The Fostering Success Coach Training
is 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…
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.
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.
Seita Scholars Campus Coach
Vision & Goals
Payment & Policies
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.
The Fostering Success Coach Training will train professionals in 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.
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 400 professionals across the country have been trained as Fostering Success Coaches.
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 consider 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 seeking an ACSTH Accreditation through ICF. Upon receiving ICF accreditation, professionals may take Level I (24 contact hours) and Level II (36 contact hours) of our Coach Training to meet the 60 hours of coach-specific training. Please see their website OR Training Details below to understand the other requirements needed to become an ICF Certified Coach.
Please see their website at https://coachfederation.org/ for additional information.
Method of Payment
We currently accept checks written to WMU Fostering Success Coach Training. We also can do Direct Deposit upon request.
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.
In order to receive a Level I Certificate, trainees must attend all full three days of training. Trainees who are unable to attend all three days in full will not receive a Level I certificate. 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.
June 10, 2021-September 30, 2021
Web-Based, 12:30-2pm ET Weekly
June 2, 2021
Web-Based 12pm-1pm ET Weekly
April 1, 2021 - July 29, 2021
Web-Based, 3-4:30pm ET Weekly
Private Training (Nevada) - In Session
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Level I introduces the core infrastructure of the Fostering Success Coach Model, including the seven core principles and three practice elements. This training focuses on building a strong conceptual foundation for working with youth, and provides a practice skill set for working with students from foster care.
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: $849 per person
Total Contact Hours: 24
Interested in training your whole team? We offer on-site Level I trainings for your staff. Site trainings are a great option for organizations with a team of student support staff who will all be using coaching. Requirements for a site training:
Eight or more trainees will be present.
All trainees must be able to attend all three days of training.
Cover the cost of travel for two trainers.
Interested in hosting a site training? Fill out the Site Training Request Form
This intermediate training introduces advanced practice skills and emphasizes building competency in applying the Fostering Success Coaching Model in a wide range of student and institutional situations.
Learn how to apply the Fostering Success Coaching Model to scenarios involving student crisis and conflict and system inequities.
Learn advanced coaching skills that help students thrive in education and career development.
Learn the Fostering Success Coaching Model Intervention Review Method for systematic reflection of coaching interactions with students.
Learn how to use coaching data to inform incremental skill building with students and professional development as a coach.
Learn strategies for coach balance and self-care for sustained coaching.
Total Contact Hours: 36
This level incorporates a train the trainer approach, teaching the Level I materials for training, supervision, and consulting purposes with beginning and intermediate coaches.
Learn how to deliver the Fostering Success Coach Training: Level I.
Support the delivery of the Fostering Success Coach Training: Level II.
Join a network of trainers who work together to deepen the knowledge and skill set of coaching and training coaches.
Contact us for more information.
Accreditation is pending; if we receive accreditation through the International Coaching Federation, below details out how our Level I and II training helps you to qualify for the ICF membership and apply for the ICF’s certification and credentialing through the ACC ACSTH Path.
If you are interested in becoming ICF certified (ACC ACSTH Path) by participating in The Fostering Success Coach Training Program, you will be required to take our Level I and Level II Trainings that are marked as ICF Track. These trainings are led by ICF Certified Trainers, which is required for you to be certified. Once you’ve finished Level I and Level II, the steps below are required to receive your Certification through ICF.
10 hours of Mentor Coaching over a minimum of three months to be documented on your online application. Your Mentor Coach must be an ACC who has completed a full cycle of the credential through renewal, PCC or MCC in good standing.*
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).
The above list was obtained from https://coachfederation.org/
*This is something you are welcome to complete with us. It costs $975 to receive 10 hours of Mentor Coaching with one of our ACC Mentor Coaches.
Level I Training
Level I: Site Training Opportunity
Level II Training
Level III Training