FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is coaching?
Coaching is a partnership between a professional who developed specific coaching skills in a long term program and an individual or team.
The partnership follows a clear professional or personal objective contracted at the beginning of the process and it is aimed to support the achievement of specific results.
The relationship between coach and coachee is based on trust, respect, collaboration and full acknowledgement of coachee’s decisions and choice of action.
In this manner the coachee is accompanied to increase performance and well-being, while unlocking and using their full potential.
Is coaching for me?
If you are interested in looking at yourself with openness and curiosity, understand what drives you, getting ready to take responsibility of actions and results of the process, being successful and fulfilled, yes coaching is for you.
How is coaching different to therapy and counselling?
Counselling and therapy are to remedy the client’s problems. The client comes to therapy or counselling because they feel dissatisfied with their life and want relief from psychological and/or physical symptoms.
They want to get away from pain or discomfort rather than move towards desired goals. Therapy and counselling often seek to understand the past and what went wrong in order to be better in the present. Coaching focuses on the present and future. A coach may work with a client who has a good life, but wants the coach to help them make it better still.
How is coaching different from consulting or mentoring?
A mentor is a senior person in the business who guides a junior person from their greater experience. A coach does not have to be a senior person in the client’s line of business. The client has to know the business, not the coach.
Consultancy deals with the business system as a whole. A consultants recommendations affect individuals indirectly. Coaching affects individuals directly. Coaching will very often be part of a consultant’s recommendations for a business.
Where does coaching come from originally?
The word was first used in sports for a person who helped an athlete train and improve. All top athletes have a personal coach. From there, the idea spread to all walks of life. A significant event in this expansion was the publication of Timothy Gallwey’s book, ‘The Inner game of Tennis.’ This book used ideas from sports coaching in a much wider way.
What a coach is expecting from a coachee?
To come with the intention of being available to the process and allow this to create through exploration awareness of self and commitment to actions and results.
Understand that the process that starts needs respecting the agreement the coach and coachee make in the beginning and any change should be seen through.
To be open to challenge the way he/she/team sees the reality in order to change perspectives.
Become comfortable with setbacks and unexpected changes in the circumstances in the flow, in order to start building resilience and coherence.
Allowing the perspective of being a whole individual to set in and take actions from this space of potential.
How does a coaching session unfold?
The session can start with a brief conversation meant to (re)establish connection and trust. If it is not the first session, usually some time will be used for managing progress on the past commitments.
Then the coach accompanies the coachee in defining, clarifying and reinforcing the goals for the process or/and the session. After that, the coach through welcoming presence, active listening, powerful questioning and direct communication is facilitating learning, problem-solving and action planning towards the desired results.
The end of the session is focused on learning and accountability of the work done during the session.
Becoming a Certified Coach
What background knowledge or experience is necessary?
There is no background knowledge needed or experience for attending the course. During the process you will receive all the information you need, and you will be in the supervised space you need to practice and build your core competences.
If you are interested in becoming an ICF certified coach (ACC is the first level of accreditation) you have below the answer to this question.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Training program ?
First of all you will be able to use your new competences in all areas of your life (professional and personal).
You will also be able to start practicing coaching with individuals and teams upon receiving the ACSTH certificate.
You can also start the process of individual credentialing application in ICF (International Coach Federation), which is described in a question below. This international certification will bring you another confirmation of your abilities as professional coach and support your practice.
Does the program cover all requirement for an ACC in ICF individual credentialing application?
The Requirements for an ACC credential (on ACSTH Path) application are:
- At least 60 hours of coach-specific training through an ACTP or ACSTH program. – Covered by our program: 156 hours of coach-specific training (ACSTH)
- 10 hours of Mentor Coaching over a minimum of three months to be documented on your online application. Your Mentor Coach must be an ACC, PCC or MCC in good standing.– Covered by our program: 3h x 6 group Mentor Coaching sessions covered and 3 individual sessions of 1h
- Coaching log demonstrating 100 hours (75 paid) of coaching experience with at least eight clients following the start of your coach-specific training. At least 25 of these hours must occur within the 18 months prior to submitting the application for the credential. – It takes more or less 1 year for the participants in our program usually to have the hours of coaching experience
- Completion of the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA). – the participants receive support in taking the Assessment as part of our program evaluation system.
Can I start working as a coach upon program completion?
Yes, once you are evaluated and receive the ACSTH certificate you are ready to start your coaching practice.
Are there any complementary resources I can consult before getting started?
Check our Alumni Stories of their learning journey.
How much time investment should I prepare for?
You should prepare for a minimum 360 hours time investment during a length of 9 months, which include:
In class meetings: 8 modules of 1,5 days each (Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 9am to 1.30pm) at one months distance, 20 weekly supervised group sessions between the modules (Monday evenings for 3h) and 6 Mentor Coach group sessions (the Mondays when there will be no supervised practice sessions)+ 3 individual mentor coach sessions.
Individual practice: 60 coaching hours with 5 different clients
120 Individual study hours
Monthly learning community meetings