FAQs

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What does International Coach Federation (ICF) Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) mean?

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The Aligned Action International program is a professional coaching certification program that has been accredited by the ICF. The ICF is the world’s largest community of professionally trained coaches with 20,000-plus members worldwide. The ICF has rigorous assessment criteria for professional coaching certification programs. The ACTP program is set at the highest of the three standards for their coach training accreditation. You can see www.coachfederation.org for more information.

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What makes this program great?

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This program is NLP based. It utilizes all of the good knowledge base of NLP. A great advantage of the program is that it makes this knowledgebase less formal, less structured and less prescriptive. It makes NLP accessible to everyone in very simple language.

Another great thing about this program is that it is simple and intuitive. The idea of being aligned is intuitive: we know it inside us whether we are to take actions that are in sync with who we are, what we value and what we want for the larger system we belong to. No matter whether we believe it or not, others can sense if we are acting in alignment. If we are not aligned, we can put a different face, and yet people will feel it and mistrust us.

Being aware of who we are and what we value is important. While learning how to support people so that they make choices and act in alignment, this program teaches students how to recognize their own alignment and express it. It gives people permission to make choices that honor who they are. Lots of people are aligned internally but they do not take it out to the external world. This program asks people to take that further. We express our personal alignment by how we spend money, what we support as a cause, what we do for living, how we chose to do things, etc.

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I have finished an NLP Practitioner program. How is this program different from an NLP certification program?

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This program provides different expression of your NLP skills. You will recognize what you already know about language patterns, logical levels, etc. You will be able to explore how you can apply your NLP knowledge in a different context – a coaching context. Also, this particular program has the highest level of accreditation by the world’s largest professional coaches community – ICF.

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I don’t have any formal training in NLP. Can I still attend the program?

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We picked out a few NLP models. When we use a model, it will be explained to you and then we will go straight to applying it in a coaching context. This is not an NLP education – you will get some bits of NLP that will be used straight into coaching.

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I’ve studied psychology and therapy. How is this different from what I have already studied?

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A big difference between coaching (from one side) and counseling/therapy (from another side) is the “responsibility of the expertise”. A therapist is drawing on their knowledge of the brain, people’s psychology, etc. A coach is coming from a place that the client “knows best”. The coach is listening for the truth within the client (maybe the client hasn’t allowed him to look in himself; or the client might not be “hearing” her inner voice). Therapy is very much focused on the past.

On the other hand, coaching deals with how your whole history is affecting you right now, what you might want to change and how you would change it. If therapy is looking at the WHY, coaching is looking at the HOW: how you can move from where you are now to the desired future.

A coach assumes that their client is creative, resourceful and whole. Normally, a coaching client would be someone who tends to be a high achiever. Usually, coaching clients know that they have succeeded by making conscious choices. Coaching clients decide to work with a coach in order to continue making conscious choices and succeed even further.

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Who is Jan Elfline?

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Jan Elfline is the mastermind and the creator of this program. She has always been fascinated by the inborn human creativity. In her days as a student, her strongest curiosity was at an improbable intersection — mathematics, engineering and art. She brought these together as a glassblower, studying with Joel Philip Mayers and earning a Master of Science degree. After receiving a fellowship from the J. Paul Getty Trust for her doctoral research, she spent ten years in academia followed by teaching artists at Illinois State University. In 1993 she left her job to be a coach.  In 1998 Jan reached Master Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation. From 1995 to 2012, Jan taught seminars in businesses and at private institutes in North America, Europe and Asia. Beginning in 2013, after 15 years of crossing oceans, she has moved her classroom closer to home and is teaching in-person in Bloomington, Illinois. Apart from USA, at present Jan’s program is taught in UK, Denmark, China, Mexico, and is presently launched in Serbia, Montenegro and Bulgaria.

In each of the programs organized outside of USA, Jan is delivering (through virtual learning platform) a short introductory session on a key idea and/or concept during each of the modules.

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Who is Veselka Tsocheva-Donkova?

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Veselka is a trainer for the AII ACTP for number of European countries. She has always been fascinated by how people think, innovate and succeed. Incurable dreamer, she loves to fantasize and create vivid pictures for the future. Being a person who has genuine interest in people, she easily tunes into others’ way of thinking, feeling and acting. Very practical and down to earth, she tenaciously turns plans into reality. All these have been essential resources that made it possible for Veselka to create creative collaborations that turned into successful businesses. Apart from being a visionary entrepreneur, Veselka has always followed her passion for helping others to progress. She has been designing and delivering development programs for the past 16 years. Her quest for achieving sustainable results has brought her to coaching. She is Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation. She has worked both – as a coach and as a trainer with clients from UK, France, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Romania, Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria.