Lifelong Learning

Cognitive Coaching information, and links to registration site

Cognitive Coaching


The Office of Lifelong Learning is excited to offer Cognitive CoachingSM, with cohorts in both Edmonton and Calgary, beginning in the spring of 2020. 


Why Cognitive CoachingSM?

Leading people, helping others make changes, and educating others requires not only knowledge, but also adaptive skills of communicating, engaging, and fostering others’ thinking in a psychologically safe way. This means that, at times, instead of directing or providing solutions, you guide others through problem-solving. Furthermore, when a goal is changing someone's behaviour, discussions that focus on the behavioural outcome are far less effective than coaching conversations that support the thinking, planning, and reflection that precedes the behaviour.


These adaptive skills are taught and refined in a Cognitive CoachingSM seminar. You will become skilled in mediating someone’s thinking, by building rapport, posing questions, and providing helpful structure to a conversation that helps the coachee develop their own problem resolving strategies. You will learn how to quickly establish yourself as a safe “sounding board” that builds the internal resourcefulness of the coachee. By tapping into individuals' beliefs, values, and goals, using Cognitive CoachingSM can help grow the self-directedness of another person in a positive way.

The skills taught can be used informally in “on-the-fly” discussions and in more structured formats. With extensive opportunities to practice during the workshop, participants will feel confident implementing adaptive approaches to support people in a variety of contexts – at work, in the clinic, in the classroom, and with others.

Interested in learning more? 

Read what participants in the Cognitive CoachingSM workshop taught by our facilitators are saying here.

Read our recent publication in the Canadian Journal of Physician Leadership. You can also learn more at the Thinking Collaborative website.


The Details

The 8-day Cognitive CoachingSM workshop is offered in two parts of four classroom days each. Each 4-day session is structured to begin with two classroom days, then a break of 3-4 weeks to allow practice and implementation, followed by another two classroom days. 



This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development. You may claim a maximum of 20 hours (credits are automatically calculated) for each of Part 1 and Part 2.


This 3 credit-per-hour Group Learning activity has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 120 Mainpro+ certified credits

Edmonton 2020 Spring Cohort:

Part 1: February 13&14 and March 12&13, 2020.

Part 2: May 7&8 and June 4&5, 2020.

Location: University of Alberta 

Times for all sessions -

Thurs 11:00-5:00pm

Friday 9:00-3:00pm


Calgary 2020 spring Cohort:

Part 1: April 6&7 and May 11&12, 2020 

Part 2: May 21&22 and June 11&12, 2020

Location: University of Calgary 

Times for all sessions -



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