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Coaching and Counselling English

Year 2

In the second year of the Coaching and Counselling training programme you will continue to improve your coaching and counselling skills and you will specialize in the field of your choice. Cornerstone of the schooling is the psychology of change and the subsequent challenges for coach and client.

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About the second year programme

In this training programme we’ll be diving deeper into interventions, and work on increasing your skills to deal with occurring disruptions in the coaching process. In four blocks of two practice days, we will explore different coaching areas that are important in everyday life: ‘personal life and health’, ‘family and relationships’, ‘business and career’ and ‘mourning, trauma and recovery’.  Within these areas, we’ll investigate which themes, skills and interventions are helpful to guide and stimulate change. We will continuously combine theory and practice, and you will reflect on your own practice and actions in the process.

How do you specialize?

During the course of the programme, you will compile a portfolio of all practical sessions in class, as well as of your coaching sessions with (test-)clients. To choose a specialisation, you can opt to select a subject as covered in the four blocks, or you can choose your own specialization aside of these blocks. Once you have selected a specific field, you will draft a plan together with your teacher to set up a project that will help you learn all the necessary skills and information to become a specialized coach/counsellor in the chosen field.

Is this course suitable for you?

The second year programme is suitable for those who have successfully completed the first year programme or who have gained sufficient coaching/counselling experience otherwise, and who want to develop themselves further into professional and specialized coaches and counsellors.

What is the purpose of the programme?

The second year programme provides you with extra skills and experience to become a professional and specialized coach/counsellor.

What will you learn in the second year programme?

You will:

  • Learn how change and learning processes work and how to apply them in your daily practice.
  • Learn how to intervene in a professional manner on disturbances in the coaching process.
  • Learn to understand and apply various coaching/counselling-roles and techniques.
  • Gain deeper knowledge on specific themes.

Who are your fellow students?

The students in the second year course are people who want to specialize in a certain field of coaching/counselling. Your fellow students all have successfully concluded the first year or have gained at least basic coaching and counselling skills otherwise. The area of specialization can differ per person. The programme is designed to give every student the opportunity to deepen their general skills, learn from and with their peers and to specialize in the field of their personal choice.

Course schedule

The programme consists of 10 days of class, in which the following themes and subjects will be covered:

Day  1
Psychology of learning and change
The building blocks of a successful practice: theme’s, target groups and methods
Assessment of individual learning goals

Day 2 and 3 – Personal life and health
Energy, stress and burn out
The wheel of life
Positive psychology
Rational Emotive Therapy: beliefs, emotions and behaviour

Day 4 and 5 – Family and relationships
Attachment theory
Transactional Analysis

Day 6 and 7 – Business and career
Career counselling
Change management:
Team coaching
Creative thinking

Day 8 and 9 – Mourning, trauma and recovery
Psychology of loss
Trauma counselling
Addiction and recovery coaching

Day 10 – Starting your own practice
Business skills for coaches
Re-cap of the programme: your lessons learned
Work with real-life clients in the classroom

Programme:Coaching and Counselling Year 2
Duration:Classroom Programme: 6 - 9 months
Online Programme: 10 months
Extent:Classroom Programme: 10 days of class
Online Programme: 20 sessions of 3,5 hours
Study load:On average 8 to 10 hours per week
Educational level:Bachelor-level (post bachelor / post-HBO)
Pre-education:First year Coaching and Counselling training programme
Teachers:Arjan van Dijk
Examination:Portfolio and a personal specialization project of approx. 20 hours.
Diploma:Students will receive the Second Year Coaching and Counselling-diploma when: 1) the portfolio and their specialization project have a sufficient result/mark, 2) the minimum attendance rule of 80% has been met, and 3) all course fees have been paid in full.
Certification:LVSC ACC logo IAC ACC logo
This training programme is certified by the LVSC. After completing this programme you can register with the LVSC as a Register Coach. In the meantime, as a student it is possible to register as a student-member and as a ‘Aspirant-Registercoach’.

The ACC is also recognized by the International Association for Counselling (IAC). This means that our institute has the IAC quality mark and you, as an ACC student, can join the IAC as a member.

Click here for more information on certification and recognition of the ACC.
Literature list:Compulsory literature: Professional Coaching. Principles and Practice.- Edited by: Susan, OSB, EdD, MCC, Sabatine, Janice Manzi, PhD, PCC, Brownell, Philip, MDiv, PsyD, PCC.
Furthermore you choose 1 book per block, and 2 extra books in the field of your specialization. The list of suggested books will be published here soon.
Start September 2020:Total amount € 2400,-. Payment in 3 instalments: € 800,- per term.*

* Payment in instalments is possible (max. 3). However, the full tuition needs to be paid before the start of the course.

Prices include the study syllabus and examination costs. Literature/books and potential resits of exams (€ 100,- per exam) are excluded.

Academie voor Coaching en Counselling is registered with the CRKBO, which means that our training courses are exempt from BTW (Dutch VAT).

Classroom Programme

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25 September 2020
2 April 2021
10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Arjan van Dijk

Online Programme

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17 September 2020
24 June 2021
9.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.
Arjan van Dijk
Online (computer with web cam)
Number of participants

The classroom programme will start when a minimum of 10 students have enrolled where we aim to limit the number of participants to maximum 16 students per group, however this can be exceeded by a few if necessary. The online programme will start when a minimum of 4 students have enrolled with a maximum 6 students per group.  As soon as a sufficient number of applicants have enrolled, we will confirm the start of the programme (at the latest 2 weeks before the start of the course). In case the minimum number of students has not been met, or when a course is full, we will try to find a solution for/with you, for example by postponing the start date a little or by creating a new group (if possible).

Attendance requirements

Students are required to attend at least 80% of the classes. Depending on how many English programmes will run simultaneously to your course, there might be an option to attend the missed day of class in a different group. This is however up to the discretion of the ACC and our teacher(s), and cannot be guaranteed.

The coaching and counseling second year was the deepening kick I needed to start my coaching practice. The four major themes convinced me that I could be with my client in most circumstances. The freedom of expression I experienced during the training helped me develop my specialization toward integrating my life experience in my practice. The trainer created a safe and supportive environment to explore and test new techniques. Dialog and sharing our own life experienced help to actively engage with the (sometimes difficult) themes at hand. This training met my criteria and I recommend it.


The Live Online – Coaching and Counselling Year 2 course is the online version of the classroom course Coaching and Counselling Year 2. More information about the content of this course can be found here. Below you will find what it means to follow live online courses and how to register for this course.

How does the Live Online Training work?

You will follow the lessons from the convenience of your own home via Zoom. You can even attend class from other locations, wherever you are in the world, as long as you have a computer with webcam available. The online lessons will be taught live on camera by a teacher, while all students are visible onscreen and can interact as needed. Throughout the session, the teacher can separate the students in smaller groups to practice the different techniques and methodologies. This means that the online lessons offer very similar possibilities as the classroom lessons.

We allow between 6 and 10 participants per group, to achieve the best possible learning environment. Every lesson will take up 3 hours. Outside class-hours, so in your own time, you will meet (online) with your fellow students to practice and have so called ‘intervision’ meetings. You will find your own coaching clients for practice sessions, which can be done online as well, or in real life, as you please.

Overall, this online training programme gives you the opportunity to learn proper coaching and counselling skills from anywhere in the world, while still interacting with a teacher and fellow students.

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