"The Coaching Leader Program encompasses a group of motivated professionals who strive to develop quality environments within their workplace. The specific framework taught in the Coaching Leader Program provides leaders with conversational agility and tact to elicit the best outcomes for both their clients and work groups."    -- Ryan J. Dugan, M.S., ACC

“The Coaching Leader Program introduced me to a new way of communicating with my clients.  It’s curriculum allowed me to practice and develop my skills in asking open-ended questions, using empathy, and putting my clients in charge of their own solutions and success.”   -- Michael Alleruzzo, Visiting Instructor of Management, St. Joseph's University

"The Coaching Leader Program through Saint Joseph's University is a profound and life changing experience that trains and prepares coaches in the ICF discipline. Through study, self reflection, and frequent mentor sessions, the coach learns that the client is always central - and in so doing, the coach learns to trust the coaching process."   -- Dom Addeo, Coaching and Consulting

“CLP is a program that provided me with practical skills, while obtaining a thorough understanding of leadership coaching. Dr. Tilin  is a wonderful teacher.”  -- Amy Lambert, ACC, Health Care Advisor and Executive Coach

"I found the course extremely informative and helpful in my role as a Sales Leader at WL Gore and Associates Cardiovascular Products Division. I have over 30 years of sales leadership experience, thinking I knew it all and came to realize that I had a lot to learn especially in regards to helping people find their own paths as opposed to me telling them what to do. The coaching leader program enabled me to help the numerous people that I mentor and lead discover that they have the answers, they just need a little direction finding those answers. The program was outstanding and I can’t say enough great things about Clare and Felice’s great stewardship!"  -- Brian Rafferty, Sales Leader WL Gore Associates, Cardiovascular Division

“Completing the CLP was an invaluable experience -both personally and professionally. This program enabled me to increase my coaching competency and it gave me the confidence to launch my own coaching practice. I recommend it highly.”   -- Mary M. Ruggiero, MS, ACC, PhD candidate, All2gether Associates, LLC

"The Coaching Leader Program was a very valuable investment into my career and has helped me take my coaching to the next level, while also connecting me with an incredible community of coaches.  The program faculty was supportive, knowledgeable and provided valuable coaching tools, feedback, and insight." -- Bridget O’Brien, PhD, ACC , Associate Faculty, St. Joseph’s University 

"The Coaching Leader Program has transformed my perspective on how to best serve my student and family clients. Through gaining additional insight about myself and learning strategies and tools for pulling out the most important issues in any conversation, the Coaching Leader Program has equipped me for even more success in business and in life." --Dr. Aviva Legatt, Founder and Elite Admissions Expert at Ivy Insight www.ivyinsight.com 


"The SJU Coaching Leader Program provided an ideal learning environment which enabled me to learn and practice the core competencies needed for executive coaching. I connected with a talented cohort of leaders from diverse backgrounds, all of whom share the same passion for coaching. This well-run program included instruction in key coaching skills along with the right level of preparation for ICF certification."   --  Rose Maruca, RN, BSN, MBA, Senior Market Development Manager, Acadia Pharmaceuticals

Designed by GroupWorks Consulting. Presented by the Center for Professional Development

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 Spring 2021 Cohort (all classes will be held online):

  • March 19,20,21 2021
  • May 21 & 22 2021
  • July 16,17,18 2021

Program cost is $9600

Discounts are available!

  • Alumni
  • ICF Member
  • Military
  • Employee
  • Teacher / Trainer
  • Public Servant (Volunteer EMS or Fireman Qualifies)
  • Clergy / Counselor
  • SHRM
  • Corporate Relationship
  • Chamber of Commerce Membership
  • NEW
  • International and Joining Virtually

Program Objectives

  • Demystify coaching presence into actionable steps
  • Identify and deepen key coaching skills, including active listening, powerful questioning, providing useful feedback, working through resistance, creating actionable goals, and empowering others
  • Explore how flexing coaching styles to fit different situations will maximize your impact as a coach
  • Create a unique coaching model, guidebook, and toolbox that you can use as a reference to inform your own coaching approach


What makes us different

The Coaching Leader Program is a collaboration between GroupWorks Consulting, LLC and Saint Joseph’s University. As a University-based program, our faculty are scholar-practitioners and professional coaches with years of experience developing and curating research-based practices and teaching executives and students.

Is this the right program for you?

Program goals are developed for three populations: leaders and managers who want to hone their coaching skills in the workplace, practicing coaches who want to deepen their skills and gain certifications, and those new to coaching who are looking to begin to practice executive coaching. We aim to foster a culture of coaching that values partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process, inspiring them to enhance their personal and professional potential. We train coaches to successfully navigate the business, non-profit, and healthcare sectors.

The Multi-Modal Approach to Coaching Leadership

Our program framework covers the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Core Competencies from a multi-modal perspective. We step beyond the fundamentals of coaching by providing you with diverse models and techniques so that you can be a more agile coach, able thrive in a wide variety of situations and with different clients. Recent research indicates that effective coaching, from both the client’s and the coach’s perspective, is highly situational and involves three intersecting elements: task agreement, goal agreement, and the affective bond between coach and coachee.

Most programs focus on the affective bond with the coachee – our program is unique because we will be focusing equally on all elements that make a significant difference in your coaching competence.

After completing this 125-hour program, you will be able to:

  • Integrate adult learning principles into your coaching practice
  • Unlock your creativity using powerful questions and systems thinking to help your client come up with innovative solutions to complex problems
  • Apply a systems approach to coaching by helping clients analyze organizational cultures, build teams and work within their organizational structures
  • Practice, review, and recognize the underlying science of all the ICF Core Competencies
  • Make the connection between being a coach and being a coach leader
  • Apply:
    • Competency Models like Emotional Intelligence
    • Gestalt methods for working through resistance
    • Clinical psychology skills for non-therapeutic coaching sessions
    • Research in neuropsychology and leadership
    • Intentional conversation skills using tools like SAVI™