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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Psychology

Advanced Skills in Life Coaching
LIFC-202

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 02/03/2020

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.

Requisites

Prerequisite

PSYC 101 or PSYC 210

Rationale

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 Resources

Required Resources

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student.

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Dunbar, A. (2010). Essential life coaching skills. New York, NY: Routledge.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

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

Topic

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.

Final

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).

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (4 at 60 pts ea)

240

4MAT Review

200

Research Paper

Topic

50

Outline and Reference List

100

Final

250

Module Checks (8 at 20 pts ea)

160

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A B C D F
900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

LIFC 202

Textbook: Dunbar, Essential Life Coaching Skills (2010).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Dunbar: chs. 1–2

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

Module Check

10

0

60

20

2

Dunbar: chs. 3–4

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

Research Paper: Topic

Module Check

60

50

20

3

Dunbar: ch. 5

1 presentation

4MAT Review

Module Check

200

20

4

Dunbar: chs. 6–7

1 presentation

DB Forum 3

Module Check

60

20

5

Dunbar: chs. 8–9

1 presentation

Research Paper: Outline and Reference List

Module Check

100

20

6

Dunbar: chs. 10–11

1 presentation

DB Forum 4

Module Check

60

20

7

Dunbar: chs. 12–13

1 presentation

Research Paper: Final

Module Check

250

20

8

Dunbar: ch. 14

1 presentation

Module Check

20

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.