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Are you a therapist, life coach or healing practitioner looking for a proven, transformative model to integrate into your practice?

Do you feel called to use your life experience to help others break free and live the life they always dreamed of?

Do you want to be a part of bringing REAL change to the world as people become emotionally and spiritually healthy – transforming lives, families and entire communities?

Then come join The Adult Chair Certification Program, an in-depth journey for anyone who wants to use The Adult Chair Model
to help others!

This six-month training program includes in-person training, guided practicum work, personal coaching and more to give you EVERYTHING you need to become a successful coach and help your clients truly transform their lives.

As a Certified Adult Chair Coach, you’ll have a worldwide-recognized framework and model for guiding your clients through whatever they’re going through – helping you make your practice more effective and grow your business. Plus, you will receive a lifetime of benefits, including a listing in our directory of coaches, client referrals, continuing education, ongoing support and more.

This program is only offered once a year, and our 2020 program begins this June, with an in-person training event June 7-13 near Nashville, Tennessee!

Don’t miss your chance to be among the first people in the world to become a Certified Adult Chair Coach!

Apply by March 15 to be part of the 2020 program!

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Learn how to help others transform.
Get more breakthroughs with clients.
Start a movement of transformation around the world.

Your Life’s Mission + The Adult Chair Model

Over the years, it’s become clear that my mission is to help as many people as possible discover their authentic selves and live the whole, happy lives they deserve. I feel led by something so much bigger than myself to do this.

But I can’t do it alone!

And I know I’m not the only one who feels called to this work.

I know there are others just like YOU, who know your life’s purpose is to help others.

It’s your mission, your passion, your calling.

You just need the right set of tools that will bring more POWER into your practice and that you can use to CHANGE the world!

That’s why I created The Adult Chair Certification Program: to give you the knowledge, practical tools and ongoing support you need to integrate The Adult Chair into your work – whether you’re a coach, a therapist or just someone who feels called to help!

Just like I give my clients a roadmap for life, I’m giving you a roadmap for how to live out your mission.

I’ve been blessed to sit under so many wise teachers and mentors and to be trained in many different aspects of psychology and spirituality. Now, I want to take everything I’ve learned and share this holistic model with you, so you can use it to help others.

Together, we can help so many people experience the incredible peace, freedom, empowerment and transformation The Adult Chair brings.

Come join me in this movement to bring healing all over the globe!

What’s Included In The Program

  • A week-long, in-person training event, where you’ll receive in-depth training on The Adult Chair model, how to use it with clients, how to build a coaching practice and more
  • A minimum of 30 guided practicum hours, where you will work hands-on with other program participants and “clients” (people outside of the certification program) and receive feedback from Michelle and team
  • Six live coaching calls with Michelle (via Zoom)
  • All training materials (manuals, etc.)
  • A huge library of resources, including courses, articles, books and more
  • A coaching forum just for your 2020 program group, where you can ask questions, interact with other coaches and get advice
  • Guidance and support along the way


What You Get With Your Certification

When your six-month training is over, the journey is just beginning! As a graduate of the certification program, you’ll become an official Adult Chair Certified Coach, with a lifetime of benefits, including:

  • Official certification and the opportunity to market yourself as an Adult Chair Certified Coach
  • A coaches directory, where you will be listed as a certified coach on the The Adult Chair website (free for the first year; $250/year to maintain your directory listing afterwards)
  • Client referrals as people inquire about Adult Chair Certified Coaches in their areas
  • Access to continuing education courses created just for coaches
  • A community of other coaches and hands-on support when you need it

As part of this program, you will not only learn how to use The Adult Chair model to coach and help others, but you will also learn how to become a more intuitive and effective coach, how to connect with clients, how to create your own style of coaching and how to build or grow your business. You will walk away from this program as an expert in The Adult Chair model, with hands-on tools and holistic coaching practices to help your clients experience transformation like they never have before.

This brand new program launches with an in-person training June 7-13, 2020.

Apply by March 15 to be part of the 2020 program.

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Apply for the 2020 Certification Program!

I am so excited to launch The Adult Chair Certification Program in JUNE 2020! Come be a part of our first group to get certified and manifest your life’s purpose of helping others!

The program will take place June through December 2020. It will kick off with an in-person training June 7-13 near Nashville, Tennessee, and you will graduate before Christmas 2020. 

Participants must apply for this program, and a limited number will be chosen. The application deadline is March 15, so be sure to apply now and hold your spot for this very special program!

2020 Program Details

When: June-December 2020

In-Person Training Event (Required): 
June 7-13, 2020
Five Star Retreat, Nunnelly, TN (just outside of Nashville)
https://www.fivestarretreat.com/

Participants will arrive the afternoon of Sunday, June 7. A welcome dinner will be held at 6:00 p.m. The training will take place June 7 – June 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, with occasional evening events.

June 13 will be available for you to travel home.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2020

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The Adult Chair Certification Program 2020

The Adult Chair Certification Program kicks off with a week of in-person training that is sure to be an experience you will never forget. Your group of 24 coaches-in-training will gather together at a beautiful retreat center near Nashville, Tennessee, where you’ll be immersed in The Adult Chair model and holistic coaching practices.

 

 

Together, we’ll discover our mission as coaches, work on ourselves and become effective, intuitive coaches as we help others transform their lives. Through a combination of teaching, meditation, journaling, partner work, group work and hands-on exercises, you will participate in experiential learning that will transform the way you coach and guide others towards healing.

Here are some of the modules that will be covered as part of your training:

THE ADULT CHAIR MODEL & THE MISSION OF COACHING

Coaching others on their journey of self-discovery, growth and freedom is more than a career; it’s a calling. The Adult Chair model is a transformative way of living that can change both your clients’ lives and the world. You will discover your unique purpose as a coach and how you can be a part of The Adult Chair movement.

  • The mission and purpose of The Adult Chair model
  • Where The Adult Chair model comes from
  • What a coach is and who a coach is
  • The calling and expectations of being an Adult Chair Coach
  • Setting intentions and trusting yourself as a coach
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DISCOVERING YOURSELF

We can only take people as far as we have gone ourselves. In order to be a coach, you must be willing to go inward and work on yourself. Not only must you be healthy for your clients, but you also must be able to set an example of vulnerability and willingness to grow. We will each continue our personal work during our time together.

  • Discover the different parts of yourself and work with them to transform them
  • Discover your most authentic self
  • Uncover any resistance or barriers in your coaching practice

The Three Chairs

Though you are familiar with The Adult Chair model from The Adult Chair Workshop, we will take a deeper dive into the model, looking at it from both a client perspective and coaching perspective. Be prepared to use the model as a continuation of your own work while also learning how to teach it to your clients, conduct chair work sessions and use the model to guide and coach others through specific issues or scenarios.

The Child Chair

The Adolescent Chair

The Adult Chair

TOOLS FOR WORKING WITH CLIENTS

One of the key aspects of The Adult Chair model is providing people with practical tools to transform and succeed. We are not here to just share knowledge or make people feel heard; we are here to offer tools and a step-by-step roadmap to transformation.

Just like your clients want tools for transformation, as a coach, you will also need practical tools to succeed in your coaching practice. During the in-person training, you will be introduced to a suite of tools and exercises that you can use to become an effective, centered coach:

  • Understanding and working with energy
  • Tools to shift energy and emotions, such as EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
  • How to respond when you are triggered by a client
  • Masterful listening
  • The Adult Chair language

Coaching Clients Through Common Issues

While every client is different, there are common issues that most people struggle with. As these come up in your practice, you will learn how to approach them and how to coach your clients towards peace and freedom from
The Adult Chair perspective.

Anxiety | Depression | Codependency | Boundary Setting
Inner Child Work | Empowerment | Narcissism | Addiction
Couples/relationships | Trauma | Feeling Emotions | Attachment
Love Addiction & Love Avoidance

DISCOVERING WHO YOU ARE AS A COACH

Every coach has his or her own style and personality. As a coach, you will be most effective when you bring your whole, authentic self into your practice. The purpose of this certification is not to make you just like Michelle; it’s to help you find who YOU are as a coach.

You will discover and develop your own coaching style while also learning how to create transformative experiences for your clients.

  • Creating your own experiential way of doing things
  • Showing vs. telling and feeling vs. knowing
  • Auditory, visual, kinesthetic and sensory tools
  • A toolbox of experiential exercises to pull from
  • Tons of practical “how-to’s”

BECOMING AN INTUITIVE COACH

Your degree, license or certificate has given you the foundation of knowledge you need to be a therapist or life coach — but it’s not the thing that’s gotten you to where you are today. YOU are! When you’re sitting across from someone who is hurting, confused or needs guidance, it’s your presence, your personality, your perspective and your wisdom that helps your clients flourish.

Coaching from a place of kindness, love and connection is essential to being an effective coach. Our intuitions are powerful and will guide us toward what our client needs in each moment if we stay connected to them. During this training, you will learn how to tap into the flow and become a more intuitive coach.

  • Staying connected to yourself so you can connect to others
  • Strengthening your intuition and receiving information vs. overthinking
  • How to know exactly what your client needs to hear
  • Situational guidance
  • Coaching from a state of love

Staying Centered as a Coach

Coaches are humans too. We have bad days, “off” days or personal situations that we bring into our practice. We can also be triggered by our clients — either absorbing a client’s energy and emotions, dealing with a client who is responding negatively to us or listening to clients describe situations that are triggering to us. Learning to stay centered is essential to being emotionally healthy and to guiding our clients from a place of peace and positivity.

  • How to know when you are getting off center
  • Managing with triggers
  • Getting back into the body and back to center
  • Tools for staying grounded
  • Mindfulness and present moment awareness

GETTING RESULTS AS A COACH

As coaches, we win when our clients win. We want to help people truly transform, and our job is to help guide them to the results they want. Not only is this why we do what we do — the mission! — but it’s also the skill that will cause your business to skyrocket. Nothing grows your practice like enthusiastic clients with stories of life change!

But helping people transform isn’t about having the right words to say (which might come as a relief to some). It’s about changing the vibrational state of our clients’ experiences and guiding them towards a higher perspective.

  • How to stay present and not get caught in clients’ stories
  • How to be an objective observer and guide
  • How to guide a client towards higher truth
  • Actively listening and mirroring
  • Bringing about experiential shifts

Building Your Business

Now that you know how to coach, how do you build up a client base and coaching practice? Maybe you have an established practice or maybe you’re working to get one off the ground. Either way, with your Adult Chair Certification, you will be poised to take your business to the next level — and we’re going to give you the “how to” to do that.

  • How to market yourself
  • Websites and social media
  • Where to find clients
  • Navigating legal credentials
  • Continuing education
  • Letting go, staying in the flow and following the energy of your business

HANDS-ON PRACTICE

As you learn the principles and practices described above, you’ll have an opportunity to put them into practice, playing the role of both coach and client. Everyone will be asked to participate; there is no sitting on the sidelines at this training!

Hands-on practice will include chair work (participating in it and leading it), partners work where you’re paired up with another participant and given situations to work through and group and individual exercises. All exercises will be guided, and you’ll receive immediate feedback so you can learn how to apply your new knowledge in real-life coaching situations.
Come prepared to be challenged, to learn and grow and to walk away a better coach and a better version of yourself.

Have More Questions?

The Program

What is The Adult Chair Certification Program?

The Adult Chair Certification Program is a six-month training program, where you’ll be immersed in The Adult Chair model while getting in-depth, personalized training on how to use the model in your practice and how to become a successful holistic coach and therapist. It includes in-person training, guided practicum work, personal coaching and more to give you everything you need to help your clients truly transform their lives.

What do I get as a certified coach?

As an Adult Chair Certified Coach, you will receive continuing education, referrals and an official certification that allows you to advertise and market your practice under The Adult Chair brand. Certification benefits include:

  • Official certification and the opportunity to market yourself as an Adult Chair Certified Coach
  • A coaches directory, where you will be listed as a certified coach on the The Adult Chair website (free for the first year; $250/year to maintain your directory listing afterwards)
  • Client referrals as people inquire about Adult Chair Certified Coaches in their areas
  • Access to continuing education courses created just for coaches 
  • A community of other coaches and hands-on support when you need it
What is required to complete the certification?
  • In-person training event: The program will kick off with a week-long, in-person training, where you’ll be immersed in The Adult Chair model and learn how to use it with your clients, how to become a better coach, how to build a coaching practice and more.
  • 30 practicum hours: After the live training, you will spend the next five months practicing under the guidance of Michelle and her team. You will be paired with other group participants and practice coaching each other, and then, you will practice coaching clients. Your sessions will be observed via video by Michelle and her team, and feedback and guidance will be offered. A total of 30 practicum hours are required to be certified.

Coaching sessions with Michelle: We will host six live coaching calls via Zoom throughout the program. You will be required to attend at least two of them live and to watch all of them via recorded video.

DO I HAVE TO BE A CERTIFIED THERAPIST, COACH OR HEALTH PRACTITIONER TO BE ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM?

No, you do not have to be a certified therapist, coach or health practitioner. Anyone can join the program that feels drawn to becoming a part of this movement – to be a part of changing people’s lives through The Adult Chair model.

Our standards are very high and we guarantee any graduate of this program will be fully trained and ready to take on clients.

Once you graduate, you will have the full support from my team and other coaches to help ensure that you are fully prepared and successful in your endeavors.

You will have access to tons of resources, including live coaching sessions and masterclasses taught by some of the best of the best experts in the field.

The only thing we ask of those that join is that they be fully committed, passionate and ready to be part of this incredible movement of helping others transform their lives through The Adult Chair model.

What is the time commitment?

Expect to spend on average two to three hours per week working on your certification during the six-month program. You will have at least one weekly session with another coach or “client” until you’ve reached your 30 hours. We will pair you with coaches and volunteers from outside of the program for these sessions, and pairings will rotate throughout the program so you get the experience of working with many different people.

 

In addition to practice hours each week, you’ll have some prep time, some reading and studying time and a monthly coaching call with Michelle.

What happens I don’t complete all of the requirements?

If you attend the in-person training but don’t complete your practicum hours, you will not receive your certification. You must complete all of your hours to be certified. And because group participation is such a big part of this program, it’s essential that you commit to your practicum hours both for yourself and for other program participants. We understand that life happens and will work with you if an unexpected event arises, but we ask that all participants take this commitment seriously and that you only apply if you expect to be able to fully participate.

Will all program participants be certified?
Is the Adult Chair Certification accredited through the International Coach Federation (ICF)?

Adult Chair Certified Coaches are certified by the Michelle Chalfant Co. and not by a third-party accrediting body. However, our program is based on the competencies and ethics laid out by ICF and decades of experience in the field. We give you both professional training and holistic guidance to make sure that Adult Chair Certified Coaches are not just qualified but also approach their practice from a place of love, connection, respect and excellence.

Are there any prerequisites for the program?

Yes, you must have attended at least one Adult Chair Workshop before being accepted into the certification program. If you have not attended a workshop, visit our events page to find upcoming dates: https://theadultchair.com/events/.

How often is the program offered?

The program is offered once a year. Our 2020 session (our first one ever!) begins in June 2020. The program kicks off with a week-long in-person training, which will be held June 7-13, 2020 near Nashville, Tennessee. 

How many people are accepted into the program?

This program is very hands-on, both in terms of the live coaching I offer throughout the six months and in terms of the group participation required. For that reason, we select a small group of participants for each session. If accepted, you’ll be placed in a tight-knit group of 24 other participants who will all work together and support each other in their training. 

Am I automatically accepted into the program?

Because of the limited space available and because I have put my heart and soul into this model and program, we will review all applications carefully and select the applicants who we believe will be the best fit for this year’s program. You will be asked to put down a refundable deposit of $1,750 to hold your spot. If you are not accepted this round, your deposit can be refunded, and you are welcome to apply for future programs!

When will I know if I’m accepted into the program?

After registration closes on March 15, 2020, we will review all applications and let you know whether or not you’ve been selected by April 6, 2020. If you’ve been selected, you will be required to complete a video interview with Michelle before being officially accepted into the program.

Is the deposit refundable?

Yes, if you are not accepted into the program, you will be refunded your full deposit. If you’re on the waiting list and would like to remain there, your deposit will be held until the program begins. If a spot opens up and you are accepted, you will then be charged. If a spot does not open, you will receive your deposit back.

Is the program cost refundable?

No, once you have been accepted and confirmed for the program, your payments are non-refundable. We take our commitment to you VERY seriously and are pouring so much time and energy into this program. Because this program is so selective, we only accept those who are serious about their commitment as well. As a result, we can’t offer refunds once a payment has been made.

 

The five installments are automatically drafted each month. If a payment does not process or if your payment method does not go through, it must be updated and processed within 10 business days for you to remain part of the program.

Is the program cost refundable?

No, once you have been accepted and confirmed for the program, your payments are non-refundable. We take our commitment to you VERY seriously and are pouring so much time and energy into this program. Because this program is so selective, we only accept those who are serious about their commitment as well. As a result, we can’t offer refunds once a payment has been made.

 

The five installments are automatically drafted each month. If a payment does not process or if your payment method does not go through, it must be updated and processed within 10 business days for you to remain part of the program.

What type of payments are accepted?

We accept all major credit cards. Unfortunately, we cannot accept PayPal at this time.

I have more questions. How can I get in touch?

We understand that this program is a big investment in yourself and in your future, and we are here to help guide you through your decision! Whether you have questions about the program itself or just want to figure out if this is the right next step for you, we’d love to talk to you! Drop us a line at michelle@michellechalfant.com, and we’ll get in touch as soon as possible.

In-person Training Event

When is the in-person training event for the 2020 program?

Our long-anticipated 2020 program will kick off with a week-long, in-person training event June 7-13, 2020. The event will be held at a retreat center just outside of Nashville, Tennessee.

 

Attendees will arrive Sunday, June 7 between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. A welcome dinner will be served for all at 6:00 p.m.

 

The training will be June 8-June 12, 2020. We’ll meet each day from around 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where will the in-person training take place?

The training will take place at the beautiful Five Star Retreat, located just outside of Nashville, Tennessee (about an hour from downtown Nashville). This is a gorgeous lodge on a stunning property with plenty of space for meeting, reflection and to connect with yourself and nature. It is a lovely place to get away and immerse yourself in The Adult Chair all week long. https://www.fivestarretreat.com

What can I expect from the in-person training?

The in-person training is going to be an experience like no other, a week where we dive deep into The Adult Chair model and deep into ourselves, so we can learn to help others. This is an immersive training where you’ll learn a lot about yourself and even more about how to be an effective coach and build or grow your coaching practice. The training will include:

  • A deep dive into The Adult Chair model
  • Experiential work and self-discovery work (we can only take people as far as we have gone, so come prepared to go deep into yourself)
  • Training on how to be an effective coach, how to stay centered as a coach and how to coach clients through specific issues
  • Hands-on, participatory sessions, where you will be both client and coach (including chair work)
  • Training on how to find clients, market yourself, build your business and more

Unlike The Adult Chair Workshop, where you can choose to observe rather than participate, this training will be a HANDS-ON event for everyone! Come prepared to be challenged, to learn and grow and to walk away a better coach and a better version of yourself.

Learn more about what the in-person training includes here.

Is lodging included?

Yes, Five Star Retreat has a beautiful, upscale lodge and cabins, and your on-site accommodations are included in the price of the program.

 

All participants will be staying in the main lodge in shared double rooms or bunk rooms.

If you prefer to stay in a private cabin on the property, it can be added on at an additional cost.

Will transportation be available from the airport to the retreat center?

If you are flying in for the event, you will need to make your own arrangements for transportation from the airport. The retreat is about an hour from downtown Nashville. We will be glad to provide suggestions for car rentals, ride sharing or shuttles.

Are all meals included?

Yes, the kitchen will be stocked for breakfast and lunch, and a catered, farm-to-table dinner will be served every evening for dinner.

Can I still participate in the program if I can’t attend the in-person training?

No, the in-person training is required for all program participants. We are going to cover a lot of ground during this week, and it will give you the foundation you need to complete the rest of the program. The purpose of the certification program is to fully equip you to use the model in your practice, and you will not be able to do so without this training! If you can’t make this year’s training event, we invite you to apply for the program another year.

Can I leave early or leave for a couple hours if I have an appointment or another commitment?

We understand everyone has very busy schedules; however, we ask that everyone be there for the full event. We are diving into some deep work, and leaving early or late could interrupt the experience for others. It’s also important that you receive the full training in order to complete your certification.

Apply Today!

Apply today to be part of the 2020 program — kicking off June 7, 2020. But hurry, applications close March 15, 2020!

The Adult Chair Workshop is a prerequisite for the certification program. If you have not attended an Adult Chair Workshop, visit the events page to find an upcoming workshop near you!

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