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Is it time for a change: Free work book

Recently, I asked how you were feeling and quite a few of you actually got in contact to let me know.

It was good to get updates from people I’ve worked with over the years and many of those I’ve trained too. However, it was troubling to hear the common theme of high anxiety caused by the uncertainly all around us at the moment.

Many are worried about their clients but they are also worried about themselves, their families and their work lives. I think we all realise there will have to be some changes, both on a personal and professional level.

In response, and to help those of you doing more online now, I’ve brought together a new programme with a work book that lends itself to coaching remotely. When seeing clients in this way it can be useful to approach your sessions in a systematic way and also for your client to have something they can continue to access after, and between, sessions.

From the feedback I’ve received, it certainly sounds like Fusion coaches are finding the structure of the five session framework really helpful right now

You can access your free workbook here. I hope it is helpful for you and for your clients.

Stay safe and well.

Frances Masters  MBACP accred GHGI
Managing Director Fusion Therapeutic Coaching Ltd

Motivation, resolving depression, the Rewind Technique, Mindfulness Based Mind Management (advanced MBSR), worrying well, solution focus, guided visualisation, resolving addiction, epigenetics, mapping the connectome, polyvagal theory, the reticular activating system (RAS), secondary gain, trauma resolution, coaching for kids, treating depression, worrying well, working SMART, therapeutic stories, insight, psycho education, suicide prevention, affirmations, positive mental rehearsal, imagery, dissociation, goal setting, new paradigms, reframes, fast track learning, perception shifting, self actualisation, positive psychology, reframing, metaphor, personal empowerment, motivational thinking, resilience and resourcefulness, human flourishing, anchoring, rewiring your brain, the STOP System, the SAFE SPACE happiness recipe, holistic coaching and working on the continuum of wellbeing plus many other professional theories, tools and techniques underpin the content of the fast paced, fast track, Fusion training programmes. 
The Fusion Therapeutic Coaching Skills Certificate

The Fusion Therapeutic Coaching Distance Learner Skills Certificate* 

Bringing together for the first time, advanced counselling, cognitive behavioural and human givens skills in a solution focused coaching framework. This is the first and only independently accredited distance learning therapeutic coaching course in the UK.

The integration of coaching and counselling is a new paradigm. Fusion is at the leading edge with a fully integrated model which has been successfully used over several years with thousands of satisfied clients.

Do you have an interest in mental health and wellbeing? Do you want to take your career to the next level? Perhaps you’re a counsellor looking to add advanced coaching tools to your therapeutic toolbox or you may be a coach, who wants to deepen and broaden your therapeutic skills? Perhaps you are a hypnotherapist using powerful psychological techniques and would like a safe and solid theoretical frame for your work? You may be working in schools, human resources, the police or the NHS or in another helping profession and just want to be more effective for your clients.

Fusion can help you, with tried and tested training which brings together the very best of coaching and counselling into a powerful new integrated model that really helps and really works.

On completion, Distance Learner graduates will receive a certificate from NCFE, an awarding organisation recognised by the qualification regulators for England and Wales. NCFE’s regulators are the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in England, Qualification Wales and CCEA regulations. The general Conditions of Recognition can be found at

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*There is a 10% discount for all NHS workers

The Fusion Model

The innovative Fusion Mental Health First Aid model draws on Person Centred Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Human Givens Psychotherapy and Holistic Life Coaching to bring together a unique toolbox of skills to help you provide the very best support for your clients. This is not just any coaching course or the GROW model in another format. Fusion has an innovative and unique approach to emotional health and wellbeing which has been tried and tested over ten years with thousands of client successes.

On the programme you will learn:

  • The SAFE SPACE ‘recipe’ for emotional wellbeing
  • How to dramatically accelerate client outcomes
  • How to conduct a ‘life audit’
  • What us the ‘essence of the problem/essence of the solution’
  • The important first session: How to pace, turn and lead your client
  • When and how to use the Fusion Wheel of Life
  • Present, future and super-future focusing
  • How to use guided imagery to effect change fast
  • integration of therapeutic story and metaphor
  • How to successfully treat anxiety and depression, fears and phobias
  • How to deal with panic attacks and anger attacks
  • What to do to resolve PTSD fast
  • The utilisation of powerful brain filters
  • The mindfulness based STOP System
  • Effective goal setting
  • And much, much more…

Frequently asked questions

Who can take Fusion’s Therapeutic Coaching Distance Learning programme?

You may wish to use the programme for continuing professional development, personal development or to gain an understanding of the integrated principles and practice of the Fusion Therapeutic Coaching Model.

You are likely to have good communication skills, experience of working in a caring role and have a deep desire to help others.

How does distance learning work?

Distance learning means you can study at home, at your own pace and in your own time. Learners receive a working course manual and study guide, together with a series of written assignments, reflective tasks and questions.

You will also have access to a professional tutor to provide you with support via email, post or telephone. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have and give you advice on successful completion of the course. Ongoing support will last for one year from the date you receive the course.

How long do I have to complete the programme?

12 months. If the course is updated, the information will either be posted on our supporting website or sent to you free of charge. Completion of the course will take in the region of 80 study hours which can be spread over the 12 month period and claimed as CPD hours.

Is there an end of course examination?

No, the programme is completed by an end of course Q and A which you send by e-mail or post for assessment. The Integrated Coaching Academy runs the only accredited Distance Learning Therapeutic Coaching course in the UK.

Do I get a certificate?

A completion certificate will be provided by the Integrated Coaching Academy. If you wish to have Level III NCFE endorsed completion, your work will be assessed by your tutor then internally and externally verified. If successful, a certificate will be issued by NCFE.

Assessment of your work

The assessment of your coursework will be carried out by your tutor. A sample of assessments will be referred to an internal verifier.
These are available to be seen by an external verifier from the accrediting body, NCFE.

Is there tutor support?

The course is supported by a friendly and accessible tutor who appreciates the needs of distance learning students. If you experience any difficulties with the course, or need clarification on some points, then please get in touch. We are here to help.

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What is covered in the programme?

The 70,000 word, 426 page work book covers a broad range of theory and skills.

Module 1

The Therapeutic Coaching Timeline
Professional evolution
The Therapeutic Coach: A new paradigm
The big experiment
What is therapeutic coaching?  Is it different from counselling?
About the NCFE accredited Therapeutic Coaching Diploma
Effective Therapy: Affordable training

Module 2

Work Book
Zen philosophy; an auspicious beginning
Setting SMART Goals
Self Reflection
Learning something new
Recognising emotions

Module 3

Communication Micros Skills
Mirroring and reflection
Open questions
Carl Roger’s core conditions
About Carl Rogers
Look back, but don’t stare

Module 4

Human needs
Create a SAFE SPACE to get your emotional needs met:
The work life balance
Attunement and the therapeutic alliance
Accelerated rapport
Information Gathering: Using Clinical Measures and feedback
Taking an emotional needs ‘audit’
Actualising tendency versus learned helplessness
How to restoring hope

Module 5

A first session with a client
Confidentiality in therapeutic work
Positive expectation
SUDS scaling

Module 6

Dealing with anxiety and panic attacks
Fight or flight
Pattern matching
Thinking errors or cognitive distortions
Resilience and Base Stress
Diaphragmatic Breathing
The Observing Self and Meta awareness
Misuse of the Imagination
What else do I need to know?

Module 7

Setting therapeutic goals
The Magic Question
The Reticular Activating System (RAS)
RAS and focused attention
What are your Hobbies and Interests?
Developing metaphor therapeutically

Module 8

Psycho Education
Triune theory
Pattern matching and neural pathways
Patterns of response

Module 9

Supervision and the helping professions
Diversity: Celebrating Difference, Celebrating ‘Sameness’
Challenging the labels

Module 10

STOP: GO Bridging the gap between counselling and coaching
Holistic Life Coaching
Ploughing new furrows: Counselling in a coaching context
Where are you on the wellbeing continuum?
React or respond?
Thought stopping
Neuroplasticity and the changing brain

Module 11

The STOP System
STOP and diaphragmatic breathing: How to test your own breathing
STOP and ‘Taking a Step Back’
STOP and the Observing Self
STOP and Emotional intelligence
STOP and interrupting old or habitual patterns

Module 12

The Wheel of Life
Case study: Geoff #1
Using the coaching wheel of life
Assessing and scaling life as it is
The life wheel protocol

Module 13

Case study: Geoff #2
Wheel of life doc 1
A holistic view of the client
The preferred future
Story: What a bird should look like
Write it down-make it happen

Module 14

Case study: Geoff #3
Wheel of life doc 2
SMART goals
Case study: Geoff #4
SMART goals doc

Module 15

Describing guided imagery
Visualisation: a history
Meditation and mindfulness
Metaphor in guided imagery

Module 16

Case study: Geoff #5
Therapeutic time travel
From problem focused to solution focused
A progressive relaxation and bespoke visualisation for Geoff


Intelligence plus intuition equals ‘whole brain’ learning
The Ebbinghaus Curve of Forgetting
A privilege


TASK documents
Therapeutic stories


Therapeutic Coaching in practice
First session questionnaire
SAFE SPACE audit sheet
CORE 10 questions
Case study: Shelly
Case Study: David; coaching a client with M.E.
BACP ethical guidelines
Association for Coaching: coaching competencies
Articles Is the Therapeutic Coach a ‘brain mechanic?’
What do you do if you don’t like your client?
Smile and the world smiles back.
The Top Five Regrets of the Dying
Swim towards the light.
A Nice Result
Better to do something imperfectly than nothing flawlessly
No need for my services?
The Super Organising Idea
All boxed up?
Working at the cutting edge
Mapping the connectome
The gut microbiome
Polyvagal theory
The seven pillars of mindfulness
Mental health first aid

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Frances Masters

Frances Masters is a BACP accredited psychotherapist with over 30,000 client hours of experience. Follow her @fusioncoachuk, or visit The Integrated Coaching Academy for details about up coming training.