DS401 Developing your Practice Skills


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Want to know more about the unit? Take a look at the unit handbook:


This unit will provide you with the opportunity to build your knowledge and skills as a life coach.

The unit comprises two modules. During the first module you will explore a variety of approaches to building, maintaining and understanding individual motivation. The second module will introduce you to a further selection of coaching models / tools.

On successful completion of the unit you will be equipped to further build the depth of your life coaching skills and tools as you work with people.

This unit comprises:

  • Adopting a psycho-social approach to practice
  • Science of persuasion
  • Cycle of change
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Working with conflict
  • Post-modern coaching
  • Developmental coaching
  • Integrated coaching
  • Reflecting on your model
  • Planning ongoing learning as part of your development


Assessment is through a 1,000-word assignment.

Who is the unit aimed at?

People who are looking to build their skills, knowledge and toolkit as a life coach.

Upon completion

After completing the unit, you will be able to:

  • Understand the concepts of motivation and how to work with this in practice.
  • Demonstrate the necessary skills and understanding in practice.
  • Appreciate the benefits a variety of models could add to your coaching repertoire.
  • Critically apply the concepts to your own life coaching practice.

Enrolment requirements

It is advised that you will have completed units PC101: Peer Coaching and LC201: Life Coaching before you undertake this unit.


The materials included are:

  • Pre-recorded session content
  • Unit handbook
  • Module manuals
  • Links to additional resources (including YouTube videos, articles, websites, suggested books etc)
  • Session quizzes
  • End of unit assessment
  • Live one-to-one tutorial
  • Live weekly sessions via Google Meet (except for those enrolled on our independent e-learning option)

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