Coaching for Self Leadership: Using Internal Family Systems for Coach and Client Transformation

February 26, 2019
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
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Coaching for Self Leadership:
Using Internal Family Systems for
Coach and Client Transformation

Presenter: Guthrie Sayen, PhD, PCC

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST
Zoom Platform

1 CCEU in Core Competencies & 0.5 CCEU in Resource Development

$30 – ICF Member / Global Member | $40 – Non-Member

Coaching for Self Leadership will introduce coaches to the Internal Family Systems model, which will help them work with parts of the psyche that block transformation. The four core ideas of this webinar are:

  • The natural state of the human psyche is multiplicity. We have many parts, or subpersonalities, each with its own plan for our happiness. This multiplicity is normal and healthy. Problems arise, however, when parts have conflicting agendas: one may yearn for transformation and hire a coach, while another may wish to preserve the status quo and prevent the client from taking the steps they committed to during their coaching session. Both coach and client can judge the blocking part. That’s why understanding the next idea is essential to effective coaching.

  • All parts are good, even parts with dysfunctional strategies, like criticizing us or distracting us from tasks. When parts are befriended—that is, when they are acknowledged, understood from their perspective, and appreciated for their intentions—they reveal their secret histories and their deep desire to help. All parts are inherently noble, even those vicious inner critics, even those parts that want to binge on something that is not good for us. It is crucial to remember that parts are often not what they seem at first. We must hold all parts, like all clients, with unconditional positive regard.

  • We are Self. When all the parts step back, what is left is Self. Every major religious and spiritual tradition recognizes Self. It is variously called Spirit, Atman, Tao, Buddha nature, Christ consciousness, or the image of God. The goal of every spiritual path is to access and live from Self. Self is our essence, and it is whole, wise, loving, and good. Coaches can access a critical mass of Self and then help their clients do the same. Indeed, the goal of all coaching is to access this internal resource, which is characterized by eight words beginning with the letter C: calmness, clarity, confidence, curiosity, compassion, connectedness, courage, and creativity.

  • The main strategy of Coaching for Self Leadership is to introduce the client’s parts to the client’s Self. When parts come into relationship with Self, they begin to heal. When Self is allowed to lead, it brings balance, harmony, and transformation to the inner world. Self-led people can then help bring balance, harmony, and transformation to the external world.

Coaching for Self Leadership is a map of the human psyche, a method for facilitating transformation, and, ultimately, a way of life. The map is simple. It is an equilateral triangle. The lower left angle represents the coach; the lower right angle represents the client; the apex represents Self. This triangle describes the three key relationships for facilitating transformation:

  • The first relationship, represented by the left side of the triangle, is the coach’s relationship with their inner world. The coach practices accessing a critical mass of Self. This prepares the coach for the second relationship.

  • The second relationship, represented by the base of the triangle, is the coach-client relationship. This is the foundation of the whole coaching enterprise; everything depends on the quality of this relationship. The coach-client relationship prepares the client for the third relationship.

  • The third relationship, represented by the right side of the triangle, is the client’s relationship with their internal world. Everything the coach does, all the skills and strategies, are designed to help the client access a critical mass of Self. From there, the client has access to the qualities (the eight C-words) that allow them to heal and transform.

Coaching for Self Leadership expands coach’s awareness by teaching them how to transform themselves, so they can help others transform. Thus, this is model that explains the psyche, offers strategies for working with the psyche, and opens a way for changing the world.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding that establishing trust and intimacy with a client depends on first establishing trust and intimacy with one’s own parts.

  2. Understanding that coaching presence depends on accessing a critical mass of Self in oneself.

  3. Understanding that the North Star for every coaching session, for both coach and client, is Self leadership, that is, to access a critical mass of Self, which is just enough Self energy to be curious and compassionate about the inner world.

  4. Understanding that all parts of the client are welcome—no exceptions. What’s in the way is the way.

  5. Understanding the three relationships: coach with their own parts, coach with client, and client with their own parts. Change is relational.

Guthrie Sayen, PhD, PCC, created the Coaching for Self Leadership model, which is based on the core insights of Internal Family Systems, the most revolutionary psychotherapy model now being practiced. He created the curriculum for Coaching with Spirit, the ICF-certified coach-training program offered by The Graduate Institute. He created the most popular advanced coach-training program offered by Leadership That Works, another ICF-certified coach training school. He has trained coaches for the True Purpose Institute, and he has mentored hundreds of coaches at all stages of their careers.


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$30.00 ICF Maryland Member

$30.00 ICF Global Member

$40.00 Non-Member / Guest