Definition of Mentor Coaching

ICF Defines Mentor Coaching as “Mentor Coaching for an ICF Credential consists of coaching and feedback in a collaborative, appreciative and dialogued process based on an observed session to increase the coach’s capability in coaching, in alignment with the ICF Core Competencies.

At ICA, we believe taking a self-directed, multi-dimensional, simultaneous approach to learning coaching is the best way to master coaching skill. Mentor coaching is just one way to develop your coaching skills: 

At ICA, in each 90 minute mentor coaching class, there are 2 kinds of Mentor Coaching that occur:

Individual Mentor Coaching:

Student coaches a volunteer peer client for 20 minutes to provide a sample of coaching on which to receive 10 minutes of direct feedback from the mentor.

Group Mentor Coaching:

Those students observing the coaching session are using that opportunity to watch for competencies in action; to consider their own challenges in similar situations; to formulate their own questions; or to develop their own techniques. Following the individual feedback, the mentor will engage the group in an approximately 15 minute discussion of those observations and challenges. This is not feedback for the student coach in the individual session but an opportunity to deepen the observer’s individual learning and development.



Trainer Feedback


Mentor Coaching is there to develop the student’s coaching skills over a period of time, and specifically against the ICF Competencies. Students are also given the opportunity to conduct an entire coaching session from establishing the coaching agreement to tackling at least one issue, goal or challenge. These coaching sessions are public so ensure the issue or topic the client brings to the session is suitable for a 20 min session and a public coaching session.


Trainer Feedback:

  • The trainer with use the PCC Markers to assist the coach in identifying coaching competencies used in the coaching session

  • The trainer may stop the session if the coach is clearly breaching one or more of the competencies (ie if they are giving advice, or not listening or if the session goes over 20 minutes



The Structure of a Mentor Coaching Class


STRUCTURE OF A MENTOR COACHING CLASS

Time

Learning Item

Possible Activities

00 – 02

Introduction 

  • Trainer introduces Mentor Coaching, explains the process and locks down the coaches and clients for the session

02 - 22

Coaching Session #1

  • Volunteer student coaches volunteer clients

  • Trainer observes and takes notes of coaching against ICF competencies

  • Trainer only interrupts if the coaching is sub-standard and ICF competencies are clearly being breached

22 - 30


Feedback from Trainer 

  • Trainer will offer feedback to the coach and invite them to share their experience of both the coaching and the feedback

30 - 45


Questions and general discussion

  • Trainer will invite questions and observations from the class and facilitate a discussion around the ICF competency. 

45 - 65

Coaching Session #2

  • Volunteer student coaches volunteer clients

  • Trainer observes and takes notes of coaching against ICF competencies

  • Trainer only interrupts if the coaching is sub-standard and ICF competencies are clearly being breached

65 - 75


Feedback from Trainer 

  • Trainer will offer feedback to the coach and invite them to share their experience of both the coaching and the feedback

70 - 90


Questions and general discussion

  • Trainer will invite questions and observations from the class and facilitate a discussion around the ICF competency.