DS401: Developing your Practice Skills

About Course

This unit will provide you with the opportunity to build your knowledge and skills as a life coach.


The unit comprises two modules. During the first module you will explore a variety of approaches to building, maintaining and understanding individual motivation. The second module will introduce you to a further selection of coaching models / tools.

On successful completion of the unit you will be equipped to further build the depth of your life coaching skills and tools as you work with people.

This unit comprises:

  • Adopting a psycho-social approach to practice
  • Science of persuasion
  • Cycle of change
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Working with conflict
  • Post-modern coaching
  • Developmental coaching
  • Integrated coaching
  • Reflecting on your model
  • Planning ongoing learning as part of your development

Assessment of this course is through the completion of a 1,000-word assignment.

What Will I Learn?

  • Understand the concepts of motivation and how to work with this in practice.
  • Demonstrate the necessary skills and understanding in practice.
  • Appreciate the benefits a variety of models could add to your coaching repertoire.
  • Critically apply the concepts to your own life coaching practice.

Topics for this course

29 Lessons25h

DS410: Unit Introduction?

Introduction to the unit, it's content and structure.
Unit Handbook
Recommended Reading
DS411: Session Content – Unit introduction00:05:00
DS411: Additional Resources: A very brief introduction to psychosocial approaches to life coaching00:03:00
DS411: The Psychosocial Practitioner

DS420: Building Motivation?

Different tools and techniques for understanding change and building motivation.

DS430: Further Coaching Models?

A range of alternative approaches to consider to life coaching.

DS440: Unit Summary?

Summarising the unit

One-to-One Tutorial?

Information about booking your one-to-one tutorial.

Unit Assessment?

Guidance on the final assessment for the unit.

About the instructor

Providing innovative, high quality community life coach training and professional, social skills and wellbeing workshops at an affordable cost. Dave is a former Senior Probation Officer, now founder and director of Metanoeo CIC, Realign Coaching and Theolotweet Academy. He also lectures in Psychosocial Analysis and Community Wellbeing and is a community life coach and trainer. Dave holds a BA in Bible and Theology, BA(Hons) in Community Justice, MA in Criminal Justice and PhD in Theology. He is a member of the Association for Coaching, a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and also a community member of Forum Housing Association.
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5 Courses

17 students


Material Includes

  • Pre-recorded session content
  • Unit handbook
  • Module manuals
  • Links to additional resources (including YouTube videos, articles, websites, suggested books etc)
  • Session quizzes
  • End of unit assessment
  • Live one-to-one tutorial


  • It is advised that you will have completed units PC101: Peer Coaching and LC201: Life Coaching before you undertake this unit.

Target Audience

  • People who are looking to build their skills, knowledge and toolkit as a life coach.