Are you tired of watching people who long to make meaningful change get overwhelmed, burn out, and not fulfill their potential?.

Do you feel called to help your clients, employees, and/or close ones develop greater clarity, resilience, and confidence?

Do you long to learn how to make choices that honor your needs without abandoning your values or relationships?

If so, I invite you to consider joining us for…

The Radical Discernment Coach Training

An immersive 5-month pilot program, beginning February 2023.

“Systems and structures dominate.

But as human beings, we have choices.

As individuals, those choices are limited.

But collectively, our choices add up to a force.”

-Fahd Ahmed

Do you see yourself in one or more of the following groups?

Supervisors, Managers, & Mentors. You sometimes struggle with interpersonal communication, and you want skills to support your team to overcome conflict, create a culture of synergy and support, and help your team experience greater impact, sustainability, and performance.

Community Organizers & Activists. You sometimes doubt that you’re showing up as effectively as you could, and you long for skills to more skillfully advocate for change and create more sustainable team cultures.

Educators, Parents, & Other Caretakers. You long to more effectively support the empowerment and development of the people in your care while expending less energy and experiencing a sense of inner peace.

Experienced Coaches, Consultants, Facilitators, Therapists, and Healing Professionals. You see the possibilities of change for the people you serve, but sometimes you doubt that you’re helping them as much as you could. You long for the skills to help your people more reliably experience the transformation they seek.

New & Aspiring Coaches. You’re longing for more satisfying work and get super excited about personal transformation. You want to develop coaching skills to become a coach or position yourself for jobs in which you can serve people more.

If you see yourself in any of the groups above, I invite you to consider joining the pilot Radical Discernment Coach Training Program.

This training has two layers: Personal and Professional.

On the one hand, you want to help your clients, colleagues, and colleagues burn out less, be more effective at what they do, and experience greater clarity, confidence, joy, and ease.

And, you want the same for yourself.

That is entirely possible.

What most people don’t realize is that many of the exact same skills that make us more effective coaches, organizers, and leaders also help us experience greater joy and ease in the rest of life.

Hi! I’m Katherine Golub, PCC, MBA (she/her).

Through nearly ten years as a coach and twenty-two years as an activist, I’ve discovered two skill sets that lead to consistently impact and joy—

Radical Discernment and Coaching.

In this training, you will learn both.

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Radical Discernment + Coaching

One:

Radical Discernment is the skill of honoring our needs.

Amid the unprecedented uncertainty and collective heartache of these times, you hear a call to co-create the more beautiful work your heart knows is possible.

And yet the work takes its toll. You often feel exhausted. Overwhelmed by the demands on your plate. Confused about what’s next. Anxious that you’re not doing enough. Longing for more ease and joy.

Your staff members, clients, and comrades feel the same.

In this training, you will develop the skill of radical discernment—the ability to honor your needs—so that you can embody your full self, feel well-nourished as you rise to the challenges you face, and trust yourself to take your next steps with clarity and confidence.

And help your people do the same.

Two:

Coaching is that part of a conversation where one person dedicates themself to supporting the long-term development of effectiveness, discernment, and aliveness in the other.*

Although many people think of coaching conversations as between a paid coach and a paying client, coaching shouldn’t be relegated to a paid relationship.

Rather, coaching is a necessary skill for supporting our staff members, colleagues, collaborators, comrades, and close ones to fulfill their potential and create the futures they long for.

Our teams, communities, and clients increase their chances of success when we have the skills to hold transformative conversations that move us toward our callings. That’s what coaching is about.

*(Definition inspired by Doug Silsbee’s definition in The Mindful Coach.)

Radical Discernment Coaching is the skill of supporting others to make choices that honor their personal and collective needs.

With this skill, we become better equipped to help our clients, ourselves, and the people we care about to experience greater impact and joy.

In this 5-month training, you’ll learn how to show up with more clarity and confidence and help your staff members, clients, and comrades do the same.

Client Testimonial:

Before working with Katherine, I was going through a really intense period on my committee.

I had never experienced work this stressful, and it felt impossible to wade through the intense disagreements and bureaucratic chaos with any sense of calm or clarity.

Working with Katherine transformed how I communicate.

I had a good amount of self-awareness before working with Katherine, but she helped me recognize my limiting stories and unhelpful ways of communicating and handling stress. I learned to unravel the stories that created anxiety, choose stories that serve me better, and see situations more clearly.

She also helped me get far more grounded in my values and vision. I thought I was clear about these before working together, so the impact was surprising. I now have a much easier time getting out of the weeds and staying centered around my priorities and true motivations.

I learned to listen closely for people’s underlying needs and requests, and as a result, I am a better facilitator.

I am able to help others articulate what they need and choose a response that supports my long-term vision. When other people’s emotions run hot, I’m able to take a step back, remember what is important and understand the other person’s underlying need.

I no longer get hijacked by other people’s agendas or judgements, and I no longer ignore my needs in order to please others.

I’ve become more comfortable with being direct and asking for what I need.

As a result, I am now able to satisfy my duties as chairperson of the committee while maintaining healthy boundaries for myself.

I am fascinated and appreciative that the skills I acquired while working with Katherine have helped me to maintain a compassionate view of others AND take better care of my own needs.

Even just observing how Katherine facilitates helped me improve my skills.

-Adrienne Nunez, Former School Committee Chair

The 10 Core Practices of Radical Discernment

In this training, you’ll learn to develop greater competence in each of these practices and help your clients do the same:

One:

The Moment of Choice

The pause is the moment of choice. When we intentionally integrate pauses throughout our days to reflect on what’s needed and consciously choose our next steps, we increase our capacity to make decisions that support ourselves and our communities.

We also develop the ability to bring our minds to the present moment and relax more easily.

In the Moment of Choice module, you’ll

  • Learn what happens in a reaction loop versus a choice loop (and how to shift from one to the other).
  • Begin integrating more space for choice and settling throughout your days (and help your clients do the same.)
  • Learn how to guide settling and centering practices.

Two:

The Compassionate Witness

Dominant culture socialized most of us to reject ourselves, our feelings, and our needs. But when we turn away from our inner experience, it becomes harder to know what we need, and it often makes us feel worse.

When we learn to embody the compassionate witness and turn toward ourselves with love and kindness, we soothe our fear, accompany our pain, and become far more equipped to offer ourselves what we need.

In this module, you’ll learn:

  • Why embodying the compassionate witness can be so transformative
  • 3 simple yet potent practices for turning toward yourself with love and kindness
  • How to help clients who are stuck in self-judgment shift perspective and embody self-love.

Three:
The Compass

Most of us have been socialized to ignore our feelings and our needs. But this makes it nearly impossible to hear what our bodies are communicating or understand what we need and want.

To make choices that honor our needs, we must tune into the wisdom of our bodies and discern what we really need. And, we must prioritize taking good care of our bodies (think sleep and exercise!).

In this module, you’ll practice:

  • Tuning into the wisdom of your body
  • Discerning your body’s yes’s, no’s, and maybe’s
  • Identifying what you need and want and distinguishing between the two.

And helping your clients to the same.

Four:
Collective Needs

In addition to being individuals, each of us is also a part of many systems of people: families, workplaces, communities, and humankind. To be well as individuals and fulfill our callings to rise to challenges greater than ourselves, we must also learn to perceive and honor our collective needs.

Part of honoring our collective needs entails grappling with the question: What role am I called to play in co-creating social change?

In this module, you’ll learn exercises to help you (and your clients) identify possible paths for engaging in social change and choose how to show up in a way that makes an impact and feels fulfilling

Five:

Your Guiding Principles

When we articulate and commit to aligning our lives with what matters most, our core values, vision, and commitments can become beacons that shine through the fog of uncertainty and guide us in the direction of what we care most about. Our guiding principles help us stay true to ourselves.

In this module, you’ll learn practices for articulating (and helping your clients articulate):

  • Core Values: What matters most to you, your priority needs.
  • Next Horizon Vision: All of the puzzle pieces of the life you long for, however far into the future you’re able to imagine.
  • An Embodied Commitment Statement: A solemn declaration of what you’re committed to doing or who you’re committed to being in this next phase of your life.

Six:

Structures & Schedules

The extent to which we honor our needs largely comes down to how we relate to time and structure our days/weeks/months.

We must create—and consistently use—structures that help us relate to time in ways that help us experience greater focus, clarity, and ease.

These structures can include

  • Keeping track of responsibilities (in a calm and clutter-free way),
  • Holding the details and the big picture,
  • Setting priorities,
  • Creating goals that match the time you have (and identifying what doesn’t fit in your schedule),
  • Dedicating time to what matters most (including your physical health), and
  • Staying on track.

Seven:

Self-Mediation

Sometimes, when we identify our priority needs, our next steps become clear. Other times, it feels like we’re standing at a crossroads, and we must let something significant go to choose either path.

In this module, I’ll teach you two practices for getting clear when you or your clients are standing at a crossroads:

  1. Self-Mediation: This practice will help you sit beside the parts of yourself that are pulling in opposite directions, listen to their deeper needs, and identify a path forward that meets your needs and feels right to you.
  2. Dialogue with the Voice of Doubt: When your gut knows what to do, but a Voice of Doubt in you screams Yeah but… and What if?, this practice can help you get clear about what the Voice of Doubt really needs and craft a path forward that honors all of your needs.

Eight:

Story-Shifting

Each of us carries a pack of stories—beliefs, biases, mindsets, judgments, assumptions, and so forth—that we’ve internalized over our lifetimes. Some of these stories serve us, but many hold us back from living our callings and meeting our needs.

In this module, you’ll learn how to begin taking back your freedom from your limiting stories (and help your clients do the same) by:

  1. Discerning between our stories and what is really happening.
  2. Shining light on our unconscious commitments to act in ways that limit us.
  3. Choosing stories that serve us more.

Nine:

Skillful Requests

Once we’re clear about what we need, it’s time to speak our truth to others. But many of us have been socialized to people please, put others’ needs above our own, and say yes when we want to say no.

To honor our needs, we must learn to say no to what does not serve our core commitments, identify the support we need, and make requests with clarity and compassion.

In this module, you will learn how to:

  • Discern what support you’d like to receive from others.
  • Create a plan for reaching out for support.
  • Learn a proven, four-part template for making skillful requests.
  • Share your plans with Outer Voices of Doubt—people close to you who wish you’d abandon your plans—in a way that maximizes the chances of receiving their support and deepening your relationship.

And help your clients do the same.

Ten:

Celebration

When the world is so complex, the future is so uncertain, and so many variables are outside our control, it can sometimes be hard to trust that our efforts are making a difference.

To stay true to our callings for the long-haul and experience far greater joy while we’re at it, we must celebrate what is good.

In this module, we’ll explore four minute-or-less practices to help you and your clients be more present to the goodness of life. You can practice these anytime and easily integrate them into your conversations with clients, colleagues, and close ones.

As the district manager of my region’s first recreational marijuana dispensary, I sought Katherine’s support because I knew I wasn’t yet where I needed to be to face the upcoming explosive growth of onboarding forty new employees in one month.

Working with Katherine, I learned how to trust myself, slow way down and pause (even in the midst of rapid change), and stop second-guessing myself.

By the end of our work together, I knew in my bones that I was up for the challenge.

Since then, it’s been an incredible, fun journey! I still can’t express how valuable working with Katherine was for me! I am a different leader than I would have been, and, months later, I am excited to say that I am a person who pauses still.

During the media whirlwind of opening day (six different news outlets!), I even had a few employees ask me how I remained so calm and in control. That made my day!!

My company saw that the work was so impactful that they offered to reimburse my investment in coaching.

Angie – District Manager

The Curriculum: What’s Included?

Holding Space for Discernment:

A 3.5-day online retreat to deep dive into coaching for discernment

Radical Discernment Retreat:

A 3-day retreat in which we’ll dive deep into the radical discernment skills

Mentor Coaching:

10 group sessions over 5 months to hone your skills + 3 private sessions

Supported Learning Between Sessions:

Consistent practice to help you integrate the skills into your life

Closing Celebrations + Assessments:

2 sessions for final skills-building, culmination, and gratitude

Let’s explore each in depth.

One: Holding Space for Discernment

We begin our journey together with a 3.5-day live, online retreat.

You will learn to hold space for discernment and support long-term efficacy in your clients by integrating leading-edge approaches from somatics, narrative therapy, interpersonal neurobiology, question-based coaching, and other fields.

In this training, you will increase your competency in the following areas:

1. Creating a Container for Transformation - For the Coaching Relationship:
  • Starting coaching relationships in a way that maximizes long-term success
  • Creating guiding agreements with clients
  • Explaining what coaching is and is not
  • Building a development plan that supports clients to focus on their commitment, vision, values, and skill-based outcomes over time
  • Guiding clients (and yourself) through a practice of visioning your next horizon and articulating your next steps
2. Creating a Container for Transformation - For the Coaching Conversation:
  • Partnering with clients throughout each conversation to focus the conversation in a way that supports your clients’ needs
  • Co-designing action steps that support your clients to integrate what they learned in sessions and continue learning between sessions
  • Closing the coaching conversation in a way that supports follow-through and further learning
3. Supporting Trust, Safety, & Possibility:
  • Bringing awareness to privilege and power dynamics in the coaching relationships and navigating them consciously and with care
  • Increasing your capacity to hold a relational field of emotional safety, trust, compassion, and unconditional positive regard
  • Noticing when your habitual tendencies get triggered in the coaching space and shifting into a somatic shape that supports your clients more
4. Supporting Insight & Learning:
  • Asking questions that shine new light on clients’ current situations, desired outcomes, and next steps in their desired direction
  • Offering reflections to clients that are grounded in what you see, hear, and otherwise observe in a way that elicits new insights
  • Embodying the seven different coaching voices

By the end of this retreat, you will have observably increased your competency in coaching, have a robust architecture to hold space for the coaching conversation, and feel greater confidence, clarity, efficacy, resilience, and choice in how you show up with others.

The next Holding Space for Discernment training takes place on Zoom 6pm Thursday, February 2 until 5pm Sunday, February 5, 2023

Two: Mentor Coaching

Mentor coaching consists of a mentee coach coaching a client and a mentor coach offering feedback.

Mentor coaching is a powerful opportunity to develop your coaching skills and work with your habits under pressure in real-time.

Mentor Coaching has three components:

1. Peer Coaching:

After the first retreat, you partner with another training participant for mentor coaching. You will then meet to coach each other for a total of 4 sessions before the second retreat. After the second retreat, you will partner with a different participant, with whom you’ll meet for another 4 coaching sessions.

2. Group Mentor Coaching:

After each retreat, we will have 5 group mentor coaching sessions on Fridays at 2:15-3:45pm Eastern, for 10 total sessions.

During each session, two participants will take turns coaching another participant.

The other participants will observe and offer written feedback, and I will offer feedback based on the International Coach Federation (ICF) Core Competencies. This is an opportunity for all participants to practice offering, receiving, and incorporating feedback.

After your practice session, you will share your takeaways from the session and your plans to integrate the takeaways in your online learning log.

3. Individual Mentor Coaching:

In April, May, and June, you will meet with me (Katherine) for 3 individual mentor coaching sessions.

Before these sessions, you will record a coaching conversation, and during the session, I will offer you personalized and specific feedback on your coaching.

Three: Radical Discernment Skills Training

On April 14 through 16, we’ll meet for our second retreat. Together, we’ll dive deep into learning the ten core practices of radical discernment and how to begin applying them in your coaching work.

Through studying and practicing the Radical Discernment skills over time, you will increase your competency in the following areas (and in supporting your clients in these areas):

One: The Moment of Choice. Pausing when triggered and shifting from reacting habitually to responding choicefully.

Two: The Compassionate Witness. Embodying the compassionate witness and turning toward yourself with love and kindness

Three: The Compass. Tuning in to the wisdom of your body and identifying your needs, desires, and longings

Four: Collective Needs. Listening to what the collective needs and figuring out how to show up for social change

Five: Your Guiding Principles. Clarifying your values, vision, and commitments, and aligning your life with what matters most

Six: Structure & Schedules. Organizing your life to honor your needs and dedicate time to what matters most

Seven: Self-Mediation. Sitting down beside the parts of yourself who are pulling in different directions & hearing what they need

Eight: Story-Shifting. Stepping back from your limiting beliefs, noticing what’s really happening, & choosing a story that serves you more

Nine: Skillful Requests. Speaking your truth with clarity and compassion and asking for what you need

Ten: Celebration. Investigating what works, noticing hidden possibilities, sharing gratitude, and savoring what’s good in your life

Four: Supported Learning Between Sessions

Most leadership and coaching trainings do not offer support to integrate learning after the training finishes.

But real change happens over time.

To help you integrate the skills you’re learning, each participant will keep a learning log in an online forum and write a learning entry every two weeks sharing your celebrations, challenges, questions, and next steps.

I will also read all participants’ entries and respond to all questions through writing, creating a video, or addressing the question in our live session. And, participants will read and respond to at least one other participant’s learning log every two weeks, building camaraderie and learning to support each other over time.

You can also use our online forum to connect with other participants, ask questions, and receive support.

Five: Assessments & Closing Celebration

On Fridays, June 30 and July 7, our work together will culminate in (supportive and learning-full) performance evaluations and a closing celebration.

Each day, groups of three students will gather for assessments for 2 hours each, and each participant will coach another and receive my feedback.

Then, on the afternoon of Friday, July 7, we will gather for a closing celebration.

You’ll identify next steps to continue deepening your practice, tending to your learning edges, and receiving support. And we’ll close our time together with next commitments, taking stock and gratitude.

The plan for these final days is subject to change slightly based on the group needs that emerge through the course.

The group meetings held space for open, vulnerable, and real sharing, and the regular reflections gave me the support I needed to shift tough long-term patterns into a new way of being.

I’m approaching my new job much differently than my previous work. I am committed to honoring my body’s need for rest and taking breaks throughout the workday. It’s now so much easier to live from my full body, not just in my head, and I have more energy and can better discern what my needs are, moment by moment.

It’s been such a treat to learn so many new tools, practices, resources and ideas to use in my own life and with my clients.

Cori Hall – Higher Ed Professional

Course Promises

Small cohort. The program is limited to 10 people max. Learning with and supporting the same small group throughout the program will offer camaraderie and cohesion.

Somatics-Based. Habit lives in the body, and transformation originates within the body. We will integrate many body-based practices throughout the training and consistently return to the body as our reference point.

Social Justice Lens. Most coaching trainings are oriented toward corporate leaders and do not take a social justice lens. The lack of awareness about the dynamics of privilege and oppression shows up in their curriculum, pedagogy, pricing, and other elements. Although I remain a humble student of social justice, I am committed to weaving a social justice lens into all I do (and I welcome call-ins to help me live this value even more).

Accessible Location (Your Place!). I decided to hold this training entirely online so that you can participate from anywhere without the cost of travel or the risk of Covid. Although we’re unable to drink tea together or hug  each other, I’ve found that my coaching clients experience the same outcomes regardless of whether they meet with me in person or online. Besides, most client-coach relationships are now online, so this format replicates how you are most likely to work.

Real-time. Rather than being one of those programs where all the material is pre-recorded, participants are live together in every session.

I record all sessions so that if you’re unable to attend in person, you can listen at your convenience (that said, if you hope to receive ICF certification, you may only miss up to one mentor coaching session). We will record, transcribe and post all calls within 2 business days.

I’m so grateful for the way Katherine invited me to embody my professional work and encouraged me to tune in physically, the way a somatic healer would. I had not considered grounding my professional life that way before, but it’s made all the difference.

I’m now communicating my needs to my staff (and myself) more clearly and in a way that elicits support. Together we’re presenting our work in a way that’s attracting the kind of clients we want to work with. I am busier than ever but also somehow operating with a sense of stillness and presence.

I was able to build an alignment between my personal life and my professional life I’d never experienced before. It truly feels like my life and my livelihood — myself and my working self — are integrated now, nurturing each other and reflecting the same values, commitments and aspirations.

Katherine is an insatiable learner, which makes working with her a total pleasure because she clearly loves what she is doing. It also means her trainees have access to a huge range of approaches, practices, the whole wealth of training she’s done herself. It’s a very unique way into coaching that really cultivates wholeness.

-KC Ceccarossi, CEO, Common Media

What is the time commitment for this program?

The next Radical Discernment Coaching Training will run from February 2 to July 7, 2023.

All sessions will take place on Zoom and in English. All times are Eastern Standard Time.

1. Holding Space for Discernment:

We’ll meet at 6-8:30pm on Thursday, February 2 and then all day, Friday, February 3 through Sunday, Feb 5.

2. Mentor Coaching:

  • You will work with two different peer coaches for 4 sessions each, for a total of 8 sessions. Sessions will be a minimum of 90 minutes (so that you both have time to coach each other).
  • We’ll meet for ten weeks on Fridays afternoons at 2:15-3:45pm.
  • You’ll also have 3 private hour-long session with me (Katherine).

3. The Radical Discernment Retreat:

On Friday through Sunday, April 14 through 16, we’ll meet for a dive deep into the core practices of radical discernment.

4. Supported Learning Between Sessions:

  • You are expected to do about one hour of discernment practice per week.
  • You will write a learning log entry at least once every two weeks and respond to at least one other participant (expect 30-60 minutes).
  • You will also read two books and do the practices in them.

5. Assessments & Celebration:

On Fridays, June 30 and July 7, groups of three students will gather for assessments for 2 hours each. On the afternoon of Friday, July 7, we will gather for a closing celebration and discussion of next steps.

Tuition

Most coaching programs cost between $5,000 and $20,000. I’m setting the rate for this training intentionally low for two reasons:

First, I believe that coach training should be financially accessible.

Most coach training programs are expensive and inaccessible to poor and working-class folks. I seek to change that.

Second, this is the first time I’ve offered the Radical Discernment Coaching training, and it is, therefore, a pilot.

In exchange for the low pricing, I ask that participants give two things in exchange: commitment and ongoing feedback.

I ask that if you sign up, you do so with the commitment to dedicate the time and energy needed to fulfill the program requirements:

  • Participate in both retreats, mentor coaching, and the final closing, and
  • Practice between sessions, keep up your learning log, and read our two books.

Of course, you may miss a practice or hour of training here or there. Life happens! And, please sign up with the commitment to show up wholeheartedly.

Please also enroll with the commitment to offer feedback and the understanding that I may alter the training slightly based on participant feedback. I will work hard to ensure that this training meets your needs.

Prices will likely increase after this initial round.

That said, here is the pricing for the February – July 2023 Radical Discernment Coaching training:

Solidarity Pricing for the Life & Leadership Coaching Cohorts.

Support

Supports your peers.

$3,000

Sustain

Covers your enrollment.

$2,550

Community

Supported by your peers.

$2,100

Scholarship

If you hold oppressed identities like Black, Indigenous, Person of Color, Person with a Disability, and/or LGBTQIA+ and the higher rates pose a burden to you, please choose this rate.

$1,000

If you need a payment plan, you may pay monthly at no additional cost.

Curious about joining us? Let’s talk!

There are two initial steps to enrolling:

First, fill out the application below.

I’ll reach out within two business days, and if it looks like you’re a good match for the program, I’ll invite you to have a conversation.

Then, we’ll get on the phone together for a free, hour-long conversation. I’ll answer your questions, get to know you and your needs better, and help you discern whether the program is a good match for you.

Please keep in mind that the training is limited to 10 people, and it’s first-come, first-serve. So if you’re at all interested, I encourage you to reach out now (even though the training may feel far away).

It would be an honor to speak with you!

Radical Discernment Coach Training Application

When I came to Katherine, I cared so much about my work and the students we serve, but I seemed to lack some mysterious supervision skills, and it appeared the other supervisors had them.

Week after week of working with Katherine, I noticed positive shifts in my perspective and leadership skills. I developed clarity about the kind of leader I want to be, learned to trust myself to make important decisions, and developed systems to empower and guide my staff.

Now, I approach challenges at work with clearer direction and confidence. I/m far more grounded in my choices at work and in the rest of my life.

Becoming the leader I want to be will take continual learning, but I see concrete evidence of my growing ability to collaborate with colleagues and lead a team. Rather than feeling anxious about what’s next, I’m excited to be on the journey.

Meghan Bone – Youth Worker

Frequently Asked Questions

About Katherine

How did you become a coach and develop Radical Discernment?

Click here to learn more about my personal story and how I discovered Radical Discernment.

What are your professional credentials?

In January 2023, I celebrate ten years of full-time professional coaching, and I hold the PCC credential from the International Coach Federation.

For a comprehensive look at my professional credentials, click here.

Why did you create the Radical Discernment Coaching Training?

For many years, I’ve longed to train other professionals in the methodology I’ve found so transformative for myself and my clients. This is for a few reasons:

  1. I want as many people as possible to benefit from this work. As much as I love working with my coaching clients, I believe my impact becomes exponentially greater when I train others to share these practices with their clients, colleagues, and close ones. I’m committed to making this bigger impact.
  2. These practices have made me a much better leader, facilitator, business owner, mother, partner, friend, and, yes, coach. In my personal experience, learning how to teach these practices and support others through their personal transformation has been one of the best ways to learn them myself. I’ve designed this program to not only help you help your clients but to integrate these life-changing practices into your own life.

About Certification

Will I earn certification from the ICF (International Coach Federation) as part of this training?

I hope that you will be able to earn the ICF ACC-level certification after this training. Whether this is possible depends on several variables.

Here’s the process (and how this relates to you):

  • ICF requires first-time coach training providers (me!) to run a coach training with at least 5 students who complete the full training at least once before applying for accreditation (including mentor coaching and final performance evaluation).
  • If a coach training provider successfully earns accreditation, the accreditation applies retroactively to the previous cohort (which would mean you and your fellow students). The students who pass the training assessment can then apply for ACC certification through the ICF.
  • I will apply for accreditation if at least 5 students successfully complete this first training. The pilot program adheres to all ICF standards for Level One accreditation. (Level One trainings lead to ACC-level certification.)
  • So, if you pass the assessment and complete the course, and I earn accreditation, you will be eligible to apply for the ICF ACC certificate.

I welcome your questions about this process. Please share your questions in the field at the bottom of this page.

Will I become a “Certified Radical Discernment Coach”?

Once you complete all graduation requirements, you will receive a certificate documenting course completion. And, you will be able to immediately integrate the practices you’ve learned into any work coaching, facilitating, or guiding others.

That said, there will likely be additional steps to become a Certified Radical Discernment Coach. I will know more about what those steps are after I offer this initial course.

I want to keep using the tools/methodology I’m currently trained in. How does Radical Discernment integrate with other models?

You could say that Radical Discernment itself is a synthesis of many methodologies. I did not invent or discover many of the practices I draw from, and I do my best to cite my sources.

I share that to say: Yes, Absolutely!

The Radical Discernment model offers a set of principles and practices that you can easily integrate into your own approach to coaching, facilitating, advising, mentoring, or managing. In the ten years I’ve been coaching, I’ve never found an effective methodology that does not integrate well with Radical Discernment.

About the Training

What is the maximum enrollment?

To ensure that all participants receive personalized attention and that I can nimbly respond to participant needs, I am limiting this pilot program to 10 participants.

Enrollment is first-come, first-served, as long as we discern that the program is a good match in our initial conversation. Therefore, even if the program seems like it’s a long way in the future, if you are interested in joining, I highly recommend filling out the application below and getting on a call with me. I would love to speak with you!

What will the community aspect of the program be like?

Over the years, many participants in my coaching cohorts have formed bonds that last even until today. Based on this experience and because this will be a small cohort going through a transformative process over time, I anticipate that participants will experience a sense of camaraderie and form supportive relationships.

For folks who want to connect with other participants more, the online forum will support you to do so.

Is this class a safe space?

I am committed to doing my best to create as safe a space as possible for all participants.

To do so, I’m committed to:

  • Consistently developing my skills as a facilitator with an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens;
  • Dismantling my internalized biases as a white, cisgender, able-bodied facilitator;
  • Structuring the group in a way that helps all participants feel supported; and
  • Centering group agreements that support participants to hold themselves and each other accountable for minimizing harm and maximizing comradery—with grace and compassion;

At the same time, given that we’re swimming together in the waters of imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy (ty bell hooks), I must humbly recognize that I cannot guarantee a safe space for any participant, especially given my multiple proximities to power.

I am therefore committed to maintaining open lines of feedback and working together with participants—particularly Black, Indigenous, people of color, trans, and disabled participants—to make the group feel as safe and supportive as possible.

In addition to the retreats and mentor coaching, how much time is required each week?

To fulfill the ICF requirements and make the most of the training, you’ll need to dedicate between one and four hours per week, some weeks more, some weeks less. This time entails:

  • At least 10 minutes of discernment practice at least 5 days per week (1-ish hour per week)
  • Writing your learning log entry 1x every 2 weeks (15-30 minutes per 2 weeks)
  • Reading and responding to at least one other participant’s learning log entry 1x every 2 weeks (15-30 minutes / 2 weeks)
  • Reading/watching Katherine’s responses to the learning logs (at least 1x, 30-60 minutes / 2 weeks)
  • Practice Coaching: Exchange coaching with a peer from the course (a total of 8 times coaching and receiving coaching over the course of our 5 months, a minimum total of 90 minutes).
  • Reading Radical Discernment: A Changemaker’s Guide to Healing Burnout & Choosing What’s Next and engaging in the practices from the book.
  • Reading The Mindful Coach, by Doug Silsbee before the initial retreat.
What if I can’t attend the live sessions?

My team and I will record all sessions and share video recordings, audio recordings, and written transcripts within 2 business days of each session.

Keep in mind that to be eligible for ICF certification, you can only miss one mentor coaching call.

How long do I have access to the course materials?

I’ll provide you with multiple ways to download and save all materials. At the conclusion of the program, I’ll provide you with a link that has all the course materials in one easy-to-access location that is yours forever.

Will I get to work with Katherine one-on-one?

The training includes three one-hour one-to-one mentor coaching sessions in months three to five of our training.

As opposed to focusing on your personal challenges, these sessions will focus on your coaching. Before each session, you’ll send me a recording of you coaching another person, and during the session, I will offer you feedback and guidance for improving your skills.

Additionally, our training sessions will be highly interactive, and you will have ample time to share challenges, ask questions, and receive individual feedback.

I’m wondering…

What is your refund and cancellation policy?

If you pay in full and need to leave the course, we will refund the equivalent of the months you are canceling.

If you pay monthly, we will cancel your payments for future months.

We will not refund tuition from months that you’ve participated in the training.

Any tips on how to prepare for the training?

Although there are no prerequisites for this course, I highly recommend participating in my pay-from-the-heart course, Radical Discernment: Level One, which takes place Oct 27, ’22 – Jan 12, ’23 (Thursdays at 12-1:15pm on Zoom). I will likely make this course a prerequisite in the future.

I also recommend, when possible, to work with a coach yourself. You may want to consider joining one of my Life + Leadership Coaching Cohorts, which are currently enrolling for November.

My employer sometimes sponsors professional development. Do you have something I can give them?

Yes, we have a document you can provide your employer. When we get on the phone to discuss whether the training is a good match for you, please let me know that you need this document, and I will share it with you.

I’m having technical trouble signing up.

No problem. We can help! Email info@callingsandcourage.com, and we’ll get you all set up.

I’m just not sure.

Well, if you were my coaching client, I’d encourage you to do the following:

  • Check in with your body: In your mind’s eye, I invite you to imagine joining this course. How does the idea feel in your body—Good and exciting? Good but scary/exhilarating? Those are good signs.
  • Explore the gate: Every decision is a gate, and at each gate, we must let go of something to become the person we’re called to become now. To help you discern what decision is best for you at this gate, ask yourself: What is the cost of joining? What is the cost of not joining?
  • Notice if your Voice of Doubt is active. Your Voice of Doubt is the part that says Yeah but… and What if… when you get closer to a gate. Do your best to turn toward your Voice of Doubt with love and kindness and ask it what it needs. Write down what arises.
  • Notice if your inner Judge is active (a part that says you somehow wouldn’t belong in this group or won’t be able to “do it right”). Ask yourself: What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail at this and that you’d fit in beautifully with the group? Write down what arises.
  • Reflect: What are your intentions for the coming year? Does this feel well aligned, or not? What does your inner knowing say?

If your inner knowing says no or maybe, listen closely. And if your inner knowing says yes, I invite you to gather the courage and sign up.

It would be an honor to welcome you into the course.

One year ago, I took a new position leading a global social change initiative. While this was an exciting opportunity, I found myself doubting my capacity. Sure enough, right away, I faced a challenging co-worker situation that tried my skills and made me question my leadership ability.

My work with Katherine has made me a more confident leader. I have gained real life, everyday skills in cross-cultural communication, grounded decision-making, and supervising others. I am more able to quiet the inner critic and manage a satisfying work-life balance. And through coaching, I have grown not only as a professional, but also as a person, a daughter, a mother, a friend.

What’s more, my team and I are all looking forward to the second year of our work. We seem so much clearer than this time last year, and that seems remarkable.

I always come out from time with Katherine feeling more clear, confident, and armed with new practical ideas and skills to try. Most importantly, most days I’m really fulfilled in my work.

Beth Bradford – International Child Protection Consultant

Excited to join us? Or leaning toward it and wanting to ask questions?

If so, let’s talk.

To sign up for a time to talk, fill out the application below.

After you fill out the form, I’ll be in touch soon to set up a time—usually in less than two business days.

Then, we’ll get on the phone together for a free, hour-long conversation to discuss your needs and whether the training is a good match for you.

Please keep in mind that the training is limited to 10 people, and it’s first-come, first-serve. So if you’re at all interested, I encourage you to reach out now (even though the training may feel far away.)

It would be an honor to speak with you!

Radical Discernment Coach Training Application

Your time is precious.

If you think maybe one of my programs is what you need, but you’re not quite sure, please ask. I don’t want an unasked question or unexpressed concern to keep you from getting clear.

Please use the form below to ask your questions, and I’ll get back to you within two business days.

Questions? I welcome them!

Anything that comes up for you, just ask.

I built an incredible community with a wide range of like-minded people who support and encourage me still, even after completing my work with Katherine. I still have strong relationships with the other women from the program.

Not only am I in a better position professionally with all of these connections, but I am much happier.

-Amy Stein

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