BEYOND THE BASICS–ADVANCED TOPICS IN COACHING

Beyond the Basics is a Virtual reading, discussion & learning experience for all professionals interested in expanding their knowledge of coaching. Session Topics for each session will be selected from the “desk-top” reference, PROFESSIONAL COACHING, Principles and Practice. Its editors, seasoned coaches themselves, intended to create one source that would bring together perspectives of expert coaches with experts on coaching and a way to move its content “off the shelf” and into everyday coaching practices. Please note: It is important that each participant read the targeted chapter in advance. The text can be purchased online and through the publisher, www.Springerpub.com, enter “Professional Coaching Principles & Practice”

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
6:30pm – 8:00pm EST

Chapter 14: “SUCCESSFUL COACHES INFLUENCE EMOTIONS, THOUGHTS & BEHAVIORS”
by Charles Wolfe

CEU: 1.5 (1.0 core/.5 resource)

Through reading & interactive discussions, participants will learn how:

  • Behavioral change that is sustainable is tied to self-talk, and how self-talk is influenced by feelings
  • To use the Emotion Roadmap in individual coaching to achieve sustainable change
  • To see how the same understanding and methodology can be used to enhance teamwork and large-scale organizational changes

This chapter incorporates the ability model of emotional intelligence, intentional change theory, problem-solving methodology, appreciative inquiry, and team emotional intelligence in explaining how to use emotions successfully in coaching. Chuck Wolfe worked closely with pioneers in emotional intelligence when he developed the Emotion Roadmap, a process for helping people more effectively manage their own emotions, the emotions of others, and their relationships.

Chuck uses the Emotion Roadmap to help an individual change behavior. Interestingly it is not unusual where the client to be coached knows what behavior(s) need changing. So what can the coach do? Chuck makes the case that sustainable change involves understanding what the self-talk is that is influencing the current problematic behavior. Since a client’s emotions influence his or her self-talk, then to change self-talk the coach needs to find a way to change a client’s feelings. The goal is to change client emotions to ideal feelings that lead to positive self-talk which drives successful behavior change, or at least meet the needs of the client’s existing feelings in a more productive manner. Chuck demonstrates via a case study how this works in an individual, and also shares how the Roadmap works with teams and change.

Chuck Wolfe is CEO of Charles J. Wolfe Associates, a result-driven consulting firm dedicated to improving leadership, individual, and organizational performance. He specializes in motivational speaking, leadership consulting, coaching, team building, and training. Chuck is internationally recognized as an expert and pioneer in emotional intelligence. He created a unique methodology, the Emotion RoadmapTM which helps leaders manage change, teams, and performance. The Emotion RoadmapTM is featured in his consulting, workshops, and publications. Chuck created and hosts the radio talk show “The Emotion Roadmap: Take the Wheel and Control How You Feel.”

Chuck is a faculty member for Dan Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification Program and a member of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations.

Registration for September 10th:

ICF Pittsburgh Chapter Members/Affiliates/Premier- click here

ICF Affiliate Chapters ($10) / Non members ($20)


Membership Status



Thursday, October 17, 2019 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm, EST

Chapter 21 – “MATURITY COACHING: ENABLING VERTICAL DEVELOPMENT IN LEADERS” by Beena Sharma

Beena discusses how a coach can facilitate greater maturity in adults by applying the knowledge of vertical development to tailor their coaching to the client’s “stage of development”. She proposes that developmentally informed coaching interventions can address deeper personality patterns, hidden aspects of inner life, belief systems, assumptions and life stances that might escape other ways of coaching without this perspective. Additionally, Beena proposes that coaches, aware of their own “level” of evolution in terms of their ability to observe their own hidden patterns, question their beliefs, and take larger perspectives are likely to generate more powerful and compelling coaching experiences resulting in greater self-awareness and wisdom in their clients.

Through reading & interactive discussions, participants will deepen their knowledge of:

  • Vertical Development theories & Tenets of Vertical Development
  • The Maturity Framework (MAP) Instrument
  • Maturity Coaching
  • The Coach’s Maturity Level & a profile of a Maturity Coach
  • Ethical Considerations in Maturity Coaching

Beena Sharma is Founder and President of Vertical Development Academy. Beena is an International Consultant committed to embedding developmental theory and Integral approaches in human and system development. Beena brings with her significant experience in applying vertical development theory, and facilitating leadership and organizational learning and development, including designing and anchoring complex large-scale change efforts. Beena is a certified MAP scorer, having completed a rigorous certification training. Beena actively employs the LMF and MAP in Leadership coaching and systemic organizational development.

Registration for October 17th:

ICF Pittsburgh Chapter Members/Affiliates/Premier- click here

ICF Affiliate Chapters ($10) / Non members ($20)


Membership Status



Tuesday, November 12, 2019 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm, EST

Chapter 22 – “THE IMMUNITY-TO-CHANGE PROCESS: WHEN CHANGE IS HARD TO MAKE.” by Deborah Heisling, Ed.D.

Through reading & interactive discussions, participants will learn how:

  • Understand what a psychological immune system is and how it operates
  • Gain a picture of the process for how to diagnose a psychological immune system
  • Learn a couple of ways to begin the process of overturning an immune system
  • Consider how immunity-to-change work can impact individual development, work relationships and organizational culture

Why is change so difficult, even when our clients are genuinely committed to it? What can we do to better support them to succeed in changing? The Immunity-to-Change (ITC) process is designed to enable individuals to identify assumptions they currently hold that are likely to interfere with their personal effectiveness. This chapter introduces the ITC process, illustrating how it works with examples of client work. Readers can gain their own powerful picture, or “diagnostic,” of the systematic way they unintentionally work against the wanted behavior (this is what we call the “immunity to change”), and what they can do to disrupt that system.

Deborah Helsing, Ed.Dis a Co-Director of Minds at Work, where she coaches, consults and provides training on the Immunity to Change approach. She also holds a faculty position at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, teaching courses in Adult Development, Immunity to Change, and co-teaching a course in personal mastery for leaders. She provides executive coaching to high potential educational leaders as part of the Doctor of Educational Leadership program.

Registration for November 12th:

ICF Pittsburgh Chapter Members/Affiliates/Premier- click here

ICF Affiliate Chapters ($10) / Non members ($20)


Membership Status