What is Executive Function Coach Training?

Executive Function Coach Training

Connections in Mind  Outreach (formerly the Connections in Mind Foundation)  is committed to  working with our partners to improving access to executive function coaching for children and young people. One way we do this is by providing world-class executive function coach training and accreditation to our partner organisations. 

Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a partner of the CiMO. We work with maintained schools, charities, youth clubs, alternate provisions  and other organisations that support our aim to reach children and young people that are facing multiple disadvantages.  

 

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. 

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
  • The CIMO: Connect, Investigate , Make a plan, Opportunity

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, youth workers, mentors, and coaches. 

We host trainings for our partner organisations and  can arrange bespoke training  within your school, charity or organisation. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a partner. 

If you would like to progress on to the more advanced accreditation we can provide supervision and you will be required to  collect a portfolio of evidence, and complete further tasks. 

How is the training conducted? 

Online sessions will consist of engaging discussions, group activities, role-plays and opportunities to ask questions from our experienced trainers. We will cover neuroscience & neuroplasticity, EFs & behaviour, key concepts underpinning EF coaching, key coaching skills, the Connections in Mind Connect, Collaborate, Support model of coaching and session design.

Each week you will be provided with self-study videos and exercises to complete before the next session via our online platform. We have found that this hybrid model combining self-study and interactive online sessions is the most effective way of delivering the training online. Attendees can learn at their own pace and we come together for the practical elements of the training.

The training consists of:

  • Pre-learninng and self study modules
  • Videos
  • Reading
  • Presentations
  • Small group conversation
  • Group discussions and exercises
  • Individual reflections and exercises
  • Coaching Practice Triads
  • Open book assessment

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

THE ACCREDITATION PROCESS

Level 1: Certificate of Core Executive Function Coaching Skills. Taught program

  • Online core skills group training course.  15 hours online + self study
  • 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:
    • the neuroscience underpinning executive function skills
    • core coaching skills & how to assess needs
    • designing and delivering a bespoke coaching programme using  the connect, collaborate and support model
  • Online core skills assessment (multiple choice and 100-200 word answers) and feedback
  • Pre-course online learning
  • Cost: £720 (£600+ vat) / Early Bird £600 ( £500 +vat)

Level 2: Certificate of Competence in Executive Function Coaching

  • 30 hours of coaching practice
  • Collect a portfolio of evidence against each of the 22 standards at Competent level
  • 3 hours of Individual or group supervision with an expert CiMF Coach
  • Supervision is £100 + vat an hour for individual supervision or this cost can be shared across a group of other coaches from your training cohort.
  • £50 +vat admin processing fee

Level 3: Certificate of Advanced Executive Function Coaching

  • 60 hours of coaching practice
  • Collect a portfolio of evidence against each of the 22 standards at Advanced level
  • 2,000-word graded essay
  • 3 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 +vat for essay support and an administrative fee

Level 4: Certificate Master 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 + vat for an Advanced Coach Training day, research project feedback and assessment