Picture yourself in a thriving career: helping people transform their lives, their careers, and the world around them.
Become a Certified Professional Coach through our coach training program, and you can help your clients overcome obstacles and create lasting change.
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Accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF), this coach training program gives you the skills you need to become a world-class coach, a successful business owner, or an influential leader in your organization.
If you answered “yes” to these questions, you may have found your calling already: to become a Certified Professional Coach. To answer the call, you need creative, cutting-edge ways to empower people. Coaching for Transformation gives you the tools to inspire your clients and facilitate real, lasting change.
How do you know which coach training school is right for you?
Our Coaching for Transformation curriculum is the highest quality in the business. It’s based on 18 years of research and experience and field-tested by some of the most successful coaches in the world.
What makes Coaching for Transformation unique? We’re the only coach certification program that emphasizes cultural awareness and social change. Our graduates coach people to make the kind of changes that the world needs now. Our clients work on some of the most pressing issues of our time.
We also take a holistic approach to coaching. Coaching for Transformation goes beyond theories and models and trains you how to work with clients on a deeper level. You learn how to coach the whole person: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
The 5 pathways to alignment support deep transformation:
Beyond the 5 pathways, additional modules cover:
In this highly experiential learning environment, you will participate in:
You will also get 6 hours of coaching by a CFT coach of your choice.
As a Certified Professional Coach, from an International Coach Federation accredited school, you will be well-prepared to launch your career as a coach. Or you can become an internal coach in your organization or use coaching to take your leadership to the next level.
This program is for people who want to deeply, powerfully and profoundly understand who they are, and guide clients through transformation to their own truth, power and joy. —Kristen Staffaroni
The CFT program was the most challenging, uplifting and life-changing experience that I have ever had. —Rowena Zabrodsky
The biggest return on investment of the program is that my organization has less interpersonal conflict and less friction between departments. The biggest tangible impact is that I’m not stressed, so I can focus on what’s next. This gets me more business–so the impact is organization-wide.—Shekhar Kulkarni
Coaching for Transformation was one of the most transformational trainings I’ve taken, and I have attended many self-growth programs. The program is unique because it works on the mind, body, and soul levels. —Yvette M. Pennacchia
My CFT experience was awesome! Definitely life-changing for me. During the program, I had the opportunity to be coached by some wonderful colleagues, coach multiple clients who have already reached their goals: a new job, a career change. They are moving forward positively in their lives. I also got exposure to some extraordinary people who have chosen to make coaching their life's work. —Janie L. Payne
Best decision I ever made! The most powerful aspects of CFT are the strong, deliberate framework; the high-quality instructors; and the program’s emphasis on power, privilege, identity, race, and gender in the curriculum. —Stacey Strongarone
I see and navigate the world differently. My reality has changed and I feel a collective responsibility for everyone's growth and development. Everyone. I am keenly aware of our interconnection and that we are building the capacity for all people to live more whole and vibrant lives. That's powerful.—Michael Wise
You have options! No matter where you live, you can become a certified coach through distance learning. Or join the in-person coach certification program in:
You can explore our CFT courses, read some Frequently Asked Questions, and find out about our coach certification program’s impact on graduates and clients. Or if you’re ready to register right now, you can find all our Coaching Certification training programs right here.
The best way to get a real sense of Coaching for Transformation is to take a free introductory class. During a 90-minute Power of Coaching class, you will:
You can also ask any questions you like about coaching or our programs. During the call, you will receive a special offer to further explore if the Coaching for Transformation program is right for you.
The Power of Coaching class gives you a taste of Coaching for Transformation, so you can see why people from over 30 countries take our trainings—and rave about them.
You can join our distance learning programs from anywhere in the world.
Becoming a coach is an exciting, transformational journey.
You'll learn to integrate the heart and mystery of transformation with the practical world of tools, skills and results.
All our programs are highly experiential, packed with activities, demonstrations and plenty of practice.
These programs are for you if you want to try an introduction to coaching, become a certified coach, or expand your mastery as a coach.
Our 9-month course, Coaching for Transformation, is an International Coach Federation accredited coach training program. After successful completion, you become a Certified Professional Coach.
You can take this course by distance learning or in person. Join us in New York, Los Angeles, Oakland, Mumbai, Warsaw, or take the distance learning course from wherever you are.
Choose the 9-month program with 12 days of classroom training plus weekly teleclasses, or the distance learning program that covers the same ground in 11 months of teleclasses twice a week.
Coaching for Transformation is for people serious about doing life-changing work. You can use coaching to enhance your existing career or practice, or launch a business as a transformational coach.
While coaching skills are a natural extension of many professions, such as therapy, management, or consulting, our students come from varied backgrounds—social justice, business, nonprofit, health care, education, ministry, law and beyond.
Coaching for Transformation is a dynamic learning process that prepares you to become a professional coach. You learn 24 coaching skills, 3 levels of listening and 5 pathways to alignment. The program is built on the following curriculum modules:
To find a course that's convenient for you, check out the Coaching for Transformation programs. You can also find 9 Reasons People Choose Coaching for Transformation.
Our most popular course, The Power of Coaching, is a the perfect place to start. You will get to experience the power of coaching for yourself. Whether you choose the 90-minute teleclass or the 2-hour in-person version, you'll get to:
Choose the day, the time and the place that's easiest for you by going to the free Power of Coaching options.
Immerse yourself in Coaching Essentials, where you can learn powerful coaching skills that you can immediately put into practice. With these core coaching skills, you can discover people's unique gifts and strengths as you help them open up to new possibilities.
You get to observe coaching demonstrations and do plenty of practice coaching. As you deepen your listening skills and ask empowering questions, you support clients in expanding what is possible before taking action.
Coaching Essentials is an ideal choice if you want to learn coaching skills right away, and you can always take the full certification course later. The course flows directly into the certification program, whether it's distance learning or the in-person Coaching for Transformation. Whether you take Coaching Essentials as a stand-alone course or as a precursor to certification, you can renew your confidence as a change agent when you invite people to take action that reflects their power, creativity and authenticity.
Choose from several options. The distance learning program offers 8 teleclasses in 4 weeks. Or join us in person for two days of skill building. Find options near you for Coaching Essentials.
We love working with life-long learners who are looking for new ways to serve clients. Our faculty stay on the cutting edge trends in the field of coaching, so there's always something new to learn.
Advanced programs include:
Advanced courses are for certified coaches only. Whether you've been a coach for years or just got certified, our advanced courses help you expand your capacity as a coach.
Check out our current Advanced Courses.
Coaching courses are also available for your organization.
One of the best ways to get to know us is to attend a free introductory session. The monthly Power of Coaching calls give you a chance to experience transformational coaching and learn new skills that you can apply right away. Register now.
At Leadership that Works, we define coaching as “a partnership that maximizes human potential.” It is life-changing, world-changing work.
Coaching empowers individuals and organizations to meet the pressing challenges of our time with new levels of creativity, sensitivity, and awareness.
CFT coaches help clients articulate their vision and values, deepen their self-awareness, and expand their sense of possibility. Clients identify and build on their strengths, set goals they are passionate about, create dynamic action plans, achieve greater fulfillment and success, and make the changes that are needed in this world.
We develop transformational coaches. Many of our graduates go on to specialize as life coaches, executive coaches, social justice coaches, health coaches, business coaches, career coaches, internal coaches, and more.
Psychotherapy frequently focuses on the past and on healing psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, phobia, trauma, destructive behaviors and addiction. Coaching is primarily learning and action-oriented, moving people toward the fulfillment of their life purpose, dreams, and goals. Coaches regularly refer clients to psychotherapists and other mental health professionals for issues that are better suited to a therapeutic relationship.
Diversity and inclusion is often overlooked and undervalued in the coaching world. We think that is a huge mistake. Since 1998, Leadership that Works has been an innovator in the coaching field, expanding cultural awareness, and making coaching available to the people who are most vulnerable. To be truly effective, the coaching profession needs to address power and privilege at the personal and systems level. Together we can make coaching more accessible to all, as we give people the tools to effect lasting social change.
It depends on which learning platform you choose. The in-person course is 9 months and the distance learning course is 11 months.
Both courses offer a total of 140 classroom training hours.
When you graduate, you become a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) from an International Coach Federation (ICF) Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP). The ICF is recognized worldwide as a governing body of the coaching profession. It sets the standards, core competencies, and ethics for both coaches and training schools.
In-Person courses feature 12 day-long classroom sessions and 34 weekly teleclasses.
Distance Learning courses are 100% teleclasses.
Whether in person or on the phone, all coach training classes are highly experiential. They include teaching points, skill building, demonstrations, practice, small group work, feedback, and discussion about what you're learning.
We understand that people have busy lives. That’s why we've built in extra training hours so that you can miss an occasional teleclass without jeopardizing your coach certification. Students are required to attend a minimum of 125 out of 140 class hours to graduate. “Attending” means participating in a live class (as opposed to listening to a recording afterward).
That said, if you miss a class, you can catch up by listening to the recording on your own time and practicing the skills with a peer. Likewise, if you miss a full day, you can listen to recordings and practice with a peer. For in-person courses, attendance at the first weekend is mandatory.
Most students spend an average of 6-10 hours per week working on the course. This includes attending classes and mentor sessions, practice coaching, reading assignments, and preparing for classes. Many participants also take advantage of the materials in the resource library, which features videos and recordings of live coaching and more than 1,000 articles.
Yes. Through CFT’s business development program, our faculty will help you identify, design, and launch the coaching business that is right for you. You’ll have guidance through the details of starting a business, pricing your services, attracting clients—and making your coaching practice sustainable.
Our business building methodology is so effective that nearly all our students attract paying clients before graduation.
If you plan to incorporate coaching skills into your current profession, organization, or community, our business development program will help you get customers, clients, and employees on board when you need to implement new ideas, strategies, or services.
Whether you choose a distance learning course or an in-person course, you’ll work closely with the same peers for 9 to 11 months. You’ll build trust, give inspirational feedback, and support each other’s development as coaches and human beings. You’ll collaborate with both faculty and peers to create a safe environment where you can take risks, spread your wings, and soar as a coach.
Many of our participants form strong bonds and create partnerships or business ventures when they graduate.
You can start by reading our primary textbook, Coaching for Transformation: Pathways to Ignite Personal and Social Change, 2nd ed. As soon as you register, we’ll send you an electronic version of the book, and you’ll receive a hard copy when the course begins.
To become a certified coach through CFT, you’ll need to meet the following requirements:
Your investment is $7,495, which includes: Coaching for Transformation tuition, mentoring, books, assessments, and access to the online learning community and resource library.
Not included: cost of working with a CFT certified coach for 6 hours, plus travel and accommodations for in-person sessions.
Yes. You can pay in 5 installments of $1,572 each, via credit card. The total cost of the installment plan is $7,860.
Yes. Leadership that Works is committed to advancing the field of coaching by making coach training accessible to as many people as possible. A limited number of scholarships are awarded based on financial need, your potential to reach diverse communities, and the impact you expect to have as a coach. Download a scholarship application.
We’re committed to making coach training available to people who traditionally do not have access, and you can be part of that vision. Here are 7 other ways we stand out from the crowd:
For more details, read 9 Reasons People Choose Coaching for Transformation.
Our faculty are a diverse team of highly successful coaches with many years of coach training experience. They undergo continuous development so they can provide the highest caliber training. They practice what they preach, and consistently receive outstanding feedback from students for their sensitivity, wisdom, skill, and leadership.
Our faculty are uniquely qualified to train across many sectors:
Check out the diverse backgrounds of our faculty.
Coaching for Transformation focuses on 1:1 coaching strategies that help clients address challenging situations. Coaches on this path build their skills while enhancing their existing careers or practice, or launching a business as a transformational coach.
Join Coaching for Transformation and you get a total of 150 hours of classes and mentoring in an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP), positioning you to immediately launch your coaching practice.
Community Coaching Certification is for community leaders and members with a focus on integrating coaching skills into all areas of their lives. Community coaching supports participants to focus on: building coaching skills, integrating coaching in their work, building authentic leadership and developing grounded strategies to support collective action.
If you choose the Community Coaching Certification program you get a total of 58 hours of classes and mentoring in an Approved Coaching Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) program, positioning you with advanced competencies as a community coach, activist, manager or trainer.
Many experienced coaches who join CFT are blown away by how much they learn, change, and grow during the course. CFT’s 5 Pathways to Alignment help you become a masterful coach, inspiring a deeper level of transformation in both you and your clients. CFT also gives you the tools you need to face your client’s toughest challenges and effect powerful social change.
Yes! The majority of participants are new to coach training. They get so much out of the course that they often send their friends and colleagues to our coaching trainings. More than 50% of our students come via referrals from CFT graduates.
See what Graduates are Saying about the Results!
One of the best ways to get to know us is to attend a free introductory session. Our regular 90-minute Power of Coaching calls give you a chance to experience transformational coaching and learn new skills that you can apply right away.
These are some of the words that graduates use to describe the impact of Coaching for Transformation. Read on to hear how Coaching for Transformation has helped individuals advance their career, step into leadership and become powerful change agents.
I’ve attended some dry academic coaching courses in the past, but what instinctively called me to Coaching for Transformation was its edgy feel, and its values of creativity and social justice. The program has been the single most important learning experience I’ve had in over a decade. CFT helped me remember my core values, quirky strengths, and love for community and connection. The program enabled me to trust my intuition and take creative risks, and in turn, it provided me with the tools to help clients do the same. —Jessica Balboni
In a word: wow! My experience with Coaching for Transformation has been, well, transformative. The way in which I work with people and the way I see myself has completely transformed as a result of this course. I've seen such exponential growth in my intuition, awareness of the body, and my ability to see the perfection, elegance and beauty in every situation and in all people no matter their appearance. The skills I learned have shifted the way I interact with my clients, my friends and family and especially myself. Without a doubt, I owe a large part of my success today as a coach to my work with Coaching for Transformation. —John Dulworth
I went beyond what I thought was possible and I got five paying clients during the program, all of whom are still working with me for longer than their original three month commitment. What's different about CFT coaching is that we learn to change how the client interacts and relates in the world on a fundamental level. In the coaching process, a client's old stories and limiting beliefs get shattered or reintegrated in new and positive ways. I learned to activate my client's (and my own) creativity, power and resourcefulness. I didn't anticipate gaining so many incredible friends and now I really belong to a community. —Stephanie Lazzara
I loved getting to work with seasoned coaches who have a social justice lens, which is so rare in the coaching field. The LTW team's generosity had a huge impact on my life and gave me tools to support the unique needs of activists. This program has helped me accomplish some huge goals. Even better, it's having a ripple effect on some really powerful social justice movements. That is so precious. —Manish Vaidya
My biggest fear was that I'd hate distance learning. I wondered how I was going to learn by phone. But I learned tons and connected with people I never met in powerful ways. I'd encourage folks to do an in-person program if available. But if that's not an option for you—for whatever reason—get on the phone!
Best decision I ever made! The most powerful aspects of CFT are the strong, deliberate framework; the high-quality instructors; and the program’s emphasis on power, privilege, identity, race, and gender in the curriculum.
Even if you never coach a client professionally in your life (don't worry, I have!), the program is worth it for the self-reflection, growth, and transformation that inevitably happen. —Stacey Strongarone
The connection I had to my coaching peers was powerful. Rarely have I felt safe enough to be that vulnerable. They are still there for me. I still reach out. I have a Coaching Community on my side. —Ernesto Saldana
My journey has been life-altering. Truly transformational. Because of my cultural conditioning and legal training, I had become a very logical, analytical person, shutting out emotion and intuition as if they were weaknesses, alienating many parts of myself.
Coaching made me see that those very things I had judged as weaknesses were strengths that could contribute to my personal growth and my work in the world. I started awakening to who I truly am, and the personal and professional became beautifully intertwined.
The faculty helped me see that all I was longing for is truly possible. I was inspired by their raw honesty and by the ways that they were making a change in the world. CFT helped me find my life purpose and move towards a profession that is healing to myself and others. I found a beautiful soul family in India. And my mentors both guided me and challenged me to become the best coach I can be. —Kawtar El Alaoui
Coaching for Transformation has deepened my NVC practice and my ability to really support people when connecting with their deepest values, dreams and goals. The trainers create a supportive and caring atmosphere that allows transformation to unfold.
I have never in my life experienced learning so empowering, joyful, rewarding and life changing. I have started with clients and the training has prepared me to be a real coach, not a rent a friend person. The course is the best thing that has happened to me in years and worth every penny! I highly recommend participating if you are interested in contributing to change that matters. —Daniela Herzog
The CFT journey has been truly transformational for me both personally and professionally. I have cherished every moment and basked in its beauty, fragrance and power to help me connect once again to my essence and purpose in life.
The amazing aspects of this program are the cross cultural diversity, program structure course content, masterful facilitation and more importantly the learning space which is held with reverence and deep respect for each participant.
Although, I had 1000 hours plus prior coaching experience before enrolling for the course, the program helped me to deepen my awareness of coaching practices to bring about lasting behavioural change in my work with my clients. I would highly recommend this course for aspiring and experienced coaching professionals as a pathway to self mastery. —Ashwin Pasricha
As a seasoned coach, I was concerned about being in a program with people who had never coached before. Would it be valuable? I learned new ways to deepen my coaching practice and received coaching which opened up areas of my life and supported me in all that I was doing. —Shirley Brown
At my age, I thought I might not be able to do this kind of learning, but CFT brought out the learner in me. It gave me an anchor in self-acceptance, and I started to take a lot of risks. The bold me surfaced fully. This course has been one of the most positive experiences in my life. I have the deepest respect for the faculty.
The Coaching for Transformation course has a fantastic text and program content designed by the best. It gave me enough scope to work on myself and in that process the weekly rigour of teleclasses was more than welcome. The course content has immense depth for a person willing to explore even after graduating. CFT has been one of my most enjoyable and beneficial learning journeys. I feel empowered to make a bigger contribution in Life. —Sonia Uttam
The most powerful part of the program is the loving and supportive community, which continues long after the last class. I appreciate seeing the real examples from faculty who are truly living coaching – they keep working on themselves and share what they are learning about coaching. After graduation, there are support courses (many are free) to brush up on your coaching skills. The magic of transformation happened to me and changed my life so that I can contribute and support others. —Pailin Chirachaisakul
It took me two years to commit because I wondered if it would be worth it. In the end I trusted my intuition and not only got great instruction on how to coach, but I got help to grow into the person I want to be. I built amazing relationships with the people in the program and we still support each other as we grow our practices and skills. This program is for people who want to deeply, powerfully and profoundly understand who they are, and guide clients through transformation to their own truth, power and joy. —Kristen Staffaroni
More than achieving goals, this program is about going deep into inner exploration to find the pure clarity that resonates from the very core of our being. CFT brings heart and soul into coaching, and there is no better program for the depth of the content and the quality of the teachers. My life has been impacted in many ways and I absolutely have no regrets. —Martin Doré
The most powerful part of the program is how soon we started coaching with our peers. It was rewarding for us to watch each other becoming competent coaches. Through the coaching I received, I came to see a blind spot in my life. By taking action to change that, my present and future both radically changed.
Coaching for Transformation was one of the most transformational trainings I’ve taken, and I have attended many self-growth programs. The program is unique because it works on the mind, body, and soul levels.
When I started the program, I didn’t know what type of coach I wanted to be. Thankfully, the faculty spent a lot of time teaching us the skills to become an excellent coach. Only at the end of the program did we explore our niche. I’m so glad I found mine. —Yvette M. Pennacchia, MA, CPC
I have implemented major changes in multiple dimensions of my life that have allowed me to align deeply with my values and spirituality. Now my work is spiritual. Rewarding. I am able to experience a professional life that I don’t need a vacation from. The awareness of what is possible is far beyond the limitations of the mind and my work is to help people access that higher awareness empowering them to unleash their full potential. I have new relationships with friends, family and people at work. A new “me” was born and I am much more fulfilled. I started a coaching business with two classmates and I coach CEOs and their teams in South America, Europe and the USA. The impact of the program was profound.– Eduardo Delfino
As a Mexican-American in my sixties, having two women of color faculty leading this program and serving as role models for me was a unique experience. The faculty were like shamans, so competent and magical, yet coaching with humility and demonstrating their wisdom and humanity. There is diversity in the cohort and in the faculty. Previously I had thought that getting coaching certification was what white people did. I also hated the idea of marketing. Now I am sharing marketing knowledge with others and getting paid by clients for transformational coaching. I recommend this program to anyone who wants to transform their lives and help others to do the same! —Elena Feliz
The word transformation held a lot of anxiety for me going into the course since I had completed transformational workshops that felt brutal and punishing. Coaching for transformation was the antithesis. We were in an open, rich, listening, diverse and intensely supportive environment where lives were changed and the learning was extraordinary. This is not a classroom. This is not simply a lesson in coaching methods. This is not just a means to an end. This is a life changing experience about the heart and soul of coaching. This experience will touch every aspect of your life for the better. I am so happy to have chosen Coaching for Transformation, a gift that keeps on giving. —Annie Stern
I highly recommend Coaching for Transformation. I think coaching greatly complements NVC work both with individuals and with groups, empowering people to co-create what they want to manifest in the world and truly create shared power. This program is much richer than I expected–even touching on relationship coaching which offers a highly efficient model for mediation. —Dian Killian
I always considered myself a good listener and problem solver. this program taught me how to manage dilemmas instead of solving problems. I learned how to use creative techniques and somatics to help clients find answers outside of their mind and in the body and spirit. Essentially, I learned to listen with my whole body without judgement - making a more effective, creative and authentic coach, consultant, friend and mentor. —Ana Polanco
I was a CEO and a manager for a long time. A Type-A, solve-it person. I’d been coached before, but the perspective I got from CFT was different from any coaching I’d ever experienced. It led to a series of OMG moments where I was listening and holding the silence with my client. The biggest shift for me was believing that the client holds the answers, instead of assuming that they need my solutions.
Committing financially to the program was like standing on the edge of a cliff. I’m going to jump and trust that the parachute is going to open and everything is going to be okay. CFT is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. Coaching will allow me to stay engaged and earn some income without working 60 hours a week. I can continue to coach into my 70s. —Lauren Anderson
I wondered, How could I transform someone's life in as little as 30 minutes? I soon learned that I would receive ample guidance and support to make transformation happen. The most powerful part of the program was my personal growth. I learned how to unravel deep-seated fears and transform my anxieties into motivations that served me well as I started my own coaching business. —Shanita Liu
By the end of the program I was able to see myself in a new way. I gained tools that helped me navigate life more effectively, and I found the inner spirit to create the life I desire. I learned how valuable it is to have a safe and vulnerable space in a supportive learning community. —Bergela Piram
My biggest fear about enrolling in CFT was that it would revolve around forced positivity. This program was nothing like that. It taught me to embrace my natural wildness and gave me the freedom to be me.
The most powerful aspect of this program was the fact that I was part of this circle of authentic people who were all on journeys of self-discovery. I found wholehearted acceptance here.
CFT takes you on the journey of the seeker. Ultimately, you find what you are seeking within yourself and then you support others to do the same. —Shalaka Kamat
My son said to me, “Since the coaching program, you are different. Previously you’d always give me your decision. Now you take into consideration what I want. You ask me about options, what I want and what I think.” My son and I have grown to be friends, not just father and son. —Shekhar Kulkarni
This program is different from other coaching certifications in that CFT enables self transformation for the participant first before certifying them to support transformation in others! Even those participants who initially denied they need any self transformation, ended up transformed in their own way and were very grateful for that! When I worked with my shadow I opened up such insights that the door hasn't shut after that... more and more keep coming out of it! One of the biggest and valuable learnings has been to stay with the discomfort instead of undermining or blocking it. —Amritha Upadhyaya
I still have a monthly call with 5 of my classmates and my practice continues to thrive. I took on a new client today and my CFT blessings continue... Many many thanks! —Jen Frank
The most powerful part is what I learned about myself and in turn could share as a coach. Of all the coaching programs I looked into, Coaching for Transformation was the most thorough, in depth course. I would highly recommend it to anyone. —Steven Creary
My biggest fear was that I wouldn’t be able to help people make real, lasting changes. From the first weekend class, I could feel myself transform. Experiencing such a power transformation early on fueled significant changes in my clients later in the program when I began working with them. I have developed a very different relationship to change. I used to push against change, wishing things could slow down. Now I see change as the only road to progress and growth and I enjoy helping others to find their own way of effecting change in their lives. I am very happy that I gave myself the gift of completing this program: It has changed my life and enabled me to collaborate with others to make the changes they want for theirs. —Cindy Lamar
Many participants were already coaching which added pressure because I didn’t like being in the bottom of the class. But I have much greater confidence now. The changes for me have been quite subterranean. I've lost my impostor syndrome, I've become kinder, and the pressure I put on myself to reach my goals has lost it's harsh edge. In addition to learning coaching skills, I came face to face with my fears and inhibitions, got answers for myself, and I’ve started treating myself with more care and understanding. —Eras Lodhi
How can I facilitate someone else’s transformation during one-hour conversations? What will I offer? Who am I to transform others?
I learned that before I could help others, I had to strip away layers of self-doubt, self-criticism, self-dislike, self-protection, and self judgment. But the CFT process was gentle—like searching through the petals of a rose flower to find my own centre and fragrance. Along the way, I learned how to create the space for my clients to find their own centre and uniqueness.
CFT is an invigorating experience. The program helps you realize that, as Dr. Seuss said, There is no one alive who is youer than you. Then it teaches you how to enable others on the journey of self discovery. —Rashmi Datt
My initial attempt at coaching was a spectacular failure, as I couldn’t come up with a single sensible question for a client and I just stayed helplessly silent. It brought to light hidden insecurities and I felt raw, exposed and uncomfortable. I took a leap of faith and was rewarded by so many wonderful, life-altering experiences throughout the program. We were showered with countless moments of profound insight and illumination that led to empowerment and change. —Kasia Tychanska
As a lawyer, an introvert and a skeptic, I was concerned that Coaching for Transformation would be too much of a stretch for me, and that I wouldn’t want or be able to complete the course. Instead, I found that both teachers and students accepted and welcomed all parts of me, and rather than having to contort my personality into something different, I could open up to new possibilities while still being myself. The program not only helped me be a better coach, supervisor, partner and friend, but really challenged me to look inside myself and decide how I want to live my life. The program is truly transformative: it’s helped me vastly expand my own possibilities, and helped me help my clients to do the same. —Daphne Eviatar
I'm elated that I have a true path ahead of me that feeds into my authenticity. The potential that I never saw in myself has been revealed. I’ll never forget the Calling Out The Power class, where my coach brought out a side of me that I had kept hidden–locked away deep within. This birthed a new revelation of who I was and who I was hiding. More than just learning how to become a Life Coach, I found myself, discovered my voice, and gained a broader scope of what it means to be human. It opened my mind, my eyes, and my heart. —Justin Minichelli
Peer coaching was my favorite part. I was surprised with the depth of my being and how that could be an asset to support my clients. I was able to recreate my communication and my reality with my loved ones. My clients became empowered and humbled through our sessions. –Nuno Fernandes
I will treasure the journey of growth and healing and friendship for the rest of my life. The spirit in which the teachers bring the content to life is unique. The CFT program was the most challenging, uplifting and life-changing experience that I have ever had. —Rowena Zabrodsky
Coaching for Transformation taps into all the spaces—sacred spaces—aligning what our hearts long for with what our minds want. I have seen other programs that don't include this heart-centered approach and there is something untapped...something missing, as if sent into a labyrinth and forgetting to bring in the torch. This course reaches beyond setting goals and planning and developing new skills; it's about planting the seed of honoring the whole, struggling through and understanding the maya of our shadows and beliefs, and opening in expansive breath to the infinite possibilities of our light above! —Annette Diamantopoulos
I have been a psychotherapist for several years, so I thought the program might be old stuff that I already knew, and I was afraid of being bored. But I learned many new modalities and discovered things about myself, which turned out to be a real bonus that I never expected. —Simone Lillian
I was blown away by the vulnerability, caring, and generosity of the instructors. I wanted that authenticity. They opened up a whole new world for me. I was supposed to be strong and have all the answers. Now I am very, very strong, yet vulnerable. Every single class was rich. Life changing. Worth every penny and more. —Sarah Lightfoot
I was motivated to be a part of people’s transformation. By the end of the course, I had changed a lot. I was more connected to myself, my body, and my learning. What sets this program apart from others is that it really taps into personal transformation that goes beyond goals and action plans.
The work on diversity, power and privilege was central. The instructors created a safe space for me, as a Chicana, to release the painful experiences of sexism and racism. Even when I was being coached by white peers, I could safely tell my truth about how microaggressions regarding race impact me. That was the most powerful part of the course. —Maria Loya
I discovered that the CFT model and its energy is aligned with Sufi practices, where soul to soul connection is established with deep compassion and love for transformation to realize ultimate spiritual consciousness while performing your vocational duties and living normal day to day life, irrespective of your religion, gender, race and customs. —Ulhas Supatkar
The most powerful thing I learned is to listen more deeply, both to myself and my clients, so that I can coach from a vital place of flow and self-alignment. My personal transformation included increased self-compassion and fine-tuning my voice by accessing presence, intuition and love. CFT is a comprehensive, rigorous coaching program–taught in a collaborative group environment that is a profoundly focused. Taking risks is highly encouraged, as is creativity, intuition and humor. Failure is celebrated, along with ample opportunity to learn from and build on that failure. Caution: self-knowledge and growth are inevitable by-products should you commit to this program. —Robin Rea
The best part of the course was getting to know myself. My coaches challenged me to evolve and manifest exactly who and how I want to be. I am a better parent, friend, sister and daughter because of this program. —Tarah Fleming
This heart-centered program attracts a very diverse group. Over the course of 9 months, we bonded with people from various ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. I gained some wonderful new family members, and a fabulous business partner, too! I also found out that intuition is a great asset for coaching, and I learned how to harness mine.
The best part of CFT was the bonds that formed between me and many of my classmates. I gained some wonderful new family members and a fabulous business partner, too! —Cindy Gordon
I initially wondered if CFT might be a wasted investment, that I’d do nothing with it, but I’m coaching many people. My passion is group coaching where we explore topics like self care, relationships, body image, values, and transforming judgment.Participants use writing as a vehicle for reflection and witness each other’s journey.
At first, I thought, I’m just a teacher and I didn’t know if I’d belong. But I stepped into the experience on the first day. We’re all people looking to be heard, looking to have impact.
The peer coaching process was deeply impactful. Vulnerable. Sacred. I became so aware, so in touch with who I am. A year after graduation, I still coach once a month with a peer. Definitely transformative. CFT is a bridge to possibility. It’s a long program but there’s not one thing I would cut.
Get your website and business card ready, because you’re going to be ready to work with clients a lot faster than you think. —Suzie Bichovsky
I got the confidence, and concrete skills for working with the real life & fresh issues of people, and I have expanded this to working with organizations, including one in Myanmar with 40 participants.
I got openness and encouragement to be myself, without any limitation, or judgment at all. I realized that I have a lot of body wisdom in me. I transformed myself by leapfrogging, both in terms of my inner and spiritual development and also my skill in working with clients.
Every time in dealing with the faculty and staff, I can feel the love, sense of respect, sensitivity for different cultures, and equality. The openness included the cultural diversity of learning styles. As people from Thailand, we can share our non-verbal and somatic learning style. It seemed like cultural clashing with the Indians who were operating in quite serious & intellectual discussion but things came out and we could support each other’s learning styles. By the end, we found Thai people were more active in discussions, while our Indian friends tended to be more relaxed and playful, using their body & heart wisdom and intuition quite a lot. This cannot happen without the openness and support of faculty to try many unthinkable possibilities.
This is an ideal learning community where you can feel loved, supported, respected, trusted, and encouraged to reveal fully your wings. —Chanchai Chaisukkosol
Very important transformational course—it shifted me as an individual and a coach. The course is very rigorous, with lot of inbuilt challenges and support and a good mix of theory and practice. —Sanjyot Pethe
I joined the program to acquire a new skill. What I got was that of course, but also something much deeper—a philosophy that creates harmony within me and enriches my relationships with people who are dear to me. I also really love the rigorous methodology, the teleclasses, the mentor sessions, the buddy coaching. I can feel the skills immersing deeper into me, every week. The icing on the cake—the amazing facilitators, authentic, loving and needless to say world-class coaches. —Amey Saxena
I changed substantially –I became more sensitive and willing to open up. Coaching around Soul purpose completely transformed me. The program provides you with pathways, tools and techniques but more importantly transforms you as a person and lets you live a better life. —Vithal Nayak
Being a part of the CFT program helped me to shape my entire approach to coaching and hone my coaching skills. The rigor of the process through teleclasses, practice and mentoring deepened knowledge and techniques and kept the learning alive. CFT has provided me with an amazing community of fellow coaches and friends who supported me through the journey and made it a joyous experience. —Nirupama Subramanian
I still have a monthly call with 5 of my classmates and my practice continues to thrive. I took on a new client today and my CFT blessings continue... Many, many thanks! —Jen Frank
Ms. Shinkar knew she wanted more hands-on experience, and a more holistic/mind and body approach, as well as sessions that took place face-to-face... In the end, she chose Leadership that Works, which offers a Coaching for Transformation certificate and is accredited by the International Coach Foundation. —The New York Times (read the NYT article here)
I feel inspired. I got in touch with some of my own deep longings and needs, and was reveling in the questions that bring people to the experience of the energy and beauty of the need. —Jason Kelley
On a professional level, as a psychotherapist, this course has added a new dimension to how I practice, not only in using many of the new skills I've learned, but also in how I see my clients as whole and resourceful. On a personal level, I have my own sense of wholeness and most importantly more self-acceptance. I'm more open with myself, more willing to take risks to put myself out there, and very excited about that. —Sharon Taub
The Coaching for Transformation program came into my life at a time when I needed to find a bridge between the deep spiritual insights that I’d honed over twenty years, and my relationships. CFT has a deep spiritual base, but it’s very practical and understandable, even in a world that may not be conversant in spirituality. Their practices bring heaven and earth together. Coaching gives everybody permission to be themselves. In the classroom, these miraculous tools expand my transparency, vulnerability, and love, which gives students permission to be human and authentic. —Laurie Carroll
Coaching for Transformation was a major factor in self-discovery. I reinvented myself –empowered, free and transforming others. Part of the best year of my life...so far. CFT introduced a new community of empowered and impactful people who are agents of positive change. The friendships I developed are priceless. —Michael Palumbo
Coaching for Transformation taught me skills to create a shared sense of ownership in our community. I am seen as a stronger leader and a better person in my work. Coaching is a radical form of de-colonization where people become whole, recognize their uniqueness, and trust their divine knowing about their community needs. This is especially useful when multiple generations have experienced trauma, oppression and subjugation. Coaching for Transformation is the tool for generational healing. —Sophia Kizilbash
I help young women in leadership roles step into their power. Shifting from consulting to coaching, my clients are taking ownership in their decisions. The impact of Coaching for Transformation on me personally is magical—the quality of my life and relationships has improved because I’m letting in love and learning. —Dara Silverman
The Coaching for Transformation course has greatly increased the number of tools and approaches I can employ in conjunction with an empathic presence to support a client's dreams and goals. I especially value the respect and appreciation of the client's knowledge and resourcefulness that I see as foundational to the CFT approach to coaching and the impact that embracing this appreciation has on the client's skills and self-trust. —Jane Connor
I highly recommend The Coaching for Transformation program. My coaching practice has greatly improved. My peers have offered me feedback, appreciating the combination of these skills and the powerful personal transformations they can facilitate. —Wendy McDonnell
An investment in the Coaching for Transformation program was a great decision. It was exactly what I needed to grow into my potential as a person and as a leader. The program was joyful, challenging, rigorous and dynamic all at the same time. Along the journey, I had a dynamic learning community that I had been dreaming of for a long time. The teachers are masters and were fully invested in our growth and the transformative power that coaching has for the world. In the landscape of coaching programs, the CFT focus on expanding access to coaching across cultures is a rare gem and growing movement that is deeply needed for our communities. —Sophia Kizilbash
One of the best things about the course is that to be a coach, you go through the practice coaching as well as the practice of being coached. You also self-coach as the skills become a part of you. This more than anything else convinced me of the quality of coaches CFT creates. You can actually see the process come alive and work so deeply in your own life! It allows me the contentment of knowing that as a coach I really contribute to anybody I work with on their journey towards living a life they love. —Mira Shah
I love the balance of spontaneity and planning, structure and creativity. I have always felt very lovingly held and nurtured by the CFT community and its trainers and also challenged to go beyond my comfort zone. Another thing I really appreciate is that CFT not only teaches about the heart of coaching but also the business of coaching. This program is such a sweet balance between opposites. —Ruchika Shukla
Because of the program, I was able to integrate instinct, intuition, and life experience with powerful skills and heightened awareness of the way the human heart unfolds to become an excellent coach. Today, I have a thriving practice and work in precisely the way I had hoped...a mix of phone and in-person sessions with some heavy days and some lighter days. It's a successful business and, more important, the fulfillment of my own deepest yearning.
At Reboot, the DNA of Coaching for Transformation is in everything we do. With 4 founders and 16 coaches, we offer boot camps for CEOs in San Francisco, Boulder, New York and Europe. Our on-line facilitated peer groups and 360 performance review process are all infused with radical self inquiry and pragmatic skills for enhanced leadership and greater resiliency. —Jerry Colonna
Since spending a year with Coaching for Transformation I feel that my work with clients is more dynamic and action oriented, while I am still able to be me (warm, loving, patient, supportive) –so these skills that have been refined during this training are now organically in my repertoire. This course will change your life! If you want to learn concrete skills, find out about the business of coaching and leadership and are attracted to a heart-centered learning community this is the place for you. Coaching for Transformation will help YOU to transform into your most powerful, centered self, and assist you in connecting with your purpose in the world. —Valerie Mercedes Bell
Coaching helped me create positive ways to discuss the issues of discipline, finances and family dynamics with my partner. We now have very real and effective tools to keep us on track as a family. On a professional level, I am marketing director for a large family business. My coach has helped me be more of an advocate for myself as I negotiate my way through the power struggles inherent in a second generation family business. Thanks to a fabulous and very talented coach, I have made great strides in meeting my goals to live life on a happier, more centered and self actualized path. —Alison A. Banks
I have made more headway in truly knowing myself, who I am, of what I’m capable, and what I care most about in life than I imagined possible. If there’s a single thing that has had the most impact on me, it is the intuitive depth and sensitivity my coach brings to the process. —Arthur Shirk
My goal was to receive a promotion and a sizable raise. At first, I thought this was a pie in the sky goal. I am happy to report that I got the promotion and the raise within three months of coaching and concentrated effort. Along the way, I became a stronger person and learned how powerful focused intentions can be. —Gretchen Sunderland
By listening more attentively to feelings and what is underneath, this gives me MUCH deeper connection with myself and others—relationships are my lifeblood, so this tool and philosophy of nonviolent communication is precious. —Morgaine Beck
Coaching for Transformation has changed my life. I have learned so much about me for my very first time ever. I love the impact coaching has on my fellow classmates –it was life changing for every single person in the class. Even if you do not plan on becoming a coach, using life coaching is a powerful process that will help you in life. —Jane Hennessy
There were many moving, soulful elements of Coaching for Transformation that I will carry with me for years to come. The way you brought us together, your willingness to do the work with us and the pace of the class really worked for me. Thanks for your openness, intensity and deep connection to the material and your teaching. Words can't express the transformation in all of us by coming together this past year. —Lauree Ostrofsky
This course has turned my life upside down–but I find myself standing on my feet. Now I wonder what I was doing before. —Christopher King
My coach listens and takes threads of what is said and synthesizes them into astute questions that help me reformulate the issues. Old blocks disappear and even transform with this insightful guidance. Another strength is the ability to inspire. I find greater meaning in my choices and am pointed toward practical ways to move my inspiration forward. —Marjorie Herman
In my mid-40s I changed careers and began working for a placement firm in information technology. Despite a formal mentoring program, my initial evaluations were less than stellar. My coach was there for me 1000% during this transition and within 9 months, I produced more income than all the other new recruiters in the region. —Michael Slom
At the millennium edge, it is not a luxury—it is a necessity—to be partnered in an unconditional way. Coaching is the only way I know of to get that kind of support. My coach’s insights are laser-sharp, yet gentle. She delivers the hard truth with her full humanity. Coaching helps me organize my mind and think through which steps to take so that I can proceed with clarity. —Nancy Lubin
What I love about my coach is her tremendous capacity to create safety and trust and her belief in me and the dreams I want to manifest. Coaching helps me step up to the plate and has transformed my life. In our coaching sessions, all of me can show up—not only the polished part. She's straight with me, calls me forth, lifts me up and helps me remember my magnificence. Coaching is powerful, helps me look at the big picture and think about my impact, so that I can go from wish to reality. —Maude Sterling
The program was authentic, filled with people invested in transformation. Being coached for 9 months slowly peeled away layers that exposed my true Self. The individual mentoring was particularly intense and really was the final key to awakening. —Liza Pullman
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