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Core Competency in Holistic Coaching

This is the foundation of the work that we started so many years ago. It has continued to be one of the most highly respected and highly reviewed courses in the industry.


Core Competency (30 hours, click to learn more)

This course provides skill training and practice from a holistic/integral perspective for the Core coaching competencies from the International Coach Federation.


Continuing Education Hours:  30 CNE hours*, 30 ICF Coach Training Hours**, 30 ICF Continuing Coach Education Hours, 30 hours approved by ICHWC during Transitional Phase


  • Setting the Foundation: ethical guidelines and professional standards, setting coaching agreements
  • Co-creating the Relationship: establishing trust and intimacy, coaching presence
  • Communicating Effectively: active listening, powerful questions, direct communication
  • Creating New Awareness: identifying and making mental shifts in awareness, uncovering unexpressed motivations, empowering clients to change their story
  • Facilitating Learning and Results: creating awareness, designing actions, planning and goal setting, managing progress and accountability
  • Stages and maps of change
  • Mind, body, spirit coaching principles

At the completion of the course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe 3 benefits of using Jean Gebser’s model for coaching.
  2. Describe 4 differences between a conversation with a friend and a coaching session.
  3. Describe how a coaching agreement is set up at the beginning of a coaching session.
  4. Describe 3 behaviors of coaches that are essential to building a good relationship with their clients.
  5. List 4 approaches, attributes, or strategies that can be used to avoid leading the client.
  6. List 3 things that promote a shift in momentum, action, perspective, or awareness.
  7. Define underpromising.
  8. When a client is stopping a behavior, describe 2 reasons why it is important to add a new behavior that replaces the benefits of the old behavior.
  9. Describe 2 ways that silence can deepen a session.

Here are what some of our graduates have said:

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"​I have been given the tools to change myself and then walk the talk for others!"

"I find I am much more aware of what I need to do to take care of myself, too!"

"It's refreshing to find people who think the way I do and value things I care about."

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"Helps me have better relationships with my family and friends."

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"Gives me more job satisfaction because I’m making a difference!"

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"Helps me be a better, more skillful leader and function at my full potential!"

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"I get inspired by the changes my patients/clients make."

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Our Core Competency class provides skill training and practice from a holistic & integral perspective.

We will help you discover:


  • Setting the Foundation: ethical guidelines and professional standards, setting coaching agreements
  • Co-creating the Relationship: establishing trust and intimacy, coaching presence
  • Communicating Effectively: active listening, powerful questions, direct communication
  • Creating New Awareness: identifying and making mental shifts in awareness, uncovering unexpressed motivations, empowering clients to change their story
  • Facilitating Learning and Results: creating awareness, designing actions, planning and goal setting, managing progress and accountability
  • Stages and maps of change
  • Mind, body, spirit coaching principles

Continuing Education Hours:  30 CNE hours*, 30 ICF Coach Training Hours**, 30 ICF Continuing Coach Education Hours, 30 hours approved by ICHWC during Transitional Phase

Our structure and philosophy are built upon delivering different ways of being, thinking, and doing.

Using Jean Gebser’s Structures of Consciousness as a map, you will journey through the lands of the Mental, the Mythical, the Intuitive, and the Archaic to discover tools that invoke the richness of different ways of being, thinking, and doing for those we coach:


  • Archaic: Meditation, Compassion, and Sense of Purpose
  • Intuitive: Imaginary Magic Wand, and Walking Your Talk
  • Mythical: Dialog
  • Mental: 1-10 Scale and Options
  • Integral: Integral/Holistic coaching is an umbrella for all of your work, and bringing all of yourself and the tools together
At the completion of the course, you will:
  • Describe 3 benefits of using Jean Gebser’s model for coaching.
  • Describe 4 differences between a conversation with a friend and a coaching session.
  • Describe how a coaching agreement is set up at the beginning of a coaching session.
  • Describe 3 behaviors of coaches that are essential to building a good relationship with their clients.
  • List 4 approaches, attributes, or strategies that can be used to avoid leading the client.
  • List 3 things that promote a shift in momentum, action, perspective, or awareness.
  • Define underpromising.
  • When a client is stopping a behavior, describe 2 reasons why it is important to add a new behavior that replaces the benefits of the old behavior.
  • Describe 2 ways that silence can deepen a session.
  • Note: Our 30-Hour Core Competency course will qualify for Coach Specific Training hours through ICF ONLY if all 60 hours of the Wisdom of the Whole Coach Training Program are completed including 15 hours of voice-to-voice teleclasses/video conferences for the Advanced Tools course and the 15-hour Practicum. All courses are taught in English via video conference/teleclass. Registration closes one week before class start date. Must be 18 years of age or older to register. Faculty TBA.

    This course lays the groundwork that is based upon evidence-informed practice and theory, while also illuminating the heart of coaching.

    Along those lines, here is an excerpt from The ICF Philosophy of Coaching that really highlights where we come from in our coaching:
    “We adhere to a form of coaching that honors the client as the expert in his/her life and work and believes that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole”.

    *For 30-hr Core Competency Course, For Advanced Tools and Practicum:

    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 14276, for 30, 15, and 15 contact hours respectively.

    **The 30-Hour Core Competency course, Advanced Tools, and Practicum will qualify for 60 Coach Specific Training hours through ICF ONLY if all 60 hours of the Wisdom of the Whole Coach Training Program are completed, including 15 hours of optional voice-to-voice teleclasses for the Advanced Tools course.

    ***The 30-Hour Core Competency Course and Practicum will qualify for Continuing Coach Education units through ICF. Advanced Tools will qualify for Continuing Coach Education units through ICF ONLY if you attend a minimum of 2 optional voice-to-voice teleclasses AND complete the online coursework and assignments.


    Cancellation Policy:  All sales are final. No refunds on cancellations are allowed. This includes all payment plan arrangements.

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