Becoming a Reflective Coach Practitioner


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September 5 - October 10 | 2023

[Application Deadline: August 14, 2023]

January 16 - February 19 | 2024

[Application Deadline: December 15, 2023]

September 10 - October 14 | 2024

[Application Deadline: August 30, 2024]

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Executive Learning and Organizational Change is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®

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Course Overview

In this course, you will complete an array of self-assessments, including the scientifically validated Hogan Leadership Series personality survey, and engage in exercises that result in deeper self-awareness for the purpose of identifying your coaching strengths and development opportunities.

You will learn how to create a learning plan that helps you leverage your strengths and confront challenges you might face as a coach. This course will address questions such as: how is coaching different from other one-on-one developmental interactions; what is the connection between personality and coaching; how can you begin to develop your story as a coach, and why does it matter?

5 Weeks | 2 Hours per week

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Who Should Attend

  • Leaders and senior managers who want to become coaches or add coaching to their overall leadership toolkit.
  • Experienced coaches seeking to expand self-awareness and develop as a reflective coach practitioner.

What Questions Will We Answer

  • How can I leverage my personality traits and my preferences to be an excellent coach?
  • In what ways could my personality and preferences interfere with coaching excellence?
  • What does it mean to develop my "self-as-coach" competencies, and what should be my priorities?
  • What is an individual learning plan, and how is it used in coaching for individual transformation?
  • What are the differences between coaching, mentoring, consulting, advising, and therapy?
  • What is a narrative identity, what roles can it play in coaching, and how can it accelerate individual development?

Benefits and Outcomes

Learn what is required to develop as a professional coach and receive one-on-one coaching about how to leverage your personality traits and preferences to be an excellent coach. By participating in this session, you will learn how to:

  • Explain how personality and perferences might enhance or interfere with coaching excellence.
  • Identify coaching competencies and which ones are developmental priorities for you.
  • Create an individual learning plan to be used in coaching for individual transformation..
  • Explain the differences between coaching, mentoring, consulting, advising, and therapy.
  • Explain the role that narrative identity can play in coaching, and how it might be used to accelerate individual development.
  • Identify personal values and their connections with ethical practice in coaching.

Earn Continuing Education Credit

  • ELOC is recognized by the International Accreditors for Continuning Education and Training (IACET) and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. This program is valid for 15.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP or 1.6 IACET ECUs.

Certificate Requirements

  • Complete all online modules, assignments, and quizzes in the time allotted (all in Canvas LMS except where otherwise indicated):
  • Coach Preparation Survey (in Qualtrics)
  • Coaching Competency Self-Assessment
  • First draft of your Individual Learning Plan (ILP)
  • Final draft of your Individual Learning Plan (ILP)
  • Discovering Your Story Assignment
  • Hogan Assessments (three surveys – or submit recent Hogan reports)
  • Self-As-Coach Quiz
  • Goal Setting Quiz
  • Personality in Coaching Quiz
  • HPI Quiz
  • HDS Quiz
  • MVPI Quiz
  • Using the Reflective Coach Practitioner (RCP) tools Quiz
  • Schedule and complete a 2-hour Hogan debrief meeting with an ELOC Coach Educator
  • ELOC Coach Educator approves final ILP .
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Kimberly Scott

Kimberly Scott, Director of the ELOC and Master’s Program in Learning & Organizational Change at Northwestern, draws upon her research, management, and consulting of mid-sized and Fortune 500 companies. Her work focus on employee wellness, learning, and success.

Michelle Albaugh

Michelle Albaugh is a highly regarded leadership and effectiveness coach. She joined the LOC faculty in September 2015 after earning her PhD in Human Development & Social Policy from the Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy. She received a bachelor’s degree in music from DePaul University.