Core practitioner training

Presence-Based Coaching Course

The Presence-Based® Coaching Course is a three-part program, and includes PBC I, PBC II, and Mentor Coaching. This course provides new and current coaching and change professionals with a pragmatic toolkit for accelerating your own development and that of your clients. We focus on building and extending our own presence, and on specific coaching moves and models that awaken and support long term efficacy in our clients.

Attending this course will build observable new competency toward a foundation of Presence-Based coaching skills, with a particular orientation toward developing the whole person.  You will be able to contextualize your coaching in a robust model of human development, and be more self-generative in your own life.

who is this for?

The Presence-Based Coaching Course is designed for:

new and aspiring coaches wanting a coherent and integrated coaching approach

educators and helping professionals who recognize that their way of being, and ability to ask artful questions, is essential for the learning and empowerment of others.

business and nonprofit leaders using coaching to develop people and build relationships

experienced coaches, facilitators, and OD practitioners seeking to integrate somatic and presence-based coaching into their work

Presence-Based Coaching I

Part I: Being a Development Partner is your entry into this methodology and is appropriate for any level of coaching experience. Everyone must begin the course of study here. The focus in PBC I is on the presence of the practitioner. This focus on presence, coupled with a powerful architecture for the coaching conversation, invites the conditions for development. 26 ICF Core Competency coach training hours.

Part I is primarily based on the book The Mindful Coach, by Doug Silsbee. Integrate your authentic presence into a pragmatic coaching model.

  • distinguishing somatic, emotional, and cognitive awareness
  • working with your own habits, attachments, and aversions as a coach
  • cultivating and holding mindful presence in a coaching partnership
  • distinguishing and coaching through seven distinct roles
  • framing artful questions for catalyzing awareness, defining outcomes, and mapping a plan of action
  • working with metaphors and distinctions
  • designing somatic and embodiment practices and self-observations
  • building an integrated development plan

Presence-Based Coaching II

In Part II: Evoking Self-Generation, the entire course offers a further dive into this robust coaching approach with considerable depth, challenging even for experienced practitioners.  We continue to strengthen our own ground as coaches, as we also couple our way of being with new coaching moves that evoke new awareness and capacity in the client. The result is greater resilience, efficacy, choice, aliveness, and coaching and leadership presence. 34 ICF Core Competency coach training hours.

Part II is based on the book Presence-Based Coaching, by Doug Silsbee. Evoke presence and resilience in your coaching clients. Work with somatic and language-based coaching methods. Completes the core model. PBC I is a prerequisite for this course.

  • experiencing a model for building presence and resilience together with specific professional competencies
  • evoking the direct experience of presence with clients
  • engaging psychobiology in service to long term development
  • supporting clients in recognizing and shifting embodied habits
  • integrating somatic and inquiry-based coaching processes
  • increasing your own capacity for holding a field of presence with your clients
  • working with polarities in coaching competencies and in client content
  • designing integrative application fieldwork and practices

Mentor Coaching

Delivered virtually. For PBC II students (and PBC graduates for CCE’s). Rigorous practice and feedback around PBC competencies. The Mentor Coaching Course starts 2-3 weeks after the completion of every PBC II.

The Mentor Coaching process can begin as soon as the completion of your PBC II retreat, and will extend for a minimum of 3 months. Each cohort includes four to ten students. Cohorts begin at a specific time and date with an hour call.  Times for the remaining four 90 minute group calls will be scheduled as a group during the first call. (Note: ICF requires that all class calls be attended live; any missed calls must be made up.)

  • Five group calls spread over three months, plus one-on-one audio review work with individualized feedback. PBC I and PBC II are a pre-requisite. 10 ICF coach training hours, virtual, conducted by zoom.
  • The Mentor Coaching Course is available to students who have completed the PBC I and II retreats and is part of our PBC Core Practitioner Training Course and ICF designated Level 1 training.

Level 1 Certification

Presence-Based Coaching is accredited with ICF as Level 1 training provider. You will receive a total 70 ICF training hours (26 for PBC I, 34 for PBC II plus 10 hours for Mentor Coaching). All of our ICF training hours are 100% Core Competency hours.  

After completion of PBC I, II, and Mentor Coaching, PBC faculty evaluate your Coaching Performance Demonstration (a recorded audio of you coaching a real client), and upon successful completion of the entire PBC Core Practitioner Training Course, PBC issues you a Level 1 certificate, which allows you to apply through ICF for the ACC (first level) coaching credential.