Advanced Business & Executive Coaching

This unique part-time, fully-accredited diploma programme is designed for experienced coaches looking to take their coaching to the next level. It focuses on the psychological dimension of coaching, developing participants 'ability to "raise coachee's awareness of their ingrained patterns of behaviour", the most important quality required of coaches by sponsors in large organisations (Ridler Report 2013).

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.

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.

Assessment Info

Assessments and Workload
The emphasis throughout the programme is on the practical application of knowledge to benefit the participant, their team and their organisation. There are three assessments, an essay, a case study and a reflective journal. Successful completion of the assignments require participants to be actively coaching clients.

Subjects taught

Workshop 1 - The Person-Centred Approach
Workshop 2 - Gestalt Approaches
Workshop 3 - Psychodynamic Approaches
Workshop 4- Transactional Analysis
Workshop 5 Family and Group Psychologies
Workshop 6 - Existential Approaches




10 months.

Delivery: 2 Days x 6 Workshops.

Workshop 1: The Person Centred Approach
May 13th & 14th 2020 (Wednesday & Thursday)

Workshop 2:
Gestalt Approaches
July 15th & 16th 2020 (Wednesday & Thursday)

Workshop 3:
Psychodynamic Approaches
Sept 30th & 1st October (Wednesday & Thursday)

Workshop 4:
Transactional Analysis
November 18th & 19th 2020 (Wednesday & Thursday)

Workshop 5:
Family and Group Psychologies
January 13th & 14th 2021 (Wednesday & Thursday)

Workshop 6:
Existential Approaches
March 3rd & 4th 2021 (Wednesday & Thursday)


€9,225 & €8,763* (*UCD Business Alumni discount)

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 13th May 2020

More details
  • Qualifications

    Minor Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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