Coaching (Postgraduate Certificate)

Year of entry

2018

Start date

October 2018

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

Duration

One year part-time

Attendance

One evening a week

This course provides experienced managers with knowledge of the theory, models and practice of coaching. It is designed to give a strong foundation in the knowledge bases and pragmatic exigencies contemporary coaches are faced with in today's workplaces. By conducting a critical analysis through the leading models and theories of the field, this course creates a space where you can reflexively engage with the dilemmas professional helping relationships in organisations face.

Combining academic study with practical application and skill development, this certificate is the essential starting place for those interested in how relational interventions can help shape the future of work.

Organisations have woken up to the fact that the 'soft' skills of working life are so hard, most employees need some additional perspective to help them be successful in their roles. Coaching as an intervention to address this has grown exponentially. Some pertinent questions remain, and need reflection: why has coaching emerged now? Why is it seen to be so relevant? How can we tell when/if it works? Is it different from counselling and psychotherapy? Are certain types of coaching more effective, under certain conditions, with certain people?

Consisting of three modules, the certificate contains a professional development module designed to evaluate learning and aid reflexive practice. Through case studies and client work, you have the opportunity to: analyse and understand your work through a range of lenses; allow for different interpretations; learn to use supervision effectively; explore different responses; and reflect on the coaching relationship process.

A second module tackles all pertinent issues that face the contemporary coach. From ethics and change to boundaries and defences, often overlooked topological issues are highlighted, and theory and practice fused. Rather than looking at the coaching dyad in isolation, the main emphasis in this module is to contextualise the work in the context of evidence frameworks, organisational systems and practices, and organisations as political arenas.

Finally, an introductory module sets the scene and introduces various ranges and flavours of coaching and helping relationships, including a historical perspective of the use of relationships in the helping professions.

This certificate is for people who have an interest in understanding the roles helping relationships play at work, and their impact in and out of organisations. The course suits people who have the ability to critically reflect on their thoughts, emotions, (re)actions and behaviours.

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Highlights

  • The Department of Organizational Psychology is renowned for its quality teaching and expertise in the delivery of part-time programmes.
  • Access to an extensive range of electronic resources, including specially prepared texts for each module. Use of the online learning environment with a high level of staff support.
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Course structure

The programme consists of three compulsory modules.

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