Psychological Coaching Development Programme

Psychological Coaching Development Programme

This offers an intensive 34 hour programme covering the psychological theory and practice of cognitive behavioural coaching. It builds on other programmes run by the centre. The programme is suitable for managers, HR staff, management consultants and psychologists, trainers and others interested in learning about the psychology of coaching. Learners should have basic coaching skills and be currently coaching coachees, clients or staff. If learners have not attended a formal coaching training programme, they are strongly advised to consider undertaking other courses from the centre’s suite of coaching courses/programmes.

General Information & Training Programme
Learners will be expected to undertake a coaching session during the course for the purpose of group supervision.

This 34 hour programme provides learners with an understanding of the psychology of coaching from a cognitive-behavioural perspective together with a range of advanced coaching skills.

Key objectives of this programme are for learners to:

• 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
• 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 specialty coaching
• practise coaching sessions and skills training in pairs or triads
• group supervision of a live coaching session within the training group
• consider what further training, if any, is required


In addition to completing either the ‘Coaching Development Programme’ and/or ‘Performance Coaching and Stress Management Programme’, subsequent completion of the ‘Psychological Coaching Development Programme’ has been recognised as providing eligibility for ‘Member’ grade of IoL. On joining IoL the approved post-nominal letters are  MInstLM (Member of The Institute of Leadership).

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