the Complementary Medical Association
  • CPD recognition from the National Council of Psychotherapists
  • opportunity to apply for full membership (AC, NCP and CMA) upon criteria fulfilment
  • access to a private Facebook student group
  • study-buddies
  • course textbooks and learning materials
  • over 200 hours of distance learning tutor support
  • 90 hours of supervised skills development
  • two hour of business start-up coaching
  • 30 minutes of marketing consultation

Fees and payment plan depending on delivery options.  Either:

  1. BRIGHTON – Diploma in Life Coaching Skills (master class attendance in Brighton, Sussex) £1,399.

Payment options:

  • Pay in FULL in advance to receive 10% discount – just £1,260
  • Pay an initial £399 upon enrolment plus ten standing order instalments of £100.

  1. ONLINE – Diploma in Life Coaching Skills (delivered remotely) £1,599.

Payment options:

  • Pay in FULL in advance to receive 10% discount – just £1,439 payment
  • Pay an initial £349 upon enrolment plus ten standing order instalments of £125.

UK postal charges are included in the above costs. International postage will incur additional costs. Please email Laurel on info@laurelalexander.co.uk for additional cost.

You can pay by bank transfer or online.

TWO STEPS TO ENROL ON THE DIPLOMA IN LIFE COACHING SKILLS

1         Send an email informing of your payment to info@laurelalexander.co.uk and you will be emailed across an enrolment form to complete and return

2          Pay online here or contact Laurel to make a bank transfer arrangement