IAFPD Certificate in Psychological Coaching

This Centre for Coaching intensive 5-day course in psychological coaching is recognised by the International Society for Coaching Psychology and approved by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre. 


It forms part of the Association for Coaching Accredited Advanced Diploma in Coaching programme


It builds on the Centre’s Certificate in Coaching and Certificate in Stress Management and Performance Coaching courses. The course takes a cognitive behavioural, rational emotive behaviour and solution focused approach to coaching and is based on the published books and articles of Professor Stephen Palmer, Professor Windy Dryden, Dr Tony Grant, Gladeana McMahon and Michael Neenan. Pre-course reading includes Rational Emotive Behavioural Coaching (Neenan and Palmer, 2001), Life Coaching: A Cognitive-Behavioural Approach (Neenan and Dryden, 2012).

The course is suitable for coaches, managers, personnel staff, management consultants, counsellors, psychologists, trainers and others interested in learning about coaching. Learners should have some skills, knowledge and practice of solution focused cognitive behavioural coaching. 

The course is suitable for coaches, managers, personnel staff, management consultants, counsellors, psychologists, trainers and others interested in learning about coaching. Learners should have basic coaching skills and be currently coaching coachees, clients or staff. If delegates have not attended a formal coaching training programme, they are strongly advised to consider undertaking the Centre’s Certificate in Coaching course.



Learners will be required to coach another student on the course, live in front of the group for the purpose of training-related group supervision and maintain a log of this experience to be included in a written assignment completed after attending the programme. In addition, pre-course reading for the course includes two set texts focusing on coaching psychology and the coaching relationship. 


This five-day programme provides delegates with an understanding of the psychology of coaching from a cognitive-behavioural perspective together with a range of advanced coaching skills.

• understand the nature of psychological coaching
• become knowledgeable of cognitive-behavioural, problem-solving, solution focused and rational emotive behavioural coaching
• understand the psychological concepts of emotional management, self-esteem, self acceptance, self-motivation, focus on achieving goals, transformation of the coachee into the self-coach (the coaching career), low frustration tolerance and practice relevant skills that can be used in coaching
• develop and have an opportunity to practise a range of advanced coaching skills
• become proficient in the use of challenges and disputation in coaching
• learn how to overcome blocks in coaching
• make a presentation on an aspect of coaching or the psychology of coaching
• understanding how to deal with emotional interference when implementing and/or maintaining action plans
• learn how to maintain their newly acquired advanced coaching skills
• consider the psychological coaching models and their application to life, business, executive, performance and speciality coaching
• practise coaching sessions and skills training in pairs or triads
• group supervision of recorded coaching sessions with coachees, clients or staff
• consider what further training, if any, is required


A Centre and Academy certificate of achievement is awarded to participants who successfully complete the course and the written assignment. 

Trainers and supervisors include Kasia Szymanska, Dr Siobhain O’Riordan, Dr Kristina Gyllensten and Professor Stephen Palmer.






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