How the course is organized
When you enroll in the PCC, you join an intimate group of 20 professionals who study, learn, and practice together for an entire year and quickly form a supportive learning community. No other coaching school offers a continuous, small-group learning environment. The curriculum blends a rigorous course of study with hands-on practice and attention to the participants’ own individual development.
- The PCC is organized around four face-to-face sessions. Each session lasts from Thursday to Sunday except for Session Two, which runs from Wednesday through Sunday.
- Days run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a long afternoon break to eat lunch, do a short assignment, walk, and relax
- In between sessions, you read books from the “Coach’s Bookshelf," complete written assignments, and undertake your own individual development program
- After the second session, you’ll begin to work with clients using the Integral Coaching methodology and document your coaching work throughout the year.
See a detailed outline of the structure of the course.
Who will support you
Learning to coach is not something we can do alone. Throughout the year, you receive support and extensive feedback from a very experienced faculty and from your classmates in several ways.
- You’ll work with an ICF-accredited Mentor Coach throughout the year on both private and group calls. In addition you’ll have two coaching calls with the senior course leader and can request additional support if needed. Your Mentor Coach will also provide written feedback on observed coaching sessions during the year.
- You are a member of a small group (pod), which meets together on a regular basis in between sessions either by telephone or in person. Each pod has a Pod Guide, an experienced graduate of the program who provides support and counsel. The focus of pod meetings evolves during the year, from students’ personal development, to the models and practices of Integral Coaching, to students’ experiences coaching clients.
- You will also pair up with a “buddy” in the class with whom you can set up specific support structures.
Planning your time
The PCC involves a substantial investment of time and attention. In addition to the four in-person sessions, participants report that they spend an average of five to ten hours per week on activities (reading, writing, coaching, phone calls, personal practices) related to the program. It is for this reason that we encourage you to look closely at your schedule for the next year and ask two questions.
- Can I make a commitment to this program?
- How do I need to structure my time—and do I need to give up any of my current activities—to make this possible?
Participants who take the time to skillfully explore these questions find a way to integrate the course into their lives and to integrate their lives into the course. When life intrudes on their best-laid plans, they ask their classmates and the staff for support in helping them resolve their problems.