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Becoming a Coach: Maps and Realities

Session 1: Coaching, consulting, counseling, consoling and colluding – what am I really doing? This first session introduces wellness coaching and distinguishes it from other types of relationships. It provides a brief history of the field of coaching, and describes growth trends in coaching. The session ends with an exploration of a five-phase coaching model which participants will be encouraged to practice. This second session addresses multiple ways of understanding how coaches identify client dynamics and their unique approaches to change. It also considers how coaches’ personal qualities strongly influence the way they see their clients and consequently how they guide them in change processes. Two specific lenses will be offered to participants for their own self-assessments. Session 3: “What could be so hard about this?”: The not-so-soft coaching toolkit Coaching works off some well-established counseling and communications skills – like listening and asking great questions. So, what’s the difference? Find out as we explore the methods of coaching and some key practices. This third session will help participants appreciate what deep listening, powerful questioning and direct communication are all about. Session 4: Nuts and bolts – and other practicalities for coaching This final session identifies and explores, where possible, issues that arise in the practice of coaching. For instance, what does a coaching agreement look like? How often do sessions occur? How long does coaching last? How do coaches deal with low adherence to commitments? What do they do when clients want to expand the agenda to more personal matters? How do coaches address client dependency? Do they use assessments for client topics? Can they wear two hats – the expert and the coach? And more.

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