Erickson College International

About Erickson College

Leading since 1980.

Since 1980 Erickson College International has been pioneering the most effective Coach Training and Business Leadership Programs in the world. Established in over 36 countries and 60 cities, Erickson Coaches integrate the cutting-edge research of founder Marilyn Atkinson to provide innovative education to our global community.

Our vision is to change the world one conversation at a time.

Our courses combine Masterful Coaching with proven Ericksonian principles and our unique Solution Focused Coaching Methodologies. The result is our renowned ICF accredited program The Art and Science of Coaching, the Erickson Business Center, and our Corporate Coach Training Programs.  Each of our training programs deliver leading edge material that is proven to enhance your interpersonal communication and effectiveness, in ways that are fun, engaging, and deeply meaningful.

Named in honor of the brilliant psychologist and psychiatrist Milton H. Erickson, known for his strong belief in the resourcefulness of people, we at Erickson uphold his legacy by incorporating his principles into the core of our teachings.

From the moment we connect with prospective students to the successful realization of ambitions we are there to support you in navigating your own unique journey through the myriad of coaching certifications and specializations.

Erickson provides you with the comprehensive package, whether you are interested in learning to be a great coach and successful entrepreneur or are interested in implementing coach training into your organization- we’ve got you covered.

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About Milton Erickson

Neuro-Linguistic programming (NLP) and the Solution Focused Counseling approach grew out of a study of a number of the most successful American therapists and leaders. Legends in their own time, they included Milton Erickson, after whom the College is named. It is widely acknowledged that those outside of a culture often make the most valuable observations and discern distinctions that do not occur to insiders. In many ways, the extremely brilliant and unusual Dr. Erickson was an outsider in his own culture, making a life of insightfully inquiring into the nature of disease, and perception and healing.

Color blind, tone deaf, and with unusual muscle control abilities, he was acknowledged to have extraordinary powers of observation.  His therapeutic successes made him a legend in his own time. In addition, he wrote many books.

His description of how to catalyze nature healing in others, combined with the observations of his students and of those who researched him, constitute a gold mine of key insights into the human mind, psychotherapy and healing, that will be explored for decades by therapists and researchers alike.

His basic presuppositions that all behavior has a positive unconscious intent and must be respected caused a fundamental paradigm shift in modern psychotherapy and forms the basis of Solution Focused counseling.

Taking advantage, of an outside point of view, the unlikely team of a linguist, Dr. John Grinder, and a mathematician-turned Gestalt-therapist, Richard Bandler came up with a wealth of insights into Erickson’s successes and went on to study other therapeutic wizards, such as Virginia Satir. Studies concerning which techniques work, and how people change and heal, inevitably led to a clear, higher-level understanding of how to catalyze healing.  This led to the development of neuro-linguistic programming, which a reviewer in Psychology Today considered to be ‘the most powerful vehicle for change in existence’.

To date, aspects of the Erickson legacy, Accelerated Learning Strategies and NLP have been integrated into some of the most advanced models in the human potential movement and psychotherapy arenas. This integration has inspired some of the richest insights available in the world today into the nature of the conscious and unconscious minds, hypnosis, psychotherapy and healing.

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About Erickson’s Solution Focused Approach

Pioneered and developed by Marilyn Atkinson, PhD, Solution-Focused Coaching is an advanced coaching model that integrates the profession of coaching with a highly developed body of personal growth technologies. Developed over the past 30 years, it provides a comprehensive approach that assists individuals, managers and teams to take action in alignment with their highest individual and corporate vision.

The Solution Focused approach presents a very elegant pathway towards choice and change.  With methods that include NLP tools, “Whiteboard Coaching” and four-quadrant thinking you learn the advanced skill sets that move you into the arena of excellence as a coach. No matter where you are in life, there is always a desire for professional flexibility and creativity; for closer relationships or for a deeper, richer more meaningful life. Solution Focused coaching technology guides people towards a clearer apprehension of their own unique path and creates a framework for them to get there.

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Message from Marilyn Atkinson, PhD, President of Erickson International

At any given moment in history, at particular locations on the planet, a few specific people and groups can be identified as being at the cutting edge of thought and skills, doing the most advanced work of the time in vitally important areas. Erickson College is one of these advanced learning centers.


In chaotic times, education must include the skills of leadership and vision. It must include practical methods for bringing our visions and values into reality on our daily approaches to problem resolution. It must include training in the abilities to utilize events that look like failures, as power boosters towards reinventing excellence. It must include a deep understanding of the courage and vulnerability required to lead a distinguishing life. These are the aims of Erickson College.

Erickson College is founded on a number of empowering models of consciousness which express the intrinsically whole and self-healing qualities of a human being. Solution-focused coaching training provides a vision and methodology based on these models. This offers students and clients a direct path to shift communication and creativity paradigms quickly, while pulling individuals toward their creative frontiers. These models, combined with our deep belief in the human growth potential, represent a specific and detailed map of human behavior and relationship, and consequently offer extremely effective pathways for personal, organizational and community expansions.

Every program at Erickson College implicitly embeds transformation and accelerated learning within the course content. We challenge our students towards dynamic self-improvement and contribution in the world as ownership is gained over this knowledge. Through this challenge, leadership ability is the fundamental result.

Marilyn Atkinson. Ph.D.

President and Senior Trainer

“The world that we have made as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far, creates problems we cannot solve at the same level at which we created them.” – Albert Einstein

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7 Reasons To Choose Erickson Coaching International For Your Coach Training

We appreciate that you have choices, so why choose Erickson?

34 Years Creating & Delivering Human Development ProgramsErickson Coaching was founded in 1980 and initially specialized in NLP, counseling, and other human development programs. Even at that time founder, Marilyn Atkinson was already anticipating a fundamental shift in the helping model from past or present centered dissatisfaction to orienting clients towards their desired future outcomes. She actively shaped how Solution Focused Methodology now informs and differentiates coaching from other disciplines in the field.

ICF AccreditedErickson Coaching is a firm supporter of The International Coach Federation (ICF). ICF’s mission is to regulate the coaching body to ensure a high standard of coach training is delivered and each coach meets core competencies of a professional caliber.  The ICF is well respected and provides accountability to both clients and the coaching profession as a whole. Individual coaches and schools that pursue ICF accreditation demonstrate expertise in coaching, in both knowledge and skill, and an ongoing commitment to excellence. Erickson’s coach training program The Art and Science of Coaching, and many other courses we teach, are accredited by the ICF.

Tools & Resources To Keep You Connected & Support Ongoing LearningYour experience with Erickson Coaching doesn’t end when your course is finished. There are many ways to keep connected. The Erickson Hub is a central area where you can chat with fellow Erickson coaches from anywhere in the world, access your course materials, video footage, and instructors. Sharing ideas, thoughts, techniques, and tips has never been easier; either sign into the Hub or become a guest blogger to get your voice heard. Visit our tools and resources page read about more options available to Erickson students.

Flexibility Between Online & Onsite TrainingThe online and the onsite program are exactly the same course, the same hours, and the same instructors. There are a number of options available to structure your class schedule. You can combine online training with onsite training to get the best of both styles or spread your classes over a shorter or longer time frame. Erickson offers you maximum flexibility to pursue coach training in your schedule, at your pace.

Money Back GuaranteeWe are certain that you will love your experience at Erickson in The Art and Science of Coaching. However, if after Module 1 you are at all dissatisfied with your training or your choice of school, you are eligible for a full tuition refund.Also, Erickson Coaching is a registered education institution; all tuition is free of GST and PST taxes. Tax Deductible – T2202A (Tuition and Education Amounts Certificate) is an official statement for income tax. It is issued to all students who paid tuition and fees for use on their income tax return

Business Building SupportIn addition to our 6 – month, online, comprehensive business building program Passion Into Profit, Erickson offers a free, on-demand business fundamentals package called Steps To Success.  Steps To Success is designed to give you the knowledge and confidence you need to start thinking about your own coaching business. Its essential to learn how to be a great coach, and now if you want to be an entrepreneur as well, you can start building that complimentary skill set right from the start.

Trainers Include Internationally Recognized Master Certified CoachesAll Erickson trainers are ICF certified coaches that have years of experiencing facilitating and leading training, alongside their own thriving coaching practices. They are subject matter experts and their training is monitored and appraised yearly by senior educational administration to ensure that they meet Erickson’s high standards of delivery and expertise.

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