Rhombus provides training toward certification as a Life Coach. A Life Coach is a person who comes along side another to encourage, motivate, and guide toward a goal or direction described by the client. A life coach joins the client and collaborates to find solutions and strategies to the struggles or pursuits defined by the client. To review how the International Coaching Federation defines coaching and to review the distinctions of coaching vs. counseling and other ways of helping view Coaching vs Counseling.

 

Approval/Accreditation

Currently California does not regulate the profession of life coaching; at the same time, Rhombus leadership is constantly monitoring and actively involved in possible future legislation. The training and skills necessary to complete the certification are high quality and effective, focused more on skills for effective Christian ministry than for those looking to start a coaching business. Information on the business side of coaching is including in the training for those who are interested. Email for information on the next training opportunity: gorhombus@gmail.com.

Curriculum

This course will lay a foundation for a biblical view of humans and health and how to coach based on a biblical model as a foundation, as well as, analyzing other sources for useful tools that align with the biblical model. This course will describe the fundamentals of life coaching, including a distinction between life coaching and other forms of helping. The course also reviews the scope of practice for life coaches and basic business models used to coach in various settings.

This course gives an understanding of verbal and nonverbal communication skills and how they impact coaching and helping others. Consideration is also given to differing communication styles in various cultures, ages and genders and strategies to build rapport and communicate effectively with many differing groups of people. Specific skills addressed are active listening, powerful questioning, and direct communication.

This course will review the relevant laws, ethical guidelines and professional standards relevant to life coaches. The course will also clearly define the scope of practice for life coach, the liability topics to consider, steps to take to resolve ethical dilemmas, and how to establish a coaching agreement.

This course will review the effective methods for establishing a trusting relationship with clients, assessing client situations, increasing awareness in clients, and collaborating to achieve an action plan and goals for the coaching sessions. The course will also review appropriate goals for life coaching, steps for making proper referrals when needed, and how to manage progress and accountability.

This course describes the effective theories and techniques of coaching and requires students to practice the techniques appropriate to the presenting situation.

This course requires students to perform life coaching at an approved site under appropriate supervision. Students will demonstrate the competency to perform core functions for life coaching and will be evaluated on level of competency.