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International Academy for Professional Development
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Professional Development Programmes

CERTIFICATE IN WORK-BASED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (SPECIALIST TOPIC)

INTRODUCTION

The Certificate in Work-Based Professional Development (Specialist Topic) is run in association with the International Academy for Professional Development.


CONTENT

The Certificate is designed to guide a student to develop a professional development plan through assessing professional development needs, developing a personal profile and undertaking a professional development SWOT analysis to guide relevant self-directed work-based professional development. This can be demonstrated through a range of activities, for example, developing and delivering a presentation, maintaining a professional development record and completing a written assignment relating to the specialist topic or a summary article suitable for publication or abstracting in a relevant journal.

Topic specialisms might include coaching, business, management, leadership, psychology, biology, counselling, supervision, accountancy etc.


AIMS

To guide a student to develop a professional development plan.


OBJECTIVES

•       Self-assess professional development needs

•       Develop a personal profile

•       Undertake a professional development SWOT analysis

•       Develop a PowerPoint presentation clearly related to an area of professional development

•       Develop a Professional Development Plan

•       Maintaining a professional development

•       Produce a summary article suitable for publication or abstracting in the a relevant journal..

•       Make appropriate selection and use of tools and techniques to guide and progress work-based professional development.

•       Using a self-reflective approach to professional development, develop capability to maintain newly acquired skills through exploration of own development preferences and be able to critically analyse and appraise own development.

•       Be self-directed in own learning by managing own learning on the programme and planning for future self-development.


OVERSEAS STUDENTS

This course is available to overseas students. However, all materials are written in English. Assignments will only be marked if they are submitted in English. There is an additional fee for postage. However, assignments can be submitted by email to tutors.


ASSIGNMENT & CERTIFICATE

Students undertake a professional development SWOT analysis, provide a summary article suitable for publication or abstracting in a relevant journal,submit a presentation on an aspect of personal development and maintain a professional development record. A certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete the programme.

Application form.


CERTIFICATE IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (SPECIALIST TOPIC) (10 Credits Level 6)

INTRODUCTION

The Certificate in Professional Development (Specialist Topic) (10 Credits at Level 6) is run in association with the International Academy for Professional Development. The Certificate in Professional Development (Specialist Topic) is a programme usually completed by experienced students who already have knowledge, skills and experience in coaching and who may wish to progress direct to one of the three Diplomas we offer without taking the three Certificates usually leading to them. This route is not taken by the majority of students. Overseas students could be graduate members of their national professional psychology body, certified/accredited coaches, psychologists licensed by their state or other qualified professionals.


CONTENT

The student develops a professional development plan through assessing professional development needs, developing a personal profile and undertaking a professional development SWOT analysis to guide relevant self-directed work-based professional development. This may involve a number of elements including additional required reading of articles and books, such as the Handbook of Coaching Psychology and developing and delivering a powerpoint presentation. Topic specialisms might include coaching, psychological coaching or coaching psychology, depending upon which Diploma is chosen. All students will undertake a written assignment answering questions relating to the topic specialism.


AIMS

To demonstrating an advanced understanding of coaching, psychological coaching or coaching psychology.


OBJECTIVES

•       Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the nature of coaching, psychological coaching and coaching psychology models and the difference between coaching, coaching psychology, mentoring and counselling.

•       Demonstrate the potential usefulness of the application of coaching to a range of work and non-work based situations, explain the personal and organisational context of coaching.

•       Make appropriate selection of coaching tools and techniques based on initial assessment of coaching needs.

•       Develop competence in a range of skills relevant to the coaching context, such as developing communication skills, self management skills, and practicing goal and programme setting with a client; demonstrate competence in the appropriate application of coaching and psychological coaching skills.

•       Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of individual learning styles and personal responsibility for change and how these relate to the learning cycle.

•       Exploration of difficulties impeding goal attainment such as emotional interference, and techniques to enhance goal attainment such as time logs, action planning and other key activities.

•       Demonstrate practise in a range of advanced coaching skills including proficiency in the use of challenges and disputation in coaching, and overcoming blocks in psychological coaching practice.

•       Demonstrate the appropriate application of psychological coaching models to life, business, executive, performance and speciality coaching.

•       Develop advanced coaching skills in recorded coaching sessions

•       Using a self-reflective approach to own practice, develop capability to maintain newly acquired coaching skills through exploration of own learning preferences and be able to critically analyse and appraise own psychological coaching practice.

•       Be self-directed in own learning by managing own learning on the programme and planning for future self-development.

•       Develop coaching skills (e.g. self management, communication, goal setting, programme setting) through coaching practice with clients.

•       Demonstrate knowledge of the developmental and cross-cultural issues associated with coaching and psychological coaching practice.


OVERSEAS STUDENTS

This course is available to overseas students. However, all materials are written in English. Assignments will only be marked if they are submitted in English. There is an additional fee for postage. However, assignments can be submitted by email to tutors.


ASSIGNMENT & CERTIFICATE

Students submit a completed written assignment to assess the knowledge and understanding they have gained. This is submitted within 60 days of the end of the programme (although an extension can be applied for). The assignment also requires the submission of an audio-recording of coaching a coachee together with a transcript and critical analysis. A certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete the programme.

Application form.