ICF-Approved Training Programs



Life Coaching Institute of America™ (LCIA) certifies and trains individuals to become Life Coaching Professionals.


The founders of LCIA have completed extensive “advanced” training through M.I.N.T (Inc.), the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, founded by Dr. William R. Miller & Dr. Steven Rollnick, the forefathers of Motivational Interviewing (MI). The training provided by LCIA will present its candidates with a valuable MI skill set that will enhance coaching skills and techniques not found elsewhere. LCIA utilizes the basic values of Motivational Interviewing.


Your Life Coaching Training offered through LCIA will be supported by the MI framework to include:

  • Life Coach-Client relationship and communication skills building tools that distinguish LCIA’s collaborative approach to the coach/client relationship. We will cover in-depth reflective listening skills which is a key constituent and skill of MI techniques. Many of us assume we know how to listen- that listening is an easy skill- but truth be told, listening is a challenging and demanding skill to learn. Listening requires that Life Coaches fully engage with their clients. Effective Life Coaches put their ideas and agendas on the back burner and spotlight their client. It is often said within the Life Coaching community that an effective Life Coach listens 80% of the time and talks 20% with their clients, also referred to as the 80/20 rule.
  • The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing is the way of being with your client; strengthening and supporting your client’s desire and commitment for their desired change.

    • Partnership/Collaboration: Motivational Interviewing is done with a person and not to a person. It is a collaborative effort that respects the client as expert of their life. As Coach you will be eliciting desired change from your client, allowing them to engage and explore their desired change. Coach comes alongside as partner to enhance change talk through a specific communication style that ensures collaborative and respectful engagement.

    • Acceptance: Consists of 4 essential components:

      1. Acceptance reflects absolute worth in the client, unconditional positive regard
      2. Accurate Empathy expresses active interest and a genuine desire to understand the client and see the world through their perspective
      3. Autonomy recognizes that the true power to change is within the client
      4. Affirmation reflects the client’s strengths and efforts in a genuine and intentional conversation.

    • Compassion: To actively promote the other’s welfare, to give priority to the other’s needs (Motivational Interviewing, Third Edition). Compassion is a deliberate commitment to pursue and best interest of the client.
    • Evocation: The coach intentionally elicits the client’s own thoughts and ideas and is mindful that the coaching agenda belongs to the client, not the coach. Motivational Interviewing recognizes that when the plan of change comes from the client their also is a maximized power and commitment for client change and success.
  • Change Talk will be introduced at an basic level to provide Life Coaching candidates with insights specifically designed to hear the cues of their client’s communication and responses that will support the argument of change that the client desires. We will also explore ambivalence in clients where they may begin to experience conflicts about their desire for change and/or growth. The Life Coaching candidate will learn to reflect both sides of these ambivalent communications, known as a “double-sided reflection”. The effective Life Coach will effectively partner with their client as they work to achieve their desired transition and change their life and/or business transitions.
  • Acronyms Toolkit often associated with MI. These acronyms will equip LCIA Life Coaching candidates with necessary references for the skills learned and practiced during their intensive LCIA training.

ICF-Approved Training Programs was last modified: April 5th, 2017 by Jonathon