The Integrated Coaching Academy  

  Where coaching and counselling connect

       Fusion at the ICA: The leading edge of integrated wellbeing

Where coaching and counselling connect


A lot of people think, if you've got a problem you need a counsellor, but if you're a high flyer trying to reach 'peak efficiency', you need a coach. Right?

Wrong !


OK or not OK?   

In truth, we often find ourselves at different positions on the ‘continuum of well-being’. Sometimes we are in the ‘OK’ zone and sometimes we slip into the ‘not OK’ zone. It's just part of dealing with the inevitable ups and downs of life.

As human beings, we are constantly reacting, interacting and responding to the environment in which we find ourselves, through a range of instinct and emotions, that serve the purpose of helping us get our needs met. Sometimes that feels good and sometimes, let’s face it, it feels not so good.

You simply can't package people up and fence off their ‘bad stuff.’ Surprise, surprise, highflyers have emotions too. They also have relationship issues and personal problems, and those issues and problems have an impact on their effectiveness at work.

So wouldn't it be good if we could all have access to a ‘well-being’ coach who could help us meet our goals and also support us with our problems, so that we can all work towards being our 'best selves’ and living our very best lives?


So what is different about Fusion?


Fusion: The model


A 'model' is a belief or theory. The Fusion model is based on the understanding that Human beings have physical and emotional needs and, if those needs are being met in balance, life will feel good. It is also based on the understanding  that our emotions, instincts and behaviours are always trying to push us towards getting those needs met.


Fusion: The system


To fill the theory-application gap, we need a system for implementation; a practical way of using our underpinning philosophy in everyday living. The STOP System is a mindfulness-based technique which creates the opportunity to 'step back' into our 'observing self' and make emotionally intelligent life choices.


Fusion: The toolbox of mind management skills


The building knowledge from neuroscience about the human mind and brain allows us now to be more effective at managing our emotions so they do not hijack rational thought and positive decision making. Fusion teaches a range of skills which build into a powerful way to  deal with the ups and downs of life and build emotional resilience.


For practitioners   
 
The Fusion Model equips coaches, counsellors and well-being workers with the skills and tools they need to get better outcomes for their clients, no matter where those clients are on ‘the continuum of well-being.’

Fusion's innovative integrated model was developed from 30,000 hours of client work by its originator, experienced psychotherapist Frances Masters. People who have completed Fusion training say it's really helped them broaden and deepen their working practice by adding so many practical and effective skills to their professional toolbox. In fact, Fusion® is the only fast-track, integrated and accredited programme available in the UK, with a model used exclusively for over five years by a mental health charity, and proven to consistently achieve excellent client outcomes in just 5 sessions.


On completion, Diploma graduates have a nationally recognised NCFE qualification and access to the exclusive Fusion manual, which is a complete 5 session blueprint with check lists, scripts, client hand outs, outcome measures and everything needed to get the most out of your sessions.

Now, Fusion graduates can also take their careers to the next level, by completing the new Breakthrough and Master Trainer programmes, after which they can access exclusive power points and supporting workbooks for their delegates, whether adults or children, appropriate for industry and for schools too.


A major step forward: Fusion and Mindful-Me


A recent and significant development has been the partnership between social innovators Social Sense, Stephen Blackburn Associates and Fusion, branded as Mindful-Me, which is seeing Fusion practitioners and trainers really making a mark in Lancashire, Birmingham and beyond.
 

Feedback from the recent Fusion Master Trainer weekend


'The Fusion Model has given me the focus I need to build a new business and this is exciting. I’m serious about running retreats in Hawaii and I have a Skype meeting this morning with my co-presenter who is a student and practitioner of Hawaiian Hopoonopoona.  We’ll start local and before we go global !!'        Jill Dearlove   MBACP   BSCHP

Feedback from the 2016 Diploma course 


  • It was inspirational. The amount of work that must have gone in over the years to bring this together is amazing. It was an excellent mix of lecture and practical exercises all of which made me feel I wanted to know more and more.


  • I have enjoyed everything about the course. I feel I have been taken on an amazing learning journey with a genius. You really are inspirational; such innovative forward thinking of a model that could, and should, be taken on worldwide. Thank you so much.


  • The Fusion Therapeutic Life Coaching course has been fascinating. The delivery of the course was exceptional and outstanding, so professional, clear, informative and interesting. I feel the skills I have learnt will be invaluable both professionally and in my career and personally in my own life. I


  • The course was written and structured in an extremely professional manner. Material was informative, thought-provoking and geared to a ‘foot strap’ learning style. Frances delivers in a confident, competent and highly interesting manner. She is obvious well practised as a therapist, coach and trainer.


  • Frances is an absolutely brilliant teacher who has developed such a superb course full of inspiring life changing and thought-provoking content which can be used professionally and personally. I would highly recommend the course to those wishing to work in the therapeutic profession. Many thanks. 


Psychotherapist and coach Sue Harper says:


'Since training as a Fusion Therapeutic Coach I have never looked back.  


Because it 'fuses' several key therapeutic techniques; person centred counselling, CBT and Human Givens Psychotherapy in a solution focused coaching frame work, it offers a huge tool bag of skills to use with a wide variety of clients with differing psychological issues.


Most people (especially teenagers whose brains are the most vulnerable to bad influences and most receptive to good ones) absolutely revel in the psycho-educational element. It teaches all clients, no matter their age, to look for solutions, not problems and to look to the future and not dwell on the past.'

 

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Founding Chair of BACP Coaching, Linda Aspey, says:


'In the field of coach-counsellor integration, Frances is a trailblazer'


Fusion plus mindfulness is the combined intervention of choice for The Foundation for Ribble Valley Families.



The mindfulness-based 

STOP System™ was developed from the new knowledge now emerging from neuroscience, about emotional wellbeing, happiness and resilience.


STOP buys the brain time between emotional reaction and rational response. Emotional intelligence is a skill and, like all skills, can be learned.


You can view a selection of professional articles by Frances here.

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Do you want to know the secrets of how to achieve deeply refreshing sleep?


When we worry, sleep is often the first thing to suffer. The quality of our sleep is intimately connected to our happiness and wellbeing, and poor sleep can lead to depression.


If you, or your clients would like a copy of the free eBook 'The Blackboard Technique: teach yourself to sleep like a baby', please apply here:

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INSET training for 34 teaching staff  in a Bedfordshire school Sept 2016 indicating a significant 50% post-training improvement in understanding of mental health.


'I felt compelled to email to thank you so much again for these first three days of the course.'


'It's the best course I have ever been on. What you have achieved is so worthwhile and inspirational.'


'It reaches both sides of the brain, logical and emotional and therefore everything made perfect sense! It has helped me to realise the direction I want to, and can, move in during the second half of my life.'


'I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course, particularly the section on guided visualisation and the differences between the rational and emotional brain.'


'Practical exercises were valuable tools to learning and allowed immediate theory to practice application. '


'I have enjoyed all aspects of your course. The pace was just right for me and the content was just amazing.'


'The delivery was excellent; so knowledgeable, and linked to practice making it solid in its delivery. '


'I liked the use of links between three approaches……..Doing this ensures the ability to understand key competencies of the models and confidently identify pros and cons of personal style.'


'The skills I have been able to learn in such a short space of time have been invaluable. My future looks even brighter with all these extra tools added to my belt.'

Counselling +


The most effective counselling skills....

Coaching =


Combined with advanced

coaching tools....

The NCFE accredited Diploma, Distance Learner certificate and now the new Breakthrough Program