Transform and Empower Courses

A grass roots approach to diversity, care and innovation

Foundation Certificate for Practitioners - 7 units
Facilitators Certificate - 7 foundation units and 3 train-the-trainer units
Measuring quality of life - 4 day action-learning unit

Transform and Empower is a transdisciplinary learning path towards self actualisation and community building among people of diverse abilities, life situations and ways of communicating. In this transformative approach to human service culture, awareness of mutuality in relationships is a basis for personal and professional development of practitioners, helpers, service providers and leaders. Learners develop personal, collaborative and global perspectives, methodologies and tools for nourishing the initiative of those who have traditionally had least access to opportunity to become leaders of their own lives, person by person, as the starting point for collective visions and direction.

Learners can take one or both certificate courses. A unit within either certificate course contains 15 contact hours, 15 hours reading and action learning project and one individual coaching session. Registered learners receive a course manual to support learning. Most units can also be taken as a stand-alone Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event.

How accreditation works

The Transform and Empower course is awarded through Crossfields Institute, and accredited through Edexcel - a government recognised UK awarding body for further education. The course offers a total of 30 credit points (translates to 15 ECTS credit points - European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System.

The course is designed as a integrated programme where leaders, practitioners and people receiving services interact and learn with and from each other. The Practitioner’s Certificate (units 1-7) forms part of a  Facilitator’s Certificate (units 1-10). An additional unit is offered for the discovefy and leasurement of quality of life using methods designed by Council on Quality and Leadership. The Personal Outcome Measures tool can also assess organisational responsiveness to quality outcomes of people.

Whilst the course is designed with a natural progression of units, the units can be taken separately as continuing professional development (CPD). Special packages are possible for organisations interested in hosting one or more units. This model enables larger group of participants to learn and develop practice together.

Each unit is approximately 15 hours of guided learning and 15 hours of self-organized reading and assignments including one individual coaching session. Units 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are delivered at UK National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 3. Units 2, 3, 8, 9, and 10 are delivered at UK NQF level 4.

The accreditation and quality assurance for the Transform and Empower course has been designed in collaboration with Crossfields Institute.

For more information and to register, contact Turning Forward and if you are in the UK, you can also contact Crossfields Institute.

Course manuals

Each course unit contains reading materials and recommended DVD's. You can download some of the readings here on the website under the relevant unit section, for your convenience. Registered course learners receive a course manual written specifically for each unit. Manuals for units 1,4 and 5 are available for general purchase. Please click here to order.

Background reading

Wolfson, J. (2008) Turning Myself Forward: the personal story that led to the Transform and Empower approach. Turning Forward Publications, Canberra


Transform and Empower course material is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without written permission. The copyright is owned by Julia Wolfson, represented by Turning Forward and Associates.

We grant permission to registered course learners to reproduce Transform and Empower materials for personal study purposes. You are welcome to use the material on this website for personal study purposes. We kindly request that accurate attribution is given to all sources. Please contact us for requests and inquiries concerning reproduction and rights.

Obtain full syllabus

To open the full Transform and Empower Learner Handbook, complete with syllabus, reading lists and assignments click here