Coaching programs

Become a certified coach with the USC Coaching Program

The USC Coaching Program is a virtual certification, offered in collaboration with the Goldvarg Consulting Group. The program lasts six-months and received accreditation by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as an Approved Coaching Specific Training Hours (ACSTH). It is designed to develop coaching skills and puts one on the path to become an ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC).

As a trained coach, you will collaborate with other faculty and staff to maximize your potential, achieve objectives, become more effective, and bring more wellbeing to your lives. Becoming a trained coach will allow you to make a significant impact on your team, and at USC.

What is coaching?

ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. The process of coaching often unlocks previously untapped sources of imagination, productivity, and leadership. Watch this video!

Why coaching?

Coaching is a life-changing experience that improves your outlook on work and life, while boosting your leadership skills. It helps you tap into your potential, unlocking sources of creativity and productivity.

By the end of the program, you will be to understand and apply the International Coaching Federation Core Coaching Competencies, therefore enhancing your personal and work effectiveness.

Topics covered include:

  • Coaching agreement
  • Building a partnership
  • Communication skills
  • Coaching presence
  • Cultural diversity
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Positive psychology

The program includes coaching practice and working with a mentor coach who will provide feedback from recorded sessions.

Sessions are facilitated by Master Certified Coach Damian Goldvarg, PhD. Goldvarg has over 20 years of experience training and developing leaders and empowering people at their workplaces.


The 2023 cohort begins on Friday, March 31, and ends on Friday, Sept. 8.

Sessions meet on Fridays from 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Please note this program has three in-person sessions.

Register here.


The full amount is due at the time of registration. (Please contact for payment options)

Early Registration: $3,500 (for USC employees – registration before March 1st)

Regular rate: $3,850 (for USC employees – registration after March 1st)

For more information, please email

2023 Conference

Looking for more information on how coaching can make a difference in your life? Join us on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023 from 9 .a.m – 12:30 p.m. for our annual coaching conference.

Through a series of engaging and informative sessions, attendees will learn about the impact of coaching, as well as gain practical insights and tools to implement in their career. Our keynote speakers are experts in the field of coaching, who will share their own experiences and successes in creating a coaching culture.

But the conference isn’t just about learning – it’s also about action. Participants will have the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals, share their own challenges and successes, and come away with a concrete plan for how to take their coaching culture to the next level.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to learn, grow, and make a real impact in your life. Register here for our upcoming coaching conference and be a part of the conversation on how to develop a coaching culture, and the impact of coaching.