Course 3: Moving Toward Artful Coaching


Moving Towards Artful Coaching provides exposure to and experience with a range of tools and processes to deepen coaching effectiveness. This rich, wholehearted experience focuses on integrating your learning and seeks to enhance and deepen the ability to coach artfully and creatively. It includes units on:

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  • Metaphor as a tool for exploration and transformation
  • Creativity and its many expressions for both coach and client
  • Leadership and its role in coaching
  • Intuition and its use in coaching
  • And much more!

This class invites you to experience what it is like to coach through the lens of an artist. Expect a transforming experience.

Course 3

Moving Towards Artful Coaching

Eligibility Contents Hours
Anyone who successfully completed both the Foundations of Professional Coaching course and Course 2, and is interested in deepening their coaching competence by completing the Adler Certificate in Professional Coaching.

Prerequisite: Foundations of Professional Coaching and The Coaching Conversation in the Context of Work

Deepening coaching competence through the exploration of six themes:

  1. Coach and client as masterful intentional learners;
  2. Coaching through the lens of leadership, an integrative theme for many coaching engagements (in both life and work);
  3. Using the pathways of creativity and imagination to expand possibilities in coaching;
  4. Using the transformative power of metaphor effectively in coaching;
  5. Integrating the being and doing strands to maximize potential for coach and client;
  6. Developing a personal action plan for ongoing professional development and practice building.
Five classroom days (30 hours)

Follow-up teleclasses


Course Objectives:

1.  Coach and client as masterful intentional learners: Explore coaching more deeply from the perspective of learning in order for coach and client to become more masterful as intentional learners. Objectives include:

  • Build a deeper, broader understanding of self-generated feedback and informal assessment in coaching, and how this relates to learning
  • Equip the coach with practical, concrete tools and techniques to support their client in optimizing learning
  • Explore conceptual lenses through which the coach can listen and hear what their client is saying and experiencing, and through which they offer perspectives, feedback, etc. to their client
  • Provide coaches with a deeper understanding of the principles involved in mutual feedback in coaching

2.  Coaching through the lens of leadership: Explore how to creatively integrate the knowledge, skills, and tools you have gained into a purposeful development area with a wide applicability. Objectives include:

  • Examine perspectives on leadership and how these shape our orientation in the coach/client relationship
  • Introduce a leadership model, explore how it blends with Adlerian coaching principles and how it can be used to coach leaders in organizations
  • Explore tools and techniques for coaching through the lens of leadership
  • Practice coaching from a leadership perspective

3.  Coaching with imagination and creativity: Explore the importance of creativity and imagination both for themselves in their coaching and for their clients; practice ways to access creative pathways more effectively. Objectives include:

  • Access one’s own inner creative resource
  • Experience what it is like to coach through the lens of an artist
  • Become familiar with tools and processes that assist clients in accessing their sources of creativity
  • Learn to collaborate creatively with clients

4.  Using metaphor in coaching: Explore the power of metaphor and practice specific ways to use metaphor effectively in coaching. Objectives include:

  • Build insight into the role of metaphor in structuring our subjective reality and uses of metaphor in coaching
  • Practice a process for spoken metaphor exploration and transformation
  • Advance grounding in the key skills of listening and client-centered questioning
  • Build competence in attending and responding in the moment to client’s language
  • Develop advanced competence in ‘multi-tracking’ in a coaching conversation

5.  Integrating BEing and Doing: Explore the power of multi-dimensional intentional development to maximize growth and potential for both coach and client. Objectives include:

  • Examine how intentional shifts in behavior, thinking and BEing work together to optimize successful positive change
  • Practice coaching for triple-loop change
  • Define triple-loop shifts for your own growth as a coach

6.  Growing yourself, growing your practice: Explore how to integrate the being and doing strands in a long-term coaching program; learn structures that support continued personal growth and practice development. Objectives include:

  • Revisit questions about personal orientation as a coach
  • Review and reinforce the knowledge, skills and processes involved in establishing and growing a coaching relationship
  • Practice the core competencies of coaching and receive feedback
  • Examine the importance of continuous learning for coaches and learn ways to create support for ongoing development
  • Provide guidance on issues of practice management
  • ·       Develop an action plan for integration of learning from the coaching program into life and business.

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