MentorCoach is proud to announce an exciting new master class:
Positive Psychology Dissertation
Coaching Master Class:
Integrating Applications and Core Competencies
to Accelerate Academic Progress
Led by Gayle Scroggs, PhD, PCC, CMC
Starts July 2018
8 hours of CEs and ICF CCEUs
or 3 Payments of $210
(plus optional $75 for CEs)
Class size limited. First come, first served.
Dr. Gayle Scroggs, an award-winning trainer, an internationally
recognized dissertation coach and Editor of the acclaimed
newsletter, The All But Dissertation Survival Guide, discuss
this class. Known for her warmth and expertise, Gayle
shares valuable information and a perspective on the highly
satisfying nature of academic coaching in this recorded
call. (19 mins). Click
here to stream the audio or download
an mp3 here.
1. About the Class
Psychology Dissertation Coaching Master Class: Integrating Applications
and Core Competencies to Accelerate Academic Success is
designed to prepare coaches for coaching doctoral students at
the dissertation stage with a nuanced approach that integrates
core coaching competencies with positive psychology applications.
This class will allow participants to (a) develop
an understanding of common dissertation challenges, (b) hone
their use of core competencies while integrating them with positive
psychology as they coach "all-but-dissertation" graduate
students. Class members will grow a valuable professional toolkit
of positive psychology interventions based on research in (1)
positive emotions, (2) strengths, (3) goals and motivation,
and (4) mindfulness and focusing.
In this interactive class, participants will
be asked to bring their own examples of dissertation coaching
or similar coaching interactions for group reflection, analysis,
and discussion. Class members will also be required to provide
a brief written or oral review of one evidence-based resource
for coaching this population.
Note: While the focus will be on dissertation
coaching, this material presented can also greatly benefit academic
coaches and others whose clients are pursuing other clearly
2. The Five Weeks
1: ABD coaching: Scope and Goals. Perils and pitfalls on the
dissertation journey. Ethics and agendas in academic coaching.
Coaching versus consulting roles. Key resources for ABD coaching.
Module 2: Developing the Positive, Strong ABD. Fostering
positive emotions for flourishing. Identifying and harnessing
character strengths for motivation.
Module 3: Working with the Dark Side. A nuanced approach
to strengths, inner critics, impostor syndromes, and negative
emotions. Overcoming procrastination, writer's block, bad habits,
and other obstacles.
Module 4: Leveraging Proven Goal Strategies. Cutting-edge
applications from goals and motivation research to promote productivity.
Fixed and growth mindsets; implementation intentions, mental contrasting,
future self, time management, etc.
Module 5: Enhancing Focus and Mindfulness. Perspectives
and strategies to develop client focus. Best practices for the
mindful ABD coach, including the role of empathy and presence.
3. Learning Objectives
of current coaching skills, including proficiency in core coaching
competencies with clients with academic goals, especially those
who are All-But-Dissertation (ABD).
Understanding of principles of positive psychology
as relevant to the success and well-being of advanced graduate
students, especially ABDs.
Effective use of core competencies and positive
psychology applications with academic clients, especially while
writing the dissertation.
Add to a toolkit of practical interventions to
use with ABD and other academic clients for such issues as procrastination,
impostor syndrome, inner critics, effective planning and time
management, mindfulness and focus, lack of willpower or self-regulation,
and so on.
4. Readings and Resources
will be encouraged to create your own personalized dissertation
coaching library, starting with Dr. Scroggs's own annotated resources
Class members will complete weekly reading assignments
and gain hands-on practice through class role play and applications
with their current clients as appropriate.
5. The Class Schedule
6. Open to All
This Class is open to all both within the MentorCoach
community and without.
7. Coach Certification.
a Certified MentorCoach and ICF Certified Coach
This class provides 8 hours toward MentorCoach Certification
as an elective for students meeting the class attendance requirement
(See #10 below.) It can also provide 8 hours
toward ICF Certification via an Accredited Coach Training Program
such as MentorCoach or via the ICF Portfolio Approach.
8. ICF Coach Continuing Education
Live Class Attendance. This class is approved for 8 CCEs (ICF
Core Competencies) from the International Coach Federation for
students meeting the class attendance requirement (see
#10 below). There is no fee for ICF CCEs.
Listening by Recording. For students who will be listening
to this class by recording, this class is approved for 8 CCEs
(ICF Resource Development) from the International Coach Federation
for students meeting the class attendance requirement for listening
by recording (see #10 below).
9. Continuing Education Credits
This class is approved for Marriage and Family Therapists in
California (BBS). The CE administration fee is $75.
To receive credit for CEs, students must pay the CE fee and
be present for 6 hours of classes.
Note: The CE fee applies only if you are a licensed
mental health professional in the US and need CEs from the organization
listed above. Otherwise, when you register, indicate that you
do not need to pay the CE fee by choosing the "Base Unit
Price with NO CE's"
10. Attendance Requirements
class is recorded. You may listen to some or all of the classes
by recording at your leisure.
However, to receive credit for CEs, ICF CCEUs,
credit toward MentorCoach Certification, or to receive a Certificate
of Completion, you must be present for at least 6 hours of instruction
of the 8 hours of classes. (If you are present for the attendance
code only at the beginning or end of a class, you will receive
one hour of credit for that class.)
Listening to the class by recording does not count
toward the 80% live attendance requirement for receiving CEs,
credit toward MentorCoach Certification, ICF CCEs (Core Coaching
Competencies), or a Class Certificate of Completion.
However, by listening by recording, you can earn
8 hours of ICF CCEs (Resource Development) (pending approval)
by listening to all five sessions. You must notify Dr. Scroggs
that you are planning to take the class by recording.
11. Refund Policy
You may withdraw your registration at any time before the beginning
of the second 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 GAYLE SCROGGS, PhD, CMC, PCC
social psychologist, Gayle served on the faculty of St. Lawrence
University and SUNYs vanguard Empire State College. Her
knack for developing innovative curricula earned her a spot teaching
in a SUNY FORUM management program, where she developed popular
seminars in corporate innovation, stress reduction, gender issues,
and diversity. Her penchant for leverage research findings that
students could apply to optimize professional and personal success
and well-being--well before positive psychologys formal
advent--catapulted her into Marty Seligmans Authentic Happiness
Coaching Program and MentorCoach training.
An eight-year resident of Argentina, Gayle helped
found the award winning ICF Argentina Chapter and served as the
ICF Expatriate Coaching SIG chair. (She attributes her Professional
Certified Coach credential to tenacity as she relied on at least
a dozen Argentine public phones to complete her training since
copper thieves kept stealing neighborhood phone cables.)
Gayle joined the MentorCoach faculty in 2007. Her grit and vivacity
made her a natural choice to design and debut the MentorCoach
Resource Group Program. Her weekly group calls for new coaches
on the practice and business of coaching, coupled with her uniquely
engaging newsletter, earned her the coveted MentorCoach Pillar
Award in 2010. She also serves as Editor of MentorCoachs
But Dissertation Survival Guide, offering practical support
and inspiration to over 10,000 subscribers for overcoming writers
block and procrastination. Steadfast in her commitment to womens
issues, Gayle most recently co-edited an anthology, Womens
Paths to Happiness, contributing a succinct introduction to
positive psychology and a novel analysis of its relationship to
Her international clientele includes doctoral candidates,
executives, and fledgling coaches who appreciate her integration
of evidence-based strategies with nuanced, individualized coaching.
Passionate about issues of positivity, productivity, and well-being,
Gayle is regularly invited to address corporate, academic, and
professional audiences on topics of positive psychology, coaching
and mentoring, motivation and goals, communication, and volunteer
She has settled down near the Chesapeake Bay, savors
her time with her Argentine husband Roberto and her American adult
children, Sara and Eric. She enjoys weaving positivity into her
day by exploring nature, deepening her spiritual practices and
community ties, and playing a good game of Scrabble. Her website
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