Core Strengths Coaching Skills: What Students Are Saying
Cultivating Core Strengths, Resilience, & Optimism
Instructor: Lauren Vanett
"I found this class energizing, inspiring, informative and fun. Outstanding."
-Kay Gamo, Physician
"This class gave me tools to harness my abilities to handle situations. I always left class feeling more energized than when I arrived."
-Ginaville Villanueva, Account Coordinator, Anthem Worldwide
"The assignments and group work really build on your core strengths and help you develop greater resilience and optimism."
-Nancy Wolfberg, Management Consultant, Wolfberg & Associates
"Lauren Vanett's knowledge of the subject matter and teaching skills made this class a pleasure to attend."
-Penny Eardley, Fundraiser
"This was my first class in the coaching certificate program, and what a great way to start! I had an amazing, enjoyable experience and learned a lot from the instructor and my classmates!"
"Through self-exploration activities in a group setting, you effectively build a set of experiences to draw from. I think we all made interesting discoveries about ourselves that we can bring to bear to help others."
-Richard Goeb, Salesman, Teleflex Medical
"Working with like-minded people to discover our core strengths was a rewarding experience. Our instructor created a wonderfully collaborative environment where everyone felt safe to be 'real'."
-Janice Weekes, Manager, Training & Professional Development, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
"This class presented an invaluable insight into the design of our individual minds. It was a colorful experience. We don't often, as a society, get a chance to really "know" one another. This class offers the opportunity for "reality" to be acknowledged and validated while expanding our "realities" into great potential."
-Lygia Byrd, CMT
Understanding the Change Process in Yourself & Others
Instructor: Joe Murphy
"This is a great course to see if you really want to be a coach."
-Richard Goeb, Sales Manager, Teleflex Medical
"Great class-instructor addressed the different perspectives of all the experienced adults in the class, so we can put the material to work in our own life and our own workplace. He draws from his own personal and professional experience with the change process."
-Ray Fredericks, Correctional Education
"It was an opportunity to work from the inside out, and I would have enjoyed this particular session being much longer. Joe is incredibly knowledgeable. I would enjoy working more with him, for my own personal observations as well as technique."
-Lygia Byrd, CMT/Esthetician
"The class gave an excellent introduction to the practical aspects of coaching. In addition, the in-depth coverage of the change process as a fundamental component of coaching was personally valuable as well. The change process should be included in the curriculum of all high schools."
-Alan Sauer, Retiree
The Science of Well-Being: Positive Emotion, Engagement & Meaning (Formerly The Science of Happiness)
Instructor: Lauren Vanett
"This is an excellent course taught by an outstanding instructor and person, Lauren Vanett. It provides meaningful review and engagement with current science and information on a topic of profound importance to most of usour human experience of happiness."
-Samuel Schindler, HR/Coach, City & County of San Francisco
"Loved, loved, loved it."
-E. Sale, Film Producer
"This class was a turning point for me. Not only will it help me coach others, but the content has helped me transition into a positive retirement...Kudos to our instructor, Lauren, for establishing a safe, sensitive climate in which to learn. It would be impossible for a student to walk out of this class without gaining positive skills and self-knowledge."
-Martha Riley, Ed.D., Retired High School Principal
"Lauren Vanett is the consummate teacherwell organized, always prepared, challenging her students and ensuring that every student has a valuable learning experience. I highly recommend Lauren and the class."
"The Science of Happiness is really life changing! The simple tools and exercises practical over a six week period really transformed my outlook on life. It was great to sit in small groups and share our challenges and experiences and see how others were also affected by this course. Our instructor kept the class environment safe and open so that so much change and growth could occur."
"There is a science to happiness:
- theoretical constructs
Can science make you happy? Yes!"
Hands-On Coaching: An Introduction
Instructors: Melanie DewBerry & Alicia McLucas
Hands-On Coaching: An Introduction allowed me to explore within myself and promote personal growth. I learned a lot from my classmates and teachers. [The course] encouraged me to build a passion for the practice and value human beings even more.
-Sasha Lizarraga, Skills Trainer, Behavioral Counseling Research Center
What a powerful and empowering experience! The opportunity to practice coaching and learn from watching your classmates and instructors coach, and get feedback, was fabulous.
-Tammy Dawson, Student
Hands-On Coaching was like a boot camp in learning and practicing coaching skills and tools. It was great; it was exhilarating!
-Betty Wong, Student
Hands-On Coaching is definitely a great class to learn about coaching and self-discovery. I have learned so much from this class and my classmates.
Hands-On Coaching brings it all together and makes coaching real. The two instructors were amazing. I liked having the two instructors to see the[ir] different coaching styles.
-Leila Johnson, College Coach
Integrated Skills & Applications
Instructor: Gail Danchig
"Gail is a wealth of experience and exudes authentic interest in her students and their progress."
-Richard Goeb, Salesman, Solaris Medical Technology, Inc.
"The class really did bring the entire program together for me! I now know that I am well on the road to being a great coach."
-Nancy Heaney, Sr. Lit. Paralegal & Professional Trainer, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
"Valuable tools to be obtained for coaching career and life challenges. Challenges your strengths, core values, and creative ideas about how you operate and view/interact with clients when coaching."
-George Beckstead, Career/Executive Coach, Geodesic Consulting
"Useful course for practicing coaching skills. In addition, Gail's ability to appreciate people's gifts was formidable
-Ralph Beren, CSC Student, Self-Employed
Instructor: Gail Danchig
"This class was thoroughly enjoyable--like a play-date for adults."
-Sharon Olivares, Administrative Assistant, PG&E
"Go to great depths, with joy and playfulness. Open to greater understanding of self without judgement."
-Rosemary Field, Construction Inspector, City of Belmont
"Everyone should be courageous to work and focus on your happiness. Gail Danchig is just tremendous fun. Her workshop is just beautiful, comfortable and magical!"
-Thierry Chauvin, CSC Student
"Motivational, fun, challenging, insightful. A variety of thought and action activity: art, dance, movement. I enjoyed the process of steps over the past three days. Great opportunity to experience new life pathways."
-George Beckstead, Career Executive Coach, Geodesic Consultants
""You are not even aware of your potential until you are learning how to help others find theirs. This certificate program is definitely life-altering."
-Lygia Byrd, C.M.T.
Everyday Practices for Sustaining Positive Change
Instructor: Catherine Freemire
"[This] was one of my favorite classes in the Core Strengths Coaching program. Most of us know big holiday rituals, like Thanksgiving and birthdays, which we enjoy and appreciate. But those only come around once a year. What I liked about this class was learning about everyday rituals. They might not be as big, but they enrich my life every single day by adding another dimension to it. I didn't even realize I had everyday rituals, but once I discovered through the class that I did, I learned to appreciate them more and they became even more meaningful and important. And now that I understand the power of ritual, I consciously make an effort to try to create new rituals to help mark events and moments that are important to me."
-Libby Pischel, CSC Student
The Human Condition: Using the Enneagram to Understand Dynamic Patterns of Human Personality
Instructor: Roxanne Howe-Murphy
"Roxanne has great mastery of the material, and is a great presenter. The material is grounded because she has done the work (inner and outer) which gives it authority. I loved the self-exploration and intensity of each class. We got so into the primordial goo of who we are and what we're about. I also appreciated how layered and textured the topic of the Enneagram is, and the self-discovery that goes with it."
-Greg Robin, Consultant
"Roxanne's vast knowledge from years of study and the textbook, which she authored, are extraordinary resources. My hunger to learn has been re-lit. I feel hopeful that I can assist others and myself move towards their vision."
-Wickie Stamps, Creative Coach
"Roxanne is incredibly present, open, welcoming, smart and compassionate. And she successfully covered a huge amount of material [a] short time period
I want more!"
-Laura, Business coach
"I liked getting into body and hearing stories of types from the perspective of a child. I'm finding that I'm less critical of myself, looking at my personality for underlying patterns as just that, patterns and not flaws or defects. I think that I'm able to let go of emotional upsets more easily because of this knowledge. This class really worked for me."
-Rose Taylor, San Francisco, writer and goals coach, Creative Resolutions Today
Creating a Thriving Coaching Practice
Instructor: Joe Murphy
"Any coach either starting or in business should definitely take this class. The knowledge of the instructor and book is rich and vital to your success."
-Patricia Luzi, Entrepreneur, ISIS Training, Inc.
"Joe [Murphy] gives you the confidence that if you work hard and apply solid marketing principles, you can succeed as a coach and live the life you want."
-Richard Goeb, Salesman, Solaris Medical Technology
"This course is excellent! The personal experiences that Joe generously shares as a coach are invaluable. I would highly recommend this course to anyone considering starting a coaching or any practice."
"This was the best of the best! I enjoyed all the classes so far, but this one was especially exciting because the teacher, Joe Murphy, is an experienced professional coach who brought his know-how and humor. Everyone stayed focused and excited about the material."
-Rose Taylor, Entrepreneur/Coach/Writer