Life Skills Coaching ELECTIVE
LSC-400 Life Skills Coaching
This course in a nutshell:
Discussion Topics: Theories and concepts from the field of Life Skills Coaching applied to a wide variety of personal and business-related situations. How Life Coaching differs from to professional counselling.
Skills: You will learn the roles taken by Life Coaches including business consulting, and how to apply specific skills to interviewing, problem clarification, goal setting, education, and advising clients in a variety of specific problem situations.
Course Objective : Applied Skill Development
On-line delivery of the Life Skills Coaching (LSC-400) covers major concepts and techniques used by Life Skills Coaches to help others develop personal and social skills that will enable them to be more successful in a specific aspect of their lives. The profession of life skills coaching draws from theories and practice of psychotherapy and counseling, as well as concepts in organizational/business development. Life Coaches offer guidance, consultation, and support to individuals in their personal lives and business settings.
Over the past decade this approach has found broad application in the corporate and business world and is looked upon as an essential element of leadership competency. Many corporate organizations offer internal training to teach coaching skills to managers and supervisory staff.
The course content provides knowledge and techniques based on the Life Skills Coaching model that is applicable to the interview process, problem clarification, goal setting, education, and consultation. Students will learn to apply these concepts and techniques to a wide variety of personal and business-related situations. Opportunities will be provided for students to practice the seven roles or areas of responsibility that life coaches use to assist clients to clarify the problem, set goals, and arrive at a solution.
The course will also explore concepts used by professional counselors which could also be incorporated into the practice of life-coaching.
Seven major roles and related skills employed by Life Coaches:
- Master: staying self-aware, modeling growth and being fully present.
- Partner: defining, negotiating and sharing responsibility for maintaining the coaching relationship with the client.
- Investigator: finding out what the client’s true needs are gathering information about the client’s situation and desired outcomes.
- Reflector: providing feedback and encouraging self-awareness in the client.
- Teacher: providing information and told for addressing issues and problems
- Guide: providing impetus and ideas for action.
- Contractor: encouraging accountability, and monitoring client follow-through.
The course will also explore concepts used by professional counselors which could also be adapted to the practice of life-coaching such as:
- Recognizing ethical and legal implications of working with clients in a coaching capacity.
- Incorporating psychological models and techniques used by counselors into coaching sessions such as Cognitive Behavioral theory, and psycho-educational groups.
- Assessing suicidal risk, applying the concepts of a “no-harm contract”, and other safety protocols when coaching clients.
- Awareness of clinical limitations, scope of practice and the need for supervision and/or professional consultation, and the necessity of a self-care plan.
In addition to the ethical standards supported by the CPCA, and the Kelowna College of Professional Counselling, students will become familiar with the International Coach Federation’s (ICF), a set of ethical guidelines for the coaching profession.
PORTFOLIO OF JOB SKILLS
What you will learn:
The Life Skills Coaching course provides practical information and techniques that can readily applied to a wide variety of situations in which a life coach would be consulted. Your level of proficiency and competence with the skills introduced in this course will deepen as you proceed through the program. Upon graduation from the Diploma or Certificate program, you may include the following list of skills in your Profession Portfolio:
- Knowledge of the differences in scope of practice between life skills coaching and various types of counselling.
- Ability to deal with resistant clients.
- Ability to recognize cultural diversity as a factor in the coaching model.
- Ability to develop proficiency in the seven roles of an effective life coach.
- The ability to incorporate counseling techniques such as congruence, the ability to demonstrate empathy, and unconditional positive regard within the life coaching model.
- The ability to adhere to the ethical guidelines and usual and customary standards of the practice of life skills coaching as established by the International Coach Federation and other professional counseling associations.
- The ability to maintain boundaries, confidentiality, and to operate within the legal limitations of confidentiality.
- The ability to apply the concepts of Life Coaching to offer guidance, consultation, and support to adults, adolescents, couples, families, and groups experiencing difficulties in their personal lives, school, and business settings.
- The ability to apply the seven major roles and related skills employed by Life Coaches to the interview process, problem clarification, goal setting, educating, and advising clients in the followiing types of specific problem situations that may be appropriate for life coach intervention:
- Poor time management
- Poor study habits
- Low self esteem issues
- Career planning
- Communication or conflicts with co-workers
- Parenting problems
- Health and fitness