“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 fulfill 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.
TOP QUESTION: What is the difference between life coaching and holistic life coaching? Life coaching helps us to improve different areas of our life e.g. work, friendship, personal development, communication, intimacy, well-being, and family. Holistic life coaching helps us integrate these areas of our life to give a more profound meaning to daily living.
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 relevant for those who would like to coach but either want an all-around coaching qualification or haven’t yet decided on a niche market.
This course is for those who would like to be trained to the equivalent of QCF Level 5.
You could use this learning with a PAYE job or enhance your skills for a new position. You might start-up your own business or improve an existing business. Giving this world of portfolio working, you could have a part-time position as an employee and be self-employed at the same time. You could use what you learn on this course to integrate into counseling, as part of human resource facilitation, to work with people in transition, as part of elder-care, for lifestyle change or with young people.
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).
I have really enjoyed the course and the whole learning experience. The balance between distance learning and master classes was for me, perfect. Although I do prefer to learn in a face-to-face environment, I found the distance learning modules inspired me to be self-driven. I have also become more self-aware and am able to help myself more. It has helped me to build my confidence as a coach and given me the tools to be able pass this on to others. Sarah
FEATURES OF THE DIPLOMA IN LIFE COACHING SKILLS
The course has undergone rigorous scrutiny to ensure it meets the criteria of each accrediting body and is equivalent to a QCF Level 5.
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. This course is accredited as a full qualification. At course completion, you can apply for full membership as long as you fulfil membership criteria.
The course has undergone rigorous scrutiny and is equivalent to a level 4.
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.
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. You complete this through eight Saturday workshops held in Brighton, Sussex UK and/or online.
You can start your workshops at any time of the year and can book onto any workshop as long as there are places available. You don’t have to attend consecutive workshops. You need to attend at least one face-to-face workshop and one online workshop – the rest you can choose.
Face-to-face Brighton workshops: These run from 10 am – 4 pm on the following dates:
13 April – 11 May – 8 June – 13 July – 14 September – 12 October – 9 November – 14 December
18 January – 8 February – 21 March – 18 April – 16 May – 20 June – 18 July – 19 September – 10 October – 14 November – 5 December
Online Saturday workshops: These run from 9am – 5pm on the following dates:
- June: 15 and 29
- July: 6 and 20 July
- September: 7 and 21
- October: 5 and 19
- November: 2 and 16 and 23 and 30
- December: 7
- January: 4 and 11 and 25
- February: 1 and 15 and 22
- March: 7 and 28 and 14
- April: 4 and 25
- May: 9 and 23 and 30
- June: 6 and 13 and 27
- July: 4 and 11 and 25
- September: 5 and 12 and 26
- October: 3 and 24 and 31
- November: 7 and 21 and 28
- December: 12 and 19
Supported distance learning
You can go at your own pace for 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.
Differences between coaching, counselling and mentoring – AC Coaching Competency Framework – AC Code of Ethics and Good Practice – GROW Model
Facilitating coaching sessions – showing attention and interest – using exploration skills – showing understanding skills – using action skills
Introduction to the cognitive behavioural approach – 8-step process to using CBC
Defining self-esteem – Self acceptance – Defining confidence – Language of assertiveness – Values and rights – How to respond assertively – relationship and communication skills – networking – making meaningful connections with others –giving and receiving kindness
Anxiety management – Managing challenge – Personal control – Temporary V permanent
The definition of visualization and guided imagery – Jung’s approach to imagery – The guided imagery in health – The hidden meaning of illness – Healthy mind, healthy body – Preparing a client for imagery/visualization – Guiding the client using imagery/visualization
Defining mindfulness – Physiological influence of mindfulness – Mindfulness in daily living – The link between wellbeing and human spirituality – Personal Meaning Profile – Coping Schemas Inventory – The Wheel of Life – Labyrinths
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
*** HOW TO FAST-TRACK THIS QUALIFICATION ***
Potentially, depending on your lifestyle and discipline, this course could be completed in just over a year.
- Stage 1: Pre-course reading which can be done in a week.
- Stage 2: For each module, there is reading plus one 1000 word assignment. You could complete one assignment a week or fortnight. For this stage you are required to attend supervised skills development workshops. There is one Brighton workshop a month and at least two online workshops a month. Stage 2 could be completed in 8 -10 months.
- Stage 3: This is 50 hours of case studies completed in your own time and location. Case studies can run concurrently and could be completed within four months.
- Stage 4: This is the quick formality of CPD reflection and course evaluation.
You will be assessed: during your supervised skills development, via assignments, case studies and reflective learning journal.
Laurel Alexander and Jan Eaton are the tutors on this course.
Laurel, Director of Studies is the distance learning support tutor for your modules, learning journal and case studies as well as your facilitator on the online supervised skills development workshops.
Jan is your facilitator on the Brighton supervised skills development workshops. You can meet Laurel and Jan at our Meet the Team page.
I would say I’ve become a lot more self-aware in the moment/in practice particularly as a result of completing the case studies, with insightful feedback from Laurel in writing and in person. I’ve really enjoyed this course. It’s been very thought-provoking and at times challenging. I couldn’t believe my luck when I was doing my research before picking a life coaching course and found Laurel’s website. It was the most authentic, non-corporate course/approach I’d seen. Chris Callaghan, youth justice worker
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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)
It is incredible to be at this point. My self-discovery journey throughout this course has been immense. I am now so immensely excited to support other woman in their journey to create the life they want and find their inner ROAR!!! Saran, mental health support worker and coach
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
Your fee of £1999 includes:
Pay an initial £499 upon enrolment plus ten standing order instalments of £150.
Up front with discount
You are welcome to pay up front and enjoy a 10% discount, making the fee £1799.
UK postal charges are included in the above costs. International postage will incur additional costs. Please email Laurel on firstname.lastname@example.org for additional cost.
You can pay by bank transfer or online.