Diploma in Cognitive Coaching and Mentoring (Credit rated at SCQF level 8)


This Diploma course equips you in the knowledge and skills of coaching and mentoring enhanced by knowledge and skills in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Coaching is rooted in developmental psychology and is commonly applied in organisational settings. Coaching is associated with team building, executive coaching, management coaching, life-skills coaching, career development and personal and professional development.

Mentoring is associated with positive personal and professional growth, career outcomes and development. You will learn the skills, techniques and in depth insights of mentoring. In the role of mentor, you will contract and develop with your client a highly personal yet professional relationship that is creative, dynamic and intentional resulting in a positive outcome.

Mentoring enables the individual to develop a greater sense of fulfilment, role identification, internal authority and identity that results in a greater level of competency and personal satisfaction.

CBT knowledge and techniques are used to support the roles of the coach and mentor by introducing the ABC model which aids greater understanding of the impact of beliefs, thoughts and feelings to client behaviours.

What you will learn

The Diploma is an amalgam of the Certificate in CBT (Course UW100), the Certificate in Coaching (UW300) and the the Certificate in Mentoring (Course UW400).

Module 1, (CBT) is based on the premise that our interpretation of an event is crucial in determining how we feel and react. Where beliefs and thought patterns are negative or unrealistic, a variety of problems may occur leading to possible emotional disorders. CBT aims to alleviate emotional distress. CBT has proved to be very effective in treating clients who have addiction issues.

CBT is a series of strategies specifically targeted at an individual’s disorder.
These can include:

cognitive therapy
breathing techniques
interceptive exposure

You are introduced to the ABC Model of counselling. This describes the interaction between the clients’ behaviours, feelings and thoughts.
You are also taught to identify errors in thinking and to challenge damaging beliefs your clients may have. The aim is to enhance your effectiveness as a counsellor by teaching you the skills and the techniques of CBT, through providing case studies, illustrations, practical activities and assignments.

Module 2, the course in coaching includes the following topics:

Defining coaching
Describing the coaching process
The tasks of a coach
Seven steps to developing a good coach-client relationship
Understanding and identifying different ‘learning styles’
Attitude and perception management
Coaching through life’s transitions
Coaching core values
Systems coaching: working with groups (including companies, organisations, families and the community)
Ethical guidelines for coaches

Module 3, the course in mentoring includes the following topics:

Defining and describing the mentoring process
Mentoring in the corporate and professional world
Mentoring in the community
Essential mentor qualities
Essential skills in mentoring
Self-awareness: including defining the relationship
Issues of integrity: including, “what if things go wrong?”
Mentoring as a way of life

Further information

Institute of Counselling
Institute of Counselling
1.5 Years
Course type:
Distance learning

Contact Information

Institute of Counselling

40 St Enoch Square
G1 4DH