Connections in Mind is committed to improving access to executive function coaching for children and young people from all backgrounds. One way we do this is by providing world-class executive function coach training and accreditation.
What is EF coaching?
Executive function coaching is a client/student-led approach to behaviour change. It helps individuals to develop self awareness and to form new habits, enhancing their lives and helping them become more successful at mastering the skills they need to flourish. Often the barrier to success for individuals struggling at school or the workplace have their roots in challenges with executive function skills.
Our Coach Training Course
Most people have an array of executive function skills strengths and weaknesses. Identifying weaknesses can help in order to devise strategies to overcome these weaknesses. Because of the malleable nature of the brain’s neural pathways, techniques to overcome executive function challenges can be learnt.
Executive Function Coaching can be delivered as a bespoke intervention or integrated into an existing practice.
What does the course cover?
An overview of basic neuroscience and neuroplasticity
- What executive functions skills are and how to communicate their impact
- How the pre-frontal cortex operates
- How emotional processing relates to executive function skills
- Basic coaching and motivational interviewing skills
- Evaluating how ready a client is to make changes
- How to support clients to develop executive functions skill goals
- Supporting clients to develop new habits and strategies
- Supporting clients to maintain progress
- How to capture impact and to support clients to evaluate their own progress
- The Connections in Mind Connect, Collaborate and Support model of coaching
Who can attend the training?
The training is aimed at professionals already working with children, young people, or adults. It is perfect for teachers, teaching assistants, learning support professionals SENCo’s, educators, psychologists, inclusion managers, support workers, mentors, and coaches. Bespoke training can also be arranged within your school, charity or organisation.
If you want to carry out this approach with children and young people you will need to provide evidence that you have a minimum of three years of work experience with children and young people and submit a copy of DBS and safeguarding training.
It is important to note that this course is an additional skills training course and does not replace a life coaching certificate.
If you would like to progress on to the more advanced accreditation you will need to complete supervision with us, collect a portfolio of evidence, and complete further tasks.