Fundamentals of Clinical Coaching (FCC)

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The aim of the course is to develop the coaching skills of clinicians. The major content is the provision of knowledge on theory and key concepts in professional coaching and opportunities to develop the skills for enactment of high-quality clinical coaching.

The teaching and learning activities are diverse and include reactions to readings and other learning resources (recorded lectures/conversations between experts), reflections on experiences, case study development and analysis, self-directed research, peer and expert review, role-play activities in triumvirates, observational practice, vodcast/podcast development and more. The course provides a strong theoretical underpinning and enables opportunities for practice.

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Who should attend

This course is designed for anyone involved in supporting the development of health professionals, especially those involved in continuing professional development activities.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Distinguish coaching from other educational/training approaches (e.g. supervision, mentoring, teaching, lecturing, counselling etc.)
  2. Describe the GROW model of coaching
  3. Demonstrate coaching skills such as deep listening, questioning, goal setting, facilitating reflection and feedback
  4. Apply educational theories and concepts to clinical coaching practices
  5. Critically review the benefits and limitations of coaching in clinical practice
  6. Plan a strategy for developing and maintaining coaching skills

Accelerate your qualification

Eligible participants who complete the assessed version of this short course can receive 6 credit points towards the M6038 Master of Health Professions Education and M6039 Master of Clinical Simulation

Assessment tasks

  1. Participation in online submissions (weekly) (30%)
  2. Review of targeted coaching strategies (1200-1500 words) (20%)
  3. Recorded coaching session (up to 45 minutes) (40%)
  4. Written reflection on coaching session (800-1000 words) (10%)

Course Director

Professor Debra Nestel


Professor of Healthcare Simulation in Education

Prof Nestel completed her first degree at Monash and has since lived and worked in Hong Kong, London, and now back in Melbourne. Debra leads a national programme in simulation education, a network in simulated patient methodology, and is Editor in Chief of Advances in Simulation, the journal of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine. Debra leads the new Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation.

When Prof Nestel is not at Monash, she is busy being a Professor of Surgical Education, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne. In this role, she is Course Director of the Graduate Programs in Surgical Education, co-badged degrees with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. She is also Course Director of Graduate Programs in Surgical Science.

Prof Nestel is passionate about research and writing; she has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers in health professions education, published edited books on simulated patient methodology (2015), healthcare simulation (2018), and has two edited books for publication in 2019, on surgical education and healthcare simulation research. She has won many awards and prizes for her work in simulation.

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