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Accredited Diploma in Transformational Coaching

Train as a life coach on our ICF accredited coaching course in London, Edinburgh or Berlin.

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Overview

If you’re looking to train as a coach, whether to become a life coach, executive coach, or internal coach then our Accredited Diploma in Transformational Coaching is the right course for you.

Over a number of months, you will progress from a coaching novice to become a highly-effective coach, able to work with a range of coaching approaches across the spectrum of coaching contexts.

The course blends in-person training with experiential learning and mentoring, and a wealth of online resources, to ensure you gain exceptional skills as a coach.

Fully accredited by the world’s leading coaching bodies, the International Coach Federation and the Association for Coaching, our coaching course will ensure you are able to coach professionally both in the UK and internationally.

To get to know our Accredited Diploma in Transformational Coaching in more detail, simply click the sections below to dive deeper in to the details of the course.

Course Structure

The Accredited Diploma in Transformational Coaching is delivered through five modules of in-person training along with experiential client practice, personal coach mentoring, a rich library of course materials and reflective learning.

Each in-person module takes place over two days from 9.30 until 5.30 and takes place on weekends or weekdays as you choose.

Module 1 : Foundations

Foundations is where your journey to become a coach starts. The module introduces you to the key principles of coaching, gets you practising your new skills and prepares you to start coaching clients outside of the training room.

On this module, you will learn how to:

  • Build collaborative partnerships with your clients

  • Develop deep listening

  • Ask powerful questions

  • Use clarification and reflection to deepen understanding

  • Set the outcomes and goals of coaching

  • Use the GROW Model to start coaching – this is your starter model

  • Use TOOLKIT, the Animas core model

  • Draw on the qualities of coaching from the Animas 6Cs of Coaching

  • Establish the coaching relationship

  • Find and work with clients to build practical experience

Module 2 : Cognition

Cognition explores the theory and practice of Cognitive Behavioural Coaching, to enable you to help the client understand and change the thinking patterns which may be driving how they behave and the results they are getting.

On this module, you will learn how to:

  • The theory and principles of Cognitive Behavioural Coaching

  • Coaching with the STAR model to change repeating patterns of ineffective behaviour

  • Using the A-F model in coaching to explore and replace limiting beliefs

  • Working with the SPACE model to help a client explore the full range of their experience

  • Coaching around values and value clashes

  • Using creative visualisation in coaching

Module 3 : Presence

Presence encourages you to slow down in coaching and become more aware and tuned into the quality of the relationship and space. Drawing from person-centred theory and practice, you will explore how to work more fully with what emerges in the coaching space.

On this module, you will learn how to:

  • Developing and maintaining a deep presence

  • Managing obstacles to presence

  • Bringing your reflective self in coaching

  • Working with the here and now experience

  • Allowing and working with silence and space

  • Remaining committed but unattached

Module 4 : Transactions

Transactions explores how individuals relate both to themselves and to others in ways which can both empower or disempower. Using concepts from Transactional Analysis, you will learn to apply these ideas and models to your coaching.

On this module, you will learn how to:

  • Identifying and working with Ego States and Transaction Types

  • Coaching through Life Scripts and Script Processes

  • Identifying and changing Life Positions

  • Noticing and challenge discounting behaviours that keep clients stuck

  • Recognising Games and how to interrupt them

  • Working with Karpman’s Drama Triangle

Module 5 : Paradigms

Paradigms is your final module and, as well as synthesising your learning to date, it introduces you to new ways to explore an individual’s personal paradigm through the stories, language and metaphors they use.

On this module, you will learn how to:

  • Surfacing with the client’s paradigm

  • Narrative coaching principles

  • Re-authoring and Re-membering

  • Multiple perspectives

  • Reframing questions and approaches

  • Clean Language

  • Your next professional steps

Support

One of the reasons people enjoy the Animas course so much is the exceptional support we offer and the feeling that they are part of a caring community. It’s very easy to feel isolated when you’re studying and practising, so we’ve put in place several support mechanisms to help you along the way.

In addition to the live training modules, you will benefit from:

  • A Personal Coach-Mentor to support your practice
  • Weekly Online Group Coaching-Supervision around your client work
  • Weekly Online Observed Coaching Practicums
  • Study Pack with course-specific books and Learning Journal
  • AnimasConnect – state-of-the-art online community for students and alumni
  • An exclusive, private group online community

A Personal Coach-Mentor to support your practice

You’ll be given your own personal mentor who will offer three hours of direct one-to-one support on your learning journey, client work and qualification process. Each mentor has been through our programme and now has a successful private coaching practice.

Weekly online Group Coaching-Supervision around your client work

You’ll receive expert support on your live coaching-practice and other training related issues through online small-group mentoring. The sessions will help you unlock your true potential as a coach by increasing your skills, confidence and ability to reflect constructively on your coaching whilst learning from the experience of your fellow coaches. You also gain lifetime supervision so you know you always have a space to explore tricky issues in coaching or to just check in on your practice.

Weekly Online Observed Practicums

Although not compulsory, you’ll have access to fortnightly sessions in which you can call and coach, be coached or simply listen in to learn from others. The Observed Practicum is a safe space for our coaches to practise their skills in front of a supervisor for live feedback.

Study Pack with course-specific books and learning journal

On enrolling, you’ll be sent a beautiful box of course books within days. The Study Pack contains a book for each module written by Accredited Master Coach, and Animas founder, Nick Bolton along with a Learning Journal that is carefully structured around the course to support you in reflective practice.

Animas Connect

Animas Connect is our state of the art alumni platform for students and graduates of Animas combining an interactive map so you can see where your fellow coaches are, the ability to run your own groups, book events, search the Animas community for skilled professionals and so much more. We believe that we are the only private training school that has a facility like this and it is proving truly groundbreaking.

An exclusive, closed group online community

We run a wonderful online community using Facebook as the platform. This allows coaches to stay connected as much as they want and we find this has taken a life of its own with coaches celebrating successes, sharing ideas, offering practice clients and much more.

Accreditation and Qualification

The Diploma in Transformational Coaching has gone through two rigorous quality assurance procedures.

123 hours ICF ACSTH

It is recognised by the International Coach Federation as providing 123 Approved Coach Specific Training Hours – more than twice the amount required to become credentialed with the ICF.

Association for Coaching ADCT

The course is also accredited by the Association for Coaching, the UK’s largest professional body, as an Accredited Diploma in Coach Training. This distinction makes it one of the very few in the world to hold this level of accreditation.

Qualification

Qualification is achieved through a mixture of learning, practice and reflection. We have designed the process to be rigorous but enjoyable and manageable with all your other daily demands of life.

Course Trainers

Our course trainers

All of our trainers are ICF credentialed and remain actively coaching with their own private practices. This ensures that they bring a rich depth of experience in their work which they can draw upon and share with you on your learning journey.

They are also each unique in their approach and bring their particular expertise to bear on the Accredited Diploma in Transformational Coaching, whether that’s in specific modes of psychological practice or their own style as a coach.

A common saying in coaching goes, who you are is how you coach. It’s true and that’s why we ensure you gain training from each of these exceptional coaches across the modules, so you receive a balance of approaches and ideas to help you grow as a coach.

 

Robert Stephenson

Director of Training & Coaching

As our Director of Training and Coaching, Robert manages and supports our training and mentoring teams across the globe ensuring quality training that serves the needs of our coaches-in-training. With a background that has roots in performance and theatre, Robert's journey to life coaching, and training, has taken him along a path of varied experience and learning.

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Emily Johnston

Coach Trainer

One of the original Animas training team, Emily is a highly experienced trainer and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the ICF. She qualified with Animas in 2012 and during her Animas journey since, Emily has set up an accredited Certificate in Mindfulness Coaching, which she continues to deliver twice a year, as well as becoming a qualified Coaching Supervisor to help fellow coaches to self-reflect on their own coaching practice.

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Marcus Stone

Coach Trainer

Another core member of the Animas training faculty, Marcus is an ICF accredited coach, and delivers a range of our training modules on the Diploma. He has further ICF accredited certificates with Animas in both Group and Existential coaching, and is also a coaching Supervisor, helping other coaches to reflect on their own practices in order to move their coaching forward.

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Matteo Trevisan

Coach Trainer

As an ICF accredited coach Matteo has a wealth of coaching experience, and his background in teaching further adds to his ability to facilitate learning in the training space.

With a Masters in Physics (Bath University), a further degree in education (King's College), and a coaching diploma with Animas, Matteo is now a full time Executive Coach, Communication Trainer with Aspire Leadership, and one of our Life Coach Trainers on the Diploma in Transformational Coaching.

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Bronwyn Nash

Coach Trainer

Bronwyn is another of our fantastic coach trainers. She trains the Cognition, Transaction, Presence and Paradigms modules on the Diploma, and offers further support through Group Supervision. Sharing her passion for personal growth and powerful, creative approaches to coaching, she has a unique way of captivating and engaging a room, whether a talk delivered to a hundred people, leading a training space of twenty coaches-in-training, or chatting with Rob about coaching for the Animas Podcast.

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Emma Dempsey

Coach Trainer - Edinburgh

Emma is one half of our brilliant Edinburgh training team. Prior to her coaching and coach training career, Emma worked in Health and social development for twenty years. Work which has included coordinating social marketing/behaviour change projects, guest lecturing on behaviour change and health development at universities and public speaking. 

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Nick Thorpe

Coach Trainer - Edinburgh

Nick has always loved journeys, both inner and outer, whether navigating across the Pacific as a travel-writer, charting his own inward course of personal development, or getting curious with Animas students about what takes great coaching deeper as our coach trainer in Edinburgh. In all of these areas, the quality of the questions seems to be crucial to the journey of understanding.

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Natasha Harris

Business Trainer

Natasha is a trainer on the Kickstart your Coaching Practice workshop, our one day intensive programme offered as part of the Diploma enrolment, designed to provide insight and answers around some of the questions related to the early steps of getting a coaching practice off the ground.

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Course Fee and Payment Options

The course fee is £4,495 (inc. VAT and all costs).

PAYMENT PLANS

When you’re ready to secure your spot, all you need to pay to enrol is a minimum £495 deposit. You can pay this over the phone with the course consultant, or they will send you a link to pay online if you prefer. You will then be granted immediate, lifetime access to the Animas coaching resources and community, regardless of when your course is due to start. 

Options to pay the balance

At the point of enrolment and paying your £495 deposit, you will agree your payment plan for the balance. You can choose between these 3 options: 

Pay the balance at least 30 days before your course starts and save £495 as an early payment discount.

Spread the balance with up to 10 monthly interest-free payments (up to 3 months after your last module)

For UK students only: Spread the balance between 1 to 4 years, paying as little as around £100 per month with our 3rd party credit facility.

REDUCING YOUR RISK

For your peace of mind, we offer a 14 days full-refund cancellation period after enrolment. In addition, to reduce your risk, we offer you a further 14 days after you experience the first module to decide if you want to withdraw from the course and incur only the non-refundable deposit of £495.

Locations and Dates

We deliver our transformational coaching course in a number of the great cities of the UK and Europe, allowing people to more easily access our training.

London

We’ve delivered coach training in London for over 10 years and with more than 1500 people having trained at the school here, it offers an active and lively alumni.  All training is delivered centrally to ensure convenient travel even if you’re coming from afar.

Edinburgh

Animas Edinburgh meets the ever-increasing demand for coach training in Scotland and with a growing community of coaches here, you’ll never be short of support and camaraderie.

Berlin

Also launched in 2018, Animas Berlin acts as our hub for coach training for Germany and eastern Europe.

Course Dates

2018 Dates - Download dates sheet for courses commencing in 2018

2019 Dates - Download dates sheet for courses commencing in 2019

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How to enrol

Enrolment on the Diploma in Transformational Coaching is by application only. Once you apply using our simple online form, we’ll call you to answer any questions you may have and to make sure the course is the right fit for you.  If you then decide to join, we'll be able to take you through the enrolment process there and then or arrange a further call.

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FREE INTRODUCTORY DAY

Looking for the right coaching course? Discover Animas at a free Introduction to Transformational Coaching in London, Edinburgh or Berlin. Book your spot to learn how you can become a coach and whether our life coach training is right for you.

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