Executive Function Coach Training (Online - September 2020)

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Level 1: Certificate of Core Executive Function Coaching Skills (Online September 2020)

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What are Executive Functions?

Executive functions are the cognitive skills needed to flourish in relationships, academically, and in the workplace. They allow us to filter distractions, prioritise tasks, set and achieve goals, as well as controlling our impulses and emotions.

These are many of the skills that underpin learning and behaviour, and enable young people to function with a reasonable degree of independence. People who struggle with some aspects of executive function skills; for example, people with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, and ASC, often find tasks relating to planning and prioritising, organisation, time management, staying focused, and controlling our impulses and emotions very challenging.

Research shows poverty and trauma can negatively impact on the development of executive function skills.

Why Train as an Executive Function Coach?

Often the barriers to success for individuals struggling at school or the workplace have their roots in challenges with executive function skills. Executive Function Coaching is a useful approach to add to your toolbox and to integrate into your existing practice to support individuals to overcome these barriers.. We often find they are the missing link.

As an executive function coach, your role is not to solve a young person or adult’s problems but rather guided by them, you support them to develop their self-awareness (metacognition) about their own challenges and to develop new skills, habits, and strategies.

The training is aimed at professionals already working with children, young people, or adults. It is perfect for teachers, teaching assistants, learning support professionals SENCo's, educators, psychologists, inclusion managers, support workers, mentors, and coaches.

What does the course cover?

- An overview of basic neuroscience and neuroplasticity

- What executive functions skills are and how to communicate their role to clients

- How the prefrontal cortex operates

- How emotional processing relates to executive functions skills

- An introduction to coaching and motivational interviewing skills

- Evaluating how ready a client is to make changes

- How to support clients to develop EF goals

- Supporting clients to develop new habits and strategies

- Supporting clients to maintain progress

-How to capture impact and to support clients to evaluate their own progress

How is the training carried out?

The training is based on 22 standards of practice. Over 2 hours of pre-learning videos, 2 hours of pre-reading, and 18 hours of training you are equipped with the core skills of our 22 standards of practice.

The training consists of:

- Videos

- Reading

- Presentations

- Small group conversations

- Individual reflections and exercises

- Roleplays

You will have 2-3 facilitators who are all experienced EF coaches and also have a background in teaching or therapeutic approaches.

We usually have a very interesting combination of people on the course such as clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, coaches, tutors and teachers which adds to the rich conversation and learning.


The course is The Connections in Mind Foundation level 1: Certificate of Core Executive Function Coaching Skills.

To receive a certificate of completion and to be accredited by us to carry it out with clients you will need to complete an online core skills assessment (multiple choice and 100-200 word answers) within a week of finishing the training. You will receive feedback on your answers.

If you want to carry out this approach with children and young people you will need to provide evidence that you have 5 years of work experience with children and young people.

If you would like to progress on the more advanced accreditation you will need to complete supervision with us, collect a portfolio of evidence, and complete further tasks.

For more information please see our website https://cimfoundation.org.uk/training


Sessions delivered over 4 afternoons via Zoom (1pm - 5.30pm)

- Monday 14th September

- Tuesday 15th September

- Monday 21st September

- Tuesday 22nd September

We will also have a recap and Q&A session online (7-8pm)

- Monday 5th October

If these dates are not suitable please email us at info@cimfoundation.org.uk so we can keep you updated about future training.

What people say about our EF Coach training

"Thank you very much for a thoroughly informative, fascinating and well put together course. I really feel I gained a lot! I look forward to testing my knowledge that I have learned and putting it into practice!"

“Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Very informative and packed with relevant, up to date literature pertaining to EF as well as anecdotal evidence. Expert and knowledgable trainers who are clearly passionate and able to explain things clearly. It was well presented and highly professional!”

“After training with CiMF, and understanding executive functions, the power of goal-setting and the use of empathy rather than discipline, my student slowly but surely began achieving the potential that was always inside of him. It was not a straightforward journey, and we encountered challenges along the way, but there is no doubt that because of my training, my student's quality of life drastically improved. Significantly, his school results only got better and better, and he is now a top-performing student in his year group at school.”

Online course format

After you register via eventbrite:

1. We will send you a simple instruction email.

2. We send you a link and confirm the times of the sessions and providing the pre course learning.

3. We ask that you sign up for a free Zoom account if you do not already have one.

4. At the time of your session please join us online, you will be able to see the trainer, other participants and the powerpoint on your device.

5. The session is interactive and you can ask questions, the trainer can ask you questions and you complete the course and assignments.

6. The online skill assessment is completed after the course and submitted to the CiM Foundation for marking. This is open book and consists of multiple choice and longer answer questions. This takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

7. You are requested to evaluate the course.

8. A certificate is e-mailed once the course is completed and assessment marked.

We are very happy to answer any questions you may have, please email us on info@cimfoundation.org.uk requesting any information or please send your contact details and a time for us to call.

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