Introduction to Life Coaching – LIFC 501

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

This course serves as an introduction of professional coaching from a Christian perspective with special attention given to coaching theories, practice, skills, and various coaching specialties.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

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 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 students with the basic foundations of life coaching and biblically guiding individuals asking for help.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (5)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete five (5) Discussions that specifically relate to the course content. Each discussion will be completed in two parts: (1) the student will submit a thread (250-word minimum; approximately 400-word maximum) in answer to the question provided and (2) the student will then post replies (100 word minimum each; approximately 200 word maximum each) to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. To receive full credit, the student must use his or her text(s), pertinent research, and/or the Bible to inform the post. The initial thread must contain citations to at least three (3) sources, and each reply must contain citations to at least one (1) source. In the initial post, the student must be sure to cite from course materials and outside sources in addition to any Biblical citations made. All sources cited must be according to current APA style guide standards. The student must review the grading rubric and instructions provided within the course before beginning this assignment. 

Book Review Assignments (2)

The student will complete 2 book reviews. The first book review will be over the Webb text. The second book review will be over the Blackaby and Royall text. Each book review must be 4–5 full pages, double-spaced and include the following 3 sections: an overview/summary of author's key points, a personal response, and an application to the student as a life coach. The summary must contain citations to the assigned book, the personal response must contain citations to the assigned book (with optional Biblical citations), and the application must contain citations to the assigned book and course materials (with optional Biblical citations). These papers will make use of current APA formatting. The student must review the grading rubric and instructions provided within the course before beginning this assignment.

Case Study: Coaching Clients Through Transition Assignment

For the case study assignment, the student will write a 5–7-page case study paper (along with the title, abstract, and reference pages). For this written assignment, the student will identify two (2) challenging transitions that people often go through at some point in their lives and explain how a coach could help individuals through such transitions. The student will also address how the topics and approaches covered will impact the student’s coaching ministry/business as well as the student’s personal life. The paper must cite from at least four (4) scholarly references published within the last five years, and it must make use of current APA formatting.

Quiz: Dispositions Reflection

The Quiz: Dispositions Reflection will ask the student to rate himself/herself on the nine dispositions required for this program by our accrediting bodies. This quiz consists of 9 multiple-choice questions and 1 essay question, allows for one attempt, is open notes/open book, and has a time limit of 1 hour.

Quizzes (4)

The student will complete four (4) quizzes that are cumulative and cover the material presented in the lecture presentations and class readings in each assigned Module: Week. Each quiz will be open book/open notes, consist of 20 multiple-choice questions, allow for one attempt, and have a time limit of 1 hour. Points will be deducted for the student going beyond the allotted 1-hour timeframe.