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From Counselor to Coach:
Making the Transition

4 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $40.00

Developed by Patrick Williams, Ed.D., MCC

This course is also offered as part of a Coaching & Psychotherapy Certificate Program for 24 CE Credits.

CE Credits for Psychologists. CE Credits (CEUs) for LMFTs, Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses.
CE Approvals by BBS-CA, ASWB, NAADAC, CA-BRN & more. This course is not eligible for NBCC credit.
Zur Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Zur Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Coaching In this introductory level course you will learn the distinctions between therapy and coaching, and consulting and coaching, as well as unique skills that lend themselves to offering life coaching as a professional service to clients who do not need psychotherapy. You will also learn how to take the principles of coaching to a wider market by doing telephone coaching with clients all over the globe. Learn from the originator of life coach training for mental health professionals and add this lucrative practice to your business, or learn how to make the transition to full-time.

The basic course is composed of six articles. The first, Why Therapists As Life Coaches?, describes why Life Coaching has emerged as a profession and why therapists are well positioned to add this to their practice. The second article, The History and Evolution of Life Coaching, gives a well-grounded historical perspective of how Life Coaching emerged. The third article, Coaching vs. Psychotherapy: The Great Debate, clarifies the contextual framework and distinctions in coaching and counseling. The fourth article, The Coaching Evolution (and Revolution), shows how coaching has evolved in the corporate and business setting and offers distinctions among coaching, counseling and consulting, as well as a perspective that is useful for working with executives or corporations. The fifth article, Dysfunction or Discovery: A Former Therapist's Case for Executive Coaching, is a case history approach to delineating executive coaching from a whole-person perspective and also discusses the usefulness of assessments in coaching. The sixth article is titled The Potential Perils of Personal Issues in Coaching: The Continuing Debate: Therapy or Coaching? It traces the distinctions, again, between coaching and counseling, but also goes "crossing the line" -- when to make referrals to a therapist or to consult with a trained therapist about a coaching client.

Disclaimer: This course is purely educational and does not intend to serve as a license (or permission) to mental health professionals to prescribe or practice any of the approaches discussed in this course unless they fall within the scope of practice of your profession. Check with your licensing board about the scope of practice of your profession to make sure you practice within that scope.


Educational Objectives:

    This course will teach the participant to
  • Distinguish differences between coaching and counseling.
  • Identify the unique skills that trained counselors or therapists bring to coaching.
  • Summarize the evolution of coaching.
  • Utilize the theories and strategies for human behavioral change that are relevant and useful in coaching.
  • Demonstrate how to create the alliance with a coaching client and to coach from a whole-person perspective.

Course Syllabus:

  • Why therapists make good life coaches.
  • The professionalism of coaching.
  • Societal shifts that supported the emergence of coaching.
  • Why people need life coaches.
  • Unique skills therapists/counselors bring to coaching relationships.
  • Characteristics of successful coaches.
  • History and evolution of the coaching profession.
  • The psychological roots of life coaching.
  • Jung, Adler, Maslow, Rogers and solution orientation.
  • The Boulder Conference: Psychology comes of age.
  • Influences of humanistic psychology and the human potential movement.
  • The curse of the medical model.
  • Professional associations and the emerging coaching industry.
  • Opportunities for coach-specific training.
  • Coaching versus psychotherapy: distinctions and similarities.
  • Knowing when to refer to a therapist.
  • Specific coaching tools.
  • Team coaching in the workplace.
  • Distinctions between coaching, consulting, mentoring and counseling.
  • The future of workplace coaching.
  • Executive coaching: The whole-person approach.
  • Designing the coaching alliance with a referred executive.
  • Use of assessments in executive coaching.
  • Avoiding the pitfalls of personal coaching.
  • When emotions show up in the coaching relationship.
  • Signs that suggest a therapist referral or consultation is needed. Top ten indicators.


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