FAQ’S

Who should attend?

This program is suitable for women in faith-based ministries whether paid or volunteer. We believe faith-based ministry includes vowed members of a religious community, ordained ministers in any denomination, lay ministers, catechists, teachers, individuals working in faith-supported non-profits, and other faith-based positions.  Our international program is inclusive of religions other than Christian.

How do I apply? 

Complete the Program Contact form found on this website about your interest and questions.  An information conversation can be arranged if desired.  If you decide to enroll in the program, you can click on the the following Application link and fill out the required information and submit the form.  When your completed application and required letter of recommendation are received, you will be asked to arrange an interview with one of the directors. Assuming you have the qualifications and recommendation needed for academic work, your acceptance into the program will be based upon available space and on your commitment to complete the program. You will receive a letter of acceptance after your interview.

Why is the program 2 years long? 

We planned a program that includes a retreat-like atmosphere by having 4  weekend learning retreats.  We also wanted to respect the time and energy of participants by pacing the learning, assignments and practice coaching so that it fits into the schedules of busy people. A third reason is that this length of time allows for the development of skills that become internalized and lasting.

What is the tuition? 

Tuition can be divided into 4 equal installments of $1,000.00 each.  The fee for the entire program is $4,000.00.   Tuition is due 2 weeks before each retreat which is the beginning of each semester. Ordinarily tuition is non-refundable.  Payment can be made through this website by clicking on this link. You have the option of paying your tuition with a credit card, through PayPal, by check or money order. Checks and money orders should be made out to Benedictine Coaching of Pittsburgh, LLC.

What additional costs can I expect?

The cost of books is not included in tuition.  Also not included are expenses related to the Zoom program for your computer. 

What do you mean by practice clients? 

  Coaches in training need to partner with clients to practice coaching skills.  These practice clients need to agree to being recorded at times and to allow the student coach to write short reports about the coaching sessions that focus on the coach’s skills.  The privacy of the practice client is protected by using initials instead of names and focusing on the coach’s skills and not on the details of the client’s story.

How do I find practice clients?

Student coaches will be able to use each other as practice clients.  The Directors will make assignments of coach/client pairings and will rotate these every few months.  Student coaches are also encouraged to find their own clients other than classmates, but this is not required. Students may also be paired with volunteers.

What technology do I need

for the webinars?

What if I miss a Zoom retreat weekend?

Zoom – We will be using Zoom for all webinars. There is no cost to the student for using Zoom to attend webinars.  Students are strongly encourage to register for their own Zoom accounts to do practice coaching and to record coaching sessions.  Please note free Zoom accounts are available; however these accounts have limitations.

What if I miss a Zoom weekend retreat? We believe that attendance is essential. Attending the first weekend is required to be a student in the program. Because weekends are built around a series of group activities, being absent creates a major inconvenience not only for the absent participant but also for classmates as well as faculty.  Completion of the hours missed, and review of all major concepts is essential. 

Makeup requires a combination of the following activities and is individually designed.

  • Attend via Zoom parts of the weekend if possible
  • Review all recordings
  • Practice the coaching skills activities of the weekend with a classmate
  • Meet individually with one of the faculty via zoom
  • Write a report of your makeup activities and your learnings
What if I miss a Webinar?

We believe webinar attendance is crucial to learning.  However, life does happen.  Makeup work includes: 

  • Listen to the recording of the webinar
  • Ask a classmate to dialogue on the topic for the break out activities
  • Write a brief report of your learning and questions
What if the program directors need to cancel a scheduled weekend due to emergency?  

We would reschedule the weekend to the nearest date possible that meets the convenience of most of the participants.  If a webinar needs to be cancelled due to emergency, it would be rescheduled as soon as possible.

What certificate will I receive upon completion of this program?

The Leadership and Life Coach Training for Women in Faith-Based Ministries is accredited by the International Coaching Federation. ICF is the leading global organization for coaches and coaching. ICF is dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals. The certificate received from this program will state that you graduated from an Accredited Coach Training Program.  You are now prepared to use your coaching skills in your role of leadership in community or ministry or in a private practice.  If you want to go on and further develop your coaching skills, you may choose to participate in the ICF and invest in advanced training and credentials.  Coaching has no state regulations or licensure but instead is regulated by the professional organizations like ICF.

Who will be teaching in the program? All instructors are well qualified in coaching or in a field of specialty. Besides the Program Directors other highly qualified instructors will teach parts of the program. For a list of Faculty, click on this link.

How is coaching different from Spiritual Direction, Counseling or Therapy? 

Coaching works with basically healthy people who are interested in using their strengths to move forward into the future.  Coaching clients are often trying to solve particular problems or reach specific goals and find it helpful to have someone who can help them think in creative ways, develop new perspectives, and celebrate progress.  Coaching shares many of the same communication skills as spiritual direction, counseling and therapy but is more structured and focused on action.  Counseling and therapy are most often about identifying illness or developmental gaps and healing.  Spiritual Direction holds the focus on a client’s relationship to the Divine.  Coaching focuses on helping clients create their futures.

What assignments will be required?

Assignments for each semester (6 months) will follow the same pattern as listed below.

  • Read assignments in several coaching books
  • Coach a classmate or other client 4 times during the semester and complete a coach report
  • Be a coaching client for a classmate 4 times during the semester
  • Keep a coaching journal and submit a summary at the end of the semester
  • Keep a coaching log of hours coached
  • Write a one-page review of an assigned reading to prepare for webinar discussions
What kind of follow-up after completion of the program will be offered to participants?

We believe that offering voluntary follow-up will encourage participants to continue developing and using their coaching skills.  Ongoing educational opportunities will be announced  in an occasional Benedictine Coaching Wisdom newsletter

Ethical Statement.  We abide by the Code of Ethics for the International Coaching Federation that can be found at https://coachfederation.org/code-of-ethics

For specific Leadership and Life Coach Training Program Policies, please click on this link.