Advanced Skills in Life Coaching – LIFC 202

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

Course Description

An examination of the requisite skills, theoretical coaching models, and goals needed to become proficient and successful as a life coach. The course offers an overview of advanced skills and their application in professional life coaching relationships.


PSYC 101 or PSYC 210


As a basis for their work, life coaches should have a thorough understanding of coaching models, theory, and application. This understanding serves to heighten the coaches’ effectiveness in formulating effective coaching strategies and in aiding in the delivery of advice in an efficient and timely manner.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Examine and explain the contemporary issues addressed within the field of life coaching.
  2. Analyze the major theoretical models in life coaching and how they relate to the actual practice of coaching.
  3. Appraise Life Coaching and its applicability in the context of people’s lives.
  4. Compare and contrast coaching with counseling and social work.
  5. Construct a framework from which life coaching services can be aptly delivered. This includes looking at advanced life coaching skills.
  6. Analyze the difference between secular and Christian models of life coaching.
  7. These course objectives are designed to fulfill the following Psychology Department Learning Outcomes:

  8. Synthesize and apply an array of life coaching theories from within an integrated Christian Worldview.
  9. Compare and critique the various ethical and legal standards in the life coaching discipline.
  10. Analyze the delivery of life coaching services in order to develop a coaching strategy in accordance with a distinctly biblical worldview and established best practices.
  11. Compare and contrast diverse individuals within a developmental systems context in order to effectively determine appropriate coaching strategies.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/powerpoints

Regular readings will be assigned to allow the student to complete the reading of his/her required text within the eight weeks allotted for the course (MLO: A, B, C, D).

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 is expected to make regular postings to the Discussion Board Forum topics provided. Threads are to be at least 250 words. Additionally, the student will post a reply (no less than 150 words) to at least 2 other classmates’ threads (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F).

4MAT Review

The student is expected to complete a 4MAT Review during the course of his/her study. The student may critique any book that is written specifically regarding the subject of life coaching. The course text cannot be used for this assignment. Instructions for completion of this paper will be found in the Assignment Instructions folder located in the Course Content area of the course (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F).

Research Paper


Choosing a topic and describing the rationale are prerequisites for the Research Paper required for this course. In preparation for the final Research Paper, the student will choose a topic or issue related to life coaching from a list provided by the instructor. The student will also include 4–5 sentences describing the rationale for his/her chosen topic as well as 8 potential references (published within the last 5 years).

Outline and Reference List

In preparation for the Research Paper, the student will create a full-sentence outline that demonstrates the content of his/her paper. The student will also create a reference list with the 5 sources (journal articles and books) that he/she will be using in the paper. All sources must have been published within the last 5 years and must be formatted according to current APA standards.


The student will write an 8–10-page paper addressing the issue or topic. This assignment is to be completed adhering strictly to current APA format. This assignment will enable the student to explore an area of interest in the field of life coaching in an in-depth manner and provide the student with practice expressing his/her content knowledge in writing. The student must include at least 5 relevant sources in his/her paper that were published within the last 5 years (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F).

Module Checks

The student will complete a Module Check at the end of each Module/Week. Each assessment will cover the reading material from that module only; Module Checks are not comprehensive. Checks will contain 10 questions (multiple-choice, true/false, essay), will be open-book/open-notes, and have a 30 minute time limit (MLO: A, B).