What is Executive Function Coach Training?

Executive Function Coach Training:
3 Levels of Professional Accreditation

The Connections in Mind Foundation is committed to improving access to executive function coaching for children and young people from all backgrounds. One way we do this is by providing world-class executive function coach training and accreditation

What is Executive Function Coaching?

Executive function coaching is a client/student-led approach to behaviour change. It helps individuals to develop self awareness and to form new habits, enhancing their lives and helping them become more successful at mastering the skills they need to flourish. Often the barrier to success for individuals struggling at school or the workplace have their roots in challenges with executive function skills. 

Most people have an array of executive function skills strengths and weaknesses. Identifying weaknesses can help in order to devise strategies to overcome these weaknesses. Because of the malleable nature of the brain’s neural pathways, techniques to overcome executive function challenges can be learnt. 

Executive Function Coaching can be delivered as a bespoke intervention or integrated into an existing practice. 

What does the course cover? 

  • An overview of basic neuroscience and neuroplasticity
  • What executive functions skills are and how to communicate their impact
  • How the pre-frontal cortex operates
  • How emotional processing relates to executive function skills
  • Basic coaching and motivational interviewing skills
  • Evaluating how ready a client is to make changes
  • How to support clients to develop executive functions skill goals
  • Supporting clients to develop new habits and strategies
  • Supporting clients to maintain progress
  • How to capture impact and to support clients to evaluate their own progress

Our training is based on the seminal book, ‘Coaching Students with Executive Function Deficits’ by Dr Peg Dawson and Dr Richard Guare, and the authors of the book have helped us work on the content and accreditation. Based on our own professional expertise we have also integrated more of a focus on promoting and preserving student wellbeing and understanding of the UK education system. The course covers 22 core standards and skills needed to start practicing as an executive function coach.  

Who can attend the training? 

The training is aimed at professionals already working with children, young people, or adults. It is perfect for teachers, teaching assistants, learning support professionals SENCo’s, educators, psychologists, inclusion managers, support workers, mentors, and coaches. 

If you want to carry out this approach with children and young people you will need to provide evidence that you have 3-5 years of work experience with children and young people and submit a copy of DBS and safeguarding training. 

It is important to note that this course is an additional skills training course and does not replace a life coaching certificate.

If you would like to progress on to the more advanced accreditation you will need to complete supervision with us, collect a portfolio of evidence, and complete further tasks.

Bespoke training can also be arranged within your school, charity or organisation.

When and where is the training conducted? 

Due to the current restrictions relating to Covid-19, we are offering our training online via zoom. When able, we intend to commence in person training, whilst also continuing the online courses. 

The training is based on 22 standards of practice. Over 2 hours of pre-learning videos, 2 hours of pre-reading, and 18 hours of online training attendees are equipped with the core skills relating to the 22 standards of practice. If you would like to review the Coaching Standards for accreditation please click here

 The training consists of:

  • Videos
  • Reading
  • Presentations
  • Small group conversations
  • Individual reflections and exercises
  • Roleplays

The course is run by facilitators who are all experienced EF coaches and also have a background in teaching or therapeutic approaches.

Please contact us for more information.


Level 1: Certificate of Core Executive Function Coaching Skills

  • Two-day in person / 18 hours online core skills group training course
  • Multi-sensory training approach, including presentations, videos, activities and discussions
  • This course covers the 22 standards and skills you need to begin coaching as a trainee, including:
    • brain development underpinning EFs
    • core coaching skills & how to assess needs
    • designing and delivering a bespoke coaching programme
  • Online core skills assessment (multiple choice and 100-200 word answers) and feedback
  • Pre-course online learning
  • Cost: £600 / Early Bird online £500
  • Reduced Fee October £350 (+ online booking fee £15)

Level 2: Certificate of Competence in Executive Function Coaching

  • 60 hours of coaching practice
  • Collect a portfolio of evidence against each of the 22 standards at Competent level
  • 2,000-word graded essay
  • 4 hours of Individual or group supervision with an expert CiMF Coach
  • Supervision is £100 an hour for individual supervision or this cost can be shared across a group of other coaches from your training cohort.
  • £150 for essay support and an administrative fee

Level 3: Certificate Advanced Executive Function Coaching Skills

    • 200 hours of coaching practice
    • Portfolio of evidence for each of the 22 standards at advanced level
    • Advanced coach training day
    • Research project: 5,000-7,000 words
    • 8 hours of individual or group supervision with an expert CiMF Coach
    • Supervision costs £100 an hour for individual supervision or this cost can be shared with a group of coaches from your training cohort.
    • £250 for an Advanced Coach Training day, research project feedback and assessment


upcoming trainig

Dates for our upcoming Level 1: Certificate of Core Executive Function Coaching Skills in November 2020 and January 2021 will be finalised shortly. 

We partner with schools, organisations and charities to run bespoke training. Please get in contact if you would like more details.