The Institute for Life Coach Training


Year Founded: 1998

Model of Therapy: Coaching

Available training types: Distance training via teleconferences and some self-directed courses on computer

Coaching is a professional relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organizations, helping them to bridge the gap between where they are now and where they want to be. Coaches partner with their clients to design the life they want, bring out their clients’ own brilliance and resources so that they can achieve excellence and create purposeful, extraordinary lives. By creating clarity, coaching moves the client into action, accelerating their progress by providing greater focus and awareness of all the possibilities which exist to create fulfilling lives.

Many of the early psychological theories (Adler, Jung, Ellis) and current theories such as Positive Psychology and the “solution focused” therapies are antecedents to modern day coaching. Instead of pathology as the main focus, these theories focus on behavior change through increased awareness and choices for desired future results and solutions to current problems in living, with the individual as the creator and artist of his or her life.

Originally founded in 1998 by Dr. Patrick Williams, MCC, to train counselors, psychologists, social workers, The Institute for Life Coach Training continues to be a leading international provider of coach training for those coming from the helping professions, providing a proven means to quickly transition their skills into coaching. 

ILCT was the first coach training program selected by the Center for Credentialing and Education, an affiliate of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), for graduate level professionals pursuing the Board Certified Coach credential, the first coaching credential which gives credit for graduate work. The Institute’s rich heritage in the social sciences and its commitment to excellence allows us to attract and retain a highly accomplished faculty, many of whom are dually trained and credentialed in traditional helping professions as well as coaching.

The Institute for Life Coach Training is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM), so students may earn NBCC continuing education clock hours for all completed courses.

About the Founder(s)

  • Dr. Patrick Williams, MCC, BCC

    One of the early pioneers of coaching, Patrick Williams, MCC, founded The Institute for Life Coach Training in 1998, an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program. He is the co-author of numerous books on coaching including Therapist as Life Coach (2002), Law and Ethics of Coaching (2006), and Becoming a Professional Life Coach: Lessons from The Institute for Life Coach Training (2007). He speaks worldwide on topics of living purposefully, coaching for global change, wellness coaching, and the coach approach in leadership.

    Read ILCT Founder Pat William’s article about his journey into coaching, Confessions of a Psychologist-Turned-Coach.

  • Founder / Lead Developer: Dr. Patrick Williams, MCC, BCC
  • Executive Director: Dr. Patrick Williams, MCC, BCC
  • Address: PO Box 562, Hudson, OH 44236
  • Phone: 888-267-1206
  • Website:

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