What Makes a Good Transformational Coach Training Course?

Author : Helen Unwin

17th November 2018

Not all Transformational Coach Training courses are equal. There are some key factors to look out for to ensure you receive high-quality training to set you up to become a successful Transformational Coach. In this article, we discuss what those qualities are and look specifically at the Animas Diploma in Transformational Coaching (DTC).

At Animas we believe Transformational Coach Training Courses should take the coach on a journey – taking the form of not only acquiring and applying coaching skills and knowledge, but also one of self-discovery, enabling our students to experience first hand the power of Transformational Coaching in practice.

In order to provide a rich journey for the student, Transformational Coach training programs should include the following features:

1. Theories that underpin Transformational Coaching

Cognitive Behavioural Coaching, Person-Centred Theory and Transactional Analysis are some of the key principles from which Transformational Coaching has evolved. Learning and applying these concepts helps give insights into their clients’ worlds. More importantly, they enable them to allow clients to improve their self-awareness as a vehicle for genuine and profound change.

2. Coaching models & tools

When you start out as a coach, having a suite of tools in your Transformational Coaching armoury can be enormously helpful. Whilst your own unique style and confidence will evolve with experience, coaching models help simplify new ideas and theory, making these ideas more accessible for you and indeed your clients

3. Live, in-person, training

Whilst learning about different theories, tools and techniques to get a good grounding can be essential, how you learn is just as important. There is simply no substitute for high-quality, in-person training, facilitated by an experienced coach and trainer.

4. Real-life coaching practice

Getting out there and working on a 1:1 basis with clients is the best way to build your confidence as a Transformational Coach. During your training course there should be ample opportunity and encouragement to put theory and models into action with real-life coaching sessions. Students should have opportunities to both coach and be coached so they can understand what it is like on both sides of the fence.

5. Mentoring and Supervision

Having a personal coaching mentor who has been on a similar path and can follow you through your Transformational Coach Training Course journey can improve your learning outside of the training room. It enables you to ask the ‘stupid’ questions and seek help when you feel stuck with a client. Additional support through live demonstrations, group supervision sessions or supervised Q&As are other ways in which your Transformational Coach Training course can further enhance your learning.

6. Community Support

Becoming a Transformational Coach can be a profound change in your life or career – and how you identify yourself. It is difficult to overstate the value and support you can get from being part of a like-minded community of students. Furthermore, finding your coaching ‘tribe’ by creating sub-communities based on location, interests or profession with your fellow students gives you a network to draw from whenever burning questions arise, you’re struggling a bit or you just want some inspiration!

 

The Diploma in Transformational Coaching

Whether you want to become a Life Coach, Executive Coach, Internal Coach, Wellness Coach or any other type of coach, the Animas Diploma in Transformational Coaching (DTC) course aims to give you firm foundations to be able to practice as a coach in whatever field you choose. We have developed an internationally recognised and well-renowned Transformational Coach Training course, with strict assessment criteria for the final certification.

The training course typically takes 6-9 months to complete (although there is no time limit), using a mixture of in-person training, online learning, mentoring & supervision support, and real-life practice. To get the most out of any training course, you should go in with an open mind and willingness to develop a greater degree of self-awareness. Good Transformational Coaching training courses do, by their very nature, involve anything but a passive learning approach! The rewards are profoundly worth it.

What content do you learn and how do you learn it?

The content of the Diploma in Transformational Coaching course specifically covers:

  • Core coaching principles and skills
  • Person-centred theory and practice
  • Solution-focused coaching approaches
  • Cognitive Behavioural Coaching
  • Transactional Analysis Coaching
  • Narrative Coaching

All of the content of the DTC training course is framed within the context of understanding an individual’s personal paradigm. This is an individual’s core beliefs, values, attitudes, and behaviour. From this comes the ability to truly understand what needs to change to achieve our goals and desires. This is where we see growth and change.

There are 5 two-day live training modules, each of which takes an integrative approach at the cutting edge of developments in coaching, with a strong emphasis on balancing theoretical teaching with practice. The five modules are:

  • Foundations: an introduction to key principles in coaching and basic practice.
  • Cognition: the theory and practice of Cognitive Behavioural Coaching.
  • Presence: building awareness and quality into your coaching practice.
  • Transactions: an exploration of relationships and Transactional Analysis.
  • Paradigms: the concept of a person’s world-model in both conscious and unconscious forms.

ICF and AC Accreditation

Given the self-regulated nature of the coaching industry, it is essential that any coaching training course or qualification is appropriately accredited by a reputable body. The Animas DTC is accredited by both the International Coach Federation (ICF) and Association for Coaching (AC), both of which have rigorous quality-assurance and assessment processes in order to accredit training courses. You can, therefore, be assured both of the quality and credibility of the training you receive at Animas.

Support with the DTC

In order to ensure our coaches in-training have the best possible learning experience, we have a fantastic framework of support that runs alongside the DTC. All students can benefit from a personal coaching mentor, online live coaching demonstrations and group supervision sessions with an experienced coach, both of which run weekly, and an extensive library of online resources.

The jewel in the crown of the support system you get at Animas though is the network of current coaches in training and graduates! We passionately believe in the power of the community to enhance your learning experience, and to support your ongoing feeling of connectedness to your profession, your vision and your practice.

Our thriving community is second to none. Countless students find so much practical support here in the form of advice, business partners, mentors and clients, not to mention friendships and a real connection with their peers. The glue that holds this community together are our online platforms that help facilitate this connection and communication, as well as our packed events schedule that gives you lots of opportunities to expand your learning in an environment surrounded by your peers.

Are you ready to become a Transformational Coach?

Before committing to a Transformational Coach Training and Certification, it’s wise to take the time to understand if Transformational Coaching is right for you. In our experience, here are some of the natural qualities we see in our most successful graduates:

  1. Open for change – often our coaches have seen Transformational change in their lives before coming to us, others find it along the way, so be open to this!
  2. Deep worker – a drive to work with clients on the broad and deep level that Transformational Coaching can offer
  3. Positive influence – able to maintain a focused demeanour, and able to facilitate positive change in the client through the creation of a ‘safe’ environment
  4. Emotionally intelligent – understanding the emotions of others and your own is essential as a Transformational Coach

Want to find out more?

If this excites you and you’re ready to take the next step on your Transformational Coach training journey, then we’d love to have you on board! You can apply to enrol and find out more here, or sign-up for a free introductory day.

If you do come along to a free introductory day, we look forward to meeting you there. If you end up enrolling with us, we look forward to welcoming you on your learning journey!


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