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Life Strategies Coach

Suffield College and University is an organization, which provides certification for individuals who help others achieve peak performance in life and earn a great living in the process.

Make the commitment now to receive your certification as a successful life strategies coach. Help others achieve peak performance. Begin your journey now.

Do you assist people with any of the following?

If you do you may qualify to be certified as a life strategies coach!

Do you know?

  • How to evoke excellence in others
  • How to become an effective listener
  • Various attributes of a well-rounded life
  • How to coach people all along a continuum of performance from unacceptable to outstanding, so that performance continues to improve.
  • How to make grounded, behavior-based assessments of the performance of ourselves and others
  • How to conduct long- and short-term coaching programs
  • How to moitvate people into action
  • How to identify the meaning of true motivation
  • How to enjoy life to its fullest
  • How to assess yourself and others
  • How to align one's goals, values, beliefs, and support system
  • How to induce a relaxed state in yourself and others
  • How to change a client's personal model of the world to one in which the desired outcomes are a natural occurrence
  • How to move a client to personal freedom and choice
  • How to create deep congruency with your client
  • Sound wellness strategies for busy people

Since coaching is not sports psychology or psychotherapy, there are no state or regional laws for "coaching" someone on important issues in their life.

What is the role of a Certified Life Strategies Coach?

Life strategies� coaching is a collaborative process between the coach and the client that evokes a change in behavior. This change can be professional or personal. Coaching will help guide you, from the person you are today; to the person you want to be.

As a whole, coaches are allies to those who seek their advice and guidance. A coach will assess and align their client's goals, beliefs, values, morals, and support system. The coach will create a plan of action while guiding and motivating the client to reach set goals.

A coach may have many different roles. Often times, a coach will use their abilities and knowledge to augment an existing talent or skill set. Many coaches come from a wellness background. Fitness professionals may incorporate whole life coaching into his or her menu of services. A businessperson who holds an MBA may choose to coach executives on a whole life perspective of mastering the corporate world. Those who work in a personnel or human resources department will use their interpersonal communication skills to better evoke excellence in others. A religious leader can use their coaching skills to better counsel members of their congregation. A psychologist may wish to transition out of traditional therapy and work with clients on future plans rather than past issues.

As you can now see, with your certification from the Suffield College and University, you can incorporate coaching into your current field or area of expertise. You may also wish to move in a totally new direction. After graduation, the choice is completely yours.

According to industry experts the number one home-based profession is Life Strategies Coaching.

Defined as "The art of facilitating the performance, learning and development of another."

  • A helping profession, which embraces all aspects of life: work and career, relationships, community, self-development, wellness, abundance, education, and spirituality. Clients may choose to focus within one of these issues, or to follow a program of re-examining and enhancing various areas of life.
  • A way for the coach himself or herself, through self- and peer coaching, to enhance the quality of his or her communication with everyone: family, friends and colleagues, and to be a better manager, supervisor, chairperson, community leader, helper, or team member.
  • A profession that is free from the over-regulation and licensing restrictions, which surround counseling and therapy professions in some countries. Your self-employed coaching career is portable should you decide to resettle in various parts of the U.S., UK, Europe, or elsewhere without retraining with a locally approved body. Since coaching is not psychology or psychotherapy, there are no state or regional laws for "coaching" someone on important issues in their life.
  • Unrivaled in its choice of client specialties. You can find your niche coaching people in a particular career, job, age group, stage of life, spiritual direction, ethnic group, type of relationship, role in life, wellness need, disability or challenge, or any special need for support of which you have knowledge or life experience. Depending on your background or skill, you can coach company CEOs or women returning to work after raising their children; you can help a highly-stressed professional make the transition to a more acceptable way of life; help successful people hone their skills; or help people to "downshift" to a simpler lifestyle. The choice is now yours.

Does coaching really work!

Yes! This is why:

  1. Some of us don't know where we're going, what our lives are about, and how our values affect us each day. Coaching helps us clarify our purpose, values, and goals.
  2. We may know where we're going and what we need to do, but we forget or simply get stuck in our limiting belief systems, ineffective habits, or inability to focus. A well-trained coach gets us back on track by helping us identify limiting beliefs and ineffective habits and find more effective ways of living and enjoying life.
  3. Many times we resist change because it's easier and more comfortable to stay the way we are. Any change we make causes resistance and backlash within ourselves as well as from other people in our lives. A coach helps us move beyond that resistance -with greater ease and flow. In the coaching relationship you may decide to work on all areas of your life at once or just focus on one.

How does coaching take place?
This will vary from coach to coach and client to client. In most cases, coaching is done over the phone. This allows you to work from the comfort of your home. Some coaches use "teleclasses" or "telecoaching". In these cases, a coach can give advice and "do coaching" over a conference line to several clients at once or he/she can work with just one individual. Other coaches prefer to use e-mail for follow-ups between coaching sessions to check client progress and give motivation. Still others prefer in-person sessions for a more personal approach. In-person sessions may work better for those who specialize in our "Wellness Designation." Often times a Wellness Coach is also a massage therapist, hypnotherapist, or fitness instructor.

What type of people become Certified Life Strategies Coaches?
Our students include, but aren't restricted to, the following: Fitness and wellness professionals, doctors, lawyers, social workers, meditation instructors, spiritual consultants, career specialists, massage therapists, hyponotherapists, NLP practitioners, Time Line therapists, Somatic therapists, esoteric professionals, psychologists, counselors, holistic health professionals, and biofeedback specialists

As a life strategies coach, you will.....

  • assess your goals, beliefs, values, and support systems.
  • create a plan in which you can obtain clarity, balance, and confidence in life.
  • provide guidance, support, motivation, and encouragement to help you succeed.
  • offer different perspectives and insights toward individual behaviors, social interactions, financial concerns, and forms of communication.
  • provide feedback on your progress and cover any obstacles that may occur.
  • How is coaching different from or similar to psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy deals with complications from the past to help you move on in your life. It brings about a sense of healing and relief. It teaches you to accept things from the past in which you can no longer control. Coaching, on the other hand, focuses on the future. It concentrates on the items in which you can control: behaviors, attitudes, socialization, stress relief, job advancement, time management, motivation, goals, etc. It concentrates on bringing about a desired outcome.

Our programs are designed for self-directed, mature adults with professional or educational backgrounds in fields such as holistic health, business, management, law, fitness, career counseling, psychotherapy, relationship counseling, wellness consulting, and the like.

Those who are interested in these fields are also encouraged to apply.

Minimum requirements:

  • 21 years of age
  • high school graduate
  • proficiency in English
  • good writing skills
  • a willingness to help others
  • compassion
  • and empathy

Tuition Fees

Take advantage of our current special tuition pricing!

Program Fees
Certified Life Strategies Coach w/ Business Emphasis $499
Certified Life Strategies Coach w/ Wellness Emphasis $499
Certified Life Strategies Coach w/ Dual Designation $850

Admissions Process

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Be certain to indicate which program you will be taking.
  3. Select a payment method: personal check, business check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express.

Any questions? Contact our Admissions Department.

Details on payment options

  1. Personal Check - Only applicants who are presently living in the U.S. may pay by personal check.
  2. Company Check - If your employer is paying for this degree, please enclose a check in U.S. dollars.
  3. Credit Cards - We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express. Your statement will show a payment to Suffield Educational Services. If you have any questions about any of the payment options, please CONTACT US FIRST.

Accreditation

A special note: The Coaching/Mentoring field is free of governmental, state, or regional regulations. Although there are various membership organizations that support, and are beneficial to the field, none govern the industry. Nearly all coaches are self-employed.

Freedom in the coaching industry is what is so appealing to those who make it their career.

Despite what some other associations are claiming, there is no U.S. government approved accreditation specifically for associations, which specialize in certifying life coaches. However the �National Distance Learning Accreditation Counsel� accredits Suffield College and University.