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Coaching and Psychotherapy: Advanced Topics

4 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $39.00

Developed by Patrick Williams, Ed.D., MCC

Course includes essential forms, such as Informed Consent for Coaching and a complete "Coaching Welcome Package"

This course is also offered as part of a Coaching & Psychotherapy Certificate Program for 24 CE Credits.

This course is not eligible for NBCC credit.

This course includes materials consisting of:

Transcripts are available for ALL MP3s in pdf format.

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General Course Description

Coaching is a wonderful way to give clients a sense of empowerment and help them develop in tangible ways. While psychotherapy is often (though not always) depth based, coaching is aimed at people who are basically balanced and healthy, and simply seeking support as they develop personally and professionally. Just as athletes or professional singers have coaches and teachers, so do coaching clients have a "trainer" to support them along the way. Coaching clients do not come to be "fixed" or "healed," but instead they are looking for a support system to help them live more optimally and achieve their goals. Coaching is for healthy people who want to live more purposefully.

This advanced level course is a wonderful complement to our Counselor to Coach: Making the Transition course, also developed by Dr. Patrick Williams. The first section introduces the student to coaching. It is comprised of an audio interview with Dr. Patrick Williams by Dr. Ofer Zur on the practice of coaching and how it relates to the field of psychotherapy, and an article by Dr. Eric Harris answering common questions about coaching. The second section includes two articles by Dr. Patrick Williams that further discuss the differences between and relationship of psychotherapy and coaching. The third section contains an article by the International Society for Coaching Psychology on the ethics of coaching. The fourth section explores the evolution of coaching, including online and asynchronous coaching options and the relationship between psychology theory and behavior change.

The fifth section provides information on the potential power of coaching from the perspective of Dr. Williams, who is a seasoned coach. The sixth section gives information on the business advantages of operating a coaching practice. The seventh section describes the shadow, transference, and countertransference issues that can arise in the course of coaching work. The eighth section gives information on the general coaching approach to addiction, going beyond the 12-Step model. The ninth section provides coaching intake forms, including Informed Consent, available for your adaptation and use. The final section gives online resources, recommended books, and schools with coaching programs for further exploration.

Disclaimer: This course is purely educational and does not intend to serve as a license (or permission) to mental health professionals to prescribe or practice any of the approaches discussed in this course unless they fall within the scope of practice of your profession. Check with your licensing board about the scope of practice of your profession to make sure you practice within that scope.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach psychotherapists to:

1.    Discuss the differences between a coaching practice and a psychotherapy practice.

2.    Review the advantages to practicing as a coach.

3.    Summarize the legal and ethical aspects of coaching.

4.    Describe the steps in developing a coaching practice.

Course Syllabus

Introduction to Coaching

  • Definitions
  • Reasons to become a coach
  • Answers to common questions
  • Coaching across state lines

The Relationship Between Coaching and Psychotherapy

  • Different goals
  • Different approaches

Ethics of Coaching

Online Coaching: The Future of Coaching

  • Options for asynchronous coaching services
  • Web-enabled coaching

Psychological Theory and Behavior Change

  • The use of psychological theory in coaching

Business Advantages to a Coaching Practice

Transference and Countertransference

  • Awareness
  • Shadow work

Coaching Approach to Addiction

  • Beyond 12-Step

Welcome Package Forms - Open for Adaptation and Use

  • Fees
  • Informed consent for treatment
  • Client history/intake form
  • Home and work assessment
  • Personal vision and goals
  • Session preparation


  • Online articles
  • Schools for coaching certification
  • Recommended books
  • Professional Coaching membership organizations
  • Coach Certification (global criteria)
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