Coaching Leader Program
The Coaching Leader Program is a scholarly, research-based program designed to strengthen participants' coaching skill set and expand their toolkit.
The program is a collaboration between GroupWorks Consulting, LLC and Saint Joseph's University. As a university-based program, our faculty are scholar-practitioners and professional coaches with years of experience developing and curating research-based practices and teaching executives and students.
The program is an Accredited Coach Training Program, meaning that participants can fulfill their portfolio requirements to apply for their International Coaching Federation (ICF) Associate Certified Coach (ACC) certification.
Our program framework covers the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Core Competencies from a multi-modal perspective. We step beyond the fundamentals of coaching by providing you with diverse models and techniques so that you can be a more agile coach, able to thrive in a wide variety of situations and with different clients.
Recent research indicates that effective coaching, from both the client’s and the coach’s perspective, is highly situational and involves three intersecting elements: task agreement, goal agreement and the affective bond between coach and coachee.
Most programs focus on the affective bond with the coachee – our program is unique because we will be focusing equally on all elements that make a significant difference in your coaching competence.
The program's objectives are to:
- Demystify coaching presence into actionable steps.
- Identify and deepen key coaching skills, including active listening, powerful questioning, providing useful feedback, working through resistance, creating actionable goals, and empowering others.
- Explore how flexing coaching styles to fit different situations will maximize your impact as a coach.
- Create a unique coaching model, guidebook, and toolbox that you can use as a reference to inform your own coaching approach.
After completing this program, you'll be able to:
- Integrate adult learning principles into your coaching practice.
- Unlock your creativity using powerful questions and systems thinking to help your client come up with innovative solutions to complex problems.
- Apply a systems approach to coaching by helping clients analyze organizational cultures, build teams and work within their organizational structures.
- Practice, review, and recognize the underlying science of all the ICF Core Competencies.
- Make the connection between being a coach and being a coach leader.
- Apply competency models like emotional intelligence; Gestalt methods for working through resistance; clinical psychology skills for non-therapeutic coaching sessions; research in neuropsychology and leadership; and intentional conversation skills using tools like SAVI™.
Is This Program Right For Me?
Program goals are developed for three populations: leaders and managers who want to hone their coaching skills in the workplace, practicing coaches who want to deepen their skills and gain certifications and those new to coaching who are looking to begin to practice executive coaching.
We aim to foster a culture of coaching that values partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process, inspiring them to enhance their personal and professional potential. We train coaches to successfully navigate the business, non-profit and healthcare sectors.
The program's cost is $9,600. Discounts are available for:
- Saint Joseph's University alumni
- International Coaching Federation members
- Military employee teachers/trainers
- Public servants (volunteer EMS or firemen qualify)
- Society for Human Resource Management members
- Chamber of Commerce member
- Corporate relationships
- International participants
We are fully accredited at the highest level (Accredited Coach Training Program, or ACTP). This means you can get everything you need from this program to apply for your ICF certification.
Around 75% of our participants have a master's degree, 20% have a doctoral degree and 5% have a B.A. or B.S. Between 20% to 50% of our participants already do some coaching.
Our classes consist of 15 to 18 participants.
If you just do the required readings and activities, you will spend between two to four hours a month of additional time over six months.
The Coaching Leader Program is accredited by the ICF to administer and evaluate a final recorded coaching session. You are assigned a mentor who will work with you so that you can pass the assessment. If you wish to get ICF certified, you must schedule your assessment independent of our course. The ICF requires documentation of course completion to qualify for the assessment. We will provide this documentation upon completion.
We understand that things may come up. Therefore, we record each class so you can make it up that way. We will work with you within the ICF guidelines to make up lost time from a course.
The Coaching Leader Program is held at the Executive Business Center, McShain Hall at Saint Joseph's University. McShain Hall is located at the corner of Cardinal Street and City Avenue, in Philadelphia, PA.
Parking is available in Hawk's Landing, a multi-level parking garage located across 54th Street from Mandeville Hall. The parking garage entrance is behind Starbucks, off of 54th Street.
For directions to Saint Joseph's University, please visit the directions page on the main website.