Module 3

The Psychology of Coaching

Being a proficient coach involves a diverse skill set. From understanding your client’s goals, to identifying their subconscious barriers to success, to reading their body language, skilled coaches employ a range of professional techniques.

The textbook for this module, the Coaching Psychology Manual, is an excellent guide to learning these skills.

Download your chapters below.

If you would like a physical copy of the Coaching Psychology Manual please email your request to and provide your preferred shipping address.

In this module, you’ll read the book, then take an online knowledge test of its contents. This is an open book test, and we recommend you have the book in front of you when you take the test.

To prepare for the test, below you'll find a series of mini-quizzes. Each one is linked to a particular chapter in the book, and contains 5 to 10 questions drawn from that chapter. These are actual questions from the final test, rotating at random through a large bank of questions.

You'll also find a series of videos on coaching psychology below. These are supplemental to the book chapters, and none of the material on the videos appears in the final test. They are presented in order to amplify and enrich your understanding of these topics.

The systematic approach of this module is going to provide you with many insights and skills. Among them are:

  • How the scope of practice of life coaches differs from that of licensed mental health professionals.
  • The key characteristics of the coach-client relationship.
  • The differences between various types of coaches, and why specialization is necessary.
  • What builds trust and rapport - and what corrodes it.
  • The role of skills like open-ended enquiry, listening with mindfulness, and verbal reflection.
  • The 11 core coaching competencies.
  • Identifying the five stages of change.
  • How to use appreciative inquiry to help a client create goals and plans of action.
  • The role of tools like Motivational Interviewing and Nonviolent Communication.
  • Learning how to guide clients in developing self-efficacy.
  • How to use professional assessment to identify potential medical and mental health risks.
  • Identify different learning styles.
  • Distinguishing reasonable from unreasonable goals, and appropriate time frames for particular goals.
  • Skillful techniques used to evoke flashes of insight from clients.
  • How to track a client's progress.
  • ... and much more.

In the next day or two, start by reading Chapters 1 and 2, watching the first video, and taking the first two mini-quizzes. This will take you one to two hours. Set aside two to three hours per week for the coming month to complete this module. You'll be delighted with your progress as you learn many subtle approaches that make all the difference in the coaching relationship. You'll understand why these skills are a cornerstone of Energy Psychology certification.

Soon, we'll connect you with practitioner candidates just entering the certification course, so that you can welcome them in, and start practicing your new coaching psychology skills with them.

Till then, enjoy the discoveries that await you!


Chapter 1

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Chapter 2

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Chapter 3

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Interview with Dan Siegel

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Chapter 4

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Chapter 5

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Suzanne Alfandari

Motivational Interviewing

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Chapter 6

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Chapter 7

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Chapter 8

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Chapter 9

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Chapter 10

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Interview with Rick Leskowitz

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The Psychology of Coaching
Comprehensive Exam

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