We did it!
Approximately 18 months ago, Kate and DeeAnna entered into learning agreements with International Association of Coaching (IAC) with a goal of achieving IAC Masteries Practitioner status and that goal is complete!
Why did we set out to accomplish this particular goal?
After several requests from colleagues and organizations, we decided to expand Online Therapy Institute to include coach instruction. While neither of us were formally certified as coaches at the time, we recognized the value of the coaching profession and also realized that coaches and other helping professionals could benefit from our teachings regarding the use of technology. We set out to find a professional organization that most aligned with our mission. The IAC fit our ethos. We became an IAC Coaching Masteries™ Authorized Licensee so that we could include the Masteries in our core coaching courses and that is when we entered into our first learning agreement as separate practitioners with the IAC. Our learning agreement included a few objectives with the main objective being the development of a 20-page E-Book, Applying the IAC Coaching Masteries™ to Your Online Work.
In writing the E-Book we were able to apply and understand the Masteries in a way that was most helpful for the work we do with students. Not only do the Masteries apply to the teachings in our core coach courses, the Masteries also apply to how we coach our students online through thier course work. The experience has been a worthwhile endeavor and one we recommend to our students.
For instance, we have had potential students approach us about entering our Specialist Certificate in Online Coaching. The pre-requisite for this Certificate is a coach certification. Students have pointed out that they have various degrees or licenses therefore they do not want to have to take more course work to be a coach because many say, “I already coach.” We can tailor a student’s goals in these cases to allow a student to enter the Specialist Certificate course without the required coach certification, provided they complete a learning agreement with IAC toward the IAC Masteries Practitioner status. This enables the uncredentialed coach to become credentialed, have a core set of Masteries to incorporate into their coaching work, and a professional organization with a Code of Ethics to follow.
How else do we utlize the teachings of the Masteries? Our Certified Intuitive Practitioner course includes a module on the helping relationship. The Masteries represent the core skillset we believe all healers and helping professionals should obtain. We strongly encourage students who are obtaining the CIP credential to also consider joining IAC and earning the Masteries Pracitioner credential as well.
Now that we are launching a Master’s Degree with specialist areas to include Online Coaching and Intuitive Studies (distant healing) we will be furthering the masteries into these academic curricula as well.
We hope to “see” you soon so that together we can “Master the Masteries” through online learning.