Executive coaching programme – Tavistock Consulting (ECP)

Course overview

Tavistock Consulting’s Executive Coaching programme is validated by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council to Senior Practitioner level. It will develop your coaching career and/or improve your effectiveness as an internal coach to colleagues inside your organisation. You will develop your capability and confidence to work at a deeper level with coaching clients, enabling them to understand root causes and change in a way that results in sustainably better relationships, clearer goals and more effective action.

Want to hear more? Join this course information session at our virtual open day on Saturday 25 June. Book your place using our booking form here.

The Executive coaching programme is rooted in a systems-psychodynamic approach to organisations and is practice-based. The programme uses different learning techniques to develop your in-depth coaching skills including experiential exercises, facilitated role-play, theory presentations, skills practice, video analysis and reflective plenary sessions. There is a focus on noticing and making sense of your actions, both as a coach and in the learning environment: the experiential learning the Tavistock is famous for.

You will undertake ninety hours of coaching and receive intensive supervision, both one to one with an experienced supervisor and in small coaching syndicates and supervision groups. You will develop your coaching practice under group and individual supervision and your reflective capacity through detailed feedback on the reflective log you will submit following each two day programme module.

The modules on this course will cover different aspects of coaching including defining the task of coaching, understanding and developing yourself as an effective coach, the impact of coaching on the client’s organisation, working with difference and issues of diversity, developing the coaching relationship with clients, linking coaching to the wider business environment and ethical practice.

The external examiner for the course is Erik de Haan, Director of the Centre for Coaching at Ashridge Business School.

This method of executive coaching will enable you to work at depth using emotional data to tackle the hard to reach issues that sometimes limit the performance of leaders, teams and organisations. This programme and qualification can also be commissioned as a bespoke course to take place inside a client organisation or HR department.

What students say:

"When I decided to qualify as an executive coach, I immediately knew that I wanted to train at Tavistock Consulting. Over the years in my role as an HR Director I had got to know more about their approach having received executive coaching myself and having commissioned a piece of consultancy work from Tavistock Consulting.  What differentiates them is a focus on what lies beneath the surface - what is really driving feelings and behaviours in organisations.  The training programme is robust and strikes the perfect balance between theory and practice. I now feel very well equipped to progress my career as a coach."

Head of HR & Executive Coach, 2014/15

"When the executive coaching course pops into mind, a smile comes to my mind.  I love it: I think the group works well and is forming a nice cohesive and empathic whole.  The slow-but-deep teaching style and the complementary approaches of the two teachers works well for me.  I like the balance of theory and experience, a cycle of thinking-reflecting-doing-reflecting and I like it too because, so far at least, even when I’m in the hot-seat, I’ve felt safe.  This is not an easy environment to create, but when it is created, it really fosters learning and higher levels of motivation.”

Director of Management Consultancy practice, 2013/14

“Looking back, I do think this is an excellent programme and for me, absolutely essential to bring to fruition my previous learnings.  The Executive Coaching programme has really enabled me to integrate what I previously learned at the Tavistock into my practice.  I would recommend it strongly to anyone who wants to apply systemic psychodynamic thinking to coaching and consultancy.”

Emeritus Professor of Management University College Cork, Ireland, 2012/13

Pre-module welcome session (online): 21 September 2022 9.30am-12.30pm

Module 1 (in person)

Introduction to the Systems Psychodynamic Model, Skills Development: Beginning Phase of Coaching

26 & 27 September 2022

Module 2 (online)

Developing hypotheses. Skills Development: The Middle Phase of Coaching, Engaging the Organisation

28 & 29 November 2022

Group supervision (online) 30 November 2022 10am-12pm

Module 3 (in person)

Working with change. Skills Development: The End Phase of Coaching, Reviewing; re-contracting and endings

6 & 7 February 2023

Group supervision 8 February 2023 10am-12pm

Mid programme review (online)

1 hour individual meeting 14 March 2023

Module 4 (online)

Practicing Advanced Skills, Coaching Practice using Video Feedback

24 & 25 April 2023

Group supervision 26 April 2023 10am-12pm

Module 5 (in person)

Skills Laboratory: Further Work with a Systems Psychodynamic model. Professional practice and the wider Coaching Context

26 & 27 June 2023

Group supervision 28 June 2023 10am-12pm           

Group supervision sessions (in person)

12 September 2023 10am-4pm (2 sessions)

7 November 2023 10am-4pm (2 sessions)

In addition there will be four 1.5 hour reading seminars between modules, dates will be confirmed in advance of the programme.

Individual supervision: 8 x 1hr sessions – dates by arrangement.

Please note: dates and delivery may be subject to change. 

The course is suitable for practising coaches who want to work at a deeper level with clients; organisational consultants who wish to develop their one to one skills; and clinicians, managers and leaders wanting to add executive coaching to their portfolio. Download the course flyer for more information or to share with your colleagues.

There are no academic qualifications required for entry into the course, and participants come from many professional backgrounds.  Participants share a desire to work at a deeper one-to-one level with clients in organisations, in order to help improve working relationships and personal effectiveness.

Decisions about suitability are based on a one-to-one interview with a member of the course faculty.

If you wish to be considered for an interview on our interview days, please ensure you have applied by the deadlines below:

  • To be interviewed on the 7 April, please apply by 24 March
  • To be interviewed on the 20 May, please apply by 5 May
  • To be interviewed on the 15 July, please apply by 30 June.

In order to apply, please click here.

For the award of the Tavistock Certificate in Executive Coaching participants must satisfy course staff that they possess the relevant competencies for practice in alignment with the EMCC Senior Practitioner Competency Framework.

50% is based on continuous assessment of the development of students’ coaching skills through observation including a mid-course and end of course review, 50% on written submissions i.e. case summaries based on current coaching practice. 




We are happy offer a range of ways to pay your fees, as well as some funding for specific courses.  

Please contact us if you have any questions. 

Tavistock consulting certificate in executive coaching
Course length:
18 months
Admission status:
Course lead:
Dr Robyn Vesey

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