Diploma in Team Coaching

The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

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The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School


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Who should attend

  • Minimum least three years of 1:1 coaching experience/180 hours of 1:1 coaching experience;
  • The ability to work on psychological dimensions in their 1:1 coaching;
  • An interest in personal development and feedback as well as learning about theories and models;
  • A natural curiosity for the emergent nature of team coaching as a new specialty within coaching.

About the course

Performance improvement is required at the level of the team, as well as at the level of the individual. Teams need to deliver increasingly challenging outcomes in the face of often chaotic organisational change in this VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) environment. Also, the nature of teams are changing from traditional hierarchical structures to more transient, lateral and distributed leadership structures.

The team coach is therefore becoming an ever-more important component of the coaching strategy of forward-thinking organisations.

The aim of this programme is to equip experienced coaches with the competence and confidence to provide a high-quality team coaching service with the ability to make sense of, and work with, the often-complex dynamics with which the coach is faced

The UCD Diploma in Team Coaching is a highly practical and experiential programme where learning is delivered through a blended approach comprising:

  • Theoretical input, group discussion and classroom input from experts in the field;
  • Practical elements using the programme participants as a proxy team;
  • Experiential learning focused on personal and professional development;
  • Team coaching with a real team between workshops.

Programme Benefits

The programme is designed to develop practitioner competence and confidence by:

  • Challenging and expanding thinking around working with teams;
  • Equipping participants with the theory, tools and practical experience needed to develop in this area;
  • Increasing confidence and competence in practicing as a team coach, especially in the key areas of contracting and diagnosis;
  • Providing significant personal development and a greater understanding of personal ‘ways of being’ with teams, through experiential exercises designed to bring the theory to life ‘in the room’, using the class as a proxy team;
  • Creating a network of like-minded and equally well-trained team coaches for support, co-consultancy and learning;
  • Professionalising your team coaching practice and setting participants apart in the market, by training with expert team coaches and thought leaders in the field of team coaching.

Programme Structure

Delivered over a series of 12 days involving 5 workshops within a 12-month period. 100% attendance is required

Assessments and Workload

The emphasis throughout the programme is on the practical application of knowledge to benefit the participant as a coach and their clients’ teams and organisations. Assignments include an essay, written commentary on a team coaching session and reflective learning journal.



Workshop 1: An Introduction to Team Coaching (3 days) focuses on the science of team effectiveness and the importance and complexities of contracting when working with teams.


Workshop 2: Team Coaching Models and Approaches (2 days) reviews key models and processes from team coaching practice and research. We also explore the role of team diagnostics as part of the team-coaching process and highlight best practices in gathering and sharing diagnostic outcomes.


Workshop 3: Systems Thinking and Dynamics (2 days) takes a systemic approach to the environment the team operates in and the impact of the system on the team and its members.


Workshop 4: Interventions (3 days) focuses on team dynamics, how to spot, name and work with them.


Workshop 5: Building your Approach (2 days) involves an investigation of leading team diagnostics so participants can use the tool with their own clients as well as asking participants to present their personal market plan and approach to team coaching.


Colm Murphy

Colm Murphy has a wealth of experience in all aspects of coaching. He is a successful executive and team coach whose area of expertise is in taking a psychological approach with leaders and their teams to achieve meaningful behavioural changes that drive business results. Colm set up his own coac...

Sue Featherstone

Sue is the Postgraduate Programmes Director at Novum and is an experienced executive coach, leadership development consultant and trainer, working across the private, public and not for profit sectors. She has coached managers and directors for many years both within organisations as an HR Direct...

David Clutterbuck

Introduced supported mentoring to Europe in early 1980s Co-founded European Mentoring & Coaching Council (now Special Ambassador for the EMCC) Visiting professor, Sheffield Hallam & Oxford Brookes Universities; external examiner, Ashridge coaching MBA Leads a global network of mentoring ...

Christine Thornton

Christine Thornton is a group analyst, supervisor and consultant, author of the best-selling Group and team coaching [Routledge 2010, 2016], and many other books and papers. She is Convenor of the IGA organisational training, the Diploma in Reflective Organisational Practice. Christine’s work en...

Pauline Willis

Pauline is one of the UK’s leading experts in field of Coaching & Mentoring and in addition to her work as an executive coach and coach supervisor she specialises in the development of competency based assessment and evaluation processes for measuring coaching and mentoring practice and evalu...

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