Introducing the Cognitive-behavioural approach to coaching


The Certificate in Coaching (Option 1) is our most popular coaching programme

delivered by the Centre in association with our sister organisation, the Centre for

Coaching, International Academy for Professional Development. It introduces 

course delegates to the cognitive-behavioural approach to coaching. It forms part

of the Association for Coaching Accredited Advanced Diploma in Coaching programme. 


The trainers are experienced cognitive-behavioural coaches who have published work on the approach. It is run about every six weeks at the British Psychological Society offices in London, UK. There are two versions of the programme. Option 2 is for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists who wish to attend a conversion course. 



Both of these courses are British Psychological Society Approved and recognised by the International Society for Coaching Psychology. These two 5-day intensive or 6-day programmes each have the same aims and objectives but cover the theory and practice of coaching from different perspectives. The courses introduce the traditional GROW model of coaching and cover the cognitive-behavioural Dual Systems and SPACE models. The pre-course reading includes Life Coaching: A Cognitive-Behavioural Approach (Neenan and Dryden). These courses form part of the Centre’s Advanced Certificate and Diploma in Coaching programmes. Successful completion of one of these courses plus 40 hours of coaching practice fulfils the training requirement for eligibility for Associate Membership of the Association for Coaching .


Option 1 
This course is suitable for trainee coaches, managers, personnel staff, management consultants, psychologists, trainers and others interested in learning about coaching and the cognitive behavioural approach.
NB. This Level 5 course is not suitable for experienced coaches or those professionals already accredited in the cognitive behavioural approach.


Option 2 
This course is run specifically as a conversion course for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. The aims and objectives are similar to Option 1. However, issues raised and discussed by the course participants may reflect their advanced therapeutic experience. Time will be given to ensuring that counsellors and psychotherapists develop appropriate coaching, rather than therapeutic skills and interventions. Option 2 is only available in-house for organisations.
NB. This course is not suitable for experienced coaches or those professionals already accredited in the cognitive behavioural approach.

These programmes provide delegates with an underlying philosophy of coaching together with a range of practical skills required to be able to undertake coaching with individuals. The main approach is cognitive behavioural.

• be able to define coaching
• understand the difference between coaching and counselling
• become knowledgeable about types of clients and their problems
• become knowledgeable about the cognitive behavioural approach
• understand the concept of the life audit and how to structure initial meetings
• develop and have an opportunity to practise a range of relevant skills
• become proficient in using a coaching assessment form
• explore four learning styles and relate these to the learning cycle
• explore and resolve difficulties impeding goal-attainment
• understand the importance of keeping a time log to improve time keeping
• troubleshoot obstacles to action plan implementation

A Centre and International Academy for Professional Development certificate is awarded to participants who successfully complete the course and the written assignment. 

The trainers include Dr Siobhain O’Riordan, Kasia Szymanska and Nick Edgerton.






TILM approved Coaching Development Programme 

The course above is a pathway to the Institute of Leadership and Management (TILM) approved Coaching Development Programme. This is an attendance only programme and does not require the completion of an assignment. Visit our TILM Hub for more information.

IAFPD Certificate in Coaching