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Professional development and continuing education courses to deepen your coaching knowledge and enhance your skills

Has your coach training left you feeling like you have a good grasp of a wide variety of tools, but on a mostly superficial level? Are you left wanting to know more? Or do you just want to dive deeper and expand your knowledge?

Most coach training programs, by their very nature, need to teach you a little bit about a lot of different things, an approach that by necessity focuses on breadth, which then leaves some of us wondering about the depth.

Concepts for Coaches was created specifically for this purpose: to provide professional development courses to delve deeper into concepts and approaches useful to our coaching practice.

Teaching tried-and-true tools and techniques to help you enhance your client's experience

Most coaches have a versatile toolkit they use with clients and are always on the lookout for new tools, especially when they are well-established with plenty of empirical evidence and research to back up their claims of effectiveness.

Concepts for Coaches has identified a few such tools, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy/Training (ACT) and Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and offers introductory courses to their frameworks and methods within a coach specific context.

These tools are extensive, robust, and flexible, which makes them ideal for use in coaching and in enhancing your client's experience.

All courses are presented in a coach specific context - designed by a coach for coaches

The courses offered by Concepts for Coaches aren't just more courses on a psychological technique facilitated by and designed for therapists with coaches thrown in as an afterthought.

These courses are designed specifically for you.

They are developed and taught by Gloria Walker, PhD, ACC, Certified Master Coach. Gloria brings 15 years of experience in higher education plus extensive teaching, facilitation, course development, and coaching experience to each course. She has done the in-depth research into each topic so you don't have to and has sifted through the material to ensure what you’re learning consists of coaching specific tools and information.

The end result is a well-organized, thorough, and approachable introduction to the topic presented in a professional, supportive, interactive, and fun learning environment.

I highly recommend Gloria’s ACT for Coaches course. I thoroughly enjoyed it and gained so many wonderful tools to apply not only with my clients, but in my own life as well. I was amazed at how often the tools came in handy in my own life as we were moving through the course!

Gloria has an enjoyable, clear & concise teaching style, and she also left a lot of room for discussion and application for the participants, which I loved and helped everything sink in for me more deeply. The course materials were laid out so clearly that they made the concepts & tools easy to follow, digest, and easy to reference in the future, as I’m sure I will be doing often.

Gloria clearly laid a path in how to utilize ACT specifically in the context of coaching, which is super important, and so helpful. 

I ended this program with such a great supply of simple, yet powerful tools to utilize with my clients and myself, and feel confident using them.

Shelly Haas | Well-Being Coach and Mentor

"ACT for Coaches is an inspiring and powerful course that delivers valuable insights, accessible practices, and resources that coaches can apply in client work. The course has the added benefit of holding space for us as coaches to practice self-care. What makes the course magnificent is Gloria Walker's inspiring facilitation. She's passionate about the content and energetic and thoughtful in how she delivers the course. I highly recommend this course."

Diane Bailey-Boulet, ACC | Author


“I am a fellow coach and I needed recertification for my ACC through the International Coaching Federation, so I went on the ICF site and found Gloria’s ACT for Coaches program.  I had been interested in learning ACT for a while and Gloria’s program was the only one I found that was accredited by the ICF and that would give me the required CCE units I needed. When I met with Gloria to get details about the program, I found out it was just what I was looking for. Gloria’s teaching style is warm, open and inclusive and I learned a lot about ACT for coaching. In fact, since completing the class, I have used many of the exercises with my own clients.  Thank you, Gloria!”

Lillian Powell | Generativity Coaching

"Act for Coaches, with Gloria Walker, was one of the most efficient and exciting classes I have ever taken. Gloria is an amazing teacher who is able to take complex ideas and distill them into bite sized pieces.

The class involved lectures, group exercises, and some coaching based on the examples we gave in class. She always let us know that she was there to explain anything we may not have understood, but honestly, her teaching style is clear, and her slides and handouts are excellent. And her sense of humor makes even the most complicated concepts fun to learn.

One of the biggest surprises of the class is how the tools keep resonating as life unfolds. One of the questions I ask myself now is, are you hooked? If the answer is yes, then I do one of the exercises to unhook. I no longer have to be a prisoner of any thought.

I have used the tool of unhooking from thoughts with my clients as well. The way Gloria taught it made it easy for me to teach to others. 

If you're thinking of upping your coaching game I highly recommend Act for Coaches with Gloria Walker. She is an amazing teacher and I'm happy to call her friend."

Indrani Goradia, ACC | Founder RAFT Cares

"I just completed the ACT for Coaches course, and I was delighted with the whole experience! I had gotten just a taste of ACT in my life coach training and wanted MORE… Gloria’s passion for teaching the subject was contagious, and the type of students her work attracts made for a safe space to dive into the tools and get vulnerable enough to see them in action.

I’d highly recommend this course to any and all life coaches who want a thorough and approachable introduction to ACT—you will learn simple and powerful tools to use with your clients, and in your own life!"

Cid Lough | Master Wayfinder Coach

"Gloria’s Nonviolent Communication (NVC) for Coaches course met my needs for learning, growth, discovery, structure, and partnership!

Thank you Gloria for creating and sharing this course by bringing your mastery and passion for NVC to coaches!  I find the modality very life giving and it serves as a supportive, creative, and inclusive tool for coaching and life!

The highlights of the course include the opportunity to practice NVC through Gloria’s thoughtful in-class discussions and practice exercises as well as her creative and purpose driven home practice assignments.  Gloria invites authentic, open and curious participation and learning.  You will love everyone who shows up!

If you currently practice NVC and already include it in your coaching practice, I highly recommend giving yourself this opportunity to dive deeper into the concepts and practice in a structured and purpose driven class.  Gloria’s depth of knowledge and teaching style is rich and poignant and will leave you with the tools to continue and support your NVC practice.

If you are new to NVC and have always wanted to get started, this is the perfect opportunity to learn what it is all about and add it to your tool box for yourself and your clients!"

Linda Mueller | Wayfinder Life Coach

"In NVC for Coaches, Gloria pares a huge topic down to the relevant details for coaches. If you’ve been thinking of reading the books, taking the classes, or joining a workshop so that you can translate what you learn into an effective way to work with your clients, stop and take NVC for Coaches first. Gloria provides the detail and background you need to effectively use NVC as a coaching tool and includes relevant tools in the training so that you don’t have to sift through the world of NVC information and find them yourself. By using the tools in class on a situation that you’re living through, you get to see first-hand how the tools will work in a coaching session.

This is a great investment in your coaching toolkit."

Marni Schmid | Coach, Consultant, Project Manager

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