Coaching as a profession has been influenced by a number of areas of expertise and a number of other professions, theories and disciplines. Some of these are:
- Organizational Psychology
- Health and Wellness Counseling
- Change Management
- Leadership and Development
- Neuro Linguistic Programming
- Solutions Focused psychology
- Emotions Intelligence
- Spirituality & Self Development
Most coach training schools tend to teach or promote a coaching model that is based on the personal philosophy, passion or coaching model of the founder. So if the founder was a NLP coach then it's most likely the coaching model they teach has a heavy NLP foundation. If the founder was a psychologist the coaching model will be heavy in psychology. A popular model is the GROW model.
But, at ICA we stay away from cookie cutter coaching models. Instead, as educators with expertise in adult learning principles, we teach the frameworks and theories that have influenced coaching such as cognitive behavioral therapy, appreciative inquiry, NLP, emotional intelligence and mindfulness. We look the background, how it intersects with coaching and how it can be blended with coaching.