What is coaching?

The European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) provides the following definitions:

“Coaching is facilitating the client’s learning process by using professional methods and techniques to help the client to improve what is obstructive and nurture what is effective, in order to reach the client’s goals”.

“Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”

What sort of coach will I be?

We don’t prescribe what the focus of your coaching should be.  You may wish to be executive, business, life, therapeutic, or performance coaches, or not even know for sure at this point.  You may want to work in corporate, private or public sectors. Whichever, this programme will give you the skills and practice, standards and credibility to enable you to be the coach you want to be.

How will I find coachees?

A large part of the course is skills practice where you will be working one-to-one with your own coachees who will provide you not only with experience and learning, but also feedback, both general and specific. Practicing your skills is going to be essential, so we encourage participants to begin looking for potential clients as soon as they register for the course, in order to begin coaching with them after the first workshop of the training. You need to complete 90 hours of practice hours outside of the programme delivery days. As an example, coaching sessions are usually a minimum of 1.5 hours (90 minutes) long, so on average this is 60 coaching sessions. For example, this equates to ten practice coachees during the programme, undertaking a minimum of six coaching sessions with each coachee. ‘Matching’ and contracting conversations are included in the hours and coaching sessions may last longer or take less time, and they may want more or less than six sessions – it is for you to agree with each coachee. The learning from these sessions is shared and discussed in subsequent workshops, and the feedback sheets form part of your portfolio of evidence for your award. In total, you will need to complete 90 coaching practice hours outside of the taught elements of the course.

We cannot find the coachees for you, but we can recommend ways you might be able to seek them out. For example, you might try putting an offer for free or reduced cost coaching out on LinkedIn or through LinkedIn groups or speak to local voluntary and community groups to see if their staff or trustees would like coaching at minimal cost. People running their own business, school governors and members of the Parent Teacher Association or people on the parish council may all be interested once you tell them about it. Inviting people to have coaching is all part of having a coaching practice – don’t be afraid to ask!

Do I need any prior experience or knowledge of coaching to come on the course?

No.  We believe that your experience as a counsellor or therapist has already given you many of the necessary skills. The course will provide you with all the knowledge and skills that you need.  It also doesn’t matter what ‘modality’ or approach you use for counselling or psychotherapy, as we will help you make links with your current practice and we hope there will also be lively discussions about the similarities and differences.

Click here for entry requirements.

What happens if I cannot attend one or more of the days of the training?

We expect participants to complete 80% of the taught days of the course to satisfy the requirements of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.  If for any reason you need to miss more, then please discuss this with us as soon as possible.

Can I pay by instalments?

Yes. Please contact us for more information.

Who decides if I pass or fail?

The trainers will continually be informally assessing participants and providing valuable feedback. There is no exam. Instead, participants produce evidence of their competence to practice via a portfolio, which includes self-reflection, case studies, self-assessment and feedback from your coachees and reflection on your supervision. If for any reason we feel you have not met the necessary standards, we will work with you to explain what more is needed and provide you with help and support where appropriate. External verifiers ensure that assessments are fair and consistent. The EMCC European Quality Award assures you that the course – and the assessment – is of a high quality.

Will I need to buy books or materials?

We provide a recommended reading list, so you may want to borrow these books from your local library or buy them. However, a handbook is provided with all the materials we cover and we have uploaded information and links to the participant area of this website that we think might be helpful to you.

Do I need a certain level of education to come on the course?

The only entrance requirement is that you are qualified to diploma level in counselling or psychotherapy and an accredited or registered member of either the BACP and/or UKCP. Members of other professional bodies can also apply, but will need to complete a form that maps their competencies against those of EMCC to Practitioner level. We can go through this with you if this is the case.

Our programme requires participants to have a solid psychological/therapeutic foundation and substantial knowledge and experience of developing people and building trusting relationships with clients. It is therefore only open to qualified and BACP or UKCP registered/accredited counsellors and psychotherapists, which means you will have successfully completed a minimum of 450 hours (i.e. one year full time or two years part time) counselling/psychotherapy qualification that included theory-based learning in at least one theoretical model, such as Gestalt, Psychoanalytic, Person Centred, Integrative etc., and guidance on skills practice as an integral part of the course. Practitioners from other therapeutic and psychological professional bodies are accepted providing they can evidence equivalence to these requirements.

Please see here for entry requirements.

Do I need supervision on the programme?

Yes. The EMCC Global Code of Ethics requires that all members have regular supervision. They say that it is likely that the form of this (and duration, frequency etc) may vary depending on the nature of coach/mentoring being undertaken – for instance, an independent executive coach working with a strong business focus may have different supervision needs to a coach/mentor who focuses on personal/interpersonal skills and both may vary from the needs of an in-company mentor whose mentoring activity represents only a relatively small part of their overall role. Counsellors and psychotherapists are expected to have regular supervision, therefore this is something with which you will be very familiar. We provide two free coaching supervision sessions, via telephone or Skype, to all participants. You will also have regular co-supervision with a fellow student. Further individual and group supervision sessions are also available at a discount for participants on the course.

EMCC guidelines on supervision can be found here.

What can I call myself when I have completed the programme?

You will be able to call yourself an EMCC qualified Senior Practitioner in Coaching. You will also be able to apply to become a full member of EMCC and log your details on the ‘Find a coach’ facility. All the coaching practice hours and the portfolio must be completed before you can be awarded the qualification. Free affiliate membership of EMCC is included whilst on the training programme.

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will receive an advanced post-graduate diploma from Therapist2Coach Limited, which includes the EMCC logo. If you should lose your certificate, an electronic copy will be available upon request up to 12 months after receipt of your initial certificate.

What is the difference between coaching and counselling?

This is a hotly debated topic and, depending on your theoretical orientation and training as a counsellor or therapist, there are many similarities to be found between coaching and counselling. However, there are some significant differences related to focus, intention and (depending on the type of coaching you would like to do) client group and context. Our training will enable you to explore where you are currently on the continuum of therapist to coach and to think about the potential niche market that is right for you. We certainly believe that if you are a counsellor or psychotherapist and meet our entry requirements, then you already have many of the skills of a coach. What we provide is the additional tools, information, expertise and – essentially – the qualification that gives you the knowledge, confidence and credibility to coach a range of clients in both a private and corporate setting.

How do I cancel my booking?

We understand that an urgent unforeseen circumstance may arise where you may need to cancel your booking. However, to ensure that our courses remain viable for other participants, we have a cancellation policy regarding the fees. You can read the cancellation policy in our terms and conditions details can be found on the application form.

If you do want to cancel your booking, please email us as soon as possible: training@trishturner.co.uk

Why is it important to pick an accredited course?

Unlike counselling and psychotherapy, coaching is not currently a voluntarily regulated profession in the UK, which means that anyone can call him or herself a coach, regardless of qualification or experience. Organisations like the EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council) set a standard in terms of coaching qualification and amount of experience that their members must have in order to be accredited with their professional body.

The European Quality Award (EQA) is an independent quality kite mark awarded to providers of coaching training to make their qualifications and training widely and immediately recognisable. This is through linking them to recognised professional standards. It is an integral and essential step on the path to establishing the professional credibility and status of coaching.

With an EMCC accredited qualification you will be very well positioned with regard to professional credibility.

This is the same as when you wanted to select a counselling course – you likely chose one that was accredited by BACP or UKCP, so you could be assured of the quality and standards of the training and to give you credibility for completing it.

Why the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC)?

Like with choosing a therapy course, you want to be assured of the quality and standards of training with a training provider that is accredited.  EMCC is the equivalent of BACP or UKCP in the area of coaching.

We chose to become accredited by EMCC, rather than the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) or other coaching body as we felt that EMCC’s competency framework best matched those of therapists who want to coach and provides the flexibility you want for the clients you want.

EMCC exists to promote best practice in Coaching and Mentoring. They have developed the EMCC Competency Framework, which is based in extensive research and identifies the core competency requirements for those individuals working as Coaches.

They have also established the European Quality Award (EQA) which recognises best practice and professional standards in the area of coaching and mentoring training. The emphasis of the award is to raise standards whilst acknowledging existing excellence.

By choosing a training provider which has achieved the EMCC EQA accreditation, you can be reassured that you are making the right choice. An EMCC EQA training provider has to submit their programme to a rigorous process of assessment. During this process the programme is benchmarked against the competency and capability indicators of researched based professional competence. Their programme will then be awarded recognition at one of the four award levels: Foundation – Practitioner – Senior Practitioner – Master Practitioner.

A critical emphasis for any EMCC EQA programme is on how professional competence in application and practice is developed throughout the duration of the programme. This means that in addition to the exploration of underpinning theory, you will be supported to develop professional practice and competence in the application of the skills.

Why Senior Practitioner?

There are four EMCC award levels: Foundation, Practitioner, Senior Practitioner and Master Practitioner. Being a qualified therapist is what sets you apart from other coaches. A Senior Practitioner level qualification reflects both the depth and breadth of the competency, skill, self-reflection and tools you will bring as a dual skilled practitioner.  It is a postgraduate advanced diploma programme.

What are the theoretical underpinnings of this course?

Our coaching programme is underpinned by several different theoretical, psychological and practical frameworks, some or many of which our participants will recognise as having links to various therapeutic modalities and we will support individuals to make those links to their own philosophies so that they can be integrated after the programme is completed, if required, or kept separate if preferred.

Do I need insurance?

We believe it is best practice for a coach and or/counsellor to have professional liability insurance, even whilst training, if you are in private practice.  We therefore recommend that you obtain insurance cover or add coaching to your existing counselling insurance.  Many insurance companies provide discounts if you are a member of a professional body, such as the BACP or UKCP, and will sometimes reduce the costs for trainees and students. It is therefore worth mentioning this when searching for appropriate cover.

What is the difference between 'qualified' and 'accredited'?

When you successfully complete this programme, you will be qualified as a coach,  which means you are considered to be competent to coach, according to research based competencies for coaching.  Accreditation with EMCC means that, once qualified, you have continued to gain on-going experience as a reflective practitioner over a period of years.  By having an EQA qualification, you can ‘fast track’ to accreditation in the future, should you wish to do so.

What will I have to do on the programme?

The programme has a total of 500 study hours over nine months.  Including the seven programme delivery days delivered in three blocks (60 hours), you are required to complete:

  • 150 hours of reflective practice
  • 150 hours theory/models
  • 150 hours coaching practice (90 of which will be outside the programme delivery days with your coachees)
  • 50 hours for planning, setting up, accessing the website etc

This comes to a total of 500 hours, equating to approximately 50 hours a month, plus attendance at workshops.

Our belief is that people learn through doing and then reflecting on that practice.  Reflective practice is a process by which you: stop and think about your practice, consciously analyse your decision making and draw on theory and relate it to what you do in practice. Critical analysis and evaluation refocuses your thinking on your existing knowledge and helps generate new knowledge and ideas.  You will be expected to keep a reflective journal, complete self-evaluation sheets and logs of coaching practice, co-supervision and professional supervision, all of which will form part of your portfolio submitted at the end of the programme.

You will be expected to complete case studies which will include your personal philosophy, your theoretical model and a focus on your coaching practice with individual clients.  You are also asked to complete a theory assignment analysing the strengths and limitations of your current therapeutic approach in a coaching context.  Again, these will form part of your portfolio submitted at the end of the programme.

You will be given a Participant Training Pack with over 100 pages literally packed full of information, explanations, tools and resources which will be invaluable not just whilst on the programme, but into your future practice.

Underpinning the entire programme are the EMCC competences at Senior Practitioner level and the assessment of the portfolio is based on whether or not you have sufficiently evidenced meeting those competences.

Building your reflective practice portfolio starts immediately.  Each time you read a coaching book or article, talk to a coachee, write up your reflections from a workshop, have some supervision or write a case study, it all goes in your portfolio and counts towards your 500 study hours.  Breaking it down likes this makes it practical and manageable.

Can I have a chat first?

Of course! I’d love to hear from you and there is not pressure or hard sell.  You can call me on 07729332174 or email training@trishturner.co.uk.

What is the class size?

We like to have a group that is large enough to have an interesting mix of views, approaches and experience, but small enough to have meaningful conversations and an effective learning experience.  The minimum number is nine and a maximum of 16.  I may be joined by another trainer to ensure a good ratio of participants to trainers.

How much time will it take?

There are a maximum of 500 study hours over 10 months.  However, building your reflective practice portfolio starts immediately.  Each time you read a coaching book or article, talk to a coachee, write up your reflections from a workshop, have some supervision or write a case study, it all goes in your portfolio and counts towards your 500 study hours.  Breaking it down likes this makes it practical and manageable.

How is this course different?
  1. I have mapped the competences of a BACP/UKCP therapist against those of a coach (according to the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC)), which means you start at a higher level than most individuals – Senior Practitioner – as it is recognised that you already have many transferable skills, but in a different context.
  2. On other Senior Practitioner level courses, this is the point at which you will be taught a deep level of listening, presence etc, whereas we recognise that this is already an area of strength for you. So rather than ‘teach you to suck eggs’, we fill in the gaps in your skills and competence.