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Advanced Certification in Feminist Coaching
You may be a feminist.
You may be a coach.
(Or a therapist, counselor, teacher, or anyone else who works with people socialized as women.)
BUT I’M HERE TO TELL YOU THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU ARE ABLE TO DELIVER TRULY INTERSECTIONAL FEMINIST COACHING.
Intersectional feminist coaching is an entirely different method of coaching from traditional life coaching systems.
It’s a lens through which you understand the world and how women move through it, relate to it, are shaped by it, and shape it in turn.
It’s a holistic social, political, historical, and intellectual lens on coaching tools, the coaching industry, personal change, and social progress.
And you can’t truly understand what is happening in women’s brains and how to help them change their lives without it.
(I said what I said.)
I was pushed to think harder than ever before. To challenge my assumptions more courageously. To coach myself harder and with more compassion than ever before (and therefore equip myself to do the same for my clients). To investigate again and again what was important to ME, and be better able to articulate to myself WHY. I made myself available for this work over and over again, even when it got hard.As a result, today, I am creating bodies of work that feel like a more coherent expression of my deepest values than ever before. And as a result, my business has become so much more joyful, and every dollar I earn more soulful.Thank you Kara! And thank you to Past Me for investing in ME.
Almost every woman in the world grows up in a patriarchal society.
Almost every woman in the world grows up in a white supremacist society, or a society impacted by white supremacism exported by “first world” countries.
Almost every woman in the world grows up exposed to sizeism, ableism, and a host of other intersecting structures of oppression and marginalization.
These powerful cultural narratives shape our brains from infancy on.
So when you try to help a woman with basic life coaching or therapeutic tools?
You’re bringing a butter knife to a sword fight.
YOU CAN’T TRULY HELP YOUR CLIENTS EMPOWER THEMSELVES UNLESS YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT IS MAKING THEM FEEL DISEMPOWERED.
And when it comes to women, it’s not just evolutionary biology or cognitive psychology or their family histories at play.
It's what they believe they are allowed.
It's what they believe they can accomplish.
It's what they believe they are worth.
And if you’re coaching a woman of color, or a fat woman, or a woman living with a disability, or an LGBTQ+ woman, or a woman who lives across more than two marginalized identities?
And you don’t understand the history, theory, and impacts of the social forces that have shaped their experiences, minds and lives?
You’re doing them a disservice. And you’re doing yourself one too.
What I loved most about ACFC is that I was seen. As a woman that belongs to a number of marginalized groups it was amazing to see myself reflected back in this curriculum and have acknowledgment of my experience in the world! If you are thinking about enrolling in ACFC the only question should be when. And I suggest that the answer should be as soon as possible!
This certification is for everyone, regardless of your identity or background.
No matter how many intersecting identities you live in or forms of marginalization you've experienced, there are others you don't know about first-hand. This certification will teach you about your blind spots, and will deepen your experience of yourself as a multi-faceted coach and human being as well.
This isn’t a luxury, or a bonus
It’s a necessity.
THIS IS ESSENTIAL INFORMATION
WHEN IT COMES TO COACHING WOMEN EFFECTIVELY.
I never thought of myself as a feminist. This course is about more than that label. It is about being a powerful woman on earth and understanding all the ways society has set up systems to remove women’s power and all the ways we can coach ourselves and our clients to reclaim and cultivate and magnify our power and use it for good. So whether you actively think about yourself as a feminist or not, do not let that stop you from signing up. If you read the description and you know your soul is in the right place, do it. You will learn so much more than you can imagine right now.
Whether you consider yourself a feminist through and through…
Or the word ‘feminist’ conjures up images of burning bras and hating men…
Actually doesn’t matter.
(I know, not what you expected me to say!)
Because if your clients have absorbed social messaging about women, then their brains have been impacted by it. Full stop.
And that means if you want to coach them effectively, then you have to understand these impacts so you can help undo them.
And strangely, whether you identify as a feminist or not doesn’t have anything to do with having this skill set.
Because even understanding political theory doesn’t mean you know how to apply it to create a consensual, collaborative, and transformative coaching container that helps your clients rewire their brains at the deepest level.
I understand coaching in a way that I was unable to before this program. I can recognize patterns in my clients with their thinking, what they fear and where they’re holding back and now I know why. This deeper understanding of the patriarchy and internalized oppression has made me one thousand times more effective. Prior to ACFC, it felt like I was coaching on the surface and now I can recognize the deeper cause of their issues.I loved being immersed in a community of diverse women with all the various intersectionalities. Loved it. The open and honest conversations were like medicine for my soul. I witnessed truth, struggle, confusion and many exciting brain exploding moments.
And this is the only place to learn it.
Welcome to the Advanced Certification in Feminist Coaching.
BECAUSE THE REVOLUTION STARTS WITHIN.
The Advanced Certification in Feminist Coaching is the only certification that combines the most powerful cognitive change tools in the coaching business with an intersectional feminist analysis. You simply cannot learn this work at this level anywhere else.
This four-month program includes an education in feminist theory and feminist coaching principles, a coaching practicum, and a certification project.*
While this advanced certification is intended for coaches, you do not have to be certified as a life coach to apply.
The curriculum focuses on the gender-based socialization that women receive, but certification is open for coaches of any gender who coach clients of any gender.
Once you have received your Advanced Certification in Feminist Coaching, you will:
- Understand the social, historical, and ideological forces that shape the way that women think about themselves and the world.
- Have mastery of feminist coaching tools in areas like body image, sex, eating + exercise, social relationships, family + parenting, romantic relationships + dating, money, work, self-confidence and self-care.
- Feel confident coaching any woman, of any background or identity, on any topic.
- Know how to approach coaching from a collaborative, consent-based perspective that maximizes your clients' agency and empowerment.
- Develop capacity to expand your own body of work in deeper and more feminist-informed directions.
*Successful completion and approval of this project is required to earn the official certification.
ADVANCED FEMINIST COACHING CURRICULUM
You will learn from Kara’s in-depth feminist coaching curriculum. No one else is teaching this work at this level anywhere else in the world. She literally wrote the textbook!
You will attend weekly certification program calls with Kara and certified feminist coach instructors. Calls with Kara will take place every other week on Thursdays at 2 p.m. EST beginning March 9, 2023. Calls with your certified feminist coach instructor will take place on a weekly basis beginning the week of March 13, 2023. You will be placed in a small group based on your availability.
You will learn from your peers and small group coaches by giving and receiving peer feedback.
You will complete a certification project. The idea and the final project will be reviewed and you will be given feedback.
You will have full access to the Clutch and all of the materials it contains for four months.
WRITTEN COACHING (OPTIONAL)
You will have the option to practice written coaching by answering commonly asked questions in our Clutch Ask the Coaches feature.
This investment includes a 4 month Clutch membership, all course materials, coaching, feedback, and a private Slack group with Kara and the ACFC Master Coaches.
Partial grants are available on a need-basis from the Feminist Mindset Revolution Fund: Shirley Chisholm Edition.
Shirley Chisholm is a Black American educator, politician, public speaker, and activist. She made history by becoming the first Black American to earn election to congress, and the first Black American woman of a major party to run for a presidential nomination. She is one of the founding members of the Black Caucus, and the National Women’s Political Caucus. During her lifetime she fought tirelessly and fearlessly for the rights of minorities and women. She was known for being “un-bought and un-bossed” and unapologetically feminist. In an interview towards the end of her life, Chisholm said, “I want history to remember me... not as the first black woman to have made a bid for the presidency of The United States, but as a Black woman who lived in the 20th century and who dared to be herself. I want to be remembered as a catalyst for change in America.”
Feminism started as a social movement. But movements are created, organized, and executed by human beings with human minds.
WE CAN’T BUILD A NEW WORLD UNTIL WE CAN DREAM IT.
And we can’t dream it until our minds are free.
Your job as a coach is to help your clients free their minds.
And to do that, you have to educate and free your own.
All the rest will follow.
You’ve elevated my work as a coach and increased my ability to make change within my niche. And most importantly (to me) you created the first place since kindergarten that I can recall feeling completely comfortable being myself, being curious, and knowing other people would understand what I was talking about. That is priceless.
The most valuable part of this course was learning about why we think the way we think. The effects of living in a world with patriarchal and white supremacist views. I finally have the words and explanations for what I’ve been experiencing and witnessing. It all makes sense now.