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Provocative Coaching

Would you like to have more fun and laughter while you’re working? Are you ready for a completely different approach in coaching and counselling? Do you have a good sense of humor and a fair amount of fantasy? Are you intrigued by the attitude of the challenger in the model of the six coaching attitudes as described by Karen Walthuis? All of these are great reasons to register for this 2-day introduction course Provocative Coaching!

About the 2-day course Provocative Coaching

The beauty of Provocative Coaching is its simplicity. Founding father Frank Farrelly ‘just did what he thought and felt’. As a provocative coach you are your honest and crazy self in contact with the coachee and you use your absurdity, weirdness, intuition and underlying wisdom. With all your senses tuned into your coachee, you let your inner jester do the rest. It sounds easy, but at the same time it is the most complicated coaching approach of all. It requires a developed insight in yourself and the capacity of not taking yourself too seriously. Forget admiration en professionalism. Welcome drama, humor, challenge and playfulness. And acceptance of what is, what was and what will be. You use what happens in the moment, in the personal contact with your coachee, as a coaching tool. Mindful and present, profound and light.

What is the purpose of the course?

The course provides a general introduction to this unconventional and extremely effective way of coaching. After the 2-day course you will know what seriously playful coaching could mean to you and to your coachees.

What will you learn in the course?

After this course you will be able to use yourself as an instrument, including your shadows and shames. You will know how and when to use paradoxical, surprising, challenging and confusing interventions. Also, you will know how to play with the relationship proposals of your client.

For whom is the course intended?

This course is meant for professional coaches and counsellors with quite some work and life experience, who have a substantial sense of humor and a flexible mind.

Structure of the course

Day 1: Provocative Coaching

  • Background and historical context of Provocative Coaching
  • The attitude of the challenger
  • Ten provocative interventions

Day 2: Playing in and with the relationship

  • Dramatizing (in) the coach/coachee relationship
  • Playing with projections and coachee stereotypes
  • Paradoxical reactions to relationship proposals

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Provocative Coaching Details


Provocative Coaching

Programme language:



2 days

Group size:

10 to 16 participants

Study load:

16 hours

Programme type:

Classroom course


This training programme is suitable for people with an extensive experience in coaching. This means a coaching training programme of at least 10 days and a minimum of 1 year working experience as a coach.



Students will receive a certificate of participation when a positive trainer’s assessment has been obtained, the minimum attendance rule of 80% has been met and all course fees have fully been paid.


Price 2022:

Total amount € 525,-. Payment in 3 instalments: € 175,- 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 administration costs (of € 50), the study syllabus (of € 50) and examination costs. Literature/books and potential resits of exams (€ 100,- per exam) are excluded.

NB: The study syllabus is issued once per student. Only in exceptional cases is it possible to request a reprint of the syllabus. If a reprint is approved by the ACC, the costs will be € 100,- (including administration costs and shipping costs within the Netherlands).

The Academy for Coaching and Counselling is registered with the CRKBO, which means that our training courses are exempt from btw (Dutch VAT).

Follow this training programme with STAP budget

People in the Dutch labour market (either in a job or job-seekers) can apply for a STAP budget of up to €1,000 for educational purposes. The STAP budget replaces the tax scheme whereby study costs could be deducted from the income tax. You can apply for the STAP budget for all ACC’s training programmes that start after the 1st of September 2022. For more information, please visit this page on our website.

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Number of participants

The classroom course will start when a minimum of 10 students have enrolled and will be considered full with 16 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.

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