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Somatic Coaching Certification
An Immersive Eight-Month Certification Program
Now Enrolling for Course Starting November 2019 
Empower Your Clients to Embody Their Full Potential
For transformation to occur, you must include a key component that most coaching omits: the wisdom of the body. Our coaches embody the somatic practices, distinctions, and presence required to offer paradigm-shifting work to clients. 

In this robust program, you will not only become a more effective coach, you will deep-dive into your own embodied learning journey. 

Insight and knowledge alone can't produce breakthrough behavior change. To reliably achieve lasting change, you need the expertise developed through somatic coaching.

Somatic coaching moves the center of learning from the head into the body, giving you and your clients access to all aspects of your intelligence—intellectual, emotional, and physical. 

This unique approach prepares coaches to facilitate sustained, transformative change in their work with individual clients and leaders. We define transformation as the ability to take new actions aligned with your values and vision, even under the same old pressures. 

We call it Embodied Learning.

Groundbreaking Methodology to Produce Sustainable Change with Your Clients
Strozzi Institute is the original architect of embodied leadership and somatic coaching. Our methodology has been fine-tuned over 45 years of development and it produces reliable, sustainable change.  

In our breakthrough methodology, we use body-based practices, mindfulness, martial arts, action-oriented communication, and generative conflict training to identify conditioned patterns that limit performance and create new neural pathways and new possibilities for our clients.  

Our Somatic Coaching Certification Program was established in 2001 as the world’s first and most comprehensive somatic coaching program. In our program, you’ll ground yourself in somatic practices, become a more powerful and effective coach, and discover how an embodied learning approach can create lasting change for you and your clients. 
Certification in Somatic Coaching and ICF Coaching
All students enrolled in our coaching program are eligible for our Strozzi Institute Somatic Coaching Certification. 

In addition, we offer the training required to become an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified coach. Our program has been recognized by ICF as an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) at the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) level. 

Students have the option to upgrade into a dual certification process and combine training for our Somatic Coaching Certification with our Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP). Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for an individual coaching accreditation through ICF via the ACTP pathway if they meet the credentialing application requirements. 

In this option, students participate in an additional coaching track during our 8 month somatic coaching program. The ICF certification option provides mentor coaching, one-on-one coaching, webinars, and evaluation to prepare students to master the ICF Core Competencies and elevate their coaching business. 
Without Somatics you have a truncated coaching relationship. Most coaching, in it current form, brings in the things that people already do well—talk—without the grounded understanding of the body and emotions that bring it all together. And without that full understanding and knowing, coaching is only a few steps up from talking with a friend. Strozzi Institute opens people up to be truly freer for new action that you can’t get to otherwise. The coaching industry needs Somatics.
Margaret Echols, MBA, MA, CIC, CSC, MCC, Faculty at Georgetown Coaching Program
Facilitate Breakthrough Change With Your Clients
Somatic coaching is a transformational process that empowers individuals to more effectively fulfill on their commitments, to work more skillfully with others, and to embody new, generative ways of being. At the completion of this program, you will be able to facilitate breakthrough change with your clients in the following ways:
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  • Build resilience, flexibility, and agility
  • Increase their self-confidence in new areas
  • Accelerate their career trajectory
  • Assist them to manage an increasingly complex world
  • Introduce them to the "felt experience" of being embodied
  • Give them access to multiple intelligences that live in the body
  • Cultivate their leadership presence
  • Focus their talents into purposeful action
  • Create the capacity for them to produce valuable results
The Art of Somatic Coaching Webinar
In this free on-demand webinar, Strozzi Institute Founder, Richard Strozzi-Heckler, and Strozzi Institute Director of Methodology, Staci K. Haines, discuss why Somatic Coaching works and what you will experience in the Strozzi Institute Somatic Coaching Certification program.
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A Note From Founder Richard Strozzi-Heckler
"Our proven methodology has successfully transformed thousands of lives. Now we want to give it to you so you may be the source of transformation in the lives of your clients."
Is Somatic Coaching Certification for You?
The benefits of embodied learning and somatic practices are useful for anyone looking to bring their whole self to the task of meeting the challenges and hopes of our times in new and more effective ways, including:​​​​​​​
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  • Coaches and consultants who see life as it is and as it could be, and are called to bridge the gap for their clients
  • Mission-driven business leaders and high performers seeking greater performance, profit, and impact
  • Social entrepreneurs looking to facilitate change by cultivating more active and vital communities 
  • Healers, educators, parents, and other caretakers who need to stay centered as they support others
What will give you a leg up? Will it be knowing more? You probably know a lot already. You’re probably already an expert. The real leg up is how you move more masterfully in the world and how you get other people to move masterfully with you. You will do that here. You won’t just talk about it—you will do it.
Beata Lewis, Executive Coach and Change Consultant
What You Will Learn
Our Somatic Coaching Certification Program includes four 4-day retreats, one-on-one mentor coaching, mentoring groups, webinars, and online learning. Training takes place over 8 months and includes 165.5 contact hours.​​​​​​​
Session One: Somatic Transformation
November 7–10, 2019
The best coaches embody the terrain of somatic transformation through their own lived experience. In this introductory session, dive into the core somatic practices to deepen your authentic leadership presence and take action towards your vision. Learn how to shift ineffective moods and use conflict as a generative force. Develop somatic skills to confidently embody the coach you want to be, starting from the most important place: your own presence.
Session Two: Somatic Coaching Foundation
January 9–12, 2020
Establish your somatic coaching foundation through experiential practices, lectures, small and large group discussions, and observation of live coaching sessions. Set clear coaching agreements and incorporate ICF coaching competencies into your sessions. Learn essential somatic bodywork skills to enhance your coaching offer, including rhythmic breathwork patterns and quality of touch. Identify how your client has been shaped by the world and assess the conditioned behaviors that stand in their way of their vision. 
Session Three: Advanced Practice
March 19–22, 2020
Step into the next level of your coaching practice. Facilitate transformative conversations with your peers and receive assessments on your coaching presence, your questioning, and your listening. We will discuss the standards and protocols of ethical practice, including how to plan and structure a somatic coaching session, how to assess a client’s somatic shape, and how to facilitate a transformative coaching experience based on what your client cares about.
Session Four: Certification
June 11–14, 2020
All your hard work culminates to integrate the theory, practices, and processes you’ve been working with over the last 7 months. You’ll prepare for and receive a final performance evaluation from a mentor coach who will offer feedback on all aspects of your development and embodiment as a Strozzi Institute Somatic Coach. You’ll also develop a clear set of next steps to continue deepening your practice as a lifelong learner and get the support you need to graduate into the field of coaching feeling confident and competent.
Between Sessions: Practice and Continued Learning
Between each session, there will be group mentor coaching calls, one-on-one sessions with your mentor coach, work with practice clients, and somatic theory sessions. Plan for approximately 10 hours per month.
Strozzi Institute Somatic Coaching Certification was a transformative journey personally and professionally as a coach. My ability to sense myself and others widened and deepened tenfold. Everyone in the program was held with so much care and rigor. I know I made professional friendships that will last a lifetime.
Shen Weiss, Engineering Development Specialist
Quality Teachers
We have the most rigorous standards for our teachers of any leadership training organization. We deliver on the promises of embodied leadership in action, assuring a level of mastery on behalf of our teachers.

​​​​​​​Below are possible teachers for this course.

Senior Teachers
Richard Strozzi-Heckler
Paola Laird
Staci K. Haines
Mentor Coaches
Amy BeberVanzo
Merle McKinley
Alejandra Silberman
Doug Miller
Course Details
Cost
  • Full Cost: $11,950
  • Early Bird Cost: $10,625 (Schedule pre-enrollment call by June 1 and register by July 31)
  • ICF Track: Add $2,500
Scholarships
Strozzi Institute is committed to making our courses as available and accessible as possible. We offer a limited number of scholarships to students. Scholarship details.
Timing
  • Session #1: November 7–10, 2019
  • Session #2: January 9–12, 2020
  • Session #3: March 19–22, 2020
  • Session #4: June 11–14, 2020

If these dates don't work for you, please sign up below to receive notifications when we release our 2020 cohorts. 
Location
Our Somatic Coaching Certification Program is offered on a 13-acre ranch in the rolling hills of Petaluma, California. Strozzi Institute’s training site is a dojo which means "place of training" in traditional Japanese arts.
Accreditation
All students in this program are eligible to receive the Strozzi Institute’s Somatic Coaching Certification. Our program has also been recognized by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) at the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) level. Those who opt into the ICF coaching track are eligible to apply for an individual coaching accreditation through ICF via our ACTP pathway.
Prerequisite
Participation in Embodied Leadership Level One, is required prior to the start of the program. 

We recommend you register for Embodied Leadership Level One as soon as possible to ensure your eligibility for the Somatic Coaching Certification program. If Embodied Leadership Level One courses appear full, please schedule a consultation with our Director of Enrollment to help facilitate your enrollment in a course. We will work with you to make sure you are able to enroll in the Somatic Coaching Program. 

Cohort Model
Our Somatic Coaching Certification program uses a cohort model. This means that you will be with the same group of students in all four sessions. This creates a sense of cohesion and builds community over the course of the program.
Transportation Food, and Lodging
Organic meals (with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options), sourced and prepared locally, are provided for continental breakfasts and lunches during all training days. Transportation and lodging are not included. Recommended lodging options.
Step 1: Pre-Enrollment Call
Required prior to registration
Due to the high demand of this program and the depth of commitment for participants, a conversation with Strozzi Institute Enrollment Director, Nicole Adams, is required before registration.

Please ​​​​​schedule your call by June 1, if you intend to register for the Early Bird Discount.

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Step 2: Registration
After you've completed your pre-enrollment call
Pay the full tuition or pay a non-refundable $500 deposit and then pay the outstanding balance in 4 equal payments each due no later than the start of each session.

Session #1: November 7–10, 2019
Session #2: January 9–12, 2020
Session #3: March 19–22, 2020
Session #4: June 11–14, 2020

Early Bird Discount Ends July 31, 2019
We have a limited number of Early Bird Discounts available for purchases completed before July 31st, 2019 at 11:59 P.M. PT. The Early Bird tuition for the Somatic Coaching Certification Program is $10,625 (a savings of $1,325). 

Please schedule your pre-enrollment call by June 1, if you intend to register for the Early Bird Discount. 

In order to secure the Early Bird Discount you must pay either 1) the full payment before July 31st, 2019 at 11:59 P.M. PT or 2) the $500 deposit before July 31st, 2019 at 11:59 P.M. PT and then the first of the four subsequent installments before August 15th, 2019 at 11:59 P.M. PT.
Option 1
Strozzi Institute Somatic Coaching Certification
+ ICF Certification Track via our Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP)
Choose this payment if you are interested combining training for our Somatic Coaching Certification with our Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP). Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for an individual coaching accreditation through ICF if they meet the credentialing application requirements. 
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Strozzi Institute Somatic Coaching Certification
Choose this payment if you are interested in only the Strozzi Institute Somatic Coaching Certification and you do not want or need ICF Certification. 
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Master Certification
Designed for advanced students who have completed their Somatic Coaching Certification, our Master Somatic Coaching Certification Program offers an ongoing path for Somatic Coaches to move from the fundamentals to the embodiment of powerful and transformative somatic skills, so they may partner with clients in deeper and more potent ways.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the course requirements?
All individuals must complete Embodied Leadership Level One prior to beginning the Somatic Coaching Certification program.
What happens if I need to cancel?
When appropriate, Strozzi Institute will refund tuition for courses minus the deposit amount, 30 days prior to the course; and 50% of tuition up to 15 days prior to the course. Requests for cancellation/refund must be submitted in writing via email to courses@strozziinsitute.com. View our cancellation policy.
What language(s) is the program available in?
At this time, the Somatic Coaching Certification Program is only available in English.
Can I get continuing education credit for this?
The ICF has approved the following Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units for individuals who complete the Strozzi Institute Somatic Coach Certification Program with the optional ACTP:
  • Core Competencies: 119.5 hours
  • Resource Development: 21 hours
Who should participate in our Somatic Coaching Certification Program?
Our coaching programs are open to anyone wishing to work holistically with clients, and develop their mastery of Somatic Coaching and embodied leadership. Some individuals are already certified coaches through one of our colleague institutions, but for many, this is their first foray into the world of coaching.
What programs are offered?
Strozzi Institute offers three levels of certification programs: Somatic Coaching Certification, Dual Somatic Coaching and ICF ACTP accreditation, and Master Somatic Coach Certification.

We also offer several public courses and corporate programs in embodied leadership, somatic bodywork, and cultivating mastery outside of our coaching tracks.

Who teaches the program?
The teachers at Strozzi Institute are the originators and leaders of the somatic methodology as it relates to leadership and coaching—meaning, you’ve come to the right place! You won’t easily find another learning environment in which the staff has as much experience, depth, and practiced knowledge. The average Strozzi Institute Faculty has 15 years of experience in our methodology and in developing coaches.
Strozzi Institute is the creator embodied leadership—a unique, neuroscience-based approach that integrates mindfulness, action-oriented communication, martial arts, and generative conflict training to prepare leaders, coaches, and teams to meet today's biggest challenges.
Headquarters: 2900 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610, 510-444-1232
Training Site (The Dojo): 4101 Middle Two Rock Rd, Petaluma, CA 94952

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