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Executive Coaching & Consultation Certificate

Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine

Executive Coaching & Consultation Certificate

Be the change you want to see. The Townsend Institute's graduate certificate program for Executive Coaching & Consultation at Concordia University provides intentional & engaging coursework to grow your coaching toolbox. Guided by Dr. John Townsend, the Institute Fellows, and our hand-picked faculty, students learn how to partner with their clients in a thought-provoking, creative, and collaborative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

Dr. John Townsend is a New York Times best-selling author, leadership consultant, psychologist and relationship expert. For more than twenty years Dr. Townsend has engaged with leaders, organizations and individuals offering life-changing solutions to common challenges. He brings this depth of experience to the courses offered in the Townsend Institute's Executive Coaching program.

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Be a catalyst for change.

The coaching field is growing and the future looks bright. Fortune 100 companies regularly hire coaches to develop their executives, improve their teams, spur creativity, and solve problems. Individuals hire coaches to establish goals and pursue their vision, gain confidence, develop their careers, and improve their personal lives.

As an Executive Coaching & Consultation student, you will learn:

  • How to facilitate transformational relationships that help people know themselves and others at deeper levels, adopt a growth-mindset, and achieve their potential.
  • Theories and techniques that allow you to become a practical, skill-based practitioner who gets results.
  • Skills to connect to the internal wiring of the person’s brain and heart, where the root issues lie, such as isolation, lack of boundaries, shame and having no voice.
  • Scriptural foundations, findings in neuroscience, and performance research underlying successful coaching methods.
  • Marketing strategies for being a successful coach or consultant, promoting your services to businesses and non-profits.

Personally learn from Dr. John Townsend.

Dr. John Townsend

Dr. John Townsend on the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine

  • Begin with a 4-day Kick-off Conference with your community of fellow students, faculty, and Institute Fellows. Dr. Townsend will conduct a series of trainings to jump-start your Certificate program.
  • Connect with your cohort in a guided-process group experience to earn your first three credits, where you will learn to unpack key moments in your life story and grow your character.
  • Join a 3-hour virtual classroom bi-monthly where Dr. Townsend and one of the Institute Fellows personally give a training. The last hour is all Q&A for students.
  • Engage with Dr. Townsend’s exclusive training videos and podcasts created for each course.
  • Gain access to white papers written by Dr. Townsend for topic areas that draw on his decades of experience in leadership development and consulting.

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Great leaders succeed by harnessing the power of both the external world and the internal world.

Dr. John Townsend

Become a certified executive coach.

Term Start Date
Summer 2021 August 9, 2021

You can choose to earn a Professional Certificate or Advanced Certificate for Executive Coaching and Consultation which begin in the Fall or Spring semester. The entire program is 30 weeks for a Professional Certificate (12 credits) or 11 months for an Advanced Certificate (18 credits). Students will take one 7-week course at a time. Learning activities will involve approximately 13 to 16 hours of your time invested each week.

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A deep bench of experience.

When you make a choice to invest in your future by continuing your education, you want to be sure your time is well spent. That’s where the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine offers a distinct advantage. In addition to top-tier Faculty, Dr. Townsend has assembled a world-class team of influencers, the Institute Fellows - author-teachers with broad platforms who are widely recognized.

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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but we encourage you to have all documentation in early because there are a limited number of spaces available. If you have any questions about the admissions process or need any assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Application Requirements

  • An application with nonrefundable application fee of $50
  • One official transcript from a regionally accredited college or university that shows your confirmed bachelor’s degree. Official college transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope.
  • Must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Written essay (2 pages, 500 words) addressing the following items:
    • Personal, professional, and educational goals
    • In your experience, what is the best way that a person grows or changes?
    • What interested you in applying to the Townsend Institute as opposed to other programs?
  • Minimum of 1 professional reference required. Personal reference optional.
  • A current professional resume
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