The Blue Sky Visioning Master Class
Ben Dean Ph.D., MCC, MentorCoach Founder and President and
Anne Durand
, MCC, MentorCoach CEO and Training Director

12 one-hour classes
Dates TBD

Tuition: $595 (+ optional CEU fee)
Monthly Payment Option: See #8 below

To hear Ben lead a one-hour Q&A about the Blue Sky class and its approach to creating a life vision, click here.

1. What You'll Be Doing in this Course

In the 12-week course, you'll design six BHAGs (Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals*). Together they'll comprise a very large vision of what your life could be. We have a very specific, concrete approach that guarantees you can succeed at this--designing a vision much bigger than you've ever done before.

Then you'll use backward planning to back yourself back into the present. We'll integrate the cutting edge research of such scholars as Peter Gollwitzer and Gabriele Oettingen. Then we'll show you how to create the focus and social support you'll need as you bring it to life. You'll learn to do this first for yourself and then for your coaching clients. And you'll walk out with an outline of how to lead a virtual or in-person workshop for groups of any size as well.

This class has brought about transformative changes for many graduates and regularly receives extraordinary evaluations.

*Collins, J.& Porras, J. (July-August 1999). Turning goals into results: the power of catalytic mechanisms. Harvard Business Review.

2. The 5-Year Life Vision

Most of us think far too small. Even the big dreams that we have are almost always constrained by our hidden blinders. This is especially true for therapists and other helping professionals who are not used to creating BHAG's (big, hairy, audacious goals).(Collins et al, 1999).

Yet if you think back over your life and remember the most important accomplishments you've achieved, almost always they began with and were sustained by a powerful vision. In this workshop, we're going to hold your hand and help you create an expansive vision for your life.

3. What You'll Take Away from this Course

Our atmosphere will be light, reflective, and at times playful. But make no mistake, we will lead you through an exercise which will allow you to create a vision of your life five to seven years in the future--a vision that is anchored by six specific outcome goals.
Then we'll show you ways to reverse engineer these goals, backing yourself back into the present. And how to create the focus and social support to bring your vision it to life. You'll learn to do this first for yourself and then for your coaching clients.

Most important, we'll help and encourage you to develop an ongoing group to support you over the years as you realize your goals. Take Blue Sky graduate and master coach, D'Arcy Vanderpool, who has met regularly with her group since 2002:

"We have written books, become published authors, secured important speaking engagements, won large six-figure consulting engagements, been presented various awards, been hired for important jobs or contracts, changed our way of living, moved to second homes part of the year, successfully gone through cancer, surgeries, divorces, marriages, mother's deaths, grandchildren's births and the usual and customary goals and BHAG's as successful Blue Skiers."
--D'Arcy Vanderpool, MA, PCC, Las Vegas, Nevada

4. Class Time


5. Class Schedule


6. Open to All? Blue Sky is open to all, both within the MentorCoach Community and without.

7. Prerequisites? None.

8. Tuition Options

Single Payment:
$595 (+ optional CEU fee)
For CEU information, see #12 below.

Monthly Payments:
Three monthly payments of $210 (+ optional CEU fee)
For CEU information, see #12 below.

9. Listen to What Blue Sky Graduates Say

Blue Sky Visioning provides an energizing jump start to anyone who has goals and visions, but has not been really able to realize them. More
--Caitilin Stetson, Ph.D., CMC, Bethesda, MD

… so inspiring and definitely just what I needed, … I've spoken to a other UK dwellers who are interested in joining the next one. More

…perhaps the best course (of many excellent ones) I've taken from Mentor Coach!... The instructors were truly inspiring… exhilarating! More
--Connie Hillman, LICSW, Boston, MA

…Blue Sky truly inspired me to think carefully about how I want to live this "one precious life of mine,"… More
--Gayle Scroggs, Ph.D., CMC., PCC, Argentina & Washington DC

One of the best decisions I have made was to take Blue Sky….More
-- Abisola Gallagher, Ed.D.,
Director for Counseling & Wellness Services
New Jersey City University Counseling Center

Blue Sky, which I took twice, was very helpful in gaining clarity on what I want for my life….The tools and techniques to keep my focus and move forward have all been (invaluable). I made great and lasting connections (with other students in the class). Ben and Anne are a skillful teachers and leaders. If you want to move your life to the next level, I recommend taking Blue Sky [maybe do it twice :)]. ….More
--Marnie McNamara, Nashville, TN

10. Coach Certification.

This class provides twelve hours toward MentorCoach Certification as an elective for students meeting the class attendance requirement (See #13 below.)

11. ICF Coach Continuing Education

This class is also approved for 12 CCEs (ICF Core Competencies) from the International Coach Federation for students meeting the class attendance requirement (See #13 below.) There is no fee for ICF CCEs.

12. CEUs

CEUs. Graduates of this class will be able to earn twelve hours of CEUs for social workers (NASW), licensed counselors (NBCC), and Marriage and Family Therapists in California (BBS). The CEU administration fee is $75. CEUs for psychologists (APA) are not provided for this class.

To receive credit for CEUs, students must pay the CEU fee and be present for 9.5 classes. (See #13 below)

Note: The CEU fee applies only if you are a licensed mental health professional in the US and need CEUs from one of the organizations listed above (NASW, NBCC, etc.) Otherwise, when you register, indicate that you do not need to pay the CEU fee when you register.

13. Attendance Requirements.

Every class is recorded. Some students may listen to some or all of the classes by recording at their leisure. We applaud and support this practice. We know one well-known Australian professor who used to end his week listening to Chris Peterson's lectures by recording on Friday evenings, drinking white wine and reclining in his hot tub.

However, to receive credit for CEUs, ICF CEs, credit toward MentorCoach Certification, or to receive a Certificate of Completion, students must be present for 9.5 of the 12 classes. (How do you receive credit for attendance for half of a class? By turning in only one of the attendance codes.)
Attendance at the actual class is documented by the student emailing in two one-word attendance codes that are given out during the class. They must be emailed in within 24 hours of the class ending. Listening to the class by recording does not count toward the attendance requirement for receiving CEUs, credit toward MentorCoach Certification, ICF CCEs, or to receive a Class Certificate of Completion.

14. Refund Policy

You may withdraw your registration at any time before the beginning of the second one hour class and receive a full refund. You are responsible for the full tuition amount if you do not withdraw before the beginning of the second class.

About Ben and Anne

Ben Dean, Ph.D. is President and Founder of MentorCoach. He received his ICF Master Certified Coach designation in 1999 and as that year drew to a close, and as we entered the new millennium, he taught Blue Sky for the first time. It had an electric impact on him and on other participants and he has gone on to teach Blue Sky, with Anne as his co-leader, roughly once a year ever since. MORE

If you have questions about Blue Sky, you can reach Ben at info (at) mentorcoach (dot) com or 301-986-5688.


Anne Durand, MCC, an executive coach, is the CEO and Director of Training of MentorCoach. Anne is a legendary teacher at MentorCoach who lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and her 3 small dogs. Anne launched her private coaching career after 20 years as an executive for NASDAQ followed by a second successful career as a small business (art gallery) owner. Her current areas of specialization are mentoring and supervising coaches and providing individual coaching to executives and small business owners.

Anne's own coaching experience began before coaching was even a buzzword. Her first coaching client was the CEO of NASDAQ who handpicked her to help him (and his direct reports) design and navigate a delicate and complex culture change within the organization. MORE

If you would like to talk to Anne about Blue Sky, you can reach her at DurandCoach (at) Comcast (dot) net or 703-920-1319.


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