Archive for September, 2010

New Coach Training Program

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Hey everyone,  If you work in social services/social work and you are looking for a great coach training program you may be interested in this new program offered at the Highline Community College.  Fran Fisher, MCC former owner and founder of the Academy for Coach Training and the Living Your Vision program has teamed with the college to offer this quality program.   Check it out.  Warmest wishes, Patricia

Burst for Prosperity and Highline Community     College Coaching for Prosperity© Training Program

Burst for Prosperity, in partnership with community organizations and a Master Certified Coach, has developed a coaching training program for frontline staff working with low-income individuals. The Coaching for Prosperity© program enhances the way service providers meet the needs of low-income adults to successfully complete some form of post-secondary education and achieve long-term financial success.

By training staff to use a collaborative approach that focuses on participants’ strengths rather than deficits, this new coaching model transforms the way caseworkers and other professionals work with clients. Staff who complete this training learn how to effectively empower individuals to take control of their own success and move permanently out of poverty by encouraging collaborative goal setting, trust building, listening, and networking.

Burst for Prosperity is now offering two training options through Highline Community College:

  • Three-Quarter Certificate Program. This program, beginning with the class Introduction to Coaching, allows you to work with a professional coach to go deeper in your learning of the coaching technique. Located on the main campus, the program offers 9 college credits and 60 CCEU credits with the International Coach Federation

Tuesdays, September 21-December 7, 6pm – 9pm (1 Saturday class required)

Main Campus Building 99, Room 132

Highline Community College

2400 South 240th Street

Des Moines, WA 98198

Quarter Fee: $319

  • Six-Day Intensive Program, which delivers the training in a more condensed and customizable format and includes 6 individual monthly follow-up sessions.  This training can be delivered anytime, in any location.  Call for fee information.


Following the 11 coaching competencies of the International Coach Federation, the Coaching for Prosperity Training Program provides the training and practice to build coaching skills for addressing specific life and career issues when working with clients in low-income situations. You will learn the basic skills and tools for professional coaching that ultimately empower individuals in making life and career changes to transition out of poverty.

Training Course Outline

Participants will:

  • Build understanding of the coaching paradigm, including the definition, purpose, philosophy, and principles
  • Learn to create life plans and establish goals and action steps for such life decisions as career, relationships, financial, and personal well-being
  • Demonstrate coaching skills such as listening, observation and feedback skills, asking powerful questions and requests, brainstorming, and acknowledgement
  • Learn highly effective coaching skills through experiential exercises and activities, such as:
    • Peer coaching sessions, observations and feedback
    • Case studies specific to working with people in low-income situations
    • Practicing and problem solving with a Master Certified Coach
    • Field work  – practicing coaching with a private client
  • Private personal coaching sessions 1:1 with an accredited coach

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Demonstrate the basic elements of coaching and explain how it is different from other methods of working with clients
  • Develop tools that include networking and community resources related to support for clients in low-income situations
  • Effectively facilitate development of individualized goals and planning
  • Use coaching skills and techniques effectively with clients in low-income situations
  • Demonstrate highly effective trust-building and problem solving skills
  • Confidently demonstrate the 11 International Coaching Federation Core Coaching Competencies and standards of ethical conduct
  • Become grounded in the coaching paradigm: empowerment versus entitlement; asset and strength-building versus deficit-focused; client-centered versus system-centered; asking versus telling.

6-Day Intensive TRAINING

Basic Training* – for those who want the basic skills and tools of coaching to augment and enhance their effectiveness.

  • Pre-Course written assignment
  • 6 One-Day workshops
  • 6 monthly 3-hour in-person follow-up peer sessions (or ten 2-hour teleconference sessions)
  • Manual included (text book $30 not included)
  • Certificate for 60 hours ICF* CCEU’s towards ACC accreditation

Fee: $750

Basic Training PLUS* – for those who also aspire to achieve their ICF ACC accreditation.  Training includes the Basic Training program, plus:

  • 3 private 1:1 coaching sessions with an ICF accredited coach
  • 6 coaching sessions with a practicum client

Fee: $750 basic plus $650 = $1,400 total

*Training Details

Concurrent with the 6-month Peer follow-Up Sessions:

  • (3) 1:1 coaching sessions – You will work 1:1 with an ICF accredited coach, who will provide support in staying on track and in action, clearing obstacles, and celebrating accomplishments. Students will:
    • Continue to learn about coaching through the experience of being a client
    • Benefit by the ongoing support for your personal and professional development
    • Sustain your professional credibility as you work with your own clients
    • Provide a personal inventory prior to your first session and a preparation form for each session with your coach
  • (6) Practicum client coaching sessions** with a self-assessment report for each session.  Students will:
    • Be responsible for finding and contracting with your client
    • Submit six self-assessment reports to course instructor

**It is preferred that you work with someone in a low-income situation, coaching that same client 6 times so that you can track and measure their progress and results.

International Coach Federation

This training curriculum adheres to the philosophy, ethics and standards, and core competencies of the International Coach Federation (ICF).  For those interested in obtaining ICF Accreditation at the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) level, the certification requirements include:

  • 60 approved coaching skills specific training hours
  • 10 hours working with a mentor coach
  • 100 hours logged experience with at least 8 private clients.
  • 2 reference letters acknowledging your competency at ACC level or above
  • Application fees: $300
  • Oral Exam

Renewal of certification is required every three years by clocking in 10 hours with a mentor coach and 40 CCEU continuous learning hours.


For more information on the Highline Community College program, please go to or call Jorja Gunderson, Program Manager of Continuing Education, at 206-878-3710 ext. 3608.

You may register for the Three-Quarter-Certificate Program on Highline Community College’s website [] or by calling Jorja Gunderson at 206-878-3710 ext. 3608.  If you’re interested in the Six-Day Intensive Program, please call Jorja and ask how you can arrange for a training today.

If you’re interested in training for managing supervisors of frontline staff or agency teams, contact Diana Dollar at 206-527-3885 for more information.

If you’d like to know more about ICF certification as part of the Coaching for Prosperity training, please contact Fran Fisher at 425-401-1374.

2nd Annual Burien Wellness Fair

Monday, September 6th, 2010
Come on out and meet us at the Burien Wellness Fair and receive a FREE Life Tune Up!
The city is sponsoring its second annual “Burien Wellness Fair,” a community health fair on Saturday, Sept. 11th, from 10am – 4pm at Burien Town Square Park, at SW 152nd Street & 5th Place SW.

Local medical service providers and other health and wellness organizations will be on hand to let the public see what services they offer.

The fair is free, and there will be a lot to see and do.  Attendees can expect to find:

  • Free medical screenings
  • Advice on preventative health care for all ages
  • Healthy cooking demonstrations
  • Give-a-ways and samples
  • Drawings for prizes at many exhibitor booths
  • Entertainment for kids
  • First 300 attendees receive a digital thermometer

In addition, the Puget Sound Blood Center will be on-site with a bloodmobile to collect donations.  If you’d like to make an appointment to donate blood, call Janet at 206-248-5508.

Burien’s 2nd annual Wellness Fair will be Saturday, Sept. 11th at Town Square Park. 

Puget Sounds Skills Center, Health Sciences and Human Services High School, and Highline Community College will also be on hand to talk to students of all ages who are interested in pursuing careers in the health care field.  They will have information on the programs available in their facilities.

Major sponsors of the fair include:

  • Burien Group Health
  • City of Burien
  • Highline Medical Center
  • Navos Mental Health Solutions
  • Schick Shadel Hospital

Other sponsors:

  • Burien Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
  • King County Library System

More information on the Burien Wellness Fair

Lose Weight Through Guided Meditations

Monday, September 6th, 2010

WomanArmsRaisediStock_000009974965Small[1]How would you like a quick, easy and efficient way to lose excess weight? Guided meditation or light hypnotic trance is a very powerful tool to help you create the changes you want to make in your life, more quickly and easily than you ever thought possible. Guided meditation-hypnosis is used very effectively for weight loss as well as for other challenging and destructive beliefs and behaviors. 

 While in a trance, your mind is open and receptive to suggestions that will support you in changing your behavior.  For example after receiving positive suggestions about healthy eating and exercise you may find yourself looking forward to these new habits and enjoying them very much while losing excess weight in the process.

 Sounds great you may be thinking, but does it really work? There are well documented studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of using hypnosis for weight loss.

One such study was conducted by David N. Bolocofsky; Dwayne Spinler; and Linda Coulthard-Morris in 1985 titled, “Effectiveness of hypnosis as an adjunct to behavioral weight management.” The findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 41 (1), 35-41.

This was a 9-week study conducted on two groups of around 54 people.  The first group was treated with changes in their diet and exercise habits only.  The second group received the same treatment while also receiving hypnosis for reinforcement. After the 9 week trial both groups lost weight while in the program.  However, after the 8 month and 2 year follow up the first group did not lose any more weight and most of the participants gained back the weight they had lost. 

The second group however, continued to lose weight during both follow ups, and most of the people in this group met their long term weight loss goals. Not only that, they continued to practice the new diet and exercise habits they learned in the study.

Findings from other studies like this (including hypnosis in weight loss efforts) showed the average short-term weight loss for those not using hypnosis was 6 pounds, while those who were also treated with hypnosis lost on average 11.83 pounds.  Over the long-term the average weight loss without hypnosis was 6 pounds, however with hypnosis the average weight loss increased to 14.88 pounds

It is clear from these and other well documented studies that over time, those using hypnosis with other weight loss efforts are able to successfully achieve their weight loss goals and change their diet and exercise habits in the process. 

What would your life be like if this part of your life was easy?

If you are ready to find out and begin your journey, join us for two sessions,

Monday, September 13 &  Monday September 20, 2010 

Highline Athletic Club from 6:30 – 7:45 pm.

Membership is not required. 

Call (206) 246-9000 to register.

In addition to weight loss, I offer individual and group hypnosis and guided meditations for phobias/fears, stress, stop smoking, confidence, insomnia, healthy eating, public speaking, sports performance, habit control, motivation, procrastination, self esteem, nail biting, bed wetting, anxiety, memory and concentration, and many others.  Visit my website and contact me for more information.

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