Your Life Mentor Coach Approach

Provides an overview of core coaching competencies and techniques

This 20-hour course serves as the primary course for the 30-Hour Board Certified Coach training program, and incorporates core content from our 40 hour Foundational Course. It provides students with core coaching competencies, techniques and professional practice standards. Students completing this course as part of their 30-Hour Board Certified training program will need to complete an additional 10 hours of electives.

The Coach Approach course is designed to provide training on the basics of coaching skills. The first half of our cornerstone Foundational Coach Training course, this class focuses on the skills used by professional coaches, covering the definition of coaching, the distinctions between counseling, therapy, and coaching, the ethics of coaching, and a strong focus on the development of the basic coaching skills or core competencies, including but not limited to creating rapport, reframing, open questions, and active listening, and goal setting.

Learning is developed both through readings, in class experiential and observational learning, reinforced through weekly Peer Coaching sessions. To gain the most out of this learning experience, students will be asked to prepare for and participate in two teleclasses per week (1 hour each), complete post-class assignments (called fieldwork) and participate in 1 weekly Peer Group "practice" sessions over the phone (also 1 hour). The total estimated time commitment per week is 4 to 5 hours. Students must complete a written exam of 70% or better in order to successfully pass this course.

Areas directly addressed include:


By the completion of the Coach Approach course, students will:

Students will need to have regular access to the internet and Your Life Mentor website.

Meets the requirements for 20 of the 30 hours of training for qualified individuals who plan to pursue Board Certified Coach credential (BCC).

Required Textbook (must be purchased in time for the first class date)
Becoming a Professional Life Coach: Lessons from the Your Life Mentor
By Patrick Williams

Course Prerequisites
A Doctorate degree, or Masters in Counseling, licensure as a counselor, or NCC


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