Rethinking Impostor SyndromeCoach Training

Bring a transformational and proven framework to address impostor syndrome based on four decades of work by the world’s leading expert.

Millions of people around the world – regardless of gender — secretly worry they’re not as smart or talented or qualified as other people “think” they are.

Interest in impostor “syndrome” in online and traditional media, corporate settings, at universities, and elsewhere is soaring across the globe.

With that comes the growing need to more clearly understand both the contextual factors driving this form of needless self-doubt — as well as the lived experience of those who face it.

As a coach, HR professional, counselor, DE&I professional, or mentor you wonder how to help your clients/employees/students:


How to accurately identify impostor syndrome


Know the difference between impostor syndrome and low self-esteem


Understand the source(s) of impostor syndrome


Identify key factors other than impostor syndrome that can cause them to hesitate to “play big”


Recognize behaviors associated with impostor syndrome


Access concrete, immediately usable tools that help them feel as bright and capable as they really are


Become free from impostor syndrome so they can achieve their goals with less uneccessary stress

The term impostor phenomenon (more commonly referred to as impostor syndrome) was first coined in 1978 by clinical psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Ime. It describes a pattern of negating evidence of one’s skills, talents, and accomplishments and experiencing a persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud. Left unaddressed, this fear can lead to needless self-doubt, overwhelming anxiety and for some, depression.

Impostor syndrome isn’t just an “interesting self-help topic.” Impostor feelings lead to behaviors. Chronic procrastination, underperforming, over working, self-sabotage and other behaviors associated with impostor syndrome come at a high cost — personally and professionally. What’s more it prevents individuals from realizing their ideal selves.

The Solution

Impostor syndrome is a multi-faceted and often highly nuanced experience. Our transformational Rethinking Impostor Syndrome™ coach training program offers coaches, DE&I professionals, counselors, HR professionals, and mentors a proven methodology based on four decades of work by the world’s foremost impostor syndrome expert, Dr. Valerie Young.

Led by Dr. Young and Dr. Angela Dash, this training provides an in-depth understanding of impostor syndrome as well as the tools that have been used with a broad cross-section of people working in a wide range of occupations and levels.

This 100% virtual, 30-hour course offers 13 Core Competencies and 17 Resource Development Continuing Coaching Education (CCE) hours from the International Coaching Federation.

Course Format

This 3-session blended learning program includes:

14 hours of LIVE ONLINE synchronous training with recordings of live sessions available for anyone unable to join live


Plus 16 hours of ON DEMAND asynchronous pre-and post-session self-study and practice with scheduled deadlines

Module 1:


History and evolving research on impostor syndrome


Sources of impostor related feelings


Competence Types and coping mechanisms

Pre-work: 2.5 hours
Class dates: August 8 + 9
Class times: 12-3pm Eastern

Module 2:


Cultivating trust and safety and listening actively


Impostor solutions


Other points of view


Pre-work: 5.5 hours
Class dates: August 22 + 23
Class times: 12-3pm Eastern

Module 3:


Evoking awareness and facilitating client growth


Reframing limiting beliefs


Positioning your practice for this high-demand area of growth

Pre-work: 8.5 hours
Class date: September 20
Class time: 12-2pm Eastern

Participants who complete this entire training will receive an Impostor Syndrome Institute Rethinking Impostor Syndrome™ Coach Practitioner digital badge and letter of completion.

Students who are pursuing an Impostor Syndrome Institute Rethinking Impostor Syndrome™ Coach Practitioner letter of completion and badge will be required by October 20, 2022 to:

watch any missed live session recordings

complete all outside assignments such as journal assignments and quizzes

participate in two 75-minute reciprocal peer coaching practice sessions outside of live training

Peer Coaching Sessions

3-person peer groups will meet during the four weeks between the Module 2 and Module 3 live sessions.

At the start of the program you will receive a calendar of 75-minute sessions between the dates of August 24 and September 19. Each participant will choose two (2) slots they can commit to attending.

Although you will receive specific instructions for your peer groups, they will be self-run and self-guided.

ISI will set up and host those sessions in our Zoom so all you have to do is show up and practice! 

As a result of this training you will:


Develop a critical lens to understand this highly nuanced topic on a deeper level 


Know how impostor syndrome is influenced by family messaging, situational, occupational, and organizational dynamics


Understand factors related to diversity, equity, and belonging


Better understand your client’s context and lived experience 


Discern themes and patterns related to impostor syndrome


Facilitate greater client insight into the sources of their impostor feelings and a way forward to close their confidence gap


Have a proven way to close the confidence gap with your clients/employees/students


Expand your practice reach with an additional level of credibility and confidence around a high-demand area of growth


Become an indispensable resource to millions of people worldwide

What Other Students Say About Impostor Syndrome Institute Training Programs

While the Rethinking Impostor Syndrome™ approach has been used for nearly 40 years with over 500,000 people worldwide, it’s the first time we’ll be training other coaches on our framework. 

But this is certainly not Impostor Syndrome Institute’s first training — so find out what previous trainees have said about their experience with our programs:

“World class content.”

Save yourself time and speed up the credibility building process.

“You’ll hear firsthand from Valerie the thought process and philosophy she used to develop the content.”

“In a matter of days, you gain the ability to bring a transformational and proven program to address impostor syndrome in the workplace and equip professionals so they’re no longer held back by those impostor syndrome feelings.”

“Spending time with Valerie and being able to draw on her amazing knowledge and expertise was amazing.”

“Really embedded the key concepts of Imposter Syndrome which can be convoluted out there on the internet.”

Engage with an authority in the field and access 30+ years of research and experience.”

This is a must if you want to take the lead in normalizing impostor syndrome.”

The wealth of Valerie’s experience is in every facet of the training.”

“You’ll get everything you need to share this important information with others.”

Your Instructors

Dr. Valerie Young, award-winning author and co-founder of Impostor Syndrome Institute and Dr. Angela Dash, Professional Certified Coach and Rethinking Impostor Syndrome™ Associate will expertly guide your understanding of how to coach on what is a highly nuanced topic.

About Dr. Valerie Young

Widely considered the world’s foremost expert on impostor syndrome, Dr. Valerie Young is uniquely qualified to help organizations, workshop facilitators, coaches, and individuals to stamp out impostor syndrome.

Since 1982, she has delivered her Rethinking Impostor Syndrome™ program to hundreds of major corporations and universities around the world.

Research Coupled With Extensive Real-World Experience

Valerie earned her doctoral degree in education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1982. Her research sought to understand why so many bright, capable women (including herself) felt like frauds.

Then (as now), most impostor phenomenon research is done with university students. 

Instead, Valerie chose as her subjects professional women — a majority women of color. (Notably, the core solutions from these original findings have since proved useful for anyone experiencing impostor feelings.) 

And unlike psychologists and academics who offer largely therapeutic solutions to impostor feelings, Valerie used her training as well as her findings to create educational solutions to impostor syndrome. 

Taking impostor feelings out of the realm of therapy and creating educational solutions has proved tremendously effective.


Women reported asking for— and getting – raises

Corporate execs who had participated in a workshop as students told of being so transformed that years later they asked Valerie to address their employees
Writers who had played small for years became prolific
People who had lacked the confidence to start or grow a business suddenly found the courage to go for it

One physician who practices in a heavily male-dominated specialty even reported taking on more complicated surgeries

Since then, Valerie’s proven approach to tackling impostor syndrome have come from many sources. These include her:

7 years working in Fortune 200 company — five in management

25 years as the founder and “dreamer in residence” of an online business  helping people take the leap from having a boss to being their own boss

extensive experience speaking to students, faculty, and staff at over 100 colleges and universities including Harvard, MIT, Yale, Stanford, Oxford, and Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

insight into how impostor feelings show up in audiences as diverse as NASA, McDonald’s, the National Cancer Institute, and Valerie’s personal favorite the highly diverse and stereotype-shattering, Romance Writers of America

in-the-trenches experience leading workshops for over half a million executives, managers, and professionals in a wide range of sectors and occupations including:






Pro Sports














Financial services




Food & Beverage







Early Pioneer of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion TRAINING

Valerie admits it took her a long time to finish her dissertation. 

One reason (besides the chronic procrastination plaguing most all grad students) was the five years (1979 to 1984) she spent as the Founding Coordinator of what was then known as the Social Issues in Education program (now Social Justice Education/UMass, Amherst). 

The program was largely driven by Founding Director and professor Bailey Jackson’s work on racial group identity and oppression theory and informed by Judith Katz, Jim Edler, Bob Moore and others groundbreaking work on racism awareness training for whites. 

Working with Dr. Jackson, Valerie and fellow doctoral candidates designed and delivered 1 credit workskops on sexism, racism, anti-semitism, classism, homophobia/heterosexism, and ablism.

Being on the forefront of helping create what only decades later would become the early forerunner of today’s diversity training, made Valerie a mapmaker.

But it is her continued commitment to addressing the intersection between impostor syndrome and DE&I that continues to set Valerie and her solutions apart today.

First to Recognize Organizational Causes — and Costs of Impostor Syndrome

Psychology professor Pauline Clance and clinical psychologist Suzanne Imes were the first to name the impostor phenomenon.

That was 1978. 

Since then researchers — most of whom are themselves psychologists — have framed the phenomenon primarily in individual terms.

Here again, Valerie broke new ground with her 1986 cover Executive Female magazine cover article on the organizational causes — and costs — of impostor syndrome.

Literally Wrote the Book on Women and Impostor Syndrome

Valerie’s groundbreaking book, The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from Impostor Syndrome has been reprinted in six languages.

Valerie is a mapmaker. Providing guidelines for discovering our individual penchants for making unsound judgments about our competence and for dealing with inevitable failures, mistakes, and criticisms. I recommend her book to all my clients and students who suffer with impostor feelings.

– Suzanne Imes, PHD, Co-Discoverer of Impostor Phenomenon

About Dr. angela dash

Dr. Angela Dash is an executive and professional coach with 23 years of leadership experience. She works with individuals and organizations from diverse industries and geographical locations not only as a coach, but a group facilitator, trainer and organizational ombuds. In addition to being a licensed associate of the Rethinking Impostor Syndrome™ program and a member of our coach training faculty, Angela also serves as an adjunct faculty at New York University in the Department of Human Capital Management.
Her mission is to support others in learning, growth, and intentional change — particularly change that collectively, will help to change the world through changed minds, changed hearts, and changed patterns of behaviors.

Leveraging compassion and provoking thought-partnership, she both supports and challenges individuals and organizations in strengthening their relationships and setting the course in times of conflict, change, and opportunity. Working with her, clients become more self-aware, can fully explore their interests and needs, and are able to create both the vision and the plan forward to leverage their strengths to clear a path for their future and their ideal selves.

Known to be an evoker of greatness, she can recognize your greatness, even before you do, and she supports others in discovering their greatness for themselves. She also believes that no one and no community should be without the resources and compassionate support to grow and develop in a personally meaningful way. Whether a C-suite leader or someone with a criminal history, she believes that we all have a story to honor, a vision to manifest, greatness to surface, strengths to leverage, conflict to manage, and growth work to do!

Angela has a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution with a concentration in organizations, schools, and healthcare. Her dissertation research was on The Lived Experience of Witnessing Bullying in the Workplace: A Transcendental Phenomenological Study. She is also a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation and is certified as a senior human resources professional through the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM-SCP) and the Human Resources Certification Institute (SPHR) and an alumna of Spelman College.

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