Coaching Speciality Labs

24 CCEU's for coaches wanting to develop their Niche and expand their coaching toolkit

Coaching is still an emerging and developing practice and like everything there are several different windows or frames through which to view it and within which it is practiced. It has roots in a variety of theories and philosophies including adult education, positive psychology, organisational psychology and even the new age movement. And it can now be found in an increasing number of industries and professions. It is not a singular practice. Consequently it cannot be taught as such.

With over 15 years of experience teaching coaches and coaching in over 90 different countries around the word and in both English and Chinese, we have a deep understanding of how coaching is practiced in a variety of niches, countries and languages. From this we have developed a philosophy on what coaching is and how it should be taught.

Program Overview

Program Hours: 24  hours
Accreditation: 12 Core Competency Hours and 12 Resource Development Hours
Learnsite Access: 6 months

Our classes at ICA are small and focussed. We know you are busy and we make sure that your learning experience is to the point and relevant. The teleclass format also allows you to learn from anywhere. Some students stay late at work, some call in from home and some use something like a long car trip to call into a class. It is up to you, where you learn best.

Our training is delivered via a combination of the following

  • Online Learning Materials (Videos, PDF's)
  • Labs and Teleclasses (Live calls that you dial into using a telephone or skype)
  • Private Coaches Forum
  • Peer Coaching

Niche Specific Labs

These Labs are practice based classes that allow coaches to refine their coaching skills whilst exploring coaching within a niche specific context. We have 4 streams

  • Life Coaching
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Business Coaching
  • Transformational Coaching

Each stream is inclusive of a wide range of coaching niches. For example Health and Wellness Stream encompasses niches such as yoga coaching, mindfulness coaching, recovery & addiction coaching etc. and the Life Coaching Stream includes career coaching, parent coaching, relationship coaching etc.

Portfolio Development Labs

The ‘Portfolio Stream’ is a collection of Labs designed for students to explore and develop who they are as a coach. This includes developing their own unique Coaching Model, a Coaching Power Tool and a Research Paper or Case Study.

The Four Pillars of Coach Training

The Four Pillars of Coach Education are the platform on which all our coach training programs are developed. They are also the reason we believe some part of every coach training program should be taught in a niche or industry specific environment and every coach should develop their own unique coaching model – one that reflects who they are as a coach and what industry/context they will be coaching in. The Four Pillars being

  • Coaching is Contextual

    At ICA we believe that coaching is increasingly contextual. As more and more people become acquainted with the power of coaching it is being used in more diverse situations and environments. We are no longer looking at “Life coaching” or “Executive coaching” as being the two key coaching styles, we are now seeing yoga coaching, parent coaching, adoptions coaching, even pet coaching. And all these different niches require a unique coaching model and process that works well for that client type.
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  • Coaching is Cultural

    ‘Cultural Competencies’ is a different concept to “Cross Cultural Coaching” The latter is a process whereby the coach is working with a client on cross cultural issues. These could be challenges around relocating to another country, or challenges to do with managing a diverse cultural team for example. “Cultural competencies” on the other hand describe the skills and competence of the coach, and their ability to work with clients from a variety of cultural backgrounds.  Read More

  • Coaching is Integrated

    As coaching moves into more and more professions and industries the concept of keeping it ‘separate’ from other developmental approaches such as managing, training, mentoring or even counselling, is no longer viable. The coaching relationship and structure has to be integrated. In a company for example it is often the CEO, Team Manager or HR Manager who instigates the coaching and there are often very specific goals that the company has. It is not always so clear where the coaching ends and where it begins.
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  • Coaching is Client Driven

    No matter what style of coaching you employ, there is no debate about the fact that it will be different depending on the client. As a coach you really need to meet the client first, and identify their objective before choosing which coaching model you will use.
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