Advanced Business & Executive Coaching

A key feature is the focus on personal development, rooted in the firm belief that it is vital for participants to have personal experience of challenging their own ingrained patterns of behaviour as a basis for working effectively with clients.

The combination of theory, practice, personal and professional development transforms participants' ability to work more deeply and effectively with their clients.

Who is it for?

Business coaches seeking to develop their theoretical understanding of, and capability to work with, the psychological aspects of coaching;

HR Directors/Training/OD Consultants with a coaching background looking to expand their knowledge and skills in the psychological aspects of coaching;

Line Managers with coaching backgrounds wishing to enhance their capacity to work with the psychological aspects of coaching;

Retiring executives with a coaching background aiming to expand their portfolio of consultancy by working with the psychological aspects of coaching.

Programme Benefits
This programme will add significant value to the practice of both independent coaches and internal coaches operating within organisations.

Utilise a wide range of psychological perspectives to enhance coaching practice, offering new ways to understand clients and what is happening during sessions;

Gain a much deeper understanding of ingrained patterns of behaviour which can be utilised with coaches and for the benefit of other professional and personal relationships;

Gain a sound understanding of six psychological traditions of particular relevance to business and executive coaching and the ability to apply this knowledge to the benefit of clients;

Undertake significant personal development through the highly experiential nature of the training, which is underpinned by Gestalt principles of working with 'what is' in the here and now.

Programme Structure
This programme is delivered over a series of 12 days involving 6 workshops within a 10-12 month period. 100% attendance is required. A different theme or psychological perspective is introduced at each workshop. Workshops include theoretical input from faculty with ample opportunity for participants to discuss and share thoughts, ideas and experiences, making for a rich learning experience. The learning is supplemented by observed coach practice and feedback. A further component of the programme is the 'experiential group' – a unique environment where participants practice the challenging art of relating authentically with one another, through a coaching lens.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Theory Business Coaching Psychology SBUS40590
Personal & Professional Development Bus SBUS40600
Practice Business Coaching Psychology SBUS40610

Workshop 1 The Person Centred Approach Wednesday & Thursday March 8th & 9th 2023
Workshop 2 Psychodynamic Approaches Wednesday & Thursday May 3rd & 4th 2023
Workshop 3 Gestalt Approaches Wednesday & Thursday June 28th & 29th 2023
Workshop 4 Transactional Analysis Wednesday & Thursday September 6th & 7th 2023
Workshop 5 System and Field Wednesday & Thursday October 18th & 19th 2023
Workshop 6 Existential Approaches Wednesday & Thursday November 29th & 30th 2023

Entry requirements

Participants should have at least 5 years management experience, hold a primary degree and have completed the UCD Diploma in Business & Executive Coaching or another accredited Business Coaching programme. Consideration will also be given to applicants who do not fully meet this requirement but have substantial experience in business coaching.

Application dates

A completed application form, digital photograph and copy of transcripts for all university-level degrees (if applicable and excluding those taken at UCD) will be required. A telephone interview with the Programme Director may form part of the application process. The interview helps determine whether the programme is the most appropriate educational solution for the applicant.


10 Months

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  • Qualifications

    Minor Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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