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Foundations of Coaching




February – April, 2024
(full training schedule below)



Registration for this workshop is full. For questions or to be placed on a waitlist for the next time it will be offered, please contact CalTrin.




Coaching is an essential professional development tool that promotes professional development and helps to retain a highly skilled workforce. This course will explore the foundations of coaching and how they can be applied in your work. Throughout the five modules, we will examine the “Being and Doing” of coaching. We will explore the mindset you need to lean into as a coach, as well as specific skills used to support growth and development. You will have opportunities for individual learning as well as collaborative learning with your colleagues.


Through this virtual, 5-module series, you will:

  • Learn how coaching can transform your organization and workforce
  • Engage in individual and collaborative learning with other professionals, and with the series facilitators, who are certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF)
  • Gain the foundational knowledge and skills to begin coaching others


Each module includes:

  • Pre-work (30 min)
  • Virtual Learning Session (120 min)
  • Try-it exercises (60 min)


Who Should Attend: Staff of family resource centers (FRCs), child abuse prevention councils (CAPCs),community-based organizations, and other child- and family-serving systems who would benefit from learning and practicing foundational coaching skills for the purpose of workforce development.



  • This is an interactive training. Please be prepared to participate in activities such as group discussion, break out rooms, and/or demonstration. Your training experience will be best with the use of a web cam, audio, and a training environment conducive to active participation.
  • This is a small-group training. Spaces are limited space and there may be a waiting list. Preference will be given to applicants from California. All applicants will be contacted by January 13, 2022.
  • CalTrin “No Show” Policy: While CalTrin training is provided at no cost to learners, it requires significant financial and human resources to provide high-quality, small-group interactive training experiences. In addition, these trainings frequently have a waiting list. Participants who do not attend the training and do not contact CalTrin in advance may not be selected for future application-based small group trainings.
  • Series Attendance: Participants are expected to attend all sessions in this series. If you are interested in this training but cannot attend all sessions, please contact CalTrin to be placed on the waiting list for future trainings.
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MODULE 1: FUNDAMENTALS OF COACHING – February 8 from 9:00 – 11:00 A.M. PT

  • By exploring the differences between coaching, consulting, and mentoring we will define what a coaching mindset is, as well as explore the principles and assumptions of coaching and how it is used to support an individual’s growth and self-awareness.


MODULE 2: SKILLS & TECHNIQUES OF COACHING – February 22 from 9:00 – 11:00 A.M. PT

  • This module focuses on the phases of a coaching conversation, dives deeper into the skills and techniques used when coaching, and explores how questions can evoke discovery, insight, and commitment or action. 




  • This module explores how the different levels of listening influence our coaching and allow us to be present and flexible while coaching. Further, we will explore how values and beliefs create context for actions and behaviors. 



MODULE 4: GAUGING GROWTH – March 21 from 9:00 – 11:00 A.M. PT

  • This module brings into focus how to use the coaching relationship to support goal development and achievement, while tapping into the client’s ideas, suggestions, and desired outcomes. The coach’s role in holding accountability will also be explored. 




  • The closing session brings everything together to conclude your learning journey. This session will provide examples of how to conclude a coaching relationship. 



LEARNING EXCHANGE – June 6 from 9:00 – 10:30 A.M. PT

  • Foundations of Coaching participants will reflect on how you have been incorporating the 7 Essential Coaching Skills into your work. We will share with each other our successes and challenges, as well as have opportunities to dive into the nuances of each skill.




Christa provides coaching, training, and technical assistance and organizational consulting to State and County child welfare. She has extensive experience in child welfare, supervision, coaching and organizational development. She has successfully coached trainers, caseworkers, supervisors, and managers in Florida, New York, Alabama, Wyoming, Colorado and the Miami/Dade area of Florida. Christa has her Masters in Social work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She also received her Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) through the Coaching Training Institute, as well as her Professional Coaching Certification (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation.




Kavi is a Trained Professional Coach (TPC) through the Academy of Professional Coaching. She has worked in youth engagement and community development in a variety of systems, including child welfare, locally and internationally. Kavi integrated a coaching mindset in all her work, even before she knew that’s what it was called. She has a master’s degree in International Administration with a health and humanitarianism focus and is a certified prevention specialist through the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium.







Senior Program Associate,
Butler Institute for Families




 Senior Program Associate,
Butler Institute for Families