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Seasons of Change

Many transition models are very conceptual—clients get the concepts mentally, but they aren't able to integrate the ideas into their lives. The concepts, though useful frameworks, don't touch clients at a deep, soulful place. As a result they don't become an integral part of your clients' approach to life.

The Seasons of Change is a rich, multi-faceted nature-based metaphor that provides you and your clients with a natural way to approach life changes. Nature has developed a wide range of responses to the ever-changing seasons. These responses provide a rich foundation of knowledge, inspiration, hope, and direction to those in transition.

Each season (or phase) of the transition process has its own signs, actions, and detours. This information gives you a map you can offer to your clients to show them the way through their transition. The visually memorable nature metaphors associated with each season are simple, powerful tools that give clients constant support and guidance through difficult times.
The Seasons of Change model is useful whether your clients have entered their transition by choice or by force of circumstances, whether the transition was anticipated or came as a complete surprise. By using this model in your work, you give your clients hope—helping them envision where they've been, where they are, and where they are going.

A process that is full of unknowns becomes a bit more understandable. Supporting your clients in where they are is a profound experience that deepens their trust in themselves, in you, and in the transition journey. It's likely no one else is honoring them for what they feel deep within.

Add the Seasons of Change to your coaching work with clients in transition.

Learning Objectives

  •  An overview of the Seasons of Change Model
  • An understanding of the various transitions for which this module is relevant
  • Knowledge of the signs and tasks of each season
  • Exploration of the detours and myths of each season
  • An understanding of the support your clients may need as they move through the seasons
  • Methods to apply this module to individuals and groups in your practice
  • A personal exploration of the Seasons of Change in your development as an individual and a professional
  • A designation as a Seasons of Change Coach

After completing this Seasons of Change Fundamentals Course, you'll be eligible to enroll in the Seasons of Change - Coaching Practicum (10 Hours).

Required Textbook

Seasons of Change: Using Nature's Wisdom to Grow Through Life's Inevitable Ups and Downs, by Carol L. McClelland, PhD

Frequency:  This course is offered once or twice a year, depending on level of interest.

Course Prerequisites

None