Becoming a Professional Life Coach: Lessons from the Institute of Life Coach Training

Becoming a Professional Life Coach: Lessons from the Institute of Life Coach Training

by Diane S. Menendez
     
 

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Personal and professional coaching, which has emerged as a powerful
career in the last several years, has shifted the paradigm of how
people who seek help with life transitions find a "helper" to partner
with them in designing their desired future.

No matter what kind of sub-specialty a coach might have, life coaching is the basic operating system: a

Overview

Personal and professional coaching, which has emerged as a powerful
career in the last several years, has shifted the paradigm of how
people who seek help with life transitions find a "helper" to partner
with them in designing their desired future.

No matter what kind of sub-specialty a coach might have, life coaching is the basic operating system: a whole-person, client-centered approach. Here, Pat Williams, who has been a leader in the life coaching movement, has co-authored another essential book for therapists working as coaches. Becoming a Professional Life Coach draws on the wisdom of years of collective experience that have gone into designing the curriculum for the Institute for Life Coach Training. This curriculum has trained therapists and psychologists around the world to add coaching to their current businesses. This book presents the essential elements of life coach training program in a content-rich form that is equivalent to a graduate-level education in the field.

Editorial Reviews

PsycCRITIQUES
“As a career counselor in private practice, I am always on the lookout for new tools and techniques to use with my clients. [This book] did not disappoint me. The book contains practical reminders of the basics of coaching and new ideas for improving coaching practices. . . . The authors guide readers through the fundamentals of coaching and do a great job in pointing out how counseling and coaching are similar and how they are different. . . . Readers obtain a potpourri of advice for becoming life coaches, as well as a refresher course on a number of important psychological theories and practices. They should find this book a pragmatic reference to accompany them on their transition from counseling to coaching.”
Richard J. Leider
“What a resource! This is the definitive book on life coaching, as useful to the master coach as it is to the novice. An essential book worth owning!”
Hale Dwoskin
“This is the definitive book on how to become a whole-person life coach. Taking theory to practicality, it gives readers basic to advanced steps for using coaching as a paradigm for any changes or goals their clients may desire. Many helping professionals now say they are coaching . . . this book will teach them the key competencies for doing it.”
Rich Tafel
“For anyone considering coaching or considering hiring a coach this book is the best way to get the clearest, most complete understanding of the process. Step by step the reader is taken from theory to real-world examples and finally to practical exercises offering helpful strategies. I have already begun to apply these insights to my own clients. Becoming a Professional Life Coach is a resource I will return to again and again on a regular basis.”
PsychCentral
“[I]f you are curious about the life coaching profession, Williams and Menendez’s resource is a thorough one. The book provides a deeper understanding of the field along with the techniques and skills necessary to join it. . . . I found it useful as a way to learn more about the field of life coaching in general — and even to learn techniques I can use on myself.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393707502
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
811,383
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Diane S. Menendez, Ph.D. is a master certified coach and has coached leaders, teams, and organizations for over 25 years.

Patrick Williams, Ed.D., a pioneer of the coaching profession, began executive coaching in 1990. In 1998 he founded the Institute for Life Coach Training, an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program. He speaks worldwide on living purposefully, coaching for global change, wellness coaching, and the coach approach in leadership. He has written dozens of articles and taken part in numerous television and radio interviews. He is also the author of Becoming a Professional Life Coach: Lessons from the Institute for Life Coach Training and Total Life Coaching: 50+ Life Lessons, Skills, and Techniques to Enhance Your Practice… and Your Life.

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