Sample Modules For You To Download
Every module in ICA's curriculum has a corresponding download, video tutorial and live teleclass. We call these core curriculum Teleclasses. We've selected two of these modules and shared them with you below. Both are Approved Coach Specific Training (ACSTH) meaning that they have been accredited by the International Coach Federation and are aligned with their Core competencies and Code of Ethics.
Sample Module 1: What is Coaching?
Sample Module 2: Reframing Perspectives
What Happens in a Teleclass?
Each week our students have over 30 classes to choose from. Of these, we open up 4 - 6 classes for our prospective students to join. It's a great way to know if ICA is for you, and a good opportunity to meet our faculty and community.
A teleclass is a small group of students gathered together via the telephone for the purposes of learning. They are NOT lectures! There is a pre-determined topic and an experienced coach trainer who facilitates the call. Students are invited to participate in discussion and raise questions or challenges for consideration.
We Welcome All Students
The first 5 minutes of every class is spent connecting with students. Our students dial in from countries all over the world so this is often a very interesting process. Some students call in early, some on time and some a few minutes late.
Coaching Skills Presentation
Each teleclass is connected to a PDF module in the ICA Learnsite. The trainer will incorporate a presentation of the topic in every class. This will not be a repeat of existing material, but rather an interpretation of the concepts and skills presented in the module.
In this class Rob uses an analogy to explain the difference between coaching, consulting and therapy.
Discover, Don't Tell
The ICA program is taught using a discovery approach. The trainer will help the students discover new material for themselves. This does not mean our trainers never "teach", they just don't "lecture" In this clip a student comments on this style of teaching
All our Trainers are practicing coaches, so they come to the classes with real life examples. Things that have worked well with clients and things that have not worked so well.
In this clip Rob talks about the day he decided to let go of his pen and paper with its list of prepared coaching questions, and just trust his instinct to ask the right question at the right time.
Niche Specific Mentoring
We are well known worldwide for the diversity in our Faculty. And this diversity is not just language and cultural, we also have a diverse number of coaching niches represented in our Trainers. In this audio clip Rob Stringer gives students a tip from his professional expertise as a Youth and Family Coach.
All our trainers are professional coaches with years of hands on experience. They also come from a wide variety of backgrounds and industries, with many having run their own coaching practice. The resources they share are valuable and practical and provide a further link between theory and practice.
We actively encourage student to share their personal coaching experiences - why they came to coaching, how they plan to use coaching, challenges and wins. In this clip one of our students shares how she plans to use coaching in her job as a Careers Counsellor at an American College.
- People are not looking for generalist coaches anymore; they want specific help for specific challenges
- The best coaches integrate their years of experience and knowledge into highly crafted, well honed coaching niches.
- People use the internet more and more for "shopping research". To be found online when your prospective clients search for you, you need to be listed under something more specific than "coach"
Experience Our School
As part of our coach training, students join Coaching Specialty labs to explore and develop a niche. These fall into 4 main streams; Life, Leadership, Health & Wellness and Business and then in each stream there are hundreds of niche opportunities.
In every lab (live class) there is a topic or coaching issue that is explored and discussed in the context of that specific coaching stream. Each month we open up a selection of labs so our wider community can join in our coaching conversations.
Previous Lab Topics
The Fallacy of Fairness
If you believe that the world is fair or unfair, then this is going to be like a frame or set of glasses that you are looking through and every experience you see will be interpreted by this framework. But, it is possible to change those glasses and change the way you view the world. This is where the coaching skill of being able to reframe a perspective is so valuable.
Don't Fence Me In
When clients come to a coaching session, they often start with lots of details about what happened, with who, what she said etc. Coaching helps clients dig deep to discover an awareness around what is underneath the story, the emotion that is holding the challenge in Listen to Coaching Tip
Gratitude As a State of Being
Developing an “attitude of gratitude” is one of the simplest ways to improve your satisfaction with life. In fact, gratitude may be one of the most overlooked tools that we all have access to every day. Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, ranging from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. and may also play a major role in overcoming challenging life events. Recognizing all you have to be thankful for – even during the toughest times of your life – fosters resilience.