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Program Description

The University of Washington Bothell is collaborating with the Gestalt International Study Center to offer an executive coaching certification program. Most programs focus just on coaching skills. In this program, you will develop your coaching skills and expand your business acumen so that you will be able to effectively coach executives and apply for ICF Certification. 

After successfully completing the program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate ICF Core Competencies for your ICF Certification Application
  • Effectively coach business executives and managers
  • Work and coach within highly complex organizational systems
  • Add coaching to your current business practice or establish an executive coaching practice
  • Integrate coaching as a success factor in your daily leadership
  • Utilize coaching as an internal practitioner

The program consists of four intensive sessions over the course of 6 months for a total of 19 days of face-to-face instruction. The program combines fifteen face-to-face days of an International Coach Federation (ICF) Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) with four face-to-face days of tools and application in an executive context. The face-to-face sessions will run Wednesday through Sunday to minimize time away from work. The program includes discussion, case studies, extensive coaching practice, and in-between session assignments and online work to practice skills, share concepts with peers, and work with a qualified faculty/mentor coach.  The program is limited to 24 participants allowing for a low participant-to-faculty/mentor coach ratio of 6 participants to 1 faculty member.


The program is designed for professionals with a minimum of 10 years business experience who desire to bring coaching skills to their organization, apply them in their work, and/or develop a coaching practice working with senior leaders and executives.

Program Requirements

To satisfactorily graduate and receive certification as a GISC-Certified Coach and receive a certificate from the University of Washington as a Certified Coach, you must:

  • Successfully present (approximately 20 minutes) your research topic during the second or third training session.
  • Develop a research paper (of not more than 10 double-spaced pages) on an area of coach specialization of your choice; you will receive support from your faculty/mentor coach partner.
  • Complete and submit three taped individual coaching sessions (of approximately 30 minutes) which will be reviewed by faculty/mentor coach.
  • Complete 10 hours of observed coaching by a faculty/mentor coach. The practicums in the program will provide opportunity for this requirement.
  • Complete 50 hours of individual client coaching outside the training program. A log must be kept outlining the client’s name, dates, times, and a brief note on the topic, e.g., leadership, career, transition, retirement, etc.
  • Create an ongoing personal journal recording Well Developed / Less Developed© areas and goals.
  • Complete required reading and reporting.
  • Create a Coach Development Plan (CDP), in collaboration with a faculty/mentor coach. The CDP will outline your developmental goals and steps to meet these goals. The CDP will evolve as you move through the program.
  • Attend and complete the work in all of the training sessions (19 days).
  • Participate in two monthly group conference calls with your support/learning group.
  • Participate in one monthly call with your faculty/mentor coach to discuss development plans and challenges.
  • Participate in two conference calls with your group, led by your faculty/mentor coach between the training sessions as scheduled.
  • Demonstrate competency of coaching in practicums.
  • Create a learning portfolio documenting your learning and accomplishments during the program.
  • Successfully complete final written exam and final oral exam.


Full attendance at all training sessions is required in order to complete the program. Participants must make up any classroom time missed for illness or personal reasons through arrangement with and approval by the program faculty.

Feedback and Progress Reports

Participants receive ongoing feedback during the daily practicum portion of the on-site training sessions and mentor coaching between sessions. Coaches must pass a final written and oral exam (pass/fail) to obtain certification. Participants will receive written evaluation after the second training session, upon completion of the written exam, to allow the opportunity to build skills before the conclusion of the program.


Successful completion of program will earn you a Gestalt International Study Center Coach Certificate and qualify you to apply for International Coach Federation (ICF) credentials. You will also receive a Coaching Certificate from the University of Washington Bothell.

Coach Certification

This program is an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) through the International Coach Federation. Successful completion of the program will earn participants the GISC Coach Certificate and qualify them to apply for an International Coach Federation (ICF) professional credential. ICF accredited ACTP; 138.25 total program hours.

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Program Dates

October 10-14, 2018 (Wednesday-Sunday)
December 5-9, 2018 (Wednesday-Sunday)
February 6-9, 2019 (Wednesday-Saturday)
April 3-7, 2019 (Wednesday-Sunday)


University of Washington Bothell - Eastside Leadership Center, Bellevue, WA


The fee for this comprehensive coaching certification program is $21,950.


Space is limited. Register to secure your place!




Bruce Leamon, MA, MCC – Academic ChairBruce Leamon Headshot

Leamon Group

Bruce is a unique combination of educator and successful business practitioner. His company, Leamon Group, Inc., founded in 2001, designs and delivers high potential development programs, coach education programs, and customized facilitated sessions designed to increase individual, team, and organizational effectiveness. Currently, his personal focus is on team coaching, leadership development, and improving the quality of competency based business coach education for internal and external coaches. Bruce realizes that it is a true privilege to support his highly diverse clientele across multiple continents and cultures.

Bruce received his MA in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University and he has served as an administrator and faculty member at three different universities. He held regional executive roles and headquarters based roles for AT&T during a twenty-year period of significant change. Bruce is an ICF Master Certified Coach (MCC), a Certified Master Facilitator of The Leadership Challenge® (Kouzes and Posner), and is a certified expert in a variety of coaching and team assessment instruments and processes.

Ann Carr, MS, MCC, GPCC™Ann Carr Headshot


Ann is owner/principal of Ann Attayek Carr & Associates, LLC and Intruequest ®, an organizational development consulting, leadership developing and coaching firm in Baltimore, MD.  Ann trained in gestalt oriented Organizational and Systems Development, Working with Physical Process, and Group Process Consulting at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Ohio.  She completed the GISC Cape Cod Training Program in Couples, Families and Small Systems Work in 2004 and a range of additional programs focused on working with individuals and groups.

Ann holds a Master of Science degree in Social & Organizational Learning from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina.  She is a Newfield Network certified coach, holds the Gestalt Professional Coach Certification™ and the International Coach Federation MCC credential. In addition to her coaching and consulting practice, Ann serves as faculty at GISC, GIC, and adjunct faculty at Georgetown University.

Kathleen Stinnett, MS, MCC Kathleen Stinnett Headshot

Executive Coach and Coach Trainer

Kathleen Stinnett, MS, MCC, Certified Coaching Supervisor and Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner, is a coaches’ coach. She has been an executive coach and coach trainer for almost 20 years and earned her Master Coach Credential from the International Coach Federation in 2005. She served on the faculty for the Hudson Institute of Coaching for 17 years, and has been a guest lecturer at the Columbia University Coaching program since 2010.

Kathleen founded FutureLaunch in 2000 to help individuals, teams, and organizations perform at higher levels with greater fulfillment. Kathleen has coached leaders at all levels across the globe and has provided in-depth mentoring to certified coaches. She co-authored the book, The Extraordinary Coach: How the Best Leaders Help Others Grow and teaches leadership effectiveness and coaching skills to mid- and senior-level leaders. She also facilitates transformational dialogue within C-suite teams to perform more effectively.

Mary Anne Walk, MS, MBA, MCC, Co-Director of Coaching at Gestalt International Study CenterMary Anne Walk

Co-Director of Coaching
Gestalt International Study Center

Mary Anne Walk, MS, MBA, MCC, is Co-Director of Coaching at GISC on Cape Cod. She served as Executive Director for the Center from June 2012 until January 2014.  Additionally, she has held executive positions on the Board of Directors and has been a member of the faculty during her long standing relationship with the Center.

Mary Anne was the President of Walk & Associates, Inc., a global management consulting and coaching group, and previously Executive Vice President of a software company in New York City, which she joined shortly after retiring from AT&T as Vice President of Human Resources. Mary Anne is a summa cum laude graduate of Tarkio College, holds an MBA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a MS in Management Science from MIT as a Sloan Fellow. She is certified as a Master Coach from the International Coach Federation.