New Coach Training Program

By |2010-09-21T21:58:55+00:00September 21st, 2010|Coaching|

Hey everyone,  If you work in social services/social work and you are looking for a great coach training program you may be interested in this new program offered at the Highline Community College.  Fran Fisher, MCC former owner and founder of the Academy for Coach Training and the Living Your Vision program has teamed with the college to offer this quality program.   Check it out.  Warmest wishes, Patricia

Burst for Prosperity and Highline Community     College Coaching for Prosperity© Training Program

Burst for Prosperity, in partnership with community organizations and a Master Certified Coach, has developed a coaching training program for frontline staff working with low-income individuals. The Coaching for Prosperity© program enhances the way service providers meet the needs of low-income adults to successfully complete some form of post-secondary education and achieve long-term financial success.

By training staff to use a collaborative approach that focuses on participants’ strengths rather than deficits, this new coaching model transforms the way caseworkers and other professionals work with clients. Staff who complete this training learn how to effectively empower individuals to take control of their own success and move permanently out of poverty by encouraging collaborative goal setting, trust building, listening, and networking.

Burst for Prosperity is now offering two training options through Highline Community College:

  • Three-Quarter Certificate Program. This program, beginning with the class Introduction to Coaching, allows you to work with a professional coach to go deeper in your learning of the coaching technique. Located on the main campus, the program offers 9 college credits and 60 CCEU credits with the International Coach Federation

Tuesdays, September 21-December 7, 6pm – 9pm (1 Saturday class required)

Main Campus Building 99, Room 132

Highline Community College

2400 South 240th Street

Des Moines, WA 98198

Quarter Fee: $319

  • Six-Day Intensive Program, which delivers the training in a more condensed and customizable format and includes 6 individual monthly follow-up sessions.  This training can be delivered anytime, in any location.  Call for fee information.


Following the 11 coaching competencies of the International Coach Federation, the Coaching for Prosperity Training Program provides the training and practice to build coaching skills for addressing specific life and career issues when working with clients in low-income situations. You will learn the basic skills and tools for professional coaching that ultimately empower individuals in making life and career changes to transition out of poverty.

Training Course Outline

Participants will:

  • Build understanding of the coaching paradigm, including the definition, purpose, philosophy, and principles
  • Learn to create life plans and establish goals and action steps for such life decisions as career, relationships, financial, and personal well-being
  • Demonstrate coaching skills such as listening, observation and feedback skills, asking powerful questions and requests, brainstorming, and acknowledgement
  • Learn highly effective coaching skills through experiential exercises and activities, such as:
    • Peer coaching sessions, observations and feedback
    • Case studies specific to working with people in low-income situations
    • Practicing and problem solving with a Master Certified Coach
    • Field work  – practicing coaching with a private client
  • Private personal coaching sessions 1:1 with an accredited coach

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Demonstrate the basic elements of coaching and explain how it is different from other methods of working with clients
  • Develop tools that include networking and community resources related to support for clients in low-income situations
  • Effectively facilitate development of individualized goals and planning
  • Use coaching skills and techniques effectively with clients in low-income situations
  • Demonstrate highly effective trust-building and problem solving skills
  • Confidently demonstrate the 11 International Coaching Federation Core Coaching Competencies and standards of ethical conduct
  • Become grounded in the coaching paradigm: empowerment versus entitlement; asset and strength-building versus deficit-focused; client-centered versus system-centered; asking versus telling.

6-Day Intensive TRAINING

Basic Training* – for those who want the basic skills and tools of coaching to augment and enhance their effectiveness.

  • Pre-Course written assignment
  • 6 One-Day workshops
  • 6 monthly 3-hour in-person follow-up peer sessions (or ten 2-hour teleconference sessions)
  • Manual included (text book $30 not included)
  • Certificate for 60 hours ICF* CCEU’s towards ACC accreditation

Fee: $750

Basic Training PLUS* – for those who also aspire to achieve their ICF ACC accreditation.  Training includes the Basic Training program, plus:

  • 3 private 1:1 coaching sessions with an ICF accredited coach
  • 6 coaching sessions with a practicum client

Fee: $750 basic plus $650 = $1,400 total

*Training Details

Concurrent with the 6-month Peer follow-Up Sessions:

  • (3) 1:1 coaching sessions – You will work 1:1 with an ICF accredited coach, who will provide support in staying on track and in action, clearing obstacles, and celebrating accomplishments. Students will:
    • Continue to learn about coaching through the experience of being a client
    • Benefit by the ongoing support for your personal and professional development
    • Sustain your professional credibility as you work with your own clients
    • Provide a personal inventory prior to your first session and a preparation form for each session with your coach
  • (6) Practicum client coaching sessions** with a self-assessment report for each session.  Students will:
    • Be responsible for finding and contracting with your client
    • Submit six self-assessment reports to course instructor

**It is preferred that you work with someone in a low-income situation, coaching that same client 6 times so that you can track and measure their progress and results.

International Coach Federation

This training curriculum adheres to the philosophy, ethics and standards, and core competencies of the International Coach Federation (ICF).  For those interested in obtaining ICF Accreditation at the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) level, the certification requirements include:

  • 60 approved coaching skills specific training hours
  • 10 hours working with a mentor coach
  • 100 hours logged experience with at least 8 private clients.
  • 2 reference letters acknowledging your competency at ACC level or above
  • Application fees: $300
  • Oral Exam

Renewal of certification is required every three years by clocking in 10 hours with a mentor coach and 40 CCEU continuous learning hours.


For more information on the Highline Community College program, please go to or call Jorja Gunderson, Program Manager of Continuing Education, at 206-878-3710 ext. 3608.

You may register for the Three-Quarter-Certificate Program on Highline Community College’s website [] or by calling Jorja Gunderson at 206-878-3710 ext. 3608.  If you’re interested in the Six-Day Intensive Program, please call Jorja and ask how you can arrange for a training today.

If you’re interested in training for managing supervisors of frontline staff or agency teams, contact Diana Dollar at 206-527-3885 for more information.

If you’d like to know more about ICF certification as part of the Coaching for Prosperity training, please contact Fran Fisher at 425-401-1374.