Fostering Success Coach Training and Certification Program

The Fostering Success Coach Training and Certification is designed for professionals who are working with students who have experienced foster care or have lived through multiple adverse childhood experiences, as defined by the Adverse Childhood Experiences study. The Fostering Success Coaching Model was developed at Western Michigan University, a four-year university, through its campus-based support program for students from foster care.Student working with coach

The Fostering Success Coaching Model provides professionals a practice framework as well as practical student engagement strategies uniquely designed to address students’ actions, goals, challenges and progress toward graduation. The framework of the model includes seven core elements that articulate the philosophy of action for working with students from foster care, and three core practice steps that give practical guidance for engaging and partnering with students in the transformation process of their personal and professional development.

Upcoming Training Dates

The Center for Fostering Success has several upcoming training dates for individuals and groups interested in beginning the Training and Certification Process. The cost to attend Level I training is $585, and 2016 training dates are scheduled for:

  • March 30-April 1
  • August 17-19
  • November 16-18

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Continuing Education Opportunities

The Fostering Success Coach Training is a great opportunity to learn new skills and earn your professional continuing education credits. The Fostering Success Coach Training Level I currently offers approved WMU CEUs, SCECHs and Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Credits.

Fostering Success Coach Training

The Fostering Success Coach Training and Certification was developed in an effort to teach professionals the Fostering Success Coaching Model. Training provides intense skill development, and effectively equips professionals with practical tools to partner with students. It also provides a network of other coaches to learn from and with, and expert consultation opportunities. There are three levels to the Training and Certification process, which are described in detail below. 

Training level

Time to complete

Mode of training

Fostering Success Coach: Level 1

Three days

In-person

Fostering Success Coach: Level 2

Six to 12 months

Combination of Web-based and teleconference

Fostering Success Coach: Certified

12 to 24 months

Combination of in-person and Web-based

Fostering Success Coach: Level I

This beginning level introduces the seven core elements and three practice elements, which make up the core infrastructure of the Fostering Success Coach Model. Level I training focuses on building a strong conceptual foundation for working with youth, and provides basic practice skill set for working with students from foster care. Highlights include:

  • Learn the seven core elements of the Fostering Success Coaching Model philosophy of action: interdependent relationships, cultural humility, learner centered, teaching in real time, skill-based assets, network development, empowerment evaluation.
  • Learn the three practice steps of the Fostering Success Coaching Model, which make up a coaching interaction: assess, prioritize, teach.
  • Learn basic coaching skills that help students thrive in education and career development.

Student standing between coaches.

Fostering Success Coach: Level II

This intermediate level introduces advanced practice skills, and emphasizes building competency in applying the Fostering Success Coaching Model to challenges of persistent or crisis nature and presented by students and systems.  Highlights include:

  • Learn how to apply the Fostering Success Coaching Model to scenarios involving student crisis and conflict and system inequities.
  • Learn how to use coaching data to inform incremental skill building with students and professional development as a coach.
  • Learn the Fostering Success Coaching Model Intervention Review Method for systematic reflection of coaching interactions with students.
  • Learn strategies to improve institutional systems of student support.
  • Learn intermediate coaching skills that help students thrive in education and career development.

Fostering Success Coach: Certified

This level incorporates a train the trainer approach, teaching the Level I and II material for training, supervision, and consulting purposes with beginning and intermediate coaches. Highlights include:

  • Learn to use the Fostering Success Coaching Supervision Model with individuals who have completed Level I and II trainings.
  • Learn how to train the Fostering Success Coach Training curriculum at Levels I and II.