Today's spotlight is around a pivotal goal for many coaches as they step into the new year - gaining, or renewing, their ICF Certification. Coaches have several options these days - pursuing the foundational path of ACC, PCC or MCC. Earlier this year coaches can now add on the first of specializations - the Advanced Credential in Team Coaching (ACTC). The specialization sits "on top" of your foundational ICF credential. While mentor coaching is required for the ACC, PCC, MCC pathways (and we offer mentor coaching for the first two levels), coaching supervision is required for the ACTC (check out our coaching supervision pathways).
Today's focus which we explore is the world of mentor coaching, a transformative process that has been at the heart of supporting coaches towards their ACC and PCC certifications since 2007.
##Nurturing Certification Goals:
As the new year unfolds, many coaches set their sights on gaining ICF Certification, and mentor coaching becomes a guiding light on this certification journey. I've been privileged since 2007 to support coaches seeking their ACC and PCC certifications, both individual mentor coaching and the immensely popular mentor coaching groups.
##The Essence of Mentor Coaching:
Mentor coaching for ACC renewals and ACC/PCC portfolio routes revolves around the eight core coaching competencies. This process is a profound opportunity to scrutinize and refine coaching skills, be it in individual, team, or group coaching contexts. Mentor coaching unfolds over a minimum of three months, fostering growth through 1-1 sessions or in a small group setting. Jennifer limits her mentor coaching groups to a maximum of 6 coaches, ensuring an intimate and impactful experience.
## Preparing for Renewal or New Applications:
For coaches gearing up for renewal or a new application, a visit to the ICF's credentialing website is essential. Past posts authored by Jennifer provide valuable insights into the mentor coaching process, addressing key considerations and factors to look for.
- [Mentor Coaching: Three Things to Consider] (#)
- [Mentor Coaching: Four Things to Look For] (#)
## Mentor Coaching Resources:
Jennifer has also contributed an article to Choice Magazine tailored for coaches interested in mentoring others. The article, titled "Mentor Coaching: Developing Your Muscles and Refining Your Craft" (Volumes 10, No 3), can be downloaded.
## Join the Mentor Coaching Group Journey:
Embark on the transformative journey of mentor coaching by joining Jennifer's upcoming mentor coaching group starting on Thursday, February 20th, at 9AM ET. Group calls will be held on Thursdays, covering key aspects such as self- assessements, identification of strengths and blind spots, and actionable steps to refine coaching competencies.
The program includes:
- A deep dive into the 8 Core Coaching Competencies (ICF)
- Self Assessements for each competency so coaches can track their own development
- Identification of strengths and blind spots
- Action steps to refine coaching competencies
- Opportunities for practice and feedback
- 7 hours of groups mentor coaching
- 3 hours of individual mentor coaching with Jennifer
Learn more about the Mentor Coaching Group program and register.
## Individual Mentor Coaching Packages:
For those preferring 1-1 mentor coaching approach, explore Jennifer's 10-hour package tailored for individual work, covering ACC, PCC and CPCC certifications. Find more details and register (here)
As you navigate your certification journey, consider the transformative power of mentor coaching. Whether you choose the group experience or individual sessions, Potentials Realized's mentor coaching programs are crafted to elevate your coaching skills and propel you towards ICF Certification.
Wishing you a week filled with growth and accomplishment!