Becoming a Reflective Coach Practitioner


Winter 2020 and Summer 2020



January 21 - February 25 | 2020

[Application Deadline: January 7, 2020]

June 23 - July 28 | 2020

[Application Deadline: May 19, 2020]

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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 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.
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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.