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COACH TRAINING & ICF CREDENTIALING: Explore our Foundation Diploma in Developmental Coaching

This program is the first to integrate original, peer-reviewed research in the field of adult development, proprietary developmental coaching tools, all within the rigorous framework of the newest ICF coaching competencies. It offers a path to ACC for coaches seeking their first ICF credential.

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Participant feedback

5 star rating

A very fitting title

Sue Kiernan

I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated every single module. Alis is a wise and skillful teacher who provoked a lot of thinking for me personally as well as professionally. She competnetly modeled adult learning. I found this course easy to integ...

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I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated every single module. Alis is a wise and skillful teacher who provoked a lot of thinking for me personally as well as professionally. She competnetly modeled adult learning. I found this course easy to integrate with other coaching models. Thank you Alis!

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Contextual Learning at its best

Belinda Forman

I love the way the Vertical Development course really positions each module in reflection and experience. It makes the learning peronalised and stretches your own view of yourself and that of your clients in a very powerful way. While also giving...

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I love the way the Vertical Development course really positions each module in reflection and experience. It makes the learning peronalised and stretches your own view of yourself and that of your clients in a very powerful way. While also giving you the space to come up with your own practical experiments to test the learning.

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Highly recommended!

Monica Beregszaszi (Boros)

The warmest environment that will accompany you helping you understand, grow and contribute to the quality of your life and those around you. Like an oasis of synergies discovered by the thirsty. :)

The warmest environment that will accompany you helping you understand, grow and contribute to the quality of your life and those around you. Like an oasis of synergies discovered by the thirsty. :)

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Great Course for Folks Passionate about Growing Adults

Jen Ouellette-Schramm

As an adult development researcher, I am enjoying exploring the range of theoretical frameworks in this course and the opportunity to connect with colleagues across the globe who are excited about adult development. Alis also does a nice job of c...

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As an adult development researcher, I am enjoying exploring the range of theoretical frameworks in this course and the opportunity to connect with colleagues across the globe who are excited about adult development. Alis also does a nice job of customizing feedback to leaders vs. coaches. A very content-rich course!

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More than a course

Andra Olaru

This is more than a course, it has been a full on developmental journey. I cannot be grateful enough for the effort and love that Alis put into creating the learning materials and the reflection assignments. All that I learned, not only helped me ...

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This is more than a course, it has been a full on developmental journey. I cannot be grateful enough for the effort and love that Alis put into creating the learning materials and the reflection assignments. All that I learned, not only helped me understand myself better, but also enabled me to create a better space for my clients to grow. The personalized feedback received on each assignment is priceless. If you're looking for research-backed content together with a space to explore complex dilemmas and learn from a vibrant community - look no further, this is it.

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Excellent vertical development webinar

Karen Muir

I loved that this webinar took us to somewhere else rather than the spiral staircase. This opened up the subject enormously for me. Thank you

I loved that this webinar took us to somewhere else rather than the spiral staircase. This opened up the subject enormously for me. Thank you

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A wonderful and unique learning experience

Jen Brice

As a coach, I came to this course with a desire to deepen my understanding of Vertical Development and how it might apply in my work. The experience was the ideal combination of robust theoretical content, practical tools and a diverse online lea...

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As a coach, I came to this course with a desire to deepen my understanding of Vertical Development and how it might apply in my work. The experience was the ideal combination of robust theoretical content, practical tools and a diverse online learning community. As an unexpected bonus, I have also come away with a broader understanding and insight into my own adult development journey. Highly recommended!

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Inspiring and Challenging

Dr. Tammy Boyette

The course is full of great resources that I will actively use! I loved the virtual group sessions where we worked with other coaches to improve our practice while also growing personally.

The course is full of great resources that I will actively use! I loved the virtual group sessions where we worked with other coaches to improve our practice while also growing personally.

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A Transformative Journey of Deep Learning

Andreea Cimpoesu

I had the privilege of embarking on a transformative journey of deep learning through the Vertical Development Practices Course. This was not merely a course; it was an extraordinary experience that exceeded all my expectations. The content, root...

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I had the privilege of embarking on a transformative journey of deep learning through the Vertical Development Practices Course. This was not merely a course; it was an extraordinary experience that exceeded all my expectations. The content, rooted in science, was flawlessly presented in a manner that made complex concepts easily accessible. The meticulously designed course seamlessly integrated practical application with profound theories, captivating my attention throughout. Employing a diverse range of adult learning techniques, it ignited my curiosity and fostered a genuine desire to delve deeper. I find myself continuously drawn back to this course, as it offers an invaluable gift to coaches and leaders alike. With its scientific foundation, practical techniques, and opportunities for profound self-reflection, Alis has crafted a masterpiece. This course has left an indelible mark on my professional and personal growth. I am profoundly grateful for this extraordinary learning experience.

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CONTINUING COACHING EDUCATION: Explore our on-demand program, "Vertical Development Practices for Coaches"

This unique, research-based, continuing coaching education program turns the science of Vertical Development into the practice of Coaching. It equips leaders and existing coaches with a deep understanding of adult development frameworks and application, giving them the knowledge and practical tools to become developmental catalysts for their clients, teams and organisations. It offers ICF credentialed coaches 40 CCEs (enough for a full re-accreditation cycle).

About the Vertical Development Institute

The Vertical Development Institute creates and curates the latest research on adult development and transformative learning. We are innovators in leadership education, with a mission to support the growth of conscious, mature and future-fit leaders and the rise of developmental organisations. We aspire to make vertical development the norm, not the exception, in organisational learning.

What is ‘vertical development’? 

For a very long time, the word ‘development’ was associated with childhood. It was universally accepted that children grow not just physically, but mentally, emotionally and socially - that they transform into increasingly mature versions of themselves until they finally become ‘grown-ups’ and somehow development stops. Today we know that, in fact, ‘growing up' never ends. We keep on transforming throughout our lives, breaking down and breaking through, shedding old ways of being and evolving into new, ever more complex and, with a bit of luck, ever wiser ones. 

This process has been called adult development or, more recently, vertical development. Unlike horizontal development which aims to add knowledge, information or skills to one’s existing worldview, ‘vertical development’ signals a fundamental evolution in the worldview itself. It comes about when we can look at a mindset, which before we were looking through

HORIZONTAL is about WHAT we know. VERTICAL is about HOW we know. 

Vertical development describes how human beings grow into ever more complex stages of cognitive, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual maturity, whereby they become able to respond to the world in ever more sophisticated ways. While a common criticism of vertical development is its seemingly hierarchical nature, we believe at its core this type of human growth is less like climbing a ladder and more akin to playing the piano. 

Why does vertical development matter? 

Vertical development has been studied by educators and psychologists for the past few decades, but hardly spoken about outside academia. Now we seem to have reached a point in our history when the complex challenges we are collectively facing as a species simply cannot be solved with our old ways of thinking and being. It seems vertical development towards the latest, more mature stages is more needed than ever. 

Systematic research shows that later-stage leaders are more able to think systemically, thrive in complexity, tolerate ambiguity, manage paradoxes, balance personal and collective interests, sit in dialogue with others and harness group intelligence to co-create solutions for the common good. At this pivotal time, when humanity is facing myriad challenges - from climate change and ecosystem destruction to global health, technological disruption, economic inequality or societal polarisation - we need the wisdom of human maturity more than ever before. 

Such maturity comes about through profound transformative processes which we have barely begun to understand. To access all the potential adult development holds, we need to invest in research and accelerate its translation into practice. Thus we can hope to transform learning, educating more complex humans, who can navigate a disrupted world and collaboratively solve the gnarliest problems of our day. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR WORK AND RESEARCH

SCHOLARSHIPS

At VDI we are committed to democratising personal and professional growth by making learning accessible to participants in the NFP sector - the people who often give so much (and so selflessly) to communities and are often locked out of learning because of prohibitive costs.

We offer scholarships on an ‘energy-exchange’ basis. You tell us, in good faith, what you can contribute to the cost of the program you would like to attend. Choose a contribution significant enough to help you value the learning (and motivate you to put in the work) and affordable enough to not be a burden on your finances. We commit to covering the rest. We offer one scholarship for every Diploma in Developmental Coaching Group and an unlimited number of scholarships for all our self-led programs.

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