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Beyond the Minimum

Mar 11, 2020

By Liv Syptak, MCS Admissions Coach and Faculty Member

As Admissions Coach for the Mindfulness Coaching School, prospective students will often ask me, “which certification should I go for?” What a great question!

More and more I’m encouraging student coaches to begin the MCS program with their sights set on attaining the PCC certification. It may seem like the ACC is a necessary first step to reach the PCC level, but in reality, a motivated new coach can leapfrog right over the ACC and secure a PCC certification.

As Professional Certified Coach you are instantly set apart in the coaching market. Think of the difference between someone with bachelor’s degree and someone with a graduate degree. The former has done focused study, achieved an important level of knowledge and proficiency in a specialty area, and brings all of that to bear on her or his work. The latter has gone deeper. As a master’s level degree holder, she or he committed to deeper learning and practice, and has therefore gained a level of expertise beyond the minimum.

I have recently been sharing with folks that I wish I had jumped to the PCC certification when I was first trained. In my impatience to “get it done” I opted to certify as an ACC. Sure I coached many clients and had great success as an ACC, but when it came time to renew my certification I felt doing so as an ACC was not being true to my ability, experience, and success. I wanted to show that I am a coach that engages beyond the minimum.

Returning to school to get the additional coursework hours was great (as refreshing our skills always is!) but it also disrupted my rhythm a bit. I often found myself reflecting…If only I had certified initially as a PCC those six years ago…

The PCC credential adds a level of legitimacy and credibility. It signifies completion of study and practice beyond the minimum. It is a mark of commitment, of performance, and of capability.

And it’s attainable! We have many MCS alumni who have demonstrated their commitment to their practice and have proudly graduated as PCC coaches.

Reach out to me directly if you want to talk through your path to the PCC. I’d be glad to share more of my observed and personal experiences with the benefits and beauty that exists beyond the minimum.

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Business Alchemy is the perfect class to complete your prerequisites for certification. I was able to draw from the work that I developed in my other MCS classes and bring it all together into a concrete vision of my business as well as the layout for my website. Not only did I solidify my mission and vision statements, polish my elevator pitch and build the foundation for my website, to name a few, my confidence in who I am as a Professional Coach grew profoundly.
Sue ShibleyACCDallas, Texas
I recommend that all coaches, regardless of the industry in which they work or the type of coaching that they do, explore mindfulness coaching. The skills practiced and explored in the Mindfulness Coaching School promote successful coaching outcomes. For example, practicing the skill, “global listening” was powerful. As a seasoned coach, I will integrate more global listening into my coaching engagements, knowing the power of this skill to provoke powerful questions can drive positive forward movement.
Cheryl D. Jordan, PhDCincinnati, OH
I thoroughly enjoyed The Art of Engaged Mindfulness… The format of the course enabled me to learn about the impact of meditation and therefore choose to fit more meditation into my lifestyle. Through the class, I expanded my knowledge of meditation and mindfulness, strengthened my practice, and met some great people. Special thanks to Ann-Marie, who shared her enormously rich insights, experience, and tools to help us become more effective in minding our mind.
Ayse CetinelACC, Executive Coach & Mentor
I had a superb experience in this class [Where Mind Goes, Qi Goes: Somatic Coaching with Qigong]. There is a universe to be explored when it comes to understanding somatic work. I just got more and more curious.
Ruby OrcuttNCC, LMHC, CASACDerby, NY
I really enjoyed taking The Dynamic Trio: EMDR, Positive Psychology & Somatic Coaching. The course provided me with new knowledge and applications of the material, not just to use in my personal life but also to integrate what I learned into my practice as a mental health therapist… I appreciate Ann-Marie setting the mood for the group and laying the foundation for safety, acceptance and openness from the beginning.
Graciela OlidMS, LMFTRancho Cucamonga, CA
I’ve studied with other coaching schools, and I’ve found Ann-Marie McKelvey’s approach to be much more dynamic and in-depth than the others. The school’s focus on mindfulness-based coaching is brilliant. Basing a coaching practice in mindfulness helps us as coaches to create a space in the coaching process for our clients to become even more creative, resourceful, and whole as they move forward with their agendas.
Renee HopkinsUse Your Words Writing Coaching and Consulting
Body Electric is great for those that are looking to challenge the automatic responses and default ways of thinking and being. Realizing that the conversation with the body has a different vibration and that it doesn’t always speak quickly is so valuable. Our bodies are a wealth of comfort and wisdom. This class provides tools for starting that dialogue with yourself and with others.
Alicia UpchurchStudent CoachBrooklyn, New York
Phil was simply amazing. He is abundantly talented, non-judgmental, gracious and wise. He created a strong and safe community where people could take risks, learn about themselves, the coaching profession and above all, grow personally. I saw every person in the course take risks and transform. I am a seasoned leader/executive and I think he is the best facilitator I have ever experienced. He is a rare treasure and I am blessed to have been part of this course.
Patricia DeAngelisMeadowbrook, Pennsylvania
Ann Marie’s gentle teaching style and complete absence of judgement in The Art of Mindfulness was just what this stressed out lapsed meditator needed! Thanks to her skillful instruction, I now have a mindfulness practice that is so right for me it very quickly and naturally became part of the fabric of my life. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience or a more interesting and loving group of fellow students with whom to share it with. Truly life changing.
 
Helena Bouchez, ACCPrincipal, Executive Words
Right Speech simply knocked my socks off. I eagerly read every book, every article or other reference with delight. I cannot begin to say how much I learned about myself in this course and how I can apply things like non-violent communication, vulnerability, and the 12 Pathways to my everyday life, both personally and professionally. Taking this course in tandem with The Art of Engaged Mindfulness could not have been a better pairing. I look forward to taking every course that you offer.
Karen J. SidesStudent CoachKerrville, TX