18 Month Deep Dive

The Certified Ontological Coaching Program is the most in-depth and comprehensive coach training program available in South Africa, Europe, Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Ontological Coaching is an extraordinarily powerful methodology for effecting real change at the individual, team and organisational level. It is highly effective because it is based on a new practical understanding of the power of language, moods and conversations for behavioural and cultural change. The program is highly relevant to the professional fields of coaching, organisational consulting, management and leadership.
Level 1 - The Linguistic Basis of Ontological Coaching

This level focuses on learning to utilise a new understanding of language in everyday interactions and coaching. Although the primary focus is on language and the application of speci c linguistic tools, there is a continual integration with the domains of emotions and body.

Level 2: Emotional Learning and Ontological Coaching

Humans are much more than rational beings. Equally important, if not more so, we are emotional beings. Neuroscience shows that emotional experiences have a powerful impact on human behaviour and communication. Being able to coach competently in the emotional sphere is an integral part of being an ontological coach. 

Level 3: The professional practice of Ontological Coaching

Level 3 is about consolidating and extending the distinctions and competences learned in the previous two levels. In addition, a deeper practical appreciation of the role of the body in Ontological Coaching is developed, along with the application of an ontological framework for organisational consulting.


A powerful one-to-one and team coaching methodology
A personal development methodology
A leadership methodology
A high performance teams methodology
A business improvement methodology

Theoretical Underpinnings

Ontological Coaching rests on a robust theoretical foundation that combines biology of cognition, philosophy of language, phenomenology, philosophy of emotions and philosophy of the body. Each of these academic disciplines generated breakthrough thinking in the latter part of the 20th century from which emerged a new practical understanding of how humans function, learn and change.

ICF Accreditation

This program has been granted Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) status by the International Coach Federation (ICF).  On completion of the 3 day introductory program and all 3 levels you will have 291,5 Approved Coach Specific Training Hours. In addition to being able to apply for Associate Certified Coach (ACC) or Professional Certified Coach (PCC), this fulfills the ICF coach educational requirement to apply for Master Certified Coach (MCC) Credentials with the ICF.

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What you will learn and be able to do

  • Understand the conceptual framework and principles of Ontological Coaching
  • Coach effectively in all three areas of language, emotions and body
  • Apply the ontological framework to produce organisational improvement and culture change
  • Engage in effective self coaching for learning and change
  • Apply a different and deeper approach to listening in coaching and leading
  • Understand how specific linguistic actions shape reality and how they are used effectively in coaching to shift behaviour in individuals, teams, and organisationally
  • Ask powerful questions that shift the client’s perspectives, and create new possibilities for living, working and learning
  • Utilise powerful conversational strategies for dealing with change
  • Apply the ethics of Ontological Coaching to generate deep trust and rapport in coaching conversations and as a leader
  • Understand the pivotal role of moods and emotions for deep and sustainable change
  • Recognise, work with and shift the ways moods and emotions impact on communication, behaviour and performance
  • Observe and work with the interconnection between basic moods, body posture and language
  • Provide people with ways to manage their moods and emotions
  • Ensure you are in the best emotional frame for coaching and your leadership role
  • Understand the connection between emotions, energy and health, their link to coaching and for creating a culture that gets the best results
  • Build your identity as an ontological practitioner and be clear about post-course applications

Develop a profound understanding


  • Your own Way of Being and how to interrupt old and unhelpful patterns
  • Language - the way it shapes your world and use it to generate new reality
  • Moods - notice your moods that don't have you at your best and cultivate ones that do
  • Body and biology - how it impacts what and how you perceive and use that knowledge to bring about transformation
  • What it means to more autonomous and have the capacity to be the author of your own life
  • Leadership - develop your capacity to realise a future that wasn't going to happen that fulfills the concerns of others
  • Be in integrity with yourself and harness your personal power
  • Self-coaching - a way to observe who and how you are being and create a positive, sustainable, fundamental shift
  • Cultural Historical Narratives - notice the stories you live in and have a practical way to change your life
  • A way to live your life more happily, effectively, and meaningfully
  • Become a different observer, listener and communicator
  • Shape your professional offer

For your work

  • Coach to your client's Way of Being
  • Work pragmatically and at depth with clients at the level of perceptions and attitudes
  • Leadership - lead authentically, compassionately and with accountability
  • Support individuals teams and organizations to bring about culture change in how they speak and listen to each other
  • Enhance emotional intelligence with clients, leaders and organisations through the moods framework
  • Have a solid rationale for working with, in and through the body and a way to do so
  • Have a conversational framework that produces excellent results
  • Care - treat clients with the utmost respect
  • Theory - Understand the deep underpinnings and have practical ways to use those in everyday life with clients, employees and organisations
  • A range of concepts, distinctions and practices that you can fluidly offer your individual and organisational clients
  • A meta framework to integrate new and past learning
  • Understand what sits at the heart of human learning and change
  • Be influential

Next Program Dates and Details

Certified Ontological Coaching and Leadership Program

Level 1:     29 January - 6 July 2019

Level 2:    24 July - 7 December 2019

Level 3:    29 January - 24 July 2020

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What our Coaches say...

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Getti Mercorio

Learning to become a new observer has opened up new and unimagined ways for me to live my life more happily, effectively and meaningfully. As a coach I believe that I now offer my clients a powerful learning experience which enables them to harness their inner resources, life and work experience - their way of being – to identify and make shifts they desire in order to enhance their quality of life.