The intention of the RIHEL Coaching Academy is to develop confident and capable coaches who support others with maximizing their personal and professional potential. Through a comprehensive training experience, participants are prepared to effectively practice professional coaching.
The RIHEL Coaching Academy provides an accredited and robust six-month coach training experience that prepares participants with the skills and practices essential to providing an effective and valuable coaching experience. The program is limited to 15 participants per class and is open to both graduates of one of RIHEL’s comprehensive leadership programs, OR anyone who has completed an introductory coaching workshop and has experience being coached by either a peer or professional coach.
Our Coaching Philosophy
At the Regional Institute for Health & Environmental Leadership (RIHEL), we believe that Coaching is the art of being a strategic thinking partner. It is both a communication skill and a development tool for oneself or others.
One of the basic philosophical underpinnings of coaching is that individuals are creative, resourceful and whole. They don’t need fixing. In fact, more often than not, they have the answers to the challenges they face within them. A good coach can help individuals evoke those answers and become aware of possibilities, working alongside them to set goals and craft action plans. Coaching is a collaborative effort that expands a person’s capacity to take effective action.
The context for coaching is a dialogue. It is an ongoing partnership or a sustained alliance between a coach and a person being coached to enhance learning, growth and effectiveness. It is a one-to-one relationship in which the focus is on developing the individual, challenging and supporting that person to become more effective, and to reach their own highest levels of competence and ability. Coaching is about unlocking a person’s potential in order to reach new levels of performance. It’s about helping people learn, rather than teaching them.
It is important to note that coaches don’t develop people per se; rather, they guide individuals to develop themselves. Coaches serve as a catalyst for development. A coach is a respectful yet truthful listener, and an unbiased accountability partner. A major role for a coach is to ask good questions that elicit new awareness, knowledge, wisdom or strategy from the person being coached.
- 86 hours of coach-specific training (accredited by the International Coaching Federation for 86 Approved Coach Specific Training Hours)
- 29 training modules
- A small class size (max 15 participants!) with individualized guidance and instruction
- Interterm assignments, including 5 observed coaching sessions with personal feedback
- An online learning management and learning community platform
- Coaching tools and resources
- Optional Coaching Practicum
The program is delivered through a combination of video-conference and telephonic sessions (in-person sessions will be made available when public health safety permits). All program sessions are presented in English.
The Coaching Academy curriculum develops the coach in the following areas:
- Setting the foundation for the coach (roles, ethics, and competencies)
- Knowing yourself, working with others, and being your best self as coach
- Core coaching skills and competencies
- The framework of a coaching conversation
- Setting the foundation with the client
- Essential practices for effectively managing coaching
- Introducing others to coaching
- Bringing closure to a coaching relationship
This program has been offered in-person over five two-day training sessions, and as a fully virtual program. The dates and format for the next class have not yet been determined.
SAMPLE SCHEDULE – 2021 Virtual Program (this program has ended):
- Thursdays and/or Fridays in February 2021: 4th, 5th, 11th, 19th, 25th and 26th.
- Most Wednesdays, March 17, 2021 – July 14, 2021
- Sessions will range from approximately two to seven hours in length, including breaks, with most averaging around three hours total.
- In addition, each student participated in five (5) observed coaching practice sessions between February 26th and June 30th. These sessions were scheduled directly between participants and program faculty.
- Download the 2021 RIHEL Coaching Academy Schedule
Location: online videoconference via Zoom
Hours: The length of each session varies from approximately two to eight hours (including breaks)
Dates for the next program to be scheduled. Registration is not open at this time.
The Coaching Academy is limited to 15 participants per class and is open to:
- Graduates of one of RIHEL’s comprehensive leadership programs:
- Advanced Leadership Training Program (ALTP)
- Advanced Physicians Leadership Program (APLP)
- Leadership for Healthy Community Design (LHCD)
- Primary Care Movers and Changers (PCMAC) program
- OR, anyone who has completed the following requirements:
Time Commitment. Participants must commit the time required to complete assignments and participate in all of the training sessions.
- The sessions take place in person or via videoconference using Zoom.
- Assignments between sessions include readings, self-assessments, on-line discussions, and observed practice coaching labs.
Technology Resources. Participants must have access to the hardware and software to participate in distance learning. The program cannot assume any costs for the computer and communication systems used by participants.
Tuition for the 2021 Coaching Academy was $3,500*. This covers:
- program instruction
- program materials**
- online learning management and learning community platform
- access to Zoom video conferencing
*These prices applied to the fully virtual program that ran in 2021. Tuition is subject to change for future programs.
**Program handouts will be provided electonically by RIHEL. Participants are responsible for printing their own materials as needed. Other program materials include three books, which participants are responsible for acquiring themselves:
- Coaching for Commitment (third edition) by Amy Zehnder, Cindy Coe, and Dennis Kinlaw. Publisher: Pfeiffer (2007).
- The Extraordinary Coach: How the Best Leaders Help Others Grow by John H. Zenger and Kathleen Stinnett. Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (2010).
- Coaching Questions: A Coach’s Guide to Powerful Asking Skills by Tony Stoltzfus. Publisher: Coach22 Bookstore LLC (2008).
The tuition must be paid in advance of the program start date. Arrangements can be made for an individual payment schedule, if necessary.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
2021 Program: No refunds will be processed after January 20, 2021. Registrations cancelled after this date may be transferred to a future comprehensive RIHEL program upon request. Please use the contact form at the bottom of this page to request a refund or cancellation.