Introduction to Life Coaching – LIFC 201

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Offers an introduction to professional coaching from a Christian worldview with special attention given to coaching theories, practice, skills, and various coaching specialties. This will include an overview of common client presenting issues.

Prerequisite

PSYC 101 or 210

Rationale

Coaching is a vital new helping field that is growing daily. Some of the core skills for the coaching profession are the same as the counseling profession: building a relationship and learning to effectively communicate with the client. This course helps the student to understand the differences and similarities between the two fields and the opportunity to broaden the scope of help for people in need. If there is ever a time for godly leadership, servanthood, and biblical counsel, it is now. This course seeks to meet that challenge by equipping the student with the basic foundations of life coaching and biblically guiding individuals asking for help.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the differences between professional coaching and professional counseling.
  2. Identify the scriptural and spiritual foundations of life coaching.
  3. Construct a biblical worldview for effective life coaching.
  4. Discuss ethical guidelines and standards in life coaching.
  5. Analyze essential theories and models of life coaching.
  6. Recognize specialties in life coaching.
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Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 4 Discussion Board Forums that specifically relate to the assigned module/week’s content. Each forum will be completed in 2 parts: 1) the student will create a 250–600-word thread in answer to the question provided and 2) the student will then reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 100–300 words. Each thread must use at least 2 citations from course readings, and each reply must also use at least 2 citations.

Case Studies (2)

The student will complete 2 discussion board Case Studies that specifically relate to module/week content. Each case study will be completed in 2 parts: 1) the student will submit a 400–800-word Case Study thread and 2) the student will then reply to at least 2 classmates’ Case Studies. Each reply must be 100–300 words.

Research Paper

The student will submit the following individual components of the Final Research Paper: Title Page, Abstract, Outline, and Reference Page. After completing the Final Research Paper, the student will then complete a Final Research Paper Presentation.

Title Page

The student will submit a Title Page in current APA format that he/she will use for his/her Final Research Paper.

Abstract

The student will submit an Abstract of at least 150 words in current APA format that will be used for his/her paper.

Outline

The student will submit an Outline in current APA format with 2 levels of heading that he/she will use for his/her paper.

Reference Page

The student will submit a Reference Page in current APA format that he/she will use for his/her paper. A minimum of 5 peer-reviewed sources published in the last 5–7 years must be incorporated. 1 of these sources can be the student’s course textbook.

Final Research Paper

The student will write a 750–1,000-word paper in current APA format reflecting an in-depth examination where he/she will construct a biblical worldview for effective life coaching. The paper must be well-organized, using current APA-formatted level headings. A current APA-formatted title page, abstract, and reference page are required but will not count toward the overall length requirement. A minimum of 5 peer-reviewed sources published in the last 5–7 years must be incorporated, 1 of which can be the course textbook. The paper will be checked for originality using the SafeAssign plagiarism tool.

Final Research Paper Presentation

Based on his/her own research findings, the student will create a 10–15-slide Adobe Spark Video or PowerPoint presentation in which the student will discuss the ethical guidelines and standards in life coaching. A title slide and reference slide are required but will not count toward the overall length requirement. The presentation must be well-organized, using current APA-formatted level headings. A minimum of 5 peer-reviewed and professional sources published in the last 5–7 years must be incorporated in using in-text citations.

Exams (2)

The student will complete 2 exams that are cumulative and cover the material presented in the textbook, presentations, and lecture notes. Each exam is open-book/open-notes and is comprised of 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions. Each exam must be completed in 1 sitting, and you will have 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete each exam. The Midterm Exam will assess chapters 1–13 of the Collins textbook and presentation material from Modules 1-4. The Final Exam will assess chapters 14–22 of the Collins textbook and presentation material from Modules 5-8. Once the exam is opened, it must be completed; it cannot be saved and resumed at a later time.