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The Fostering Success Coaching Institute

provides training designed for professionals who are working with students and youth who have experienced foster care or adverse childhood experiences.

     The Fostering Success Coaching Model really works, for my clients and anyone else who may need help to reach a goal. It is a real paradigm shift from ‘We will identify everything you need to do to fix your problems and you only need to comply’ to ‘You can fix it yourself with help…

Gerrie Miller

MDHHS Foster Care Professional

   I have had the privilege of a great deal of professional development during my 15+ years in the fields of education and social work. Very little has been as transformative as the Fostering Success Coach Training, which is hands down the best, most comprehensive model for serving students impacted by trauma.

Gabrielle Ridley

Guardian Scholars Coordinator

     Going through coach training was a very informative and eye-opening experience.  My greatest takeaway was developing the ability to work through the coaching framework while remaining present and conversing naturally with students.  This unique opportunity  has already changed my work life in such a positive way.

Tamara Toutant

Seita Scholars Campus Coach

 

About Us

Vision & Goals

Our Team

ICF Certification

Payment & Policies

Participant Requirements

Coaching Affiliates

Our Model's Approach

The Fostering Success Coach Model can be applied as a full program of support or adapted as a core skill set for educational advisors, educational mentors, and other professionals providing support to young people. A set of sequential trainings provide instruction, practice, and expert feedback to professionals interested in incorporating coaching techniques into their work with students.

Our Vision

The Fostering Success Coaching Institute trains professionals with the Fostering Success Coach Model in order to increase national rates of post-secondary education access, success, and graduation among students who have experienced foster care.

Program History

​The Fostering Success Coach Model was developed within the Seita Scholars Program, a campus support program for students from foster care at Western Michigan University. Development of the model began in 2008 and evolved over time by partnering with students who shared their experiences of attending college after time spent in foster care. The model developers sought to ground their understanding of these student experiences in the most recent theory and research available, refined it by internal program evaluation, and shaped it by clinical-level scrutiny. In 2013 the FS Coach Training, which teaches professionals the Fostering Success Coaching Model, was piloted with over 50 professionals in Michigan; since then over 700 professionals across the country have been trained as Fostering Success Coaches.

Program Goals:

1. Increase availability of high quality resources and expert training for professionals who are supporting students from foster care in educational settings.

2. Increase numbers of trained, skilled professionals providing integrative support to youth and students from foster care or who have had adverse childhood experiences through the implementation of the Fostering Success Coaching Model.

3. Increase numbers of youth and students from foster care or who have had adverse childhood experiences earning post-secondary degrees and becoming professionally employed.

4. Create a strong and enduring networks addressing needs of youth and alumni of foster care in relation to higher education and career.

What is ICF?

ICF is the International Coaching Federation and is considered the Gold Standard of Coaching.

“ICF Credential-holders are part of a self-regulating group of elite coaches who provide accountability to clients and the coaching profession as a whole. They pursue and complete rigorous education and practice requirements that provide unquestioned legitimacy to their commitment to excellence in coaching.” – Website

How We Fit In

​The Fostering Success Coach Training Program is an ACSTH training provider. Coaches who complete the Fostering Success Coaching Certification track will be eligible to apply for their Associate Certified Coach credential via the International Coaching Federation.

Please see their website at https://coachfederation.org/ for additional information.

Training Details

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Method of Payment

Upon registering for training, you will receive an invoice via email that will allow you to pay with a debit card, credit card, or bank transfer. We can also accept a check written to Cetera, Inc. 

Withdrawals & Refunds

We allow participants to withdraw from the training and receive a full refund up to the day before a training begins. If a participant withdraws after attending any part of training, they will receive a voucher to attend our training offered at a different time that will work for them. The participant will not receive a refund.​

Who Can Participate

The Fostering Success Coach Training: Level I is designed for professionals who are working with post-secondary students and/or young adults who have experienced foster care or adverse childhood experiences. Professionals working with students, or supervising staff who are working with students/young adults with these experiences are encouraged to participate. While there are no requirements to begin our training, we recommend that coach trainees have bachelor’s level or higher knowledge in human services (ie. Social work, counseling, psychology, student affairs) and working knowledge of the higher education system and/or the child welfare system.

Coaches who earn a certificate in Level I training are invited to join the Fostering Success Coach Training: Level II. Level II Training is designed to support coaches who wish deepen their understanding and implementation of the Fostering Success Coach Model, and to qualify for the Associate Certified Coach credential with the ICF.

The Fostering Success Coach Training: Level III, designed to train trainers, is invite only.

Our Trainings are currently only offered in English. 

Training Completion

In order to receive a Level I Certificate, trainees may miss no more than three 1.5 hour online sessions, and when those sessions are missed, they need to be made up by watching the recordins. Trainees must complete all three coaching practice sessions as well. If an unexpected event happens, trainees can receive a voucher to attend the training on another date.

In order to receive a Level II Certificate, trainees may miss no more than three training meetings, and must watch all webinars and learning assessments.

Lead Trainers

Dr. Jamie Bennett

Senior Trainer, ICF Certified

St. Pete Beach, FL

Ronicka Hamilton

Associate Trainer, ICF Certified

Kalamazoo, MI

Training Support

Claire Canfield

Claire Canfield

Training Support

Albuquerque, NM

Farra Fong

Farra Fong

Training Support

Albuquerque, NM

Kayla Beuby

Kayla Beuby

Training Support

Flint, MI

Sam Garman

Sam Garman

Training Support

Phoenix, AZ

Timothy Liggins

Timothy Liggins

Training Support

Kalamazoo, MI

Peter Thompson

Peter Thompson

Training Support

Kalamazoo, MI

Kat Castañeda

Kat Castañeda

Training Support

Boston, MA

Joshua Merrills

Joshua Merrills

Training Support

Troy, AL

Staff

Dr. Yvonne Unrau

Dr. Yvonne Unrau

Coach Model Developer

Kalamazoo, MI

Mallory Sellers

Mallory Sellers

Senior Trainer, ICF Certified

Kalamazoo, MI

Advisory Committee

Dr. Jamie Bennett

Executive Director & Co-Founder of Cetera

St. Pete Beach, FL

Ronicka Hamilton

Director, Seita Scholars Program

Kalamazoo, MI

Karie Ward

Executive Director of Fostering Success Michigan

Kalamazoo, MI

Jessica Campbell

Director, Blavin Scholars Program

Ann Arbor, MI

Judi King

Founder, Executive Director The Wily Network

Needham, MA

What are they?
Coaching Affiliations are organizations or programs that are implementing the Fostering Success Coach Model at a high level of fidelity. They have been observed and continue to be observed by members of our Training Team to ensure The Model is still being implemented and followed by all coaches with all clients. All of our Coaching Affiliations have implemented evaluation methods or checks and balances to ensure the model is being applied be their staff members. If interested in what that looks like for each Coaching Affiliation, please contact the Director of the particular program you’re interested in listed below.


Where are they?
Seita Scholars Program
Kalamazoo, MI
Western Michigan University


The Seita Scholars Program is the birth place of the Fostering Success Coach Model, and their beginnings are closely tied. Established in 2007, the Seita Scholars Program supports students that have been in foster care that are now attending WMU. Their team supports around 100-150 students per year, and graduation rates among their students are nearly 12x higher than the national average for those that have been in care.

Their team currently consists of four Campus Coaches all of which have been trained through our Level II training. They are overseen by the Director of the Seita Scholars Program, Ronicka Hamilton.



How can my organization become one?

  • Encourage your team members to all be trained through our Level II training.

  • At minimum, the Director, or the person/people responsible for overseeing Coaches needs to be trained through Level II.

  • Implement evaluation methods or checks and balances to ensure the FS Model is being applied. You may contact a Director above for ideas.

  • Contact Ronicka Hamilton, our Chair of the Board, on evaluation steps and approval to become a Coaching Hub.

 

Upcoming Trainings

Virtual

Level I - Private

$949

August 18, 2022-October 13, 2022

Location:

Web-Based 1pm-4pmET Weekly

Availability: 

Private -Invite Only (Foster Success)

Virtual

Mentor Coaching

$975

October 28, 2022-February 28, 2023

Location:

Web-Based Mentor Coaching

Availability: 

Mentor Coaching (Invite Only)

Virtual

Level 1 - Fall

$949

October 26, 2022-March 1, 2023

Location:

Web-Based 11am-12:30pmET Weekly

Availability: 

Upcoming-Open

Virtual

Level I - Private

$949

October 20, 2022-February 23rd, 2023

Location:

Web-Based 3:30-5pmET Weekly

Availability: 

Private -Invite Only (Foster Success)

Virtual

Level II - Fall

$1349

September 28, 2022-March 22, 2023

Location:

Web-Based 4pm-5pmET Weekly

Availability: 

Upcoming-Open

Register for a Training

If you have been invited to a private site training above OR would like to attend an open training listed above, please click below to go through the registration process.

Request a Private Site Training

If you are a part of an organization that has 8 or more people that you would like go through training all together, please click below! This will start the process of scheduling a a training that works for your team.

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Upcoming Trainings

  • Sep 28, 2022, 4:00 PM EDT – Mar 22, 2023, 5:30 PM EDT
    Zoom
    This Training will take place every Wednesday from 4:00PM-5:30PM (9/28/22-3/1/23) for a total of 36 hours.
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  • Oct 20, 2022, 3:30 PM EDT – Feb 23, 2023, 5:00 PM EST
    Zoom
    We will meet on Thursday every week from 10/20/22 to 2/23/23 from 3:30PM ET to 5:00PM ET for a total of 24 cumulative hours.
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  • Oct 26, 2022, 11:00 AM EDT – Mar 01, 2023, 12:30 PM EST
    Zoom
    This Training will occur every Wednesday from 11:00AM to 12:30PM for a total of 24 hours from 10/26/22 until 3/1/23.
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  • Oct 28, 2022, 1:00 PM – Feb 28, 2023, 2:30 PM
    Zoom
    This invite only opportunity is for coaches who have completed Level I and Level II training. This training will consist of 10 total hours of mentor coaching from October 28, 2022 until February 28, 2023.
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Training Details

Foundations of Fostering Success Coaching introduces the core infrastructure of the Fostering Success Coach Model, including the seven core principles and three practice elements. Participants will learn a primary set of coaching skills that are designed to promote real-time collaborative engagement and empowering solutions with young people in everyday problem-solving. 

Highlights include:

  • Learn the seven core principles of the Fostering Success Coaching Model philosophy of action: interdependent relationships, cultural humility, learner centered, teaching in real time, skill-based asset development, network development, and empowerment evaluation.

  • Learn how to assess, prioritize, and teach, the three practice steps of the Fostering Success Coaching Model, in partnership with students.

  • Learn how to use coaching skills to develop partnered relationships and teach skills to support college success and career transition.

Cost: $949 per person

Total Contact Hours: 24

Prerequisite: None. 

Applications of Fostering Success Coaching provides training that builds on the knowledge learned in the Foundations of Fostering Success Coaching. Coaches will develop advanced skills, including coaching to evoke awareness about common beliefs held by young people who have experienced foster care and childhood adversity, coaching highly distressed young people, and accelerating action planning and accountability. 


Highlights include:

  • Learn how to apply the Fostering Success Coaching Model to scenarios involving student crisis and conflict and system inequities.

  • Learn advanced coaching skills that support young people as they discover their strengths, explore their beliefs, and work to achieve their goals. 

  • Learn the Fostering Success Coaching Model Intervention Review Method for systematic reflection of coaching interactions with students.

  • Learn strategies for coach balance and well-being for sustained coaching.


Cost: $1349

Total Contact Hours: 36

Prerequisite: Completion of Foundations of Fostering Success Coaching.

The Fostering Success Coaching Institute is proud to be accredited by the International Coaching Federation as an ACSTH Associated Certified Coach (ACC) training provider.

To earn the  ICF ACC credential, coaches will complete the following:

 

  • Successful completion of Foundations of Fostering Success Coaching and Applications of Fostering Success Coaching. 

 

  • A minimum of 100 hours (70 paid*) of coaching experience with at least eight clients following the start of your coach-specific training. At least 25 of these hours must occur within the 24 months** prior to submitting the application for the credential.

 

  • Performance evaluation (audio recording and written transcript of a coach session to be uploaded with your application).

 

  • Completion of the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA).

Cost: $3299

Total Contact Hours: 70 hours