Coaching with Spirit:
How to Co-Create Transformation
Level 1: Introduction for ACC Certification
Level 2: Advanced Training 39 Hours CCE
Become an effective coach by learning a transformative way of being while in relationship with others.
The Coaching With Spirit Level 1
Coach Training Program is approved by the International Coach Federation.
The Coaching With Spirit Level 2
is accredited by the International Coach Federation for
39 Hours of CCE
Guthrie Sayen, PhD, PCC*
Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation
Alumni Partial Tuition Waiver
An alumnus of any of The Graduate Institute's Master of Arts programs qualifies for a partial tuition waiver of $300 for the coaching program.
Dual Program Tuition Waiver
If you are signing up for a Master of Arts program or are already in a Master of Arts program, and you sign up for the Coaching with Spirit Coach training program, you are eligible for a $300 tuition waiver (applied to whichever program finishes last).
Focus on Career Goals
By taking a Master of Arts or Certificate program in combination with the coach training program, you can specialize in an area of coaching that is your passion.
For example, take the Integrative Health and Healing Master of Arts, or the 9-credit Certificate to specialize in Health and Wellness Coaching.
Or take the 36-credit MA in Consciousness Studies and Transpersonal Psychology to specialize in Life or Spiritual Coaching.
Or take the 36-credit MA in Organizational Leadership to specialize in Executive Coaching.
The goal of the Coaching With Spirit Level 1 Coach Training Program is to integrate the adult developmental growth theories of transformative change with a robust coaching methodology and practice.
The Coaching With Spirit Coach Training Program’s client-centered coaching facilitates the unfolding of the client’s own inner strengths and potential. The development of self-awareness, embodied wisdom, intuition and manifestation are central to this training.
LEVEL ONE TRAINING FULLY QUALIFIES ONE FOR THE ICF CERTIFICATION AS AN ASSOCIATE COACH (ACC).
The Coaching with Spirit Level 2 Coach Training Program is for coaches who have completed Coaching with Spirit: Level 1, an ICF-certified coach-training program offered through The Graduate Institute
in Bethany, Connecticut, USA. The course begins with a review of the CWS model and will then focus on the River of Parts, a strategy for accessing and coaching from Self: our divine core, which is naturally
awake, aware, whole, calm, confident, compassionate, creative, and wise.
DUE TO CORONAVIRUS,
THE PROGRAMS MAY BE ONSITE OR HELD IN A VIRTUAL CLASSROOM VIA ZOOM
For full description for Level 1 and for the complete schedule see:
Level 2 is currently TBA:
Curriculum - Level 1
The Coaching With Spirit Coach Training Program consists of nine modules of coach trainings as shown below. The training includes 56 hours of classroom training, 14 hours of independent study, and 3 hours of individual mentoring for a total of 73 hours of training.
The 56 hours of classroom training includes on-site coaching instruction, discussions, observations and mentoring activities.
The total coach training hours offered through this program are:
56 hours faculty/participant/observation/mentoring interactions
14 hours of homework / independent study
3 hours of one-on-one sessions with a qualified Mentor Coach
for a total of 73 hours of coaching instruction.
In addition to the training above, the participants are responsible for:
100 hours of client-coaching
A membership application for the International Coach Federation (ICF)
The portfolio submission process for ICF certification
Performance evaluation of a recorded coaching session provided by the ICF
Passing the online, multiple choice ICF Coach Knowledge Assessment exam
For full description, see:
MODULES OF COACH TRAINING - Level 1
Curriculum - Level 2
The Coaching With Spirit Level 2 Coach Training Program provides 39 hours of study over three weekends.
The curriculum incorporates the ICF Core Competencies and goes deeper than Level 1. The course begins with a review of the CWS model and will then focus on the River of Parts, a strategy for accessing and coaching from Self: our divine core, which is naturally awake, aware, whole, calm, confident, compassionate, creative, and wise. This core is accessed most easily by inviting parts of the mind, like the Critic, the Approval Seeker, and various Distractors to step back. When they do, our true nature, here called Self, begins to emerge like the sun from behind clouds. Facilitating this in clients allows them to move into a place of grounded centeredness from which they can respond creatively to their circumstances rather than react unconsciously from old habits.
The Coaching with Spirit: Level 2 provides:
A coaching model that honors and leverages the client’s inner wisdom
A collaborative, non-pathologizing method of working with clients’ protective parts, like the inner critic, the achiever, the pleaser, and the distractor
Accessing and coaching from a deep core of calm, clarity, and confidence
Creating a safe coaching environment for doing courageous work
Getting a contract for every coaching session
Building an honest and trusting relationship with the client’s protective parts
Holding the client’s vulnerable parts as sacred
Helping vulnerable parts unburden painful feelings and limiting beliefs
Helping protectors find new strategies for helping the client
Applying systems thinking and complexity theory to the inner world
Accessing spiritual guides and using their wisdom
Integrating learning through deepening awareness, designing actions, and setting up accountability
For full description, see:
Level 2 Curriculum
Weekend 1: Parts Work
- Agreements: Four cornerstones for creating a safe and courageous coaching container for deep transformation.
- Model: The CWS map of the theory and practice; a compass for working with clients.
- Six Tenets: The foundational ideas on which this work rests.
- Abbreviated Glossary: Explanation of key terms for easier understanding of the model.
- Parts Work Process: A step-by-step guide for unblending, befriending, and helping parts of the psyche escape old patterns of behavior and transform.
- Two Methods of Parts Work: Two ways to safely enter clients’ inner realm and build compassionate relationships with parts of their psyche.
- Parts: A deeper examination at the innumerable subpersonalities the live inside all humans. Each has a full-range personality that longs for safety and connection.
- Protectors: These are the workhorses of the inner world; these are the parts that we tend to think are us; and they are the ones who usually stop change. We need to befriend them so they can begin to trust that change will serve the client.
- Messages for Protectors: The three key things we can say to protectors to help them relax and permit the change the client longs for.
- First Steps: How to unblend and befriend protectors.
Weekend 2: World of Parts
- Exiles: These are the young parts of ourselves that need loving attention so that protectors, who interfere with our living creative and fulfilling lives, can relax.
- Safety: Practices and attitudes that ensure that this process is safe and respectful, following the pace of the client’s own inner system.
- World of Parts: An in-depth exploration of the innumerable parts that populate our inner worlds.
- Three-Group System: Our parts relate to each other in patterned ways. By learning how they interact, we can help them move from a stance of conflict and competition to one of harmony and collaboration.
- Addressing Fears: Each of us is like a parliament with two major parties, the party of growth and transformation and the party of the status quo. The transformers hire the coach and set the agenda, but those who wish to stick with the tried and true object. With this module we learn how to respectfully address the concerns of those who fear change and gain their permission to make change.
- Self-Confidence Technique: This is a simple technique to build confidence before dealing with a challenging situation. With this technique, the parts of us that are scared learn that we can actually handle things and they relax.
Weekend 3: Parts and Complexity Theory
- Systems Thinking explains the four major principles that govern all human systems, internal and external: harmony, balance, leadership, and development. The focus will be on the internal system of the individual, but there will be ripple effects into external systems, like family, community, and society.
- Complexity Theory: This builds on systems thinking and explains how stability, without rigidity, and fluidity, without chaos, can lead to rapid transformation in human systems.
- Holons: Provides a model first developed by Arthur Koestler that supports both systems thinking and complexity theory by showing how in a system everything is both a whole and a part. A human is both whole and has parts; those parts are also whole and have parts; and we humans are parts of ever larger systems.
- Legacy Burdens: Explains how we inherit limiting beliefs from our ancestors and our culture and provides a technique for releasing those burdens.
- Guides: Depending on a client’s spiritual or religious beliefs, spiritual guides can be a tremendous resource and support for growth and transformation.
- Past Lives: Some clients have memories of past lives. Those past lives can participate in those clients’ growth and transformation.