What is the course about?
This course provides an opportunity to learn about some coaching principles and skills and then to practise them. It is aimed at professionals with responsibility for others or anyone who wants to find out more about coaching and facilitating positive change and development in others.
What will we cover?
An overview of coaching: background, definitions, principals, types, ethics
Basic coaching skills, such as contracting, listening, questioning and goal-setting.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the principles underpinning frequently used models of coaching
- Be aware of coaching techniques
- Achieve some practice of coaching techniques.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course suitable for anyone who needs/wants to acquire some basic coaching understanding and skills. Please note the experiential nature of the course will require you to be willing to take part in the exercises and discussions and to use your own experience as material to learn from, particularly to be willing to coach and be coached. This includes the requirement to express yourself clearly, fluently and accurately in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
It is an experiential course that includes input on theory and group discussion. There will be individual, partner, small and whole group work, most particularly the opportunity to coach each other. You will be required to carry out some experiential homework between the two days of the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. Please bring paper/notebook and pen. Some handouts will be provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to pursue gaining a coaching qualification and/or enrol on other personal development courses, such as: Improve your listening skills (PS704); Creating time to listen and think (PG685).