GISC's ICF-accredited coach certification program provides intensive training and coaching skill development using our Gestalt core concepts within a supportive and dynamic learning community. We develop awareness, presence, and coaching competence uniquely in each participant resulting in profound personal and professional growth.
The program, suitable for those new to coaching as well as for experienced coaches, consists of three sessions of theory, discussion and extensive coaching practice. It includes a distance-learning component for participants to practice their skills, share concepts with their peers, and work with a qualified faculty/mentor coach.
The program includes a full day of interactive work that will assist the participant in the establishment of their own coaching practice. It meets the ICF requirement for live interaction instruction on core competencies and ethical standards. Successful completion of the program earns the GISC Coach Certificate and qualifies graduates to apply for ICF certification.
The program will support the participant in:
Establishing a coaching practice
Adding coaching to their current business model
Integrating coaching as a success factor in their daily leadership
Utilizing coaching as an internal practitioner
Demonstrating ICF Core Competencies
The program will be limited to 24 practitioners. This will allow a strong participant-to-faculty/mentor coach ratio.
Successful completion of the coach training program will earn participants the GISC Coach Certificate. Interested GISC-certified graduates will be qualified to apply for International Coach Federation (ICF) credentials.
There is no prerequisite to the course. However, this program requires an application, which can be found on our website, as well as a $250 non-refundable application fee that will be applied toward tuition. A portion of the program is distance learning.
To satisfactorily graduate and receive certification as a GISC-Certified Coach, you must complete the following requirements:
Complete three consecutive Gestalt Coach Training Sessions (GCTS)
Create a Coach Development Plan (CDP), approved by a faculty/mentor coach. The CDP will outline your developmental goals and steps to meet these goals. The CDP will evolve as you move through the program.
Complete 50 hours of individual client coaching outside the training program. A log must be kept outlining the client’s name, dates, times, and a brief note on the topic, e.g., leadership, career, transition, retirement, etc.
Complete 10 hours of observed coaching by a faculty/mentor coach. The practicums in the program will provide opportunity for this requirement.
Complete and submit three taped individual coaching sessions (of approximately 30 minutes) to be reviewed by faculty/mentor coach
Develop a research paper (of not more than 10 double-spaced pages) on an area of coach specialization of your choice. The topic must be discussed with and approved by the faculty/mentor coach assigned to you.
Successfully present (approximately 20 minutes) your research topic during the second or third GCTS
Participate in two monthly group conference calls with your support/learning group
Participate in one monthly call with your faculty/mentor coach to discuss development plans and challenges
Participate in two conference calls with your group, led by your faculty/mentor coach between GCTS II and GCTS III
Demonstrate competency of coaching in practicums
Create a learning portfolio documenting your learning and accomplishments during the program
Successfully complete final written exam and final oral exam
Attendance: Full attendance at all three Gestalt Coach Training Sessions (October, January, and April) is required in order to graduate. Participants must make up any classroom time missed for illness or personal reasons through arrangement with and approval by the program faculty.
Feedback and Progress Reports: Participants receive ongoing feedback during the daily practicum portion of the on-site training sessions and mentor coaching between sessions. Coaches must pass a final written and oral exam (pass/fail) to obtain certification. Participants will receive written evaluation after the second session (GCTS II) upon completion of the written exam to allow the opportunity to build skills before the conclusion of the program.
This program is an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) through the International Coach Federation. Successful completion of the program will earn participants the GISC Coach Certificate and qualify them to apply for an International Coach Federation (ICF) professional credential. ICF accredited ACTP; 138.25 total program hours.
APA CE Hours: 134.5. GISC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychotherapists. GISC maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
The school is licensed by the Division of Professional Licensure, Office of Private Occupational School Education. Students may contact the Department of Professional Licensure with concerns or complaints: Division of Professional Licensure, Office of Private Occupational School Education, 1000 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118, 617-727-5811.
GISC is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and during program hours.
Competency Development Program
for Coach Certification (CDPCC)
Refunds are available up to 21 days prior to the program start date (less a $50 non-refundable application fee). When cancellation is made with a notice of 20 days or less, tuition will not be refunded, but may be applied to a future program within the next calendar year.
Competency Development Program for Coach Certification:
GISC's Competency Development Program for Coach Certification is the only ICF Accredited Coach Training Program located in Massachusetts. All sessions take place at our beautiful, modern retreat-like training center in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. We are located 100 miles from Boston's Logan International Airport and are easily accessible by automobile. Please inquire about the easiest travel routes and where to stay nearby.