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Coaching and Counselling English Year 1

In the training programme ‘Coaching and Counselling’ you will go on a journey to discover who you are as a coach/counsellor and how to use your qualities and talents to guide other people on their path. The basic principles of coaching and counselling will be covered, with themes such as work, personal development, trauma, and mourning & loss.

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What does it take to be(come) a good coach/counsellor? What are your talents and how can you develop and apply them to guide others in their process?

During this programme you will learn to recognize personal patterns as the root of certain issues, and will get acquainted with methodologies that can be applied during sessions with your client. You will discover what coaching methods suit you best, and how to deal with themes that are personally important to you.

Discover who you are as a coach/counsellor

As a coach or counsellor you can be the most important factor in your client’s changing process. For that reason, it is very important to know yourself, both as a person and as a professional, and to know where your specific skills and knowledge lie to guide others. In this training course you will learn theory and methodologies, as well as gain practical tools for personal and professional growth. Over the course of the training sessions, your initial ideas of the work you want to do as a coach/counsellor are likely to change or fluctuate. It is a journey of discovering who you are, where your experience lies, what methodologies suit you best, and which specialization and target group attract you most. A beautiful and inspiring journey that you and your fellow students will make in a safe environment.

Is this course suitable for you?

The course is suitable for anyone who wants to learn the basics of coaching and counselling. This can for example be someone who wants to set up his/her own practice as a coach/counsellor, but also professionals who want to apply the skills in their job. If you already coach or counsel others in your current profession, and you want to acquire more skills, this course can be very suitable for you.

What is the purpose of the programme?

The training programme provides you with a solid foundation to coach/counsel people with a wide variety of backgrounds and issues. You learn the necessary skills and knowledge to guide people, regardless of whether you apply them in your own practice, or in your current job/profession.

What will you learn in the programme?

After successfully completing the training programme ‘Coaching and Counselling’ you will be able to:

  • Coach and counsel people with various issues.
  • Recognise underlying (hidden) issues and themes that people can come to you with.
  • Guide people to discover and develop their talents.
  • Apply a variety of methodologies to guide others in their process.
  • Make a sound decision on who you want to be(come) as a coach/counsellor and choose a specific direction to develop yourself further.

During the course of the training programme, you will go through a personal development process as well. In order to become a good coach/counsellor, it is very important that you have a proper understanding of your own life themes and issues and that you have previously worked/dealt with them.

Who are your fellow students?

The students in this course are mostly people who want to learn how to coach/counsel others and acquire the basic techniques/tools to do so. There will also be students who would like to apply the taught skills in their current job.

Course schedule

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

  • Principles of coaching and counselling
  • Different coach attitudes
  • Phases of coaching/counselling
  • Communication and conversation techniques
  • Behavioural patterns, character structures and attachment styles
  • Signals of body, mind and spirit
  • Stress, burn-out and depression
  • Mourning, loss and transition
  • Trauma
  • Systemic practice
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Non-violent communication
  • Coaching with tools, such as (card)games
  • Coaching with writing exercises
  • Exams: a theoretical and a practical exam

During the course of the programme you will work on developing your own portfolio. This portfolio will eventually contain ‘reflection reports’, homework assignments, reports of intervision meetings with your fellow students, and of coaching sessions with test clients.


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Programme:Coaching and Counselling
Programme language:English
Duration:Classroom Programme: 9 - 10 months
Online Programme: 10 months
Extent:Classroom Programme: 10 days of class
Online Programme Monday: 10 lessons of 7 hours
Online Programme Friday: 20 lessons of 3,5 hours
Study load:Classroom Programme: 10 - 12 hours per week
Online Programme: 8 - 10 hours per week
Educational level:Bachelor-level (post bachelor / post-HBO)
Pre-education:Minimum of Secondary Vocational Education (Dutch MBO) and/or sufficient life experience and motivation
Teachers:Betty Bonnema, Jolanda Gerbecks, Lya Young-Afat, Margarita Bernal
Diploma:Students will receive the Coaching and Counselling diploma when:
  • The portfolio and all exams (theoretical and practical) have a sufficient result/mark.
  • When a positive trainer’s assessment has been obtained.
  • The minimum attendance rule of 80% has been met.
  • All course fees have fully been paid.
Portfolio:During the training programme you work on your portfolio, which includes reports on your learning process, the sessions with your practice clients, intervision and practised methodologies. A minimum of 12 hours of working with practice clients is required. The student will need to arrange the practice clients themselves.
Certification:LVSC ACC logo IAC ACC logo
This training programme is certified by the LVSC. If you also successfully complete the Coaching and Counselling English Year 2 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:Download the literature list for this training programme here.
Order literature:Order your literature online on YouBeDo. The ACC and YouBeDo are partners. By ordering your books at YouBeDo you donate up to 12% to a good cause, without it costing you anything extra!
Start October 2021:Total amount € 2499,-. Payment in 3 instalments: € 833,- per term.*

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

All amounts 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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10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Betty Bonnema
10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Lya Young-Afat
10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Jolanda Gerbecks
10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Margarita Bernal
Den Haag
Online Programme

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9.30 am - 1.00 pm
Margarita Bernal
Online (computer with web cam)
10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Margarita Bernal
Online (computer with web cam)
Download the current class schedule

Did you start Coaching and Counselling Year 1 in the spring of 2021? Download the class schedule below.

Number of participants

The classroom programme will start when a minimum of 12 students have enrolled and will be considered full with 16-18 participants. The online programme will start when a minimum of 6 students have enrolled and will be considered full with 10 participants. As soon as we have sufficient applicants (at the latest 2 weeks before the start of the course) we will confirm the start. In case of too little students, or if a course is full, we will always try to find a solution, 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 classes. Depending on how many English programmes will run simultaneously to your course, there might be an option to make up for a missed class in a different group. This is however up to the discretion of the ACC and our teacher(s) and cannot be guaranteed.

I have recently completed my first year of the Coaching and Counselling course with ACC and was so impressed I decided to sign up for Year 2. The programme exceeded my expectations and our trainer, Arjan van Dijk, was extremely knowledgeable and supportive throughout the learning process, offering just the right balance between theory, interaction and feedback. I already feel that I have grown both professionally and personally and am looking forward to enhancing my coaching skills in Year 2. The owners and trainers are very hands on and there to support you on your journey. I would highly recommended ACC to anyone interested in becoming a coach or looking to strengthen their professional coaching skills.

From beginning to end my experiences with the ACC have been positive. I relocated from the UK to complete Year 1 of the programme and the school were instantly warm and welcoming, answering any questions that I had. Throughout the year I have developed many new skills, having the chance to put these into practice with clients to support them in their coaching journey. This year has also been an opportunity for self-growth and development and the ACC has provided a safe space to do that in. If you are looking to explore Coaching and Counselling, or develop existing skills that you already have, this course comes highly recommended.

The Live Online – Coaching and Counselling Year 1 course is the online version of the classroom course Coaching and Counselling Year 1. 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. The group with classes on Monday consists of 10 class days of 7 hours, and the group with lessons on Friday consists of 20 class days of 3.5 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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