The purpose of the Postgraduate DAC course is to put you in contact with your creativity and help you to break rules to increase your capacity to strengthen your connection with your client from your unique personality. Personalizing your coaching, creating your own structures and evoking the authenticity of your client from your own authenticity Is what you will practice during the DAC sessions. And this is what we consider Advanced Coaching.
Whilst structures are extremely important and constitute the “doing” of the coach, the “being” of the coach lies in the skills. It is from these skills that the coach can evoke the being of the client. During this programme we will explore the advanced coaching skills that enable coaching dynamics and structures to be fully effective.
The DAC is an 8 hour experiential postgraduate programme delivered in two sessions of 4 hours each. The course will be facilitated in English online using the zoom platform. During the DAC you will practice 3 powerful structures developed by Clark Friedrichs and the advanced coaching skills which support them with effectiveness.
This formula combines all the basic coaching tools with body movement. Coach and coachee will use their imagination as well as any objects around them to create a 3D representation of the client’s reality in the present moment.
The objective of this powerful dynamic is to help your clients define and embody a goal. Once this is set, your clients will explore the space, identifying and experiencing those resources available to them as well as any potential obstacles that may get in the way.
This entire trip is structured in 12 steps that will lead your clients from the present state to the desired state, helping them to identify their vision and fight for it. While exploring the vision and representing it in 3D, clients will collect all the learning and information that appears along the way.
You will use space exploration and movement, bringing your client’s mental representations to the 3 dimensions. Bringing your client’s mental representations to the 3 dimensions is a way to tangibilize their desires, fears, beliefs and abilities, including their bodies and the information of the body.
During the execution of the DMA, you will see how important it is to challenge and acknowledge the client as well as the power of being direct, courageous, and straightforward. You will also experience that the effectiveness of employing these essential coaching skills depends on your ability as a coach to calibrate the exact required intensity. What is too much and what is not enough.
Advanced Coaching Skills :
Typically in coaching training we learn to coach our client, not the saboteurs. This makes sense, especially if we confuse one with the other. During this programme you will see how essential it is to clearly distinguish their voices. It is then, when we establish clear boundaries, that coaching the saboteur is possible and useful. Let’s keep breaking rules!
This time, the saboteur will be our client. The saboteur, or inner critic, has a certain personality and characteristics—and a purpose. Establishing an explicit dialogue—or even an Alliance—between our client and their saboteur happens when the saboteur fully manifests itself, feels heard and its voice is integrated into your client’s wholeness.
From this point we can establish an honest dialogue between the client and their saboteur and develop some agreements. This is useful work when that saboteur has taken charge and your client is either fighting against or has given up.
The power of this work is to blend with the saboteur, not to surrender or fight, but blend. The ability to blend or align is one of skills that we will explore in this work.
Often, the saboteur has been there for a long time and it is possible that our client detests it deeply, feeling that it is the cause of many of their problems, frustrations, etc…
And they are right, but the saboteur also has its perspective and purpose so probably feels let down or hurt. Therefore, the first step will be to normalize it and with empathy and understanding, we can observe the signals that indicate what is trying to happen during that conversation between them.
The initial disfunctional relationship between the client and their saboteur you can consider the primary. Working with our clients with this dynamic, we bring attention to this primary and after the negotiation we create awareness of a more fruitful secondary, devoid of so much internal conflict.
Advanced Coaching Skills :
Unless you are your client’s shadow, and that’s something we’ll talk about in the next course, most of the time you won’t be there when your client is facing the challenges they bring to the coaching sessions. That is when everything they have learned with you during the coaching sessions will be truly tested—and not always successfully.
This Advanced Dynamic of Role Play offers a safe structure where your client can bring real situations such as challenging conversations or job interviews and allow them to practice in a safe way whilst integrating the learnings. Incorporating new ways of responding, new decisions that allow them to have a different impact and get better results, will depend on the implementation of this.
This is a dynamic that will require courage on your part since you are going to represent in the most authentic way that person your client needs to have a conversation with or the problem that they must face.
The effectiveness of this technique is in creating a space that allows you and your client to experiment and to have the courage to bring your full acting potential to the role play. You will follow the steps and rules of this dynamic so it can be practiced in an effective and safe way. The coach must also be able to observe the process from a metaview and have the courage to offer useful feedback so your client can practice again.
So for this and the other two dynamics you will also use the following skills: