Advanced Career Guidance and Coaching Skills

February 11th - BIRMINGHAM, Jurys Inn




This master class is designed for experienced practitioners who wish to focus on aspects of practice that cannot be delivered by on-line resources and which require a high level of artistry.

During the day we will explore:

  • Developments in neuroscience/ neuropsychology and implications for practice
  • Using metaphor to explore the story
  • Transformational coaching – expanding self-identity and challenging limiting beliefs
  • Supporting intuitive decision making
  • Visioning and backward action planning: creating the desire and energy for change

The day will be highly practical, exploring a range of tactics and sharing good practice. The approaches used will be suitable for use with a wide range of clients.

Target audience

Career advisers and coaches working with young people, students and adults who have a few years’ experience and wish to take their skills to the next level.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the day delegates will be able to:

  • Evaluate the implications of recent developments in neuroscience/ neuropsychology for their guidance and coaching practice
  • Explain how metaphor can be used to explore the story
  • Evaluate how transformational coaching can be used to expand one’s self-identity and challenging limiting beliefs
  • Use a step-by-step approach to enable client’s to listen to their intuition in decision making
  • Evaluate the role of visioning and backward action planning in creating the desire and energy for change.

Course details 

0930 - Registration, tea & coffee

0945 - Welcome & introduction

1000 - Developments in Neuroscience & Neuropsychology

  • Developments in our understanding of how the brain works 
  • Implications for guidance and coaching 
  • The use of metaphor

1100 - Break 

1115 - Transformational coaching 

  • The background - Jung's archetypes; Executive coaching. 
  • Your personal stage and the parts you play 
  • Expanding your role repertoire 
  • Using the tool with clients and customers 

1230 - Lunch 

1315 - Intuitive decision making 

A tool based on the narrative approach to guidance and coaching which appreciates the role played by the adaptive brain in decision making. We will define intuition and understand how it works, differentiating between informed intuition and ill-founded prejudice Delegates will then have the opportunity to experiment with a structured approach for accessing and strengthening client’s ability to listen to their intuition

1430 - Break 

1445 - Visioning & backward action planning 

Motivational action planning is a tool developed by Liane Hambly which integrates a number of schools of thought and allied practices to maximise the likelihood of people taking action to bring about significant change in their lives. It is underpinned by the following principles:

  • Pros and cons/ analysis is rarely sufficient to bring about profound change. In the business world this is referred to as emergent change theory, creating a vision for change and winning people’s hearts, not just their minds.
  • Action planning using SMART can serve to demotivate rather than motivate. SMARTER advocates ensuring there is stretch/ challenge as well as excitement for change. Backward action planning (Lock and Latham) argues that to inhabit a future goal via your imagination and then consider how you would have got there, is more effective than standing at the base of the mountain and looking at the climb in front of you.
  • Motivational interviewing that people need to experience the discomfort of not changing and the potential benefits of doing so.

Delegates will have the opportunity to try out this powerful method and consider how it can be used with clients.

1545 - Evaluation & close 

Trainer biography 

Liane is a consultant with 25 years’ experience in the career guidance field as a practitioner, QCG lecturer at two universities and freelance consultant. She has an excellent reputation as a trainer with particular areas of expertise in career theory, advanced career coaching, ethical and reflective practice.  She is also an executive coach with her own private practice. Liane has designed and delivered training throughout the UK for a wide range of guidance providers and produced the guidance model and quality standards for Wales. She is author of Let’s Talk Guidance, a DVD and learning resource on career guidance and coaching and has published articles on career theory, the role of faith in career decision making and Planned Happenstance. Liane is currently a member of the CDI’s Professional Standards Committee.

Price and booking information

All our one-day events are booked and paid for online – see next webpage. Payment must be made by credit/debit card at the time of booking. (It may be that you need to pay for an event yourself and then claim back the fee from your employer.)

The price for CDI members is £145 + VAT per person. The price for non-members is £195 + VAT.

A small number of reduced places for student members are available on most courses - £60 + VAT.

The course fee includes all course materials, refreshments and a light lunch. Please let us know of any dietary requirements on the booking form.

Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Tue 11 Feb 2020 (Deadline for booking tickets is Tue 11 Feb 2020)
  • Jurys Inn, , BIRMINGHAM