Emergent Coaching is an advanced International Coach Federation PCC-level professional Coach training program and a radical and innovative leap in the field of coaching and change conversations.
It integrates cutting-edge discoveries in cognitive science with time-proven strategies for profound insight, deep intuition and transformation into a simple, unique and extraordinarily powerful coaching methodology.
At the heart of Emergent Coaching is learning how to work skillfully with the non-conscious dynamics that allow emergent insight and the actualization of human potential within yourself and your coaching Clients.
The Emergent Coach Training program provides 88.5 International Coach Federation (ICF) ACSTH units and enables Coaches currently at ICF ACC level to meet the training requirements and extra units needed (total 125 ACSTH required) to apply to become a Professional Certified Coach (PCC).
Rod is the Emergent program creator, co-creator of Human Potential Coaching and lead teacher on the Emergent Coach Training.
Leading trainer, psychotherapist and organizational Coach Charlotte Howorth LCSW will teach you this extraordinary technique for transformation.
Supercharge your coaching skillset while earning valuable ACSTH units towards your credentialing as a PCC or for recredentialing with the ICF.
While much of the program is delivered online, you can also attend the amazing Be Empowered retreat experience to deepen & consolidate your learning.
Take part 1, 2 and/or 3 individually or purchase the entire program!
This section has been created with the intention of bringing all participants up to an equal level of competence with and understanding of our core coaching methodology as taught in our ACC-level Human Potential Coach training program. The assumption is that all Emergent Coaching participants have completed a training to this level (ACC—whether ICF or other similar program) as we will NOT be teaching the fundamental arc of basic ACC-level coaching skills. This is an ICF PCC-level training program and we will be teaching the International Coach Federation core competencies at that level (PCC) with an assumption that participants can already coach the ACC arc.
If you are already one of our CHPCs then you will receive this module as a complementary bonus offer to supplement your training. However, unlike non-Human Potential Coaches, you will not have to log this module in order to certify.
In this module you will:
‘Conscious thought is the tip of an enormous iceberg. It is the rule of thumb among cognitive scientists that unconscious thought is 95% of all thought—and that may be a serious underestimate. Moreover, the 95% below the surface of conscious awareness shapes and structures all conscious thought.’
—George Lakoff & Mark Johnson, Philosophy in the Flesh
In Emergent 1 we explore the foundational elements of Emergent Coaching, some key aspects of the fascinating underpinning science, and explore how engaging this approach will radically enhance your coaching as it will your own way of being.
We do so via 6 x 2-hour live class calls wherein we’ll explore the practices of the Emergent model and how they are directly applied into competencies-based coaching. Attention will also be given to the ICF PCC markers and each session we’ll focus on specific markers to help ensure your clarity and competence by the time we complete.
The live classes will occur every second week with an expectation that participants will meet every other week as a buddy group to practice and consolidate the skills being learned. Buddy calls are an essential part of the program and must be logged for certification or allocation of ACSTH units.
The module topics are:
Module 1: Emergent Coaching—Beginning at the Beginning
This module is largely designed to set up the scope of the program and offer important context for your learning. In it we’ll cover:
Module 2: The Science of the Implicit—Embodied Cognition, the Embodied Mind & Presencing
In this module we dig deeper into the Emergent scientific themes exploring areas such as:
Module 3: Tapping the Wisdom Within—Exploring the Pathways
Clearly, as we’ve seen so far (and as the Lakoff & Johnson quote above highlights) there is way more going on inside of us under the conscious radar than there is above. What is all of this internal processing? What might it mean for us in terms of change and development? How might we access this vast terrain of implicit material more effectively?
In the previous session we will have joined the dots of the research and practices sufficiently to understand a little of how and why this work is so effective. In this module we’ll explore in a little greater depth some of the key opportunities for engaging the unconscious that the research points towards. Some you may be familiar with, some not. Some you may be drawn towards and equally, some not. It’s here we begin to unpack a number of time-tested and some ancient technologies to which this contemporary body or research points.
Some of these areas being:
Through live class and online content we’ll explore:
Module 4: Telling Our Biggest Story—Archetype, Myth & Metaphor
The ICF coaching competencies explicitly exhort us to engage ‘metaphor and simile’, to ‘paint verbal pictures’ and ‘to invite the Client to go beyond their fixed ways of perceiving self and world’. In short to engage in language and conversation that is rich, poetic and full of imagery. The above quoted linguist and cognitive scientist Prof. George Lakoff has described our entire internal unconscious process as being conducted in metaphor. If this is the case then it is equally the case that this is very much how we construct our world and its meaning—via the metaphoric and non-literal.
All Coaches are conversationalists. Words are our playground but not only for their specificity and ability to convey meaning. What the ICF competency points at is another essential aspect of true change conversations and one key to Emergent Coaching conversations. Engaging in rich, imagistic, poetic language, of metaphor and simile helps our processing to inhabit a more malleable,and creative liminal space. A transitional field of greatest possibility. One where the constricting lens of ‘me’ holds far less sway over the meaning-making process and so supports the gentle emergence of the language of the unconscious to form and transform. To emerge as meaning, symbol & the all-important actions and new way of being.
As such module four is devoted to exploring the techniques which support the contacting and catalyzing of our biggest story. We’ll do so by:
Module 5: Making a Self —The Meta-view of Being Human
What is a self? What is consciousness? What is a thought?
As Coaches we spend the majority of our time in supporting our Clients in improving themselves, so what is this self we are so intent in modifying? While such questions may appear unhelpfully metaphysical and seemingly of little benefit to the pragmatism necessary for addressing our Clients more prosaic requests, in Emergent Coaching we are inviting Coach to develop the capacity to hold the truly biggest picture of Client, self and process. To be able to address the obvious while at the same time hold the largest possibility for transformation and growth.
In this module we’ll explore some key perspectives on this fascinating area. One of these is through the extraordinary work of neuroscientist and clinical psychologist Prof. Antonio Damasio, a researcher who has spent much of his long and distinguished career exploring these very themes. We’ll also peer through the lens of contemplative practice via the observational findings on the very same topics revealed by the ancient scientist and teacher known as Siddhartha Guatama AKA the Buddha.
What will astonish you is the similarity in findings despite more the than 2500 years separating their extraordinary experiments, observations and findings. Some of the key themes of this module will be:
Module 6: Whole Conversations
As we come to the end of this first part of the Emergent Coaching certification training, in this module we take time to reflect on how all these varied components fit into a competencies-based coaching model. We also take some time to consolidate and integrate the learning so far.
What does it mean now to be in relationship with one’s own implicit material? How do we set up an appropriate Emergent coaching container and then work skillfully with this material? What is noticed in the coaching when Client’s attention is skillfully directed towards their own inner process?
How we invite a client into this type of coaching space undeniably requires some expertise of us as Coaches and in this module we’ll be focusing on how this can be enacted, while keeping the Client empowered and engaged in their own process. As professional Coaches know all too well, we are in some ways having to teach our Clients how to be coached. They often come with some confusion of roles which we are duty (& ethically) bound to clarify. A good deal of this is established as we’re setting up the relationship and ensuring our Client is aware of the nature of professional coaching. Much the same underpins how we might establish and integrate the Emergent model into our process. However there are a number of moves which support the holding of this container over the engagement and session proper and these we will cover.
In this final module we will explore:
Each of the first 6 modules is accompanied by a 2-hour live class call. The final call 7 will be a 1.5 hour small group mentoring session with Rod Francis, the Emergent creator, in which you can receive personalized feedback, inquiry and reflection.
There is self-guided learning content with supportive material including videos and other resources which is delivered via our online learning platform.
Emergent 1 will take approximately 13 weeks to complete and earn 24 ICF ACSTH (or CCEUs)
‘Our brains and our bodies know far more than is normally available to us. We are conscious of only a fragment of what we deeply know. The central nervous system perceives and processes a great body of information that is stored outside the range of everyday awareness. Focusing is at once richly complex and surprisingly simple. It is mental and kinesthetic, mysterious in its capacity to summon buried wisdom, holistic in its respect for the ‘felt sense’ of a problem. An effective method in itself, it is also valuable in conjunction with a variety of psychotherapies, with biofeedback, with meditation, to unblock the creative process and define problems. In short, focusing works for any kind of ‘stuckness’.’
—Marilyn Ferguson, forward to Focusing by Eugene Gendlin
Toward the end of the 1970s, the (now late) Prof. Eugene Gendlin launched a book, simply titled Focusing into a somewhat overflowing self-help market. Focusing as a process however, was not some fancy new self-help gimmick. It was the culmination of years of dedicated research borne initially out of studies Gendlin had conducted with the eminent psychologist Carl Rodgers, aiming to uncover the key factor/s which predicted success in client-centered talk therapy. Put simply: Why some Clients change via conversations and others don’t. What they discovered is a rather simple yet defining trait which was that it was not what Clients talk about but how they talk that mattered. And that how was a reflection on how they related to their own inner felt experience—their felt sense of a topic. The book became a best seller in its day though over time Focusing has seemingly become something of a niche practice. Nonetheless, its potential to radically and instantly impact on Client and Coach (or therapist) alike, to us, makes it a vital skill for any Coach wishing to effortlessly and powerfully bring their and their Client’s full selves to the change process.
Throughout these 7 modules you’ll be guided through the key steps of this extraordinary skill, and be shown how to seamlessly integrate this into your coaching sessions. The program is delivered by leading Focusing trainer and psychotherapist Charlotte Howorth LWSS and Rod Francis. Emergent 2 comprises a series of seven 2.5-hour live classes which occur every two weeks, seven 2-hour Buddy calls to integrate and practice the learning, supplemented by our online learning content.
The Emergent 2 modules are:
Module 1: Introduction to Focusing.
As a way of beginning, this first module is largely devoted to setting up the program and giving a general overview of Focusing and Eugene Gendlin’s perspectives and work. We’ll also peer into some of the underpinning research which led to the creation of Focusing.
On top of this we’ll begin exploring the 6 steps of Focusing and gaining an understanding (both conceptual and experiential) of what a felt sense is. Gendlin is himself quoted as saying,
‘A felt sense is not a mental experience but a physical one. Physical. A bodily awareness of a situation or person or event. An internal aura that encompasses everything you feel and know about a given subject at a given time—encompasses it and communicates it to you all at once, rather than detail by detail.’
So it is a directly embodied experience—though important to note it’s not simply a physical quirk. This is the somatic marker of the unconscious material and a potential doorway to something remarkable. A way of working directly with the implicit unconscious.
This module will include:
Module 2: Resonant Reflection
In this module we explore the concept that what we are made of is interaction and how that informs the Focusing approach. We will cover the central importance of the Focusing attitude and Presence.
Here you’ll get to understand the concepts of ‘handle’ and ‘fire engine words’—those words and phrases that come from ‘the underneath’ (the implicit, inner, embodied unconscious). As we slow down and resonantly reflect these words and phrases it serves several functions including making the edge between the conscious and unconscious more permeable and fluid bringing the ‘more’. It is precisely this kind of reflection which invites the ‘more’ from the underneath.
While there will be some material to help with the conceptual learning, much will be covered in the live class with your direct experience. In these there will be:
Module 3: Making a ‘Something’
In this module we cover how to make a ‘something’ when we resonantly reflect either the crux of someone’s content, or their fire engine words/phrases, or the crux of a point they are trying to make that is emerging from the soft implicit ‘underneath’.
You will discover how making a ‘something’ invites more, and keeps you on the fluid edge by pointing to the ‘something’ that is emerging there. Making a ‘something’ also does not fix, label, or confine what it emerging so it can keep morphing and unfolding as it invites more. Eg.: ‘Oh there is something jittery there…’ ‘What makes ‘it’ so painful and dull…?’
Working in this way also allows Client to hold, keep company with, and have their experience and process, rather than being either too identified with it, or too distant from it. It keeps the process at the right distance for the meaning to emerge.
In this module you will explore and gain:
Module 4: Making Contact
Here we touch on the concept of ‘The Critic’ that often comes in Focusing and you will learn powerful strategies to recognize and work with it. The Critic often appears when we touch this profoundly vulnerable level in ourselves—it need to be addressed and skillfully!
You will further explore the concept of finding the right distance from your experience, plus the metaphors and archetypes we use to describe this level in ourselves (eg. the little one, the wise one, the sun emerging over the horizon line, the shy creature in the woods etc.). You will also learn many kinds of suggestions that can be made to clients to facilitate this process of making contact.
It’s here we also introduce you to the concept of the radical pause and the ‘saying hello to’, or acknowledging your ‘something’. Plus this module you will learn the 12 Avenues into the Felt Sense (i.e. words, images, movement, sound etc.) each of which offer powerful routes to explore and bring something different to the Focusing.
The key areas are:
Module 5: Deepening Contact
Now that we have learned how to expose our ‘something’—have found the right distance, have said hello and are keeping it company—we can finally drop into ‘its’ perspective. In doing so we get to see and fully experience how that is for us a Focuser, feel into the relationship we have with ‘it’ as well as sense deeply what that relationship needs. What is it requiring?
You will also learn a number of powerful of prompts to offer Clients which can help facilitate this emerging process—in making the implicit explicit.
Module 6: Shift Questions
By now we have touched on a number of suggestions and prompts that help us with slowing down, encouraging the focusing attitude, making contact, deepening contact in the previous classes and in this module we will consolidate all of that learning and take some time to ensure it has all landed.
Following that, we turn to shift questions and how we use these when a process feels stuck, or has plateaued. As Coaches we might call these powerful questions so these will not be totally unfamiliar to you however there are some nuances as to how they are employed within Focusing. In this module we’ll explore and practice the landscape of Focusing and the impact these powerful shift questions have on loosening the emergent material and the formulation of change.
Module 7: Working with Parts
In this module we will explore the concept of parts and dissociation and how these show up in sessions. There are many models which allow us to see our persona as a collation of many different parts or selves. Internal Family Systems, Voice Dialogue and so on have a variety of ways of explicating and then working with these aspects of self and here you will learn a Focusing approach to bring forth and work constructively with these as a way to support our Clients in service of their greatest insight, healing, creativity and change.
These parts are always present and particularly noticeable when decisions and directions are being made, and particularly when we sense a block to moving forward. As such, learning to work with parts can be particularly transformative and beneficial for clients experiencing challenge at such moments.
Some of the key learning points in this module will be:
Module 8: Integrating
“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”
― Albert Einstein
And for us, Einstein may as well have said that ‘the point is to embody’. With all learning must come a period of integration. In such deep learning as is on offer in the Emergent program this will mean on one level integrating this into your very being. To fully embody the learning and what is exposed throughout this period of experiential learning into your way of being. Much is revealed to us about our own process when engaging in this type of learning and for it to be appropriately assimilated this requires us to process and then make space to allow the new one to emerge.
On a professional level, work such as Focusing requires some additional understanding and skill to successfully integrate it into a competencies-based coaching model which is why we emphasize the need to fully embody the learning and process first. To be effective means we don’t simply know a bunch of techniques and concepts. While the Emergent model has distinct learning components and structure, if one is to apply these analytically they will land pretty flat. Our capacity to successfully apply this methodology is directly linked to our own degree of embodied learning and development—to how we live, act, breathe and be as Emergent Coaches and beings. The program is designed to support you in this, and this integration phase of the module is a vital part of this process.
In this final module we will be supporting you in being able to seamlessly integrate Focusing into your coaching. In doing so, we will also be looking at how a session incorporating Focusing or a Focusing approach will also embody the PCC markers.
EMERGENT 2 takes 16 weeks to complete and will gain 32 ICF ACSTH (or CCEUs).
The trees ahead and the bushes beside you Are not lost.
Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers.
The Emergent 3 module offers a deepening exploration of the Emergent coaching model with a period of immersive and concentrated learning grounded in the natural world, most of which occurs during the Be Empowered 4-day residential retreat.
There are several reasons why the wild is essential to this component of the Emergent training. The conversations of change, depth and exploration of our humanity which have been professionalized in our field of coaching are extensions of conversations that have been had since we humans first sat around fires and developed the ability to communicate through language. Our social groups have always contained those who understand how to invite a deeper connection and provoke discovery, reflection and insight. Shamens, guides, wise ones, oracles and elders to some degree all fit this mantle.
Equally, throughout human history and writ large in our mythos, journeys of discovery, growth and adulthood have typically been ones of direct encounters with the wild world in all its magnificence. Journeys predicated on discovering our true selves and our place in the world by standing fully in that magnificence. Learning that we are all ‘part of’ the natural world rather than ‘apart from’.
In the retreat participants are guided through a series of exercises which help re-connect, deepen, consolidate and integrate their own emerging material as a way of experientially teaching and supporting participants to show up and powerfully support change in their own Clients. Over the four days you are invited into your own process of transformation, one which can reveal your innermost purpose and to create project and crystallize based on what is revealed and what truly calls you.
The retreat is one of the most transformative aspects of the Emergent program and one in which you will also radically deepen your capacity for embodied Presence, deep listening, intuitive awareness and connectivity. It is also the opportunity to come together in-person and as a community. To share, support each other, to grow and also to have fun. We have a lot of fun on this part of the program.
As we’ve said the majority of this program is conducted on the retreat however there are two further class calls (1.5 hours) and Buddy sessions (1.5 hours minimum), one prior to and the other after the retreat. These are primarily aimed at helping to set up for and then process the learning opportunities on the retreat. There is also a small amount of supportive content to be completed on the online learning platform.
EMERGENT 3 takes approx. 4 weeks and will earn 32.5 ICF ACSTH (or CCEUs).
Once you have completed all components of Emergent 1, 2 & 3 you will be able to apply for certification with us. If you are already a Certified Human Potential Coach (CHPC) you will gain sufficient additional units to apply for accreditation as an International Coach Federation PCC.
While the majority of this module involves compiling and submitting the material covered in Emergent 1, 2 and 3 and any additional requirements if you’re not a Certified Human Potential Coach, there is a small amount of additional learning platform material which relates to the International Coach Federation (ICF) PCC markers. You will have covered these in Emergent 1 and in Module 7 of Emergent 2, and in this module you have further review on what these identifying factors are and how they will integrate into an Emergent Coaching session. Our training is designed to supplement our Human Potential Coach training program and to support those Coaches in gaining sufficient units and expertise for PCC credentialing. Therefore it is vital that participants of this program reflect these markers in their certification recording. Alongside the earlier preparatory work, this material will support your capacity to do that.
The Certification Module is only available for purchase once you’ve enrolled and successfully completed at least two of your core Emergent courses and have begun the third of these. The cost of the Certification Module is $350.
To certify and earn the title Certified Emergent Coach (CEC) you must have:
Following successful submission and acknowledgement of all of the above you will be awarded your certificate.
If you decide you only wish to take one or more modules yet not certify, it is also possible to apply for your CCEUs. There is a small administrative fee for us to issue these and we will share that process with you once you’ve registered with the program.
Please note: As this is an advanced level training program it is designed for already certified and/or credentialed Coaches. You should be fully conversant with the ICF or equivalent (ACC, EMCC etc.) core competencies of coaching in order to gain by joining this offer. You may be required to submit proof of certification and/or training upon registration. If you have any doubts or questions, please email us directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are already a certified Human Potential Coach you can automatically enter this program.
If you are not a certified Human Potential Coach then you should be an already certified Coach and have a good working knowledge of the ICF coaching competencies (or similar ie. Association for Coaching, EMCC etc.) and/or credentialed at ACC level. You do not have to be an ACC but it is assumed that you have been trained to this level.
If you are still unclear about whether or not you qualify or would benefit from this program please email us at email@example.com for further information or to speak to an Admissions Coach.
Yes you can. The program has been constructed in order that each module is a discrete learning opportunity yet they all do inform each other and together create an entire program. While it’s great if you can take them in order, we appreciate that this is not always possible.
We cannot, however, place you in a group once a program has commenced. You will need to wait for the next one to begin, meaning: If Emergent 1 has already commenced, you will need to join us on Emergent 2 and then come back to Emergent 1 when it runs again. If you decide to join us at any point in the year, we will immediately send you your pre-work module so you can actually get started straight away. You can also join a mindfulness program as soon as that commences, whether prior to the next available Emergent module start date or not.
You could also opt to come to our two-day in-person intermediate workshop as way of getting up to speed with our model.
Yes you can select to take an individual course component (eg. Emergent 1, 2 or 3) or buy the entire program as a single package. The choice is yours. Naturally, taking the entire program will cost less than taking the individual modules.
You can request the CCEUs for an individual course for an additional administrative and certificate issuance fee of $175.
While it is certainly helpful if you’re able to do so, as Emergent 1 commences in January, we’ve constructed the Program to enable you to join at any time in the year. Each of the modules are discreet learning opportunities which fit into the larger picture of an Emergent Coach. Once you register you can begin with pre-work and Mindfulness and then join the next module at the beginning.
It may also be that you wish to try a module and see if it’s a good fit for you. In that case you could either gain CCEUs for that module or choose to take further modules and move towards certification as an Emergent Coach. You cannot take the certification module and/or submit until all relevant Emergent modules have been completed.
There is an additional fee of USD$175 if you wish to have CCEUs issued for an individual module.
Participants can miss a maximum of 1 class per course (eg. 1 for Emergent 1; 1 for Emergent 2 and so on) and if they do, must submit a missed call form within two weeks of the missed class. Forms and instructions on how to submit will be shared with you once you’ve registered and paid for your tuition.
Classes missed beyond this limit (1/module) will mean we cannot issue certification/CCEUs for the module. That said we understand that sometime life throws us curve balls and we will work with you to create solutions if they do. Some of these options may incur extra fees.
This will clearly vary depending on each module however Emergent 1 & 2 will require approximately 5-6 hours per week including platform, classes, Buddy work, coaching, associated practices and reading.
Emergent 3 doesn’t have much homework but naturally the retreat is an intensive timeout and will require your full attendance and attention.
Certification should largely be fulfilled by successful completion of each of the other modules and is covered by completion of the log we issue you with, though there is a little additional material in the learning platform to complete.
You will also need to submit and receive a pass for a recording of max 30 minutes duration demonstrating proficiency with the Emergent model and the PCC markers. We will share a document outlining these once you enter the certification phase.
In total it can take between 33-35 weeks, providing you incorporate completion of appropriate parts of the certification module (eg. the learning platform) within Emergent 1, 2 and 3 (this largely means keeping your log up to date and accurate).
In reality there are small gaps between each of the courses. Total time for Emergent 1 & 2 is 28 weeks, Emergent 3 is 3-4 weeks including calls and learning platform.
Certification should take no more than a week with platform, compiling and submission.
The entire program will earn 88.5 ICF ACSTH (or CCEU) units.
We have a highly searchable Find-A-Coach page on our main website. If you haven’t already done so, then go check it out! Once you have certified as an Emergent Coach you will join our community of graduates and also qualify for listing on the Find-A-Coach page. Information on how to do this will be shared with you once you’ve certified.
If you withdraw from the Emergent Coach Training program, the following policy will decide whether you are entitled to a refund or not. Your eligibility to receive a refund is entirely dependent upon when you make the request.