Positive Psychology Dissertation Coaching

dissertation-coachingMentorCoach is proud to announce the following exciting master class:

Positive Psychology Dissertation Coaching Master Class:

Integrating Applications and Core Competencies to Accelerate Academic Progress

Led by Gayle Scroggs, Ph.D., P.C.C., C.M.C.

To Be Announced

4 classes of 90 minutes each; 1 class of 120 minutes
8 hours of CEs and ICF CCEUs
8 hours toward Certified MentorCoach Certification

Or 3 Payments of $210
(plus optional $75 for CEs)

Gayle_ScroggsHear Dr. Gayle Scroggs, an award-winning trainer, an internationally recognized dissertation coach and Editor of the acclaimed newsletter, The All But Dissertation Survival Guide, discuss this class. Known for her warmth and expertise, Gayle shares valuable information and a perspective on the highly satisfying nature of academic coaching in this recorded call. (19 mins). Click here to stream the audio or download an mp3 here.

1. About the Class

helpPositive Psychology Dissertation Coaching Master Class: Integrating Applications and Core Competencies to Accelerate Academic Success is designed to prepare coaches for coaching doctoral students at the dissertation stage with a nuanced approach that integrates core coaching competencies with positive psychology applications.

This class will allow participants to (a) develop an understanding of common dissertation challenges, (b) hone their use of core competencies while integrating them with positive psychology as they coach “all-but-dissertation” graduate students. Class members will grow a valuable professional toolkit of positive psychology interventions based on research in (1) positive emotions, (2) strengths, (3) goals and motivation, and (4) mindfulness and focusing.

In this interactive class, participants will be asked to bring their own examples of dissertation coaching or similar coaching interactions for group reflection, analysis, and discussion. Class members will also be required to provide a brief written or oral review of one evidence-based resource for coaching this population.

Note: While the focus will be on dissertation coaching, this material presented can also greatly benefit academic coaches and others whose clients are pursuing other clearly defined goals.

2. The Five Weeks

dissertationModule 1: ABD coaching: Scope and Goals. Perils and pitfalls on the dissertation journey. Ethics and agendas in academic coaching. Coaching versus consulting roles. Key resources for ABD coaching.

Module 2: Developing the Positive, Strong ABD. Fostering positive emotions for flourishing. Identifying and harnessing character strengths for motivation.

Module 3: Working with the Dark Side. A nuanced approach to strengths, inner critics, impostor syndromes, and negative emotions. Overcoming procrastination, writer’s block, bad habits, and other obstacles.

Module 4: Leveraging Proven Goal Strategies. Cutting-edge applications from goals and motivation research to promote productivity. Fixed and growth mindsets; implementation intentions, mental contrasting, future self, time management, etc.

Module 5: Enhancing Focus and Mindfulness. Perspectives and strategies to develop client focus. Best practices for the mindful ABD coach, including the role of empathy and presence. Body-centered approaches.

3. Learning Objectives

bullseyeEnhancement of current coaching skills, including proficiency in core coaching competencies with clients with academic goals, especially those who are All-But-Dissertation (ABD).

Understanding of principles of positive psychology as relevant to the success and well-being of advanced graduate students, especially ABDs.

Effective use of core competencies and positive psychology applications with academic clients, especially while writing the dissertation.

Add to a toolkit of practical interventions to use with ABD and other academic clients for such issues as procrastination, impostor syndrome, inner critics, effective planning and time management, mindfulness and focus, lack of willpower or self-regulation, and so on.

4. Readings and Resources

bookYou will be encouraged to create your own personalized dissertation coaching library, starting with Dr. Scroggs’s own annotated resources list.

Class members will complete weekly reading assignments and gain hands-on practice through class role play and applications with their current clients as appropriate.

5. The Class Schedule

To be announced

6. Open to All

This Class is open to all both within the MentorCoach community and without.

7. Coach Certification

diplomaBecome a Certified MentorCoach and ICF Certified Coach

This class provides 7.5 hours toward MentorCoach Certification as an elective for students meeting the class attendance requirement (See #10 below.) It can also provide 7.5 hours toward ICF Certification via an Accredited Coach Training Program such as MentorCoach or via the ICF Portfolio Approach.

8. ICF Coach Continuing Education

career4Live Class Attendance. This class is approved for 8.0 CCEs (ICF Core Competencies) from the International Coach Federation for students meeting the class attendance requirement (see #10 below). There is no fee for ICF CCEs.

Listening by Recording. For students who will be listening to this class by recording, this class is approved for 8.0 CCEs (ICF Resource Development) from the International Coach Federation for students meeting the class attendance requirement for listening by recording (see #10 below).

9. Continuing Education Credits

This class is approved for eight hours of CEs for 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 6 hours of classes.

Note: The CE fee applies only if you are a licensed mental health professional in the US and need CEs from the organizations listed above. 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”

10. Attendance Requirements

attendance2Every 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 CCEUs, credit toward MentorCoach Certification, or to receive a Certificate of Completion, you must be present for at least 6 hours of instruction of the 7.5 hours of classes. (If you are present for the attendance code only at the beginning or end of a class, you will receive one hour of credit for that class.)

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, by listening by recording, you can earn 7.5 hours of ICF CCEs (Resource Development) (pending approval) by listening to all five sessions. You must notify Dr. Scroggs that you are planning to take the class by recording.

11. Refund Policy

You may withdraw your registration at any time before the beginning of the second 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.


gayle-scroggsA social psychologist, Gayle served on the faculty of St. Lawrence University and SUNY’s vanguard Empire State College. Her knack for developing innovative curricula earned her a spot teaching in a SUNY FORUM management program, where she developed popular seminars in corporate innovation, stress reduction, gender issues, and diversity. Her penchant for leverage research findings that students could apply to optimize professional and personal success and well-being–well before positive psychology’s formal advent–catapulted her into Marty Seligman’s Authentic Happiness Coaching Program and MentorCoach training.

An eight-year resident of Argentina, Gayle helped found the award winning ICF Argentina Chapter and served as the ICF Expatriate Coaching SIG chair. (She attributes her Professional Certified Coach credential to tenacity as she relied on at least a dozen Argentine public phones to complete her training since copper thieves kept stealing neighborhood phone cables.)

Gayle joined the MentorCoach faculty in 2007. Her grit and vivacity made her a natural choice to design and debut the MentorCoach Resource Group Program. Her weekly group calls for new coaches on the practice and business of coaching, coupled with her uniquely engaging newsletter, earned her the coveted MentorCoach Pillar Award in 2010. She also serves as Editor of MentorCoach’s All But Dissertation Survival Guide, offering practical support and inspiration to over 10,000 subscribers for overcoming writer’s block and procrastination. Steadfast in her commitment to women’s issues, Gayle most recently co-edited an anthology, Women’s Paths to Happiness, contributing a succinct introduction to positive psychology and a novel analysis of its relationship to feminist psychology.

Her international clientele includes doctoral candidates, executives, and fledgling coaches who appreciate her integration of evidence-based strategies with nuanced, individualized coaching. Passionate about issues of positivity, productivity, and well-being, Gayle is regularly invited to address corporate, academic, and professional audiences on topics of positive psychology, coaching and mentoring, motivation and goals, communication, and volunteer leadership.

She has settled down near the Chesapeake Bay, savors her time with her Argentine husband Roberto and her American adult children, Sara and Eric. She enjoys weaving positivity into her day by exploring nature, deepening her spiritual practices and community ties, and playing a good game of Scrabble. Her website is www.essencecoaching.com.

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