Developmental Coaching in Cultural Contexts

A Six-Week Online Course with Dr. Paddy Pampallis

March 21st to May 2nd

Effective coaching in all sectors - health, executive, performance, relationships - has a developmental dimension. In this way, the emphasis on development cuts across the sectors of coaching. However, attunement to the cultural context is key if developmental coaching is to avoid being formulaic and having a colonizing effect.

The course will explore theories and models of adult development as they apply to coaching practitioners. Most models currently in use emphasize cognition and are culturally centered around western modernity. This course provides a balancing emphasis on relational development by drawing on pre-modern cultural codes. This multidimensional understanding of development is essential to actualizing the possibilities of Metamodernity.

Course Faculty

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Paddy Pampallis

Dr. Paddy Pampallis, a faculty member at Meridian University, is an educationalist, integral psychologist and IntegralU coach who has immersed herself in human consciousness and development. The founder/CEO of Integral Africa (Institute); The Coaching Centre (TCC, 2003); Integral African Conference (2019 IAC) and Ubuntu Coaching Foundation. She partners Susanne Cook-Greuter co-teaching on Leadership Maturity globally. Her unique application of Wilber’s AQAL theory, into the IntegralU Practice of Leadership & Coaching™, from an Africa perspective, has met with Wilber’s acclaim. Hundreds of students have graduated through the ICF accredited programme (IPCP), and many leaders have benefitted from integrative transformational work with individuals, teams and organisations towards consciousness, mastery and impact.

Course Modules

Module One

Developmental Coaching: A Process of Being and Becoming

  • Cultural Evolution
  • Ubuntu as a Cultural Code
  • Indigenous Wisdom

Module Two

Reimagining Relational Development: The Mystery of “Self"

  • Consciousness Journey: Self as Foreground
  • Consciousness Journey: Self as Background
  • Becoming: Self as Evolving

Module Three

Understanding Cultural Identity

  • The I and the We: Individualism and Collectivism in Culture
  • Narrative and Identity
  • The Paradox of Cultural Identity: Attachment and Disidentification

Module Four

Exploring Cultural Identity

  • Culture and Personal Narrative
  • Beyond the Cognitive Dimension

Module Five

When Coaching is Culturally Attuned

  • Narrative and Cultural Awareness in Coaching
  • Harvesting Cultural Wisdom
  • Prohibited Questions: Inquiry into Cultural Edges

Module Six

An Integral Approach to Coaching

  • Listening for Story and Beyond Story
  • Models of Structural Development

Module Seven

Compassionate Accountability and Developmental Coaching

  • Working with the Coach’s Self-Awareness
  • Enhancing the Coach’s Personal Capacity for Compassion
  • Inquiring into the Coach’s Developmental Edges

Online Course Format

Course Structure
  • Six-week online course from March 21st, 2023 through May 2nd, 2023.
  • Six live 75-minute Zoom sessions with faculty held Tuesdays at 9:00 am PT (Pacific Time) and recorded for participants who cannot join every session live
  • Resources, networking, and emergent community outcomes
  • Content and collaboration via Meridian's social learning platform
Course Schedule
  • March 21st at 9 am PT - First live course session
  • March 28th at 9 am PT - Second live course session
  • April 4th - No course session - Spring Break
  • April 11th at 9 am PT - Third live course session
  • April 18th at 9 am PT - Fourth live course session
  • April 25th at 9 am PT - Fifth live course session
  • May 2nd at 9 am PT - Sixth live course session
Course Fees

$250, including the synchronous course video calls (with access to recordings until one month after the course ends), online learning platform access, participation in the course learning community, and written course resources.


Meridian University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) - a higher education accreditor recognized by the United States Department of Education. WASC is also the accreditor for Stanford University, UCLA, and the University of California at Berkeley.

Frequently Asked Questions

Meridian’s online courses are conducted via the University's own learning platform, Pivot, as well as the Zoom video conferencing system.

Our online courses promote community learning, through strong interactive engagement with fellow students and faculty as well as live video sessions with faculty.

You will need an email account, a high-speed internet connection, and access to a computer, iOS or Android device.

If you are planning to attend the course video calls live, you will need a webcam and microphone for your device. (Course video calls are conducted with participants video-enabled.)

Live 75-min video sessions with faculty and fellow students will be conducted throughout the course. Each week's live video call will be recorded and posted on the course platform.

Video presentations, readings, discussions and learning activities will be accessible asynchronously and may be completed on participants' own schedule. Course resources and recordings will remain available up to 30 days after the close of the course.

Full refunds are available until two (2) days before the course begins, by request via email.

You do not need to apply to a Meridian graduate degree program to take this online course. This course is one of Meridian’s open-enrollment courses

The course support team will be available to assist from start to finish. Please send your questions/requests/issues to

Convening faculty generally lead each live session. Contributing faculty typically contribute in one of the live course sessions. Course resources address the work of both convening and contributing faculty.

Meridian has institutional and federal financial aid options for our graduate degree programs. This open enrollment course does not have financial aid or payment plans available.

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