Advanced Diploma in Transformational Coaching (EMCC Senior Practitioner)


Only one who devotes themself to a cause with their whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.
— Albert Einstein

Programme overview

This is our master coach development path supporting professional coaches (independent or internal) who are accredited at EMCC Practitioner Level or similar and are seeking a highly experiential learning programme.

Our Advanced Diploma programme will enable you to make significant shifts both personally and professionally in the depth of your coaching work and will certify you with the EMCC at Senior Practitioner (EQA and EIA) level.

The reason that EMCC Practitioner Level certification is a prerequisite for this course is because this programme requires a level of coaching maturity; so that during the training, you will be able to move beyond models, techniques, skills and frameworks (‘what the coach does’) to focus deeply on your being, the cultivation of self, authority and presence within your coaching practice (‘who you are being as a coach’).

If you have trained with us previously, this programme builds on our Diploma in Transformational Coaching, which covers the psychological and developmental models, techniques and skills for coaching in the modern workplace in depth.

To become an exceptional practitioner we believe you must fully work on yourself first, and then, through developing a greater depth of capacity (presence and authenticity) learn the key movements to create a truly transformational development relationship within the complex leadership context of today’s workplace. Our Advanced Diploma delivers this, and will result in you holding significantly more powerful and insightful conversations that change hearts as well as minds.

You will be interested in this programme if you are seeking to considerably enhance your current coaching practice with cutting edge methodologies such as:

  • presence-based coaching

  • working with emergence and dialogue

  • mindfulness

  • embodiment and somatic coaching

  • systemic coaching.

This course is also for you if you are keen to develop more experiential and transformational methods and approaches to utilise within your coaching practice, including coaching outdoors and in nature.

Finally, this programme will offer you an advanced community of practice to explore the art of coaching together with an exceptional faculty of expert coaches and supervisors that will guide you towards coaching mastery.


Course benefits

By completing this 12-month programme you will:

  • develop deep levels of presence, authority and mastery as a coach

  • practise key transformational coaching skills and psychological models and be able to apply these in a coaching relationship to maximise learning, outcomes and behavioural change

  • understand and take responsibility for your own ethical and professional practice as a coach including participation in regular coaching supervision and CPD

  • develop your emotional intelligence and psychological mindedness as a coach to maximise your self awareness and regulation

  • learn how to build and hold a container for a transformational coaching programme

  • deepen your capacity to work with ease and flexibility within the relational field

  • develop self as instrument to maximise challenge and impact within a coaching session

  • integrate presence-based, mindful and somatic coaching methodologies within your coaching practice

  • develop a range of creative techniques to maximise insight, creativity and change

  • learn how to work effectively outdoors with coaching clients

  • explore and integrate systemic methodologies and coaching approaches within your coaching practice

  • develop against the EMCC Senior Practitioner Level Coach Competencies and be assessed against these

  • build confidence and appreciation of your own coaching style through repeated practice and evidence-based feedback from our faculty and fellow participants

  • identify your own coaching framework, approach and style

  • become accredited at Practitioner or Senior Practitioner level European Individual Award (EIA) with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC).


Prerequisite for joining this course

You must have a Practitioner level accreditation with the EMCC or a similar accreditation with another professional coaching body. Please note that Certificates at Level 5 or Level 7 with the ILM are not equitable for this level of course, and instead we would recommend joining our Diploma in Transformational Coaching with advanced entry into later modules based on your current training. Your best coach development path will be discussed with during a 1-2-1 call with our Course Director.

If you have not completed our Diploma course, when applying we will ask to see evidence of:

• Certificate of Coach Training

• Information about the course you completed

• Records of CPD and Coaching Supervision.

We will then arrange a telephone conversation for you to discuss your application, previous training and experience with our Course Director, Damion Wonfor.

If you have any queries about your eligibility for this course, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


By ‘discipline,’ I don’t mean ‘enforced order,’ or ‘means of punishment,’ but a body of theory and technique that must be studied and mastered to put into practice. A discipline is a developmental path for acquiring certain skills or competencies. As with any discipline...some people have an innate gift but anyone can develop proficiency through practice.
— Peter Senge

Course content

Our Advanced Diploma includes:

  • Pre-programme 1-2-1 session with your personal tutor
    In order to prepare you for the programme, to clarify any concerns and to enable you to set personal objectives, you will receive a telephone 1-2-1 briefing session. This provides an effective means of introducing you to the requirements of the programme and to assess your prior experience for accreditation purposes.

  • 6 experiential modules:

    • Transformational Coaching – 3 days in London

    • Mindful Coaching – 6 x 1 hour sessions (online)

    • Advanced Embodied Coaching – 3 days in London

    • Embodied Systemic Coaching – 3 days in London

    • Advanced Embodied Systemic Coaching – 2 days in London

    • Transformational Coach Integration Day – 1 day in London

    Our modules cover advanced coaching topics in a variety of learning styles, introduce key concepts and provide a forum for discussing best practice and the critical conversations that need to take place for you to learn, perform and enjoy being a coach. They also seek to deepen your capacity to utilise the skills, techniques, and models of transformational coaching to maximise your impact with your clients. Each workshop combines elements of theory, demonstration and role modelling, practice and discussion about the practical implications of using the new skills and the application in a working context.

  • Workplace coaching practice
    Throughout the programme, you will be expected to identify and formally coach a number of coachees outside of the workshops. For this level of accreditation you will complete 50 hours of coaching practise.

  • Undertaking 1-2-1 coaching
    We believe that to be a good coach, you need to have experienced the development journey of being a coachee. It is for this reason we will ask you to be coached and you will receive 6 x 1 hour coaching sessions whilst on the programme.

  • Faculty feedback
    You will be observed on each of the modules and receive written faculty feedback against the 8 competence areas at Senior Practioner level. You will also have the opportunity to be videod whilst coaching on the modules.

  • Formal coaching supervision sessions
    All participants receive 4 x 2 hour virtual Group Supervision sessions and 2 x 1-hour virtual 1-2-1 supervision session with one of our accredited coach supervisors throughout the programme.

  • Practical coaching assessment
    On the final module, you will be assessed by one of our faculty against the eight competence areas at Senior Practitioner Level. This assessment is to give you confidence in your future work as a coach.

  • Post-programme session
    This is held a few weeks after the completion of the final module (the Transformational Coach Integration Day). This enables you to reflect on your learning over the course of the programme. It will also provide you with guidance on the creation and completion of your assessed portfolio of learning and written assignments.

A Portfolio of Learning is a requirement of this programme and provides evidence of your learning and development against the EMCC Competence framework at Senior Practitioner level. It also includes evidence of your development journey, experience and learning from being coached and a written case study covering the development work with a coaching client.


All the facilitators were approachable, friendly and clearly knowledgeable. I left feeling reassured, invigorated, ready to work, committed to coaching...and a little healed!
— Coaching course participant
Models and techniques were introduced in a clear, easy to understand, light-touch way. I loved that there was plenty of practice.
— Course participant
I feel it has taken my coaching to the next level. It was the right blend of experiential and theory and some brilliant models to take away to use with clients.
— Course participant

Modules

Below you'll find a full list of all the modules on this programme - just click on a module title to view more details.

Longer modules involve face-to-face training, in Central London; others are online. Online modules are live group learning sessions conducted by a member of our faculty.

Module 1: Transformational Coaching

This 3-day module reinforces the fundamental developmental theories that underpin transformational coaching. You will then deepen your capacity to work effectively as a coach within the relational field to support your client’s learning.

Building on the core practices of transformational coaching we will explore a presence-based coaching methodology together with advanced coaching skills such as self as instrument and psychological mindedness to maximise your impact within the coaching conversation. We will also develop our capacity to use creative and systemic methods within the coaching programme to enhance our client’s insight, change and realizations. Finally, we will review the reflective practice and ongoing support including supervision and accreditation requirements for the programme.

By completing this module, you will:

  • reconnect with the fundamentals of transformational coaching
  • explore the relational field within the coaching relationship and enhance your ability to build a container for good work
  • deepen your understanding of using developmental coaching methodologies
  • learn and integrate presence-based coaching approaches
  • apply creative techniques to work with business and performance challenges
  • integrate systemic approaches to coaching conversations
  • begin to develop advanced skills such as self as instrument, attunement and psychological mindedness
  • build confidence and appreciation of your own coaching style through repeated practice and evidence-based feedback from our faculty and fellow participants

Module 2: Mindful Coaching

Our next module comprises 6 x 1 hour sessions over a 6 week period that aim to deepen your authority, presence and way of being as a coach.

You will learn critical practices to manage your own capacity and resourcefulness as a coach. You will develop your own internal supervisor and learn processes for self-observation and regulation to maximise your impact when coaching. You will continue to enhance your capacity to use ‘self as instrument’ and intuition within coaching sessions. Finally, you will learn methods to integrate mindfulness within the coaching session.

During this 6 x 1 hour module you will: • deepen your presence and emotional intelligence as a coach • enhance your ability to work with authenticity and intuition • deepen advanced coaching skills such as ‘self as instrument’ and attunement • learn key practises for managing self • develop a greater self regard and self compassion • explore interpersonal mindfulness practice and learn to apply this within the coaching session.

Module 3: Advanced Embodied Coaching

During the next 3-day module, we will start by experientially exploring the evidence base for coaching outdoors and how this supports embodiment, creativity and reflexivity for both our clients and us.

We will then deepen your somatic coaching practice and look at how you can integrate this approach with your clients. We will also strengthen self-awareness of your habits and patterns when coaching, especially when under pressure in moments of the coaching session.

We will then work with centering techniques to help you develop meta awareness and regulate your capacity to effectively respond and maximise your 'in the moment' impact.

Finally, we will further enhance your capacity for embodied listening and to work with self as instrument to deepen the coachee’s insight and action. We also explore how to introduce and lead resourcing, grounding and mindfulness techniques with coaching clients.

During this module, you will:

  • explore and experience the benefits of working with coaching clients in the natural environment
  • understand how to contract and create a safe container for the coachee to work outdoors
  • fully experience embodied knowing as a result of being in the natural environment - both as coachee and coach
  • learn how to prepare and execute an impactful coaching session outdoors.
  • enhance your level of presence that invites your coachee into a calm, clear and resourceful state where they can fully benefit from their coaching
  • learn how to return to a Centered, resourceful state when under pressure
  • cultivate a deep capacity to be courageous by offering challenge in an authentic and respectful way
  • learn to support clients in developing their own presence and resourcefulness
  • learn and practise grounding and mindfulness techniques to use with coachees
  • build confidence and appreciation of your own coaching style through repeated practice and feedback from our Faculty and fellow participants.

Module 4: Embodied Systemic Coaching

This 3-day module will expand your capacity to work with clients and their system during a coaching session. We will build your capacity to create more systemic insight within your clients. You will learn powerful approaches to help your coachees understand how the systemic influences and forces impact them and their current context.

This training will accelerate all of your learning so far on the programme through your development in systemic embodied coaching approaches. These days of learning will result in you developing a deep awareness of the forces across the whole system and how systemic coaching methods will help your client gain clarity of the complexity and often-unseen energy within their organisational system.

The final day of this module aims to enhance the integration and application of your coaching practice to working outdoors with your clients. We will continue to explore and experience the evidence base supporting the movement of coaching from the workplace to outside in either urban or rural settings.

You will also experience the benefits of reflective nature based approaches within your coaching practice

During this module, you will:

  • integrate creative techniques, models and approaches from this programme in an outdoor setting
  • deepen your experience and knowledge of the benefits of coaching outdoors for both coach and coachee
  • explore the benefits of reflective nature based practice for coaches
  • deepen your capacity to work within the relational field and the system during a coaching conversation
  • learn and practice a model of Systemic Coaching
  • develop your ability to utilise different methods of mapping systems in a coaching session
  • build confidence and appreciation of your own coaching style through repeated practice and evidence-based feedback from our faculty and fellow participants.

Module 5: Advanced Embodied Systemic Coaching

During this 2-day experiential module, you will continue to build your authority, presence and capacity to hold a systemic coaching session. We will deepen your understanding of systemic theory and its application to leadership and organisational coaching sessions.

We will also increase your ease and flexibility so that you can introduce and apply systemic methods to a range of client challenges to facilitate insight and change.

By completing this module, you will:

  • deepen your capacity to work within the relational field and the system
  • build your capability in facilitating a coaching session using a systemic coaching model
  • learn, explore and apply the 4 Hidden Orders of Organisational Life and Change
  • Develop your ability to utilise Embodied Systemic Coaching approaches to work with a range of client business and performance topics
  • Build confidence and appreciation of your own coaching style through repeated practise and evidence-based feedback from our faculty and fellow participants

Module 6: Transformational Coach Integration Day

The final module aims to provide you with an inspiring day to help you acknowledge and celebrate the development journey you have undertaken so far as a coach whilst on this programme.

The morning of the workshop focuses on the practical assessment of your coaching against the EMCC Senior Practitioner Level Competencies in a supportive environment.

In the afternoon we will explore your new identity and purpose as a coach. We will also explore next steps in terms of accreditation and professional and ethical practise.

By the end of this 1-day module you will:

  • be assessed on your current level of coaching capability against the EMCC Senior Practitioner Competencies
  • have reflected on your development journey throughout this programme to gain further clarity on your purpose and identity as a coach
  • fully understand the next steps and work required for certification.

Dates, venue and fees

Course dates

Cohort 1

  • Module 1: Transformational Coaching  — London on the 8th, 9th and 10th May 2019

  • Module 2: Mindful Coaching — 6 x 1 hour evening sessions: 3rd,10th, 17th, 24th June, 1st and 8th July 2019

  • Module 3: Advanced Embodied Coaching — London on the 10th, 11th and 12th September 2019

  • Module 4: Embodied Systemic Coaching — London on the 12th, 13th, 14th November 2019

  • Module 5: Advanced Embodied Systemic Coaching — London on 16th and 17th January 2020

  • Module 6: Transformational Coach Integration Day — London on 2nd April 2020

Cohort 2

  • Module 1: Transformational Coaching — London on the 10th, 11th and 12th March 2020

  • Module 2: Mindful Coaching — 6 x 1 hour evening sessions: 27th April, 5th, 11th, 18th, 26th May and 1st June 2020

  • Module 3: Advanced Embodied Coaching — London on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd July 2020

  • Module 4: Embodied Systemic Coaching — London on the 15th and 16th September and Outdoors on 17th September 2020

  • Module 5: Advanced Embodied Systemic Coaching — London on 3rd and 4th November 2020

  • Module 6: Transformational Coach Integration Day — London on 23rd February 2021

Venue

The course is a blended programme which mixes both face-to-face training and online sessions. Face-to-face training takes place in Central London, in a comfortable boutique-style venue. Online modules are live group learning sessions conducted by a member of our faculty.

Fee

The fee for this programme is £5000 + VAT.

Fees include attendance at all modules, supervision sessions, venue costs – food and refreshments, programme resources and accreditation with the EMCC for the EIA. (Accommodation costs are not included).

Please familiarise yourself with the course terms and conditions, including payment and refund policies, before applying - and if you have any queries at all, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Accreditation

On successful completion of this programme, you will receive an Advanced Diploma in Transformational Coaching from us.  Our programmes are accredited by the EMCC European Quality Award (EQA) at Senior Practitioner Level. This is the benchmark quality standard for mentoring/coaching training programmes – it ensures that successful students meet the research-based competence standards presented in the EMCC Competency Framework at the Senior Practitioner level.

Our programme will also enable you to obtain the European Individual Award (EIA) with the European Mentoring Coaching Council (EMCC).  This will either be at the Practitioner Level or Senior Practitioner Level dependent on your prior experience in coaching. This will be discussed with you by one of our team when you apply for the programme.  We are one of the first coach training providers in the UK to offer this accreditation.


The most significant aspect is the quality of the facilitators. They are exceptional. The quality of delivery and feedback from them was of an incredibly high standard.
— Course participant
The faculty is brilliant, and the course engaging and easy to follow. The live demonstrations between them were a mini master class and extremely helpful. Overall a terrific and exciting experience. I feel I am very much in “the right place” in terms of the professional learning; huge respect for the faculty and feel privileged to have been learning there.
— Course participant
The faculty is fabulous – so knowledgeable and such masters in their fields. It was like an art watching them doing the practical sessions for us to observe. They were also incredibly approachable - so forthcoming and helpful with advice and support. I am so delighted I booked onto the Catalyst 14 programme.
— Course participant
We learnt so many brilliant tools and from the experiential learning side, we were able to experience first hand the power and impact. It is always fascinating watching the demonstrations of the techniques - giving us an excellent understanding and appreciation of what we are working towards.
— Course participant
I was surprised how straightforward it was to do the work online, and the breakout rooms allowed for reflection time and genuine growth in working partnerships with others on the course and skill development.
— Course participant
I particularly appreciated the design of the 3 days — balancing and integrating theory and practice, moments for reflection and personal sharing.
— Course participant