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? I know I was!
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.
I wanted to know more and to understand how deeper exposure could inform my coaching and enhance my client’s experience. If knowing bits and pieces helped me become a coach, then having a deeper understanding should help me to become an even better coach and thus provide more value to my clients.
I also wanted to develop more confidence and knew that learning these tools would do just that.
So I dove in!
As a former academic, my default mode is research, and that’s exactly what I did. I dove into learning all I could about three psychology-based approaches that seemed to inform much of what I had been taught in coach training, one of these being Nonviolent Communication (NVC).
I realize most people aren’t researchers by nature, and don’t want to do the kind of deep dive I did, but they may still want a more in-depth exposure to such powerful tools of transformation than they received in coach training (if they were exposed to them at all).
Combining extensive teaching/facilitation experience from my years in higher education, a knack for pulling together and synthesizing information in a way that makes it approachable and easier to learn, and my extensive coach training and experience was the logical next step.
This is why I created Concepts for Coaches: Coach Education Beyond Coach Training, a professional development and continuing education program, with NVC for Coaches being the second course offering.
NVC in Coaching
I designed NVC for Coaches to be a supportive, approachable, interactive, and thorough introduction to Nonviolent Communication in a coach specific context. The course is designed specifically for you as a coach and takes into consideration the boundaries and limitations we, as coaches, face.
NVC is an approach to communication that is empathy-based and has at its heart the goal of meeting needs and finding cooperative solutions to problems or conflicts. We can view it as providing guidance for both how we communicate with each other as well as how we communicate with ourselves.
From this perspective, NVC is useful in coaching for both the client and the coach, providing valuable tools and insights for interpersonal communication and how we engage with ourselves and our negative self-talk.
NVC helps clients work through interpersonal issues and conflicts by focusing on meeting needs in an empathetic nonjudgmental way and without creating defensiveness. While it's not just about the "tricky" situations, since its principles can be applied to everyday conversations, it does particularly well when there is an issue or conflict that needs to be resolved, whether at home or work.
NVC is also a useful approach to help clients better engage with themselves. It provides a way to practice self-empathy by identifying painful or intrusive thoughts and feelings and relating them to unmet needs. As such, NVC is essentially a form of thought work when applied to negative self-talk.
As coaches, NVC helps us to communicate more effectively with our clients by ensuring we are consciously coming from a place of empathy and observation rather than evaluation and judgment, which can lead to the client becoming defensive and shutting down rather than to the insights they could otherwise gain from their work with us.
Finally, by doing our own work in the form of self-empathy we ensure we're not bringing our own issues and biases into conversations with clients and thus creating barriers to meeting their needs. Plus, there's always the added personal development bonus of being able to apply NVC's principles to our own lives!
This course will be offered quarterly after completion of the Beta (in progress) and subsequent ICF accreditation.
2024 Dates: TBA
Time: Wednesdays @ 11:00-12:30 PT
- We’ll meet for 90 minutes to ensure there is plenty of time to cover the week’s material, questions, and allow for practice
- We’ll meet by Zoom
- All classes will be recorded and posted to the course’s learning portal
- All course materials will also be posted to the learning portal
- We’ll have a private Facebook page for our group for discussion and interaction
- The group will remain small to allow for a personalized experience
- Once the Beta is complete, the course will be submitted to the ICF for continuing education unit accreditation
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NVC for Coaches is for coaches who want to learn about a tried-and-true method for facilitating better and more productive interpersonal and intrapersonal communication skills, sharpen their coaching skills, add new tools to their toolkit, build confidence, increase their effectiveness, and do so in a safe, supportive, and unintimidating environment.
- NVC’s origins and history – putting it in context
- Foundations of NVC
- NVC in interpersonal communication
- NVC in intrapersonal communication
- Self-empathy vs. negative self-talk
- Creating understanding
- Communication roadblocks
- Needs vs. wants vs. strategies
- Requests vs. demands
- Observation vs. evaluations vs. judgment
- Honest expression
- Mindfulness and attention
- Nervous system dysregulation and self-empathy
This is a highly experiential course with plenty of time dedicated to learning and practicing NVC’s tools and techniques both in and outside of class.
Gloria Walker, PhD, ACC, Certified Master Coach
Gloria Walker is the founder of Concepts for Coaches and owner of Gloria Walker Coaching. She has over 15 years of experience in higher education and has been a coach since 2017. Gloria is a Martha Beck Certified Master Coach and has her ACC credential from the International Coaching Federation. She has extensively studied Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Nonviolent Communication, Internal Family Systems, Somatic Coaching, and Mindfulness in Coaching and incorporates these concepts into her professional development curriculum.
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Concepts for Coaches by Gloria Walker Coaching is anti-racist, anti-discrimination, anti-hate, pro-diversity, pro-equality, and pro-equity. This is a safe place for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ persons. We are committed to dignity, equality, equal rights, and justice for all human beings.
Until Black Lives Matter no lives are truly safe
Pride is beautiful and love is love
The Equal Rights Amendment is still necessary
If you’re interested in learning about Nonviolent Communication in a supportive, fun, and small group environment with plenty of opportunities to engage with the tools, then join us for an upcoming class in 2024.
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