MentorCoach is proud to announce an exciting new master class:


Led by Kevin Handley, PhD

Starts May 2018

$697 (plus optional $75 for CE's)
Or 3 Payments of $249

12 hours of CEs and ICF CCEUs

A Conversation with Kevin
Hear Kevin talk about this class, how he initially got interested in group coaching and came to love it, the kinds of coaching groups he offers his clients, the striking benefits group coaching will bring to your coaching practice, what you will learn in this class and more. Click here to download the MP3 recording.


The Intensive Group Coaching Master Class: Strategies for Creating, Implementing and Executing Group Coaching Programs

Would you like to expand your coaching practice to include group coaching?

Do you want to learn how to apply your individual coaching skills to groups?

Stuck worrying about whether or not you’re enough of an “expert” to lead a group?

Worried about the logistics and marketing of group coaching?

Group coaches often express concerns about just these things. This course is designed to give you the tools you need to create and execute group coaching programs with ease and enthusiasm.

Most importantly, you'll have the opportunity to practice what you're learning by designing, marketing and delivering a brief group coaching program during the course.

Session 1: Introduction to Group Coaching
Introduction and course overview
What group coaching is and what it isn’t

Session 2: Developing a Group Coaching Mindset
Beliefs about the effectiveness of group coaching
Beliefs about group coaching skills
Beliefs about leadership and management of group dynamics and processes
Beliefs about marketing and group member recruitment

Session 3: Elements of Groups and Group Coaching
Role of the coach as a group leader
Types of coaching groups
Group dynamics and group development
Connection and confidentiality

Session 4: Practical Steps for Stress-Free Group Coaching Success
Planning and Organization
Infrastructure and Technology Options
Contracts and Payments

Session 5: Designing Your Ideal Group: Structure & Content
Clarifying your niche and ideal group client
Easy target market research to find out what your niche wants
Writing group outcomes
Group meeting structure
Scheduling options
Pricing your group to sell

Session 6: Marketing and Member Recruitment
Reaching potential group members
Communicating your group coaching offer
Qualifying group members

Session 7: Conducting the Group I: Agenda and Awareness
Balancing group agenda and individual agenda
Strategies for increasing awareness in groups

Session 8: Conducting the Group II: Action and Accountability
Keeping the group and individual members in action
Facilitating committed action in individual members
Strategies for providing accountability during and between group meetings

Session 9: Positive Psychology Applications for Group Coaching
Content specific applications to increase happiness and reach goals
Process specific applications to make groups fun and foster a sense of community

Session 10: Group Coaching in Businesses and Organizations
How group coaching benefits businesses and organizations
Marketing group coaching to businesses and organizations
Practical and Ethical considerations

Session 11: Professional Issues
Ethical principles and challenges with group coaching
ICF core competencies and group coaching
Responding effectively to challenging behaviors

Session 12: Life Beyond Your Group
Maintaining client contact after the group
Delivering ongoing value to your clients
Making group coaching a regular part of your business

2. Readings

Students should expect to receive weekly study materials in the form of handouts, websites, worksheets and online video. Book recommendations will be made during the course, but there are no required materials to purchase.

3. Open to All

There are no prerequisites for this class. It is open to all, both from within the MentorCoach Community and without. We frequently welcome students from other coach training programs as well.

4. Prerequisites

5. Tuition Options

Single Payment:
$697 (+ optional CE fee)
For CE information, see #8 below.
Three monthly payments of $249 (+ optional CE fee)
For CE information, see #8 below.

6. Coach Certification.

This class provides twelve hours toward MentorCoach Certification as an elective for students meeting the class attendance requirement (See #8 below.) It can also provide 12 hours toward ICF Certification via an Accredited Coach Training Program such as MentorCoach or via the ICF Portfolio Approach.

7. ICF Coach Continuing Education

This class is also approved for 12 CCEs (ICF Core Competencies) from the International Coach Federation for students meeting the class attendance requirement (See #8 below.) There is no fee for ICF CCEs.

8. CEs

This class is approved for twelve hours of CEs for social workers (NASW) and Marriage and Family Therapists in California (BBS). The CE administration fee is $75.

To receive credit for CEs, students must pay the CE fee and be present for 10 classes.

Note: The CE fee applies only if you are a licensed mental health professional in the US and need CEs from one of the organizations listed above (NASW, BBS) Otherwise, when you register, indicate that you do not need to pay the CE fee by choosing the "Base Unit Price with NO CE's" registration option.

9. Attendance Requirements

Every class is recorded. You may listen to some or all of the classes by recording at your leisure.

However, to receive credit for CEs, ICF CCEs (Core Competencies), credit toward MentorCoach Certification, or to receive a Certificate of Completion, you must be present for 10 of the 12 classes.

Listening to the class by recording does not count toward the 80% live attendance requirement for receiving CEs, credit toward MentorCoach Certification, ICF CCEs (Core Coaching Competencies), or a Class Certificate of Completion.

However, you can earn 12 hours of ICF CCEs (Resource Development) (pending approval) by listening to all 12 sessions. You must notify Kevin early in the course that you are planning to take the class by recording. (See #10 below.)


10. Listening by Recording

Every class is recorded. Some students may listen to some or all of the classes by recording at their leisure, sometimes emailing in questions to Kevin between classes. We applaud and support this practice. We know one well-known Australian professor who used to end his week listening to the recordings of Chris Peterson's lectures on Friday evenings, drinking white wine and reclining in his hot tub.

Note: Listening to all 12 sessions of the class by recording DOES qualify the student to receive 12 hours of ICF CCEUs (Resource Development) (pending approval). For students who will be listening to this class by recording, this class is pending approval for 12 hours of ICF CCEs (Resource Development) from the International Coach Federation. To qualify for these ICF CCEs, they must notify Kevin early in the course of their intent to take the class by recording. Attendance-by-recording students must listen to all recordings and submit all class attendance codes within a week after the final class. They may also be asked to pass an open-book exam over the course content.


10. Refund Policy

You may withdraw your registration at any time before the beginning of the second one hour class and receive a full refund. You are responsible for the full tuition amount if you do not withdraw before the beginning of the second class.


Dr. Kevin B. Handley is a Commonwealth Professor of Psychology in Virginia where he teaches and mentors undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professionals in the mental health and coaching fields. He is an award-winning educator who endeavors to change the world by helping students and professionals develop the skills they need to achieve their best possible personal and professional lives while serving others.

As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an ICF Certified Coach, Kevin enjoys a thriving business in addition to being a college professor. His practice effectively combines coaching, consulting, workshops and 100% fee-for service psychological services. He is an expert in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, so it's no surprise that his favorite powerful question is simply "what's the fear?" Helping people honor what they value by walking with their fears toward the lives they desire is the theme that unities all of his professional activities.

Kevin's work evidences his strong commitment to science-based practice and continuous professional development. Beyond his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Kevin has pursued additional training in Cognitive Therapy at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with Steven Hayes and his colleagues. He is constantly researching and developing skills that he can use to serve his clients and facilitate colleague's professional development.

It was his commitment to evidence-based practices and professional development that led Kevin to choose MentorCoach when he decided to pursue coach training. He found MentorCoach's emphasis on Positive Psychology and the Transtheoretical Model of change to be a perfect fit with his professional values. He so valued his MentorCoach training that he joined the faculty.

Kevin's interest in coaching and training stems from his desire to take the best of psychological science and make it available to everyone, not just those in need of therapy.

This has led to his interest in group coaching and workshops. By working with groups of clients, he is able to leverage his time to affect change in more people. With college students, he is researching a brief coaching workshop intervention to reduce test anxiety and increase resiliency. His professional development workshops enable local professionals to build social capital while meeting continuing education requirements. Using virtual groups, he has created a way to serve more clients and make his coaching accessible to those who cannot afford his individual coaching. Kevin is a strong advocate for coaches developing group programs that can leverage their time, increase the profitability of their business and help reduce coach burnout.

Kevin and his wife Julie met when they were teenage Psychology majors at Virginia Tech. They live in Fredericksburg, VA with their children Emma, Henry and Jack. In the summertime, you'll find them visiting Julie's family in the mountains of West Virginia and Kevin's family at the beach in Maryland.


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