FEMINIST COACH THEORY

Certification Training

THE FACT IS

Being inclusive and integrating a feminist praxis – what we call Feminist Coach Theory – into your business, work and client practice IS MORE THAN tweaking a few words in your language.

It’s more than reading some books. 

It’s more than only using diverse images on your website.

It’s a whole foundation, system and way of showing up in your life, business and work with clients. 

It’s doing the ongoing work publicly when everybody is looking and privately when nobody is looking too.

In the Feminist Coach Academy, we will help you build that inclusive feminist foundation in your business, work and client practice.

This Feminist Coach Theory Certification Training has been developed in collaboration with an expert faculty to support you in doing exactly this.

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THE PROBLEM

Most coaching schools and helping professional trainings do not include curriculum on the influences of socialisation and oppression on the helping professional, their work and their client practice. 

As a result, coaches and helping professionals often learn a method, a way of working, and a means of relating with clients that is not inclusive, intersectional, nuanced and contextual – often then unknowingly replicating oppressive systems, structures, beliefs, methods, binaries, power imbalances and ways of relating in their work and client practice.

A SOLUTION

When coaches and helping professionals learn Feminist Coach Theory (refer to our definition further down the page), and how to integrate it in their work and client practice, they are more equipped to minimise harm and better serve themselves, their clients, their communities and society at large.

We believe ALL coaches and helping professionals should learn how to integrate Feminist Coach Theory as part of their professional development and training.

With an inclusive feminist praxis – your work, business and client practice is better and more whole. You are better equipped to serve your clients and hold space for their different experiences without bypassing. 

Our lives and industries are better with inclusive feminism.

YOU WANT TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION

You want to be a socially aware coach or helping professional.

You want to thrive as a business owner without compromising your feminist values

You’re ready to be part of building a future that is truly inclusive and not just a tokenistic box to check.

Feminist Coach Theory guides you to do business your way while using intersectional frameworks and integrating your feminist values. 

Feminist Coach Theory guides you to integrate an inclusive feminist perspective into your coaching, healing or counseling practice with clients

The world needs more feminist entrepreneurs like you.

Our industries need a feminist analysis badly. We demand better than the old ways of doing things. You do too.

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WHAT

you will

learn

  • ZWhat Feminist Coach Theory is, how it was founded, and why it is essential to fully serving your clients and helping them make long-lasting change.
  • ZWhat socialisation, patriarchy, oppression, white supremacy and the 'isms' are (e.g., racism, sexism, ableism, sizeism, anti-semitism and more) - and how they show up in your business, work, methods, practice and relationship with clients.
  • ZWhy it is critical to not only have a Self Awareness but a Social Awareness too and how being able to bring these two factors together can help your clients attain their goals, work through fears, overcome obstacles, identify options, expand possibilities, and create long-lasting change.
  • ZWhat trauma and racial trauma is, and why a trauma-informed approach is required to minimise harm, appropriately refer clients when needed, and truly support them and their needs.
  • ZWhat the difference between unsafe and uncomfortable conversations are - and how we can have more confident, courageous conversations with our clients and audiences.
  • ZHow bias and internalised oppression impacts our work and client practice - and how we can support our clients in examining and breaking free from these too.
  • ZWhat to do when we do cause harm or make a mistake to ensure we geninely apologise, make repairs and are held accountable to doing better.
  • ZWhat tools and frameworks can assist us in integrating and practicing Feminist Coach Theory in our business, work and client practice.
  • ZAnd so much more! See our core curriculum and electives below.

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      CURRICULUM

      PHASE 1

      12 x CORE Curriculum Modules

      The first phase of your learning in the Feminist Coach Theory Certification training will include the undertaking of 12 CORE teaching modules.

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      MODULE 1

      Introduction to Feminist Coach Theory

      Feminist Coach Academy (FCA) co-founder Naomi Arnold will begin with a 101 class on what Feminist Coach Theory (FCT) is, how it was founded, and some frameworks you can use to integrate your learnings in this training and FCT into your work and client practice. 

      MODULE 2

      Introduction to the ‘Isms’, Business and Client Work

      Desiree Adaway will introduce you to the ‘isms’ (i.e., racism, sexism, anti-semitism, sizeism, capitalism, etc) and key teachings (e.g., white supremacy, anti-Blackness, social identities), plus how understanding these is critical in business and client work.

      MODULE 3

      Undoing Gender and Moving Beyond the Gender Binary

      FCA co-founder Cameron Airen will introduce you to Queer Feminist Theory and how becoming more aware of gender socialization and patriarchal gender binary does not serve us, our business or our clients – as well as practical ideas for how you can apply these learnings in your business and client practice. 

      MODULE 4

      Coaching Womxn & Socialisation

      Airial Clark will teach you how to become aware of and help your clients break free from the social conditioning that leads womxn to believe they have to put other people first (other needs, opinions, desires) – and ultimately decide and act upon what they actually want to care about and become.

      MODULE 5

      Mental Health, Trauma and Your Business

      Nicole Lewis-Keeber will teach you about the importance of having a foundational understanding of little t trauma and big T trauma in your client practice and what to do when you realise your clients are experiencing such trauma.

      MODULE 6

      Redefining Health and Wellness Coaching 

      Melissa Toler will teach you how the goals, methods, and messages in health, wellness, fitness and coaching industries are often harmful and how you can show up differently for yourself and your clients.

      MODULE 7

      Confident Courageous Coaching Conversations

      As your awareness expands, Nicole Lee will teach you how to actually have uncomfortable conversations with your clients, audience, family and friends about these topics and the ‘isms’ (e.g., sexism, racism, ableism, classism, etc).

      MODULE 8

      Privilege, Racial Trauma Awareness and Harm

      Helping professionals who are not aware of privilege and racial trauma often cause harm to their clients. Sharyn Holmes will teach you about privilege, the importance of racial trauma awareness, and how to minimise harm in client-practitioner relationships.

       MODULE 9

      Ableism and Healthism in Feminist Coaching, Healing and Wellness Spaces

      Isabel Abbott teaches on how ableism and healthism show up in coaching, healing and wellness spaces – and what you can do to be more mindful and inclusive in your work and client practice.

      MODULE 10

      Interrupting the Program: Decolonising & Indigenising the Coaching Space

      Yolanda Finette is passionate about decolonising and Indigenising the coaching and helping professional industries – and will be teaching you why this is important and how you can begin to do so in your business and client practice.

      MODULE 11

      Internalised Oppression and Coaching

      In this class, Staci Jordan Shelton will teach on how to become aware of and unpack internalised oppressive beliefs and thoughts – as well as how you can assist your clients in doing so too.

      MODULE 12

      Accountability Praxis: Mistakes, Crises and Repairs

      You will learn about Accountability Praxis from Michelle Nicole – including how to accept responsibility for creating more equitable and life practices for the long-term. You will be offered tools to engage in accountability practices from a place of restorative and transformative justice so you are prepared to address mistakes and harm in ways that don’t create further harm.

      PHASE 2

      2 x ELECTIVE Curriculum Modules

      For Modules 13 and 14, you will get to choose two elective modules from a collection of at least four electives focusing on business & marketing, sex & relationships, and wellness & body liberation. These elective trainings in the specialty areas of your choice will occur in the final month of the training.

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      ELECTIVE 1

      Breaking Free From ‘Bro Culture’ Business & Marketing

      We have been socialised to believe that building a successful business requires us to be hard core, void of feeling, manipulative and play silly games with the people we say we want to serve. In this elective training, Lena West will teach you how to challenge these patriarchal models and find a new way – YOUR way.

      ELECTIVE 2

      Feminist Copywriting & Connecting With Your Ancestors

      Darla Antoine will teach on the difference between patriarchal communication and feminist communication, feminist marketing and copywriting, and how ancestral healing and reverence relates to this work. She also gifts participants free access to her Ancestral Magic: Anti-Racist Genealogical Research and Ancestral Reverence program.

      ELECTIVE 3

      Feminist Erotic Empowerment Coaching

      Celeste Hirschman will teach you a relational and experiential body-based approach to sex and relationship coaching to support you and your clients with getting in touch with your/their body, desire and erotica – and ultimately experience erotic empowerment.

      + MORE ELECTIVES

      TO BE ANNOUNCED

      The Feminist Coach Academy is in conversation with more potential teachers about adding electives to the curriculum schedule. The full elective options and curriculum will be announced throughout the training in time for you to choose two specialist trainings as your elective subjects in the final month together.

      FEMINIST

      Coach Theory

      Defined

      Feminist Coach Theory is an integrative approach to coaching that combines the practice of coaching with feminist philosophies and social justice teachings.

      Feminist Coach Theory adopts a critique of patriarchy, systems of oppression and power to question the different ways we’ve been socialised and oppressed (based on gender, race, sexuality, class, ability, size, etc) and how this shows up for the coach and client in their lives, goals, and relationships with self, each other and their communities.

      It employs an examination of the dynamic between self-awareness and social awareness to interrupt dominant ways of thinking and acting, access our inner and outer liberation, expand possibilities and options, identify possible strategies and solutions, and ultimately create new ways of thinking, being and acting within ourselves, with each other and in the world.

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          PRAXIS & ACCOUNTABILITY BONUSES

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          INTEGRATION CALLS

          Access to monthly Integration Calls where you will get to discuss the previous modules and how your learnings can be integrated in your life, business and client practice. These calls will also be an opportunity for you to discuss the classes, learnings and takeaways further – as well as to practice feminist coaching too.

          FEMINIST CEO CALLS

          Access to monthly Feminist CEO Calls where you can unite with your trainers and peers to cowork together. We will come together with the lens of wearing our Feminist CEO Hats to implement what we are learning, undertake CEO related activities or client attraction work, and grow our inclusive feminist businesses.

          FACEBOOK GROUP

          Access to a private Facebook group community of your fellow trainees to connect throughout the training period, to keep the momentum going between classes and calls, to receive support from your trainers and classmates, and to have somewhere to ask any questions that might support the integration of your learning.
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          BONUS RESOURCES

          Access to a private resources section of the membership portal where additional resources will be stored to support you in integrating feminist coach theory into your business and client practice, as well as growing your inclusive feminist business (e.g., resource lists, worksheets, additional video training, tipsheets, e-books and other surprise bonuses).

          CERTIFICATION

          Access to the optional opportunity to become certified in Feminist Coach Theory upon completion of the training should you choose to apply and are assessed as having met the certification criteria. Those certified in Feminist Coach Theory will be publicly listed on our website upon certification. Learn more about the certification criteria here.

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          SOS SUPPORT

          Access to the Feminist Coach Academy team during the training period for SOS support on issues related to feminist coach theory and inclusive feminist business. Those who become certified in Feminist Coach Theory, will also get this support beyond the life of the training – a bonus that we cannot promise to offer those who become certified following future intakes. 

          FACULTY & TEAM

          NAOMI ARNOLD

          Co-founder & Teacher

          CAMERON AIREN

          Co-Founder & Teacher

          DESIREE ADAWAY

          Advisory Board Member & Teacher

          LENA WEST

          Advisory Board Member & Teacher

          SHARYN HOLMES

          Advisory Board Member & Teacher

          DARLA ANTOINE

          Advisory Board Member & Teacher

          NICOLE LEWIS-KEEBER

          Teacher

          NICOLE LEE

          Teacher

          MELISSA TOLER

          Teacher

          STACI JORDAN SHELTON

          Teacher

          ISABEL ABBOTT

          Teacher

          YOLANDA FINETTE

          Teacher

          CELESTE HIRSCHMAN

          Teacher

          MICHELLE NICOLE

          Teacher

          AIRIAL CLARK

          Teacher

          READ WHAT LENA WEST HAS TO SAY…

          My experience of the Feminist Coaching Academy is three-fold: I’m a participant, an instructor and a proud Advisory Board member.

          And, one thing about me, I don’t give this much of my time, focus and bandwidth to anything that’s not utterly and completely worthwhile. I’ve been a business strategist, coach and mentor for 15 years and one thing I know is “business as usual” sucks — doing things the same old way isn’t useful, helpful or relevant. And, that’s why the role FCA plays in making sure coaches are prepared for broaching, handling and expanding next level conversations about truly intersectional feminism, racism, colonialism, patriarchy, ageism, ableism and extractive capitalism is ESSENTIAL. Seriously.

          We simply cannot afford as humans and leaders to NOT have these conversations through and with our businesses and brands. The time for “listening and learning” and “thoughts and prayers” is OVER. What the world needs now are leaders who are prepared to show up to these conversations coached-up and resourced-up so they can LEAD.

          And, FCA is THE place to receive that training from a team of faculty who actually care about you, your business and your ability to hold space for how our businesses can and must evolve. FCA not only makes sure you’re on the right side of history, they make sure your commitment to social change isn’t simply performative — so you can STAY on the right side of history.

          Lena West

          CEO Rising Founder

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          WHO HOSTS THE LIVE CALLS & COMMUNITY SPACE?

          The co-founders of the Feminist Coach Academy and Feminist Coach Theory, Cameron Airen (they/them) and Naomi Arnold (she/her) facilitate the group calls – including the Feminist CEO Sessions and Integration Calls.

          Cameron (aka Cam) and Naomi (aka Nai) are both life and business coaches who are passionate about helping inclusive feminist leaders (like you!) create successful, impactful and sustainable businesses with integrity.

          Some of the group calls will also feature special guests including Feminist Coach Academy Advisory Board members and teachers. These calls will be the perfect opportunity to ask the Feminist Coach Academy co-founders and expert guests questions and further integrate your learnings.

          We cannot wait to meet you and your fellow trainees soon!

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          OUR EPIC VISION

          We are co-creating a new industry standard for helping professionals where they are devoted to the praxis of inclusive feminism in their life, business and client practice in order to truly serve themselves, their clients and their society in more nuanced, whole, liberating and long-lasting ways.

          We want these inclusive feminist leaders to be the ones who are booked out with waiting lists, making the big bucks, using their platforms and money for good, feeling grounded in themselves, their needs and their mission, and co-creating the change this world desperately needs.

          We believe these inclusive feminist leaders will co-create the actualisation of more just, liberating and joyful visions for those within their sphere of influence, rippling through to current and future generations.

          Will you join us in co-creating this vision? We hope so.

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          BENEFITS

          of joining the

          training

          Expand your social awareness. We know many folks want to do better but don’t feel they know enough yet. You will learn various feminist perspectives that will blow your mind, completely change how you manage your business, and help you feel more courageous in showing up for yourself, your audience and clients with integrity.

          Learn from the best of the best. We will connect you with some of the most experienced expert teachers in the feminist and social justice industries. This diverse faculty will help you evolve your brain and have next level ah-hah moments that will have ripple on effects in every facet of your business and life.

          Expand your coaching toolkit and as result enhance client outcomes and experiences. You will learn a whole suite of frameworks, powerful questions and critical thinking skills that will help you support your clients in more whole, nuanced and liberating ways. You will up level BIG TIME.

          Experience personal growth, transformation and liberation. Everything you learn in this training can be applied to yourself and your personal journey too. We have found that members experience incredible transformation, not just in their businesses, but in their personal lives too.  

          Know what to do when you make mistakes or when the world is experiencing a major crisis. So many folks are afraid of stuffing up and getting things wrong. It happens to all of us. In this training, you will learn what to do in these cases, how to ditch performativity, and show up with integrity, make repairs and be held accountable.

          Embrace the confident, courageous, feminist leader that you know you can be. As your awareness increases in the training and you have practice talking through and implementing the changes required in your business, work and client practice – you will feel a shift in how you show up in your business and industry.

          Feel supported and part of an inclusive feminist community who are working together to create change. Your trainers, teachers and fellow trainees will be by your side the whole way on our live calls and in the Facebook group as we learn and take imperfect action together.

          Grow a thriving business in a socially conscious and sustainable way with INTEGRITY. With the support of your trainers and fellow trainees, you will ditch the manipulative and unethical ways we are taught to do business and still grow a thriving business as a Feminist CEO with integrity. 

          Be part of co-creating a new industry standard of helping professionals. You get to be an example of what’s possible as a feminist entrepreneur and helping professional, leading a new way forward in the coaching, helping professional and entrepreneurial world. 

              WHAT OUR PILOT MEMBERS SAY

              This is a truly transformative experience – not only for us as coaches, but for our industry, community and world. As a newbie coach, I thought I had all the boxes ticked: take a coaching course, help clients reach their goals, post inspirational memes on Instagram. After training with the Feminist Coach Academy, I’ve seen how that was ‘coaching lite’ – and that I may have even been inadvertently causing harm. In a safe space, Nai, Cam and all the incredible mentors and teachers, reveal, layer by layer, step by step, how to build a truly inclusive, informed, integrated business. So not only do we help our clients create change in their own lives, but also to co-create vast, varied and valuable social change. FCA is more than a program. It’s the beginning of a career-long, life-long journey to becoming a better coach and a better human. I completed FCA inspired, elevated, educated, connected and confident, ready to make a meaningful difference with actionable knowledge. It was the essential coach training I never knew I needed – held in an intimate community of coaches who I now call friends. 

              Katherine Rose

              Intuitive Coach & Copywriter

              I love being part of the FCA. It’s a great opportunity for me to learn from a variety of incredible teachers about how to integrate Feminist Coach Theory not just in my business and client practice, but also in my personal life. I’d highly recommend the FCA to anyone who wants to have an inclusive feminist awareness and know how to integrate this into their business.

              Cindy Graham Schmidt

              Life Coach

              KEY DATES

              for training

              delivery

              WELCOME & PREPARE Call 1: Welcome Call | Week of 7 Sept 2020

              MODULE 1 (Part 1) VIDEOS & WORKBOOKS | Week of 14 Sept 2020

              MODULE 1 (Part 2) VIDEO & WORKBOOKS Call 2: Feminist CEO | Week of 20 Sept 2020

              MODULE 2 VIDEO & WORKBOOKS | Week of 28 Sept 2020

              IMPLEMENTATION WEEK | Call 3: Integration Call | Week of 5 Oct 2020

              MODULE 3 (Part 1) VIDEO & WORKBOOKS | Week of 12 Oct 2020

              MODULE 3 (Part 2) VIDEO & WORKBOOKS | Call 4: Feminist CEO | Week of 19 Oct 2020

              MODULE 4 VIDEO & WORKBOOKS | Week of 26 Oct 2020

              IMPLEMENTATION WEEK | Call 5: Integration Call | Week of 2 Nov 2020

              MODULE 5 VIDEO & WORKBOOKS | Week of 9 Nov 2020

              MODULE 6 VIDEO & WORKBOOKS | Call 6: Feminist CEO | Week of 16 Nov 2020

              MODULE 7 VIDEO & WORKBOOKS | Week of 23 Nov 2020

              IMPLEMENTATION WEEK | Call 7: Integration Call | Week of 30 Nov 2020

              MODULE 8 VIDEO & WORKBOOKS | Week of 7 Dec 2020

              MODULE 9 VIDEO & WORKBOOKS | Call 8: Feminist CEO | Week of 14 Dec 2020

              MODULE 10 VIDEO & WORKBOOKS | Week of 21 Dec 2021

              IMPLEMENTATION WEEKS OVER HOLIDAYS | From 21 Dec 2021

              MODULE 11 VIDEO & WORKBOOKS | Call 9: Integration Call | Week of 11 Jan 2021

              MODULE 12 VIDEO & WORKBOOKS | Week of  18 Jan 2021

              ELECTIVE 1 VIDEO & WORKBOOKS Call 10: Feminist CEO |Week of 25 Jan 2021

              ELECTIVE 2 VIDEO & WORKBOOKS | Week of 1 Feb 2021

              IMPLEMENTATION WEEK | Call 11: Integration Call | Week of 8 Feb 2021

              IMPLEMENTATION WEEK | Call 12: Closing Call & Next Steps | Week of 15 Feb 2021

                  WHAT OUR PILOT MEMBERS SAY

                  If our coaching work isn’t underpinned by inclusive, feminist, anti-oppression practices then we are going to do harm. This is why the vision that Nai & Cam are bringing to life through the Feminist Coaching Academy is so important.

                  They have co-created a curriculum that guides coaches through the process of integrating inclusive feminst principles and social justice into the very fabric of their business. The quality of the guest lectures, led by BIPOC and other marginalised experts, has been excellent and I have already integrated so much of what I’ve learnt into my own coaching practice.

                  Nicola Haggett

                  Body Liberation Mentor and Intuitive Eating Coach

                  This is something I’ve been learning about for years, but actually putting it into practice and going, here’s a topic how do I actually merge the two together and talk about this with clients when something comes up rather than sit there and not say something or say something and it doesn’t work out well. How can I merge my coaching with all of these issues that are so important? It’s not just in the coaching space but in everyday conversations. How do you navigate these topics with everyone that you’re in relationship with?

                  It’s important work. From listening to all the teachers, I can show up from my values, my base and what I believe in. I can build my business from that place. I feel more confident having these feminist conversations with people now.

                  Sabrina Davis

                  Life Coach

                  IS THIS TRAINING

                  for you?

                  We are searching for 30 coaches or helping professionals who are devoted to doing the work required to become certified in Feminist Coach Theory.

                  We appreciate that this training will not be suitable for everyone, so want to help you determine whether you might be a fit.

                  Let’s find out if you’re a match.

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                  You are a coach, therapist, healer, helping professional, health + wellness practitioner, or service-based entrepreneur. You are either currently practicing in your profession or are undertaking your training in said profession. We do not teach you how to be a coach or helping professional – we teach you how to integrate feminist coach theory into your work and service.

                  You identify as a feminist or are open to learning about feminism. You passionately HATE white feminism and want to learn how to apply intersectional frameworks to your work and practice.

                  You are open to being ‘called in’ and held accountable during your learning and integration of feminist coach theory. You realise that you, and we, will make mistakes and are here to unlearn, learn and do better together.

                  You understand that this is an in-depth and rigorous training that will require you to show up and do the work – and that you will be rewarded deeply for doing so. You are excited about becoming equipped to serve your clients in more nuanced, whole, non-binary, anti-oppressive, liberating and long lasting ways.

                      INTEGRITY and LIBERATION is a core value of yours and your business. No matter how much they might work, manipulative and predatory business and marketing practices gross you out and are not an option for you. You want to grow a wildly successful business in ethical, sustainable and socially conscious and liberating ways. 

                      You are 100% committed to the ongoing praxis of anti-racism, anti-Blackness + anti-oppression work and are not afraid to do the self-examination and accountability work required in doing so.

                      You believe that client practice is a craft and skill that you will never completely master as it requires ongoing development, practice and learning. We don’t work with folks who think they already have all the answers and nothing to learn. You embrace a beginners mindset, are genuine, coachable and open-minded.

                      You understand that this program will stretch you and make you feel uncomfortable and challenged at times. You are ready to be brave, to learn and unlearn, and to become the inclusive feminist leader that you secretly desire to be.

                      EARLY BIRD PAYMENT OPTIONS

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                      If you are an organisation that would like to enrol 2+ employees or students in the certification program, please apply using the button below to enquire about pricing for your context. Thank you.

                      FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

                      I don't know if this is the right time for me to join the Feminist Coach Academy. Will there be another intake, and if so, when can I join?

                      Only you know in your gut if our upcoming intake is a great time for you to join. Our next intake will be in 2021. We plan to release Early Bird Pricing in either Nov/Dec. Please keep in mind that the price of future intakes might increase.

                      What are the times for the classes and calls in my timezone?

                      None of the classes are delivered ‘live’ and can instead be accessed in your own time via the members’ portal as they are released each week. In terms of our live Feminist CEO and Integration calls, the dates and times for these will be released once students have enrolled and we know where they are located. The times of the live calls will vary since we already have members joining from multiple timezones and will make it as fair as we possibly can here. We will be recording all of the calls so you can catch the replay for any that you are unable to attend live.

                      How long are each of the calls?

                      Most of the classes and calls are between 60-90 minutes.

                      Who facilitates each of the calls?

                      Cam or Nai will mostly be facilitating the Feminist CEO calls. Cam or Nai and one of our Advisory Board members will usually facilitate the Integration Calls.

                      Will the classes and calls be recorded?

                      Yes, the feminist classes will have been pre-recorded and sent to you on the week of their scheduled module. The monthly Feminist CEO Calls and Integration Calls will be recorded and accessible to watch in our members portal after they go live.

                      How many hours will this training require of me each week?

                      The September intake will go for 6 months. Every week, you will get a different feminist class to watch and complete a workbook for with an implementation call approximately every fourth week to help you integrate what you’ve been learning, submit homework and complete certification requirements. (There will also be a break from calls and classes over the holidays in December where you will have time to catch up too.)

                      You should expect 2-3 hours for the class and workbook each week. Plus, monthly Feminist CEO Calls and Integration Calls, so depending on the week, you can expect 3-5 hours. Every approximate three weeks, there is an Implementation Week where no classes are sent but you will get time to catch up on your homework, implement what you have been learning and submit any outstanding homework for certification. That time will depend on you, how much you prioritize it, and how much you get done during study weeks already but could take up to 2-4 hours.

                       

                      We are dedicated to creating a high quality certification training where you feel well adversed in Feminist Coach Theory and equipped to integrate it into your practice, business and everyday life. Our certification training is robust because we care about you learning and implementing the tools and being equipped to practice feminist, anti-oppression coaching if that’s something that’s important to you. 

                      Do I become certified in Feminist Coach Theory at the end? How do I become certified?

                      If you do all that is required to get certified (including watching all of the required classes, attending/watching the Integration Calls, completing all the worksheets and other actions, do the practice coaching we require, complete the exam), then you can apply to become certified in Feminist Coach Theory by the Feminist Coach Academy. If you do not complete all of the requirements, then you will not get certified. If you need, you can request some extra time to complete certification requirements. You can read more about our certification criteria here. For all of our members who get certified, we will be sending you a surprise celebration gift upon certification, plus other major benefits. 

                      I am interested in the program but am not interested in becoming certified. Is this a problem?

                      This is not a problem at all. The process of certification is completely up to you. If you choose to not go through the process of certification, you are not eligible to say you are certified in Feminist Coach Theory by the Feminist Coach Academy. You can say that you have undertaken Feminist Coach Academy classes.

                      Many certification programs run by White folx are problematic and act as 'gatekeepers' of knowledge and skills. How are you addressing this in your certification training?

                      Much thought went into deciding whether to make this training a certification or not. We ended up deciding to do so to encourage folk to fully commit to the learning, unlearning and action taking that we believe is required in this space. We didn’t want it to be a program where people take the classes, learn some of the theory, and don’t take ongoing action. Our hope is by making it a certification training that focuses on praxis, that trainees will be encouraged to integrate what they learn during and after the program. However, we also acknowledge that White folx often position themselves as gatekeepers of knowledge and skills and we are trying to be mindful about this as two White co-founders as we design and deliver the training. We offer scholarship options and positions in each intake to help make it more accessible for folx who need and desire to undertake the training but perhaps aren’t in the financial position to do so right now. We have asked our Advisory Board members, of whom plan to be involved in the certification process and assessment, to help hold us accountable to continuing to recognise this issue and do the ongoing work required to ensure we are offering a comprehensive, quality and transformative training without becoming ‘gatekeepers’ in the process. You can learn more our Advisory Board members here.

                      Will I have access to the teachers and be able to ask them questions myself?

                      Most of the teachers, you will not have direct access to, however some of our teachers might show up for a pop-up Q&A where you can ask them questions. The teachers who are on our Advisory Board will be showing up to some of the Integration Calls and you can ask them questions on those calls. You can ask Nai and Cam and your fellow trainees any questions you have in the FB group, on live calls, or email us at hello (at) feministcoachacademy (dot) com.

                      Do you pay the teachers?

                      Yes! We have been paying our teachers since the beginning when we designed  the Feminist Coach Academy pilot round. We knew we wanted a faculty of expert teachers in a range of topics related to feminism and social justice. We also wanted to offer the classes in a way that not only enabled participants to access the best training possible, but also supported and respected the guest teachers. In alignment with our feminist values, it is important for us to pay the guest teachers and we continue to do so.

                      I notice that each of your teachers offer trainings on their website also. How are these different from your training?

                      The FCA is a 6 month certification training with the opportunity for folx to get certified in Feminist Coach Theory if they choose to undergo the robust process. It’s a training consisting of over a dozen of classes with different teachers teaching on various topics (like sex, abelism, white supremacy, queer theory, internalized oppresion, feminist copywriting, body liberation, etc.). In addition to the weekly classes, you get monthly access to Feminist CEO calls and Integration Calls and support for 6 months (and afterwards if you get certified).

                       

                      While the teachers may cover similar topics in their programs, the trainings on the teachers’ websites are different from ours. Their trainings go deeper into the work that they do, so if you love a particular class in the FCA, you can expect that their offerings on their website will assist you in going deeper into the topic they teach on in the FCA. We 100% believe in, support and recommend the trainings on FCA teachers’ websites, hence why we invited them to be a teacher. 😉 

                       

                      In an ideal world, we’d invite everyone to do both – all of the in-depth workshops and trainings outside of the FCA taught by our teachers AND the FCA certification. 😉 Yet, we know, realistically, not everyone has the funds to do both.  

                       

                      In terms of our training, we recommend the Feminist Coach Academy for folx who want to get certified in Feminist Coach Theory, learn about a variety of oppressions and ways we’re socialized, get weekly and monthly business support with live calls and be a part of a community. It’s not for everyone though and will be rigorous so will require that folks are 100% committed and interested in putting in the time and energy. 

                      Is this program for coaches only?

                      This training is for coaches and/or those who integrate coaching skills or methods in their work with clients. In addition to coaches, we welcome other helping professionals such as therapists, healers, mentors, facilitators, personal trainers, service-based and creative entrepreneurs and leaders who are interested in joining to gain insight to how to integrate feminist coach theory in their practice.

                      Will this training teach me how to become a coach?

                      No, this training is not a life coaching certification, it teaches you how to integrate Feminist Coach Theory into your coaching practice, work and business. You do not have to be a certified coach to undergo our training. We teach you how to be a socially conscious helping professional and entrepreneur whether you’re a coach or not.

                      I did one or more classes in your previous 'pilot track'. Is it possible to claim credits and a discount for those classes?

                      Yes, this is absolutely possible. Most folks who have taken our classes have already been given an opportunity to receive credits for their classes upon joining us in the certification training.

                      Finances are tight right now. Do you offer reduced fee rates and/or scholarships?

                      Yes, we do. We usually offer an Early Bird discounted rate or an extended payment plan option a month or so before our next intake. Make sure you take advantage of this time period. We do offer a limited number of partial scholarship spots for each intake. If you would like one of our scholarship spots for our next intake, please fill out this form.

                      I am an organisation and am interested in taking multiple people through the training. Do you offer a licensing rate?

                      Yes, we do. Please fill out this form in touch with us here so we can discuss this further.

                      Will I fit in? I'm new to feminism.

                      Whether you’re new to feminism or you studied feminist theory in college, as long as you have a willingness to learn and grow, you will fit right into our community! In fact, several of our members have been beginner learners and are feeling more confident in their awareness and knowledge after having engaged with the classes and calls.

                      I feel like I'm pretty advanced in my level of feminism. Is the FCA right for me?

                      Yes! While the founders have been lifelong feminists and studied feminist theory in academia, there is always more to learn and feminism is continuously evolving so it’s good to be up-to-date and continue blowing our minds. Plus, even if you’re not new to feminist theory, practicing and integrating it into your work and biz can be a whole different story. We help you put feminist coach theory into practice and feel more confident integrating it into your work. You get to be a part of an amazing feminist community too! Our members are pretty awesome. 🙂

                      Will there be a Facebook group for participants?

                       Yes, we have a private Facebook community for all of our FCA members. We invite you to join the group as soon as you sign up!

                      Is there a refund and cancellation period?

                      If while participating in the training, you decide it is not for you, you can request to exit within the first 30 days. You will need to email us at hello (at) feministcoachacademy (dot) com within the first 30 days of when the training starts to request the cancellation and provide proof of commitment to attempting the training. We will then cancel your membership. 

                       

                      If you paid in full and request a refund within the first 30 days of when the training starts, you will receive a refund minus any fees or amounts owed.

                       

                      If you select the payment plan option, please note that if you do not request a refund or cancellation between the 30 day period, you are committing to pay the entire balance as per your payment plan. This means no requests for withdrawals, suspensions or cancellations of the payment plan will be accepted after the 30 day period. If you do request a refund within the 30 days, the remaining months of your payment will be cancelled and you will exit the training. 

                      If you have any questions about our refund and cancellation policy, please email hello (at) feministcoachacademy (dot) com.

                      Who are the co-founders of the Feminist Coach Academy?

                      We are Nai (she/her) and Cam (they/them), who are both life and business coaches who are passionate about helping inclusive feminist leaders (like you) create successful, impactful, sustainable businesses with integrity. Combined, we have been studying feminist theory for at least two decades, and have backgrounds in gender studies, psychology, counseling, working in government, human rights, health, fitness training, coaching, and entrepreneurship.

                      Is this training for women only?

                      No. This program is for all gender identities. For your information, our co-founder, Nai, identifies as a woman and uses she/her pronouns and our co-founder, Cam, identifies as a nonbinary womxn and uses they/them pronouns.

                      We note you use the word 'intersectional' on this website and this concerns me. Is this training truly intersectional?

                       As our teacher and Advisory Board member, Desiree Adaway, teaches us in her class, individuals are not intersectional, frameworks are. It is extremely important for us to teach feminist coach theory with intersectional frameworks. We ask each of our teachers to acknowledge and approach their classes with an intersectional lens no matter the topic.

                      I have more questions. Where can I submit them?

                      You can email them to us here: hello (at) feministcoachacademy (dot) com.

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