Volta Coach Training™
Volta Coach Training™ is the only comprehensive coach training program designed specifically to equip participants with the skills to coach lawyers. Aimed at talent management, professional development, diversity and recruiting professionals working in large law firms, Volta Coach Training™ is crafted to work within a law firm professional’s busy schedule. Our rigorous and intensive 14-week program is delivered in a condensed format with a focus on developing practical skills, ensuring that our program graduates have the confidence and ability to begin coaching right away.
Volta Coach Training™ consists of five intensive, in-person days of training, 12 weeks of coursework and coaching with a mentor coach and three video calls. The program covers both the foundations of coaching, in general, as well as the specifics of coaching lawyers. The program concludes one final, in-person meeting on the last day of the program.
By the end of the program, participants will be able to:
effectively engage in coaching conversations with lawyers;
understand and have facility with the core competencies of effective coaching, including active listening, direct communication, asking powerful questions, designing actions and planning and goal setting;
be able to navigate the potential pitfalls of coaching lawyers from within a law firm; and
be conversant with the ethics of coaching.
The program is led by Whittney Beard, PCC, who has over 10 years of professional coaching experience, including four years training coaches and eight years as an internal law firm coach supporting lawyers at every level.
Whittney is supported by co-facilitators and mentor coaches drawn from our highly regarded team of coaches.
one program, two formats
Volta Coach Training™ is offered in two formats: Academy and In-House.
In the Academy, cohorts are made up of participants from different law firms. We offer the Academy format on both the east and west coasts in order to provide some flexibility for participants. This format allows for firms to put just one (or a few) of their team through the training and serves as a unique networking experience for law firm professionals with an interest in coaching.
If your law firm has five or more individuals for whom coach training would be ideal, we recommend In-House Volta Coach Training™. This enables you to create your own firm-specific cohort for training purposes. In this format, our program leader(s) would come to your firm’s offices to conduct elements of the program that are in-person.
certification + credentialing
Following successful graduation from Volta Coach Training, you will be certified as a Volta Certified Coach. In order to graduate from the program, participants must:
complete all elements of the Volta Coach Training, including all in-person meetings, mentor coaching meetings, and assigned self-study work; and
pass both a written and an oral coaching evaluation.
In addition, if you choose, you may use Volta Coach Training™ as the foundation for obtaining an International Coach Federation (ICF) credential. The ICF is widely accepted as the primary credentialing body in the coaching industry and an ICF credential is seen as the gold standard in terms of coaching credentials. To obtain an ICF credential, you must first acquire a minimum level of training and coaching hours, and demonstrate an understanding of the ICF’s coaching core competencies and ethics. You may use the hours you spend in Volta Coach Training™ toward your credential by applying through the Portfolio path. To make this process easier still, we anticipate applying for ACSTH (Approved Coaching Specific Training Hours) accreditation through the ICF in 2019. You can learn more about both the Portfolio and the ACSTH paths here.