James Paul

Hello! I'm James Paul and I am very happy to meet you. I am a professional coach, therapist, mentor, counsellor, leader, manager, and project manager. I have more than 30-years of work experience in Coaching, Mentoring, Counselling, Hypnotherapy, NLP, TimeLine Therapy, Thought Field Therapy, Autogenic Training and Therapy, Leadership, Management, Project Management, Scheduling, Personal Development, Reiki, Training, and Teaching. Additionally, I am highly qualified, including academic qualifications, and professional certifications. In addition to my vast work experience I have a wide range of academic qualifications, and certifications, including Doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Master of Business, Master of Project Management, Master of Information Technology & Communication, Master of Business Coaching, Diploma of Stress Management, Diploma of Psychology, Diploma of Weight Loss, Certification in CELTA English Teaching, Diploma in Autogenic Training, Associate Diploma in Education and Training, Certified NLP Trainer, Certified TimeLine Therapy Trainer, Reiki Master/Teacher, Certificate in Thought Field Therapy, Certified Leadership Coach, Certified Leadership Practitioner, Graduate Coach U Certified, Accredited Executive Coach, and Professional Certified Coach. I am a full member of several professional associations, including the International Coaching Federation, Project Management Institute, Institute of Training & Development, Australian Traditional Medicine Society, International Association of Therapists, Australian Computer Society, Australian Graduate School of Leadership, and International Mentoring Association.

James Paul

How to Become a Certified Coach

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Medical Disclaimer: Please note that I am not a medical doctor. My programs, products, and services do not give you any medical advice. The content of my programs, products, and services was produced for your information, education, and entertainment only. I suggest that you ask your medical doctor or your medical practitioner for permission to practice the topics outlined in my programs, posts, products, and services, or to use the products outlined on this page. If you decide to practice the topics outlined in my programs, posts, products, and services, or to use the products outlined below, you must understand that you’ll do these on your own risk.

Professional Disclaimer: My programs, posts, products, and services do not give you any professional advice. The content of my programs, posts, products, and services was produced for your information, education, and entertainment only. I suggest that you consult a professional for any professional matters, including business, life, legal, job, marriage, relationships of any kind, financial, tax, and real estate.
Using my programs, posts, products, and services does not create any professional relationship between me and you. You need to understand that a professional relationship between me and you may be formed only when we produce a written agreement and we both sign that agreement, including agreed services, out of scope services, terms and conditions, and the agreed fees.

Introduction

This post outlines the necessary steps you may want to take to achieve a credential of Certified Professional Coach. It also gives you several evidence, including why you need a certification, the credentialing bodies, process to become certified, core coaching competencies, coaching credentials available, and a suggestion regarding an insurance organisation.

What are the Professional Coaching Associations offering Coach Credentialing?

As far as I know there is no Formal Government Body that provides Coach Credentialing. Actually, the coach credentialing are coach industry based. In other words, these are professional coaching associations that offer coach credentialing. There are many professional coaching associations that offer coach credentialing. However, there are three of them that can qualify as the most influential organisations. These are The International Coaching Federation (ICF), The International Association of Coaching (IAC), and The Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC). Just as a disclosure, I hold a Credential of Professional Certified Coach from ICF, and many other coaching credentials from different organisations. If you are interested, please read the section below titled “About the Author”.

Why do You need Coaching Credentials?

You may wonder “What is a Coaching Credential?” Simply stated a coaching credential is a coaching professional certification, awarded by a Coaching Professional Association, like ICF.

You may need to know that not all practicing coaches hold a coaching credential. One of the reasons is that a coach is not obliged to have any coaching credential. In fact, anybody reading a book, an article, a blog post, or visiting a website can suddenly fall in love with this profession and immediately decides to be a coach. Nobody can stop them to do that. However, having a coaching credential will offer One several benefits, including developing and refining their coaching skills, getting instant credibility and increased visibility to potential clients, building a professional network, and being able to buy an insurance policy for their own protection. Talking about building a professional network, ICF states that they have 70, 000 professional coaches. Apart from having a coaching credential, a coach being a member of a coaching professional association, like ICF, have access to coaching resources. Coming back to the benefits of credentialing, ICF outlines that 85% of coaching clients recognised that it is very important for their coaches to have a coaching credential (according to “2022 Global Consumer Awareness Study”). Therefore, I would say, Go for It.

What is the Process to Become a Certified Coach?

According to ICF, the process includes the following steps: (1) Get Informed, (2) Find and get Coaching Education, (3) Join a Coaching Professional Association, (4) Earn a Credential, and (5) Get involved in the Professional Coaching Association. Following a process like this you can start practicing coaching without having too many worries, because you will be a real coach.

Get Informed

ICF suggests that you ask yourself certain question, including (1) according to my passion, how can I help my potential clients to resolve their issues, (2) what business skills I need to lead a coaching business, and (3) what can I offer my clients in my niche

Find and get Coaching Education

You can look at ICF-accredited coaching schools’ offers. Please click the following link ESS.

Join a Coaching Professional Association

As I showed above, there are many coaching professional organisations. However, if I re-started now I will still choose ICF (application here).

Earn a Credential

ICF has three credential and paths, including Associate Certified Coach, Professional Certified Coach, and Master Certified Coach. Please click on this Link for a detailed description of credentials and paths.

Get involved in the professional coaching association

To enable you to get involved in the ICF work, ICF developed teams in the organisation in almost each country where ICF is establish as a Coaching Professional Association..

What Core Competencies You Will Need?

ICF just updated their core competencies. Therefore, you will find two sets of competencies, including current and updated competencies. The updated competencies will be applied from approx. mid-2022. So, until then ICF will apply the current core competencies. Please see below a summary of these current and updated competencies:

Current Core Competencies

Meeting Ethical Guidelines and Professional Standards
Establishing the Coaching Agreement
Establishing Trust and Intimacy with the Client
Coaching Presence
Active Listening
Powerful Questioning
Direct Communication
Creating Awareness
Designing Actions
Planning and Goal Setting
Managing Progress and Accountability

You will find a PDF file clicking this LINK.

Updated Core Competencies

Demonstrates Ethical Practice
Embodies a Coaching Mindset
Establishes and Maintains Agreements
Cultivates Trust and Safety
Maintains Presence
Listens Actively
Evokes Awareness
Facilitates Client Growth

You will find a PDF file clicking this LINK.

Suggestion Regarding Insurance

AON provides insurance for Coaching Services. If you are interested, please call this number, or send an email to this address to get the required information.

Programs & Publications you may want to consult

For further information I recommend you the following Programs and Publications:

Certified Life Coach Program, Coaching for Performance, Coaching – 9 Powerful Laws of Transformational Coaching, Life Coaching – How to Become A Successful Life Coach, and The Coaching Habit.

About the author

I am a coach, therapist, mentor, counsellor, leader, manager, and project manager. I have more than 30-years of work experience including Coaching, Mentoring, Counselling, Hypnotherapy, NLP, TimeLine Therapy, Thought Field Therapy, and Autogenic Training. In addition to my vast work experience I have a wide range of academic qualifications, and certifications, including Doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Master of Business, Master of Project Management, Master of Information Technology & Communication, Master of Business Coaching, Certified Professional Coach, Coach U Certified Graduate, Accreditation in Executive Coaching, Certified Leadership Coach, Certified Master Coach, Certified Life Coach, Diploma of Autogenic Training, Diploma of Stress Management, Diploma of Psychology, and Diploma of Weight Loss. I am a full member of several professional associations, including the International Coaching Federation, Australian Traditional Medicine Society, and International Mentoring Association.

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How to Solve your Health & Wellness issues with Autogenic Training

Disclosure: Please note that this page includes several affiliate links. Therefore, when you buy any of the recommended items, the owners of those businesses may pay me a small commission. Please note that there will not be any extra cost to you when I receive such commissions.
When you click on these links you will develop a direct relationship with the providers of the links. You will deal directly with the link provider that will be responsible for the content, products, services, and correctness of the information, and you will take all the risks, and pay for damages arising from this relationship, and from using their products, and services advertised on my website through their links. Please be aware that we cannot interfere in any way in the relationship and transactions between you, and the advertisers. You agree that you take full responsibility when you use these products, services, and the associated information.

Medical Disclaimer: Please note that I am not a medical doctor. My programs, products, and services do not give you any medical advice. The content of my programs, products, and services was produced for your information, education, and entertainment only. I suggest that you ask your medical doctor or your medical practitioner for permission to practice the topics outlined in my programs, posts, products, and services, or to use the products outlined on this page. If you decide to practice the topics outlined in my programs, posts, products, and services, or to use the products outlined below, you must understand that you’ll do these on your own risk.

Professional Disclaimer: My programs, posts, products, and services do not give you any professional advice. The content of my programs, posts, products, and services was produced for your information, education, and entertainment only. I suggest that you consult a professional for any professional matters, including business, life, legal, job, marriage, relationships of any kind, financial, tax, and real estate.
Using my programs, posts, products, and services does not create any professional relationship between me and you. You need to understand that a professional relationship between me and you may be formed only when we produce a written agreement and we both sign that agreement, including agreed services, out of scope services, terms and conditions, and the agreed fees.

Introduction

According to Jencks (1973), Autogenic Training is a psychophysiological method of therapy. Dr. J.H. Schultz was the developer of this method in 1920, who defined six standard exercises used with great success by Schultz’s students.

Following the development of these six classical exercises, Schultz developed a series of suggestions categorised as Special Formulas, applied in the medical and psychological therapeutic situations. Following this development, Schultz designed the Advanced Autogenic Training, which he initially called meditative mental exercises.

The Autogenic term comes from the Greek Autos, i.e., within the self, and Genos, i.e., developed. In other words, Autogenic means “Developed within the self”.

Later on, Schultz and Luthe (1969) published Autogenic Methods, being part of six comprehensive volumes, including Medical Applications, Applications in Psychotherapy, Research and Theory, Dynamics of Autogenic Neutralization, and Treatment with Autogenic Neutralization.

This post discusses the six classical exercises only.

The objectives and applications of Autogenic Training.

According to Jencks (1973),  the objectives and applications of Autogenic Training can be incorporated in a long list, including stress, the promotion of tolerable and healthy reactions of body and mind, elimination of intolerable and unhealthy results, achieving enhanced personal and social efficiency, rest and recuperation, self-relaxation, self-discipline, self-determination, increased motivation, changes of distressful memory programs, activation of healing mechanisms, elimination of negatively charged images, improvement of sleep, development of memory recall, self-analysis, and self-realization.

The Six-Standard Autogenic Training Exercises.

The exercises shown below use a series of suggestions that according to Linden (1990) are conducive to the following physiological changes during the practice of the exercises of Autogenic Training: (1) heaviness = muscular relaxation, (2) warmth = vascular dilation, (3) heartbeat calm and regular = regulation of heart activity, (4) respiration is calm and regular = regulation of breathing, (5) solar plexus is comfortably warm = regulation of visceral organs activity, and (6) forehead is pleasantly cool = regulation of the head.

The six-standard autogenic training exercises involve a series of verbal formulae spoken by a practitioner while the subject adopts a lying or a sitting position holding their eyes closed, in a tranquil settings (Jencks 1973).

The practitioner pronounces each formula for six times, followed by the word tranquillity once. The subject repeats each formula in their mind.

According to Jencks (1973), the formulae include:

  1. Heaviness of arms and legs.
  2. Warmth of arms and legs.
  3. Heartbeat regulation.
  4. Respiration regulation.
  5. Internal Warmth directed to visceral organs.
  6. Cooling of the Forehead.

When not to practice autogenic training

There are obviously several contraindications to practicing autogenic training (Kermani 1996), including the following:

  1. People having heart issues, including angina, during or immediately following a heart attack. As far as the heart attack is concerned, it is recommended to wait for minimum three months before practicing autogenic training.
  2. People having diabetes, with insulin treatment. This is because insulin is affected during practicing autogenic training.
  3. Glaucoma sufferers, i.e., increased pressure within eyeball.
  4. Psychotic conditions sufferers, including schizophrenia, and severe depression.
  5. Alcoholics, and drug users addicted to heroin, morphine, and cocaine.
  6. Epilepsy sufferers, because the frequency of attacks may be increased.
  7. People having extended occurrences of unconsciousness.
  8. To be on the safe side, people wanting to practice autogenic training should ask for medical advice. In other words people can practice autogenic training with permission granted by their medical doctor.

Autogenic Training’s examples of physiological effects on people

Linden (1990, pp. 101-140) cites a series of studies completed by several researchers, including the following results: (1) Blood volume changes, (2) Reduction in cholesterol values, (3) stress reduction, reduction of cortisol levels, (4) gastrointestinal improvements, (5) heart rate improvements, (6) respiration improvements, (7) angina symptoms improvement, (8) asthma symptoms improvement, (9) childbirth-reduction of pre-labour anxiety and labour pain,
(10) headache intensity and frequency reduction, (11) hypertension reduction, (12) insomnia reduction, and (13) anxiety reduction.

How to train people in Autogenic Training

I suggest a training course for autogenic training of 10 weeks, 1 hour per week, including:
(1) postures, (2) sessions: heaviness, warmth, heartbeat, respiration, internal warmth, and cooling of the forehead, (3) ending of autogenic state, and (4) summary. I also suggest that the exercises need to be practiced three times daily.

Other Publications

There are more authors who contributed to the development and application of the autogenic training method, that you may want to read to learn more about it. Thus, the readings I recommend, include Autogenic Training: A Mind-Body Approach, Autogenic Training: A Mind-Body Approach for Stress Management, Autogenics 3.0: The New Way to Mindfulness and Meditation, and Stress Management with Autogenic Training.

Conclusion

Autogenic Training proved to be a valuable psychophysiological method of therapy. Developed by Dr. J.H. Schultz in 1920, and used with great success by Dr. Schultz’s students it is still used today all over the world. Research found excellent results in (1) Blood volume changes, (2) Reduction in cholesterol values, (3) stress reduction, reduction of cortisol levels, (4) gastrointestinal improvements, (5) heart rate improvements, (6) respiration improvements, (7) angina symptoms improvement, (8) asthma symptoms improvement, (9) childbirth-reduction of pre-labour anxiety and labour pain, (10) headache intensity and frequency reduction, (11) hypertension reduction, (12) insomnia reduction, and (13) anxiety. Therefore, I suggest that this therapy may be used when you have issues with your health and wellness. However, I suggest you firstly discuss the use of autogenic training with your medical doctor. Please do not jump into using this therapy without having your medical doctor’s permission and proper training provided by an Autogenic Training Practitioner.

References

Jencks, B 1973, Exercise manual for J.H. Schultz’s Standard Autogenic Training and Special Formulas, AlphaGraphics, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Kermani, K 1996, Autogenic Training-the effective holistic way to better health, Souvenir Press, London.

Linden, W 1990, Autogenic Training a Clinical Guide, The Guilford Press, New York, USA.

Schultz, JH & Luthe, W 1969, Autogenic Methods, Grune & Stratton, New York and London.

About the author

I am a professional coach, therapist, mentor, counsellor, leader, manager, and project manager. I have more than 30-years of work experience including Coaching, Mentoring, Counselling, Hypnotherapy, NLP, TimeLine Therapy, Thought Field Therapy, and Autogenic Training. In addition to my vast work experience I have a wide range of academic qualifications, and certifications, including Doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Master of Business, Master of Project Management, Master of Information Technology & Communication, Master of Business Coaching, Diploma of Autogenic Training, Diploma of Stress Management, Diploma of Psychology, and Diploma of Weight Loss. I am a full member of several professional associations, including the International Coaching Federation, Australian Traditional Medicine Society, and International Mentoring Association.

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