The role of a coach is to facilitate change on behalf of the client. It is not counseling or therapy. The focus is on present goals and dreams of the future. It’s about helping individuals define fulfillment, learn balance and build resilience.
A coach can often help to set goals and work through the obstacles that prevent one from reaching them. A coach can help facilitate positive changes in areas of life such as work, relationships, exercise and diet, and, help manage such life events as job loss or chronic illness. Coaching can be provided by phone or over the Internet. An office visit is usually not required.
There are many qualified coaching professionals available to you. We would encourage you to talk to them and review their credentials and background before setting up coaching sessions.
Coaching with BounceBack
BounceBack was developed as a tool to practice responding to life’s challenges. Challenges are presented and the user chooses Skills & Attitudes that he or she wishes to apply in order to respond to that challenge. The Skills & Attitudes to be applied may be unfamiliar to some or may need clarification for others. A coach can play a valuable role in clarifying these concepts.
Asking good questions, being curious, and requesting that the person consider/try new skills is essential to achieving fulfillment. In order to maintain balance in an ever-changing world, one must learn to be resilient. We’ve developed some questions which relate to the Skills & Attitudes of resilience which may be useful in a coaching/teaching situation.
“Coaching is usually about change. Seldom do we coach for the maintenance of the status quo. The process of coaching, as we have defined it, is a dynamic process. It is a tool to encourage and facilitate change.” -Resilience Building: Peer Coaching Manual by Ronald Breazeale, Ph.D. and Richard C. Lumb, Ph.D.
Philosophically this manual is premised on the assumption that there is no single most effective model of helping people when conditions, situations or events occur to upset balance in their life. What we have found is that the impact of stress, adversity, and trauma (S.A.T.), is often left to work itself out. Far too often an event occurs that disrupts normal life and forces the individual to refocus in a different way trying to resolve the problem. We need not go it alone when faced with a negative experience, especially when associates are trained to assist us. We can move forward toward a return to balance more quickly when we have help.
If people are to find satisfaction in their lives, they must expect the best but prepare for the worst. The many skills involved in resilience, such as realistic planning and problem-solving, the ability to manage strong emotion and flexibility, allow a balance to be restored when it has been disrupted by a tragedy or a crisis. For all of these reasons, a third primary goal of coaching is to assist individuals in building resilience.
- Read about the benefits of professional coaching at the International Coaching Federation website.
- Read what Psychology Today bloggers have to say about Life Coaching.
- Read Why Should We Teach/Coach Others in Building Resilience. From Building Resilience: Peer Coaching Manual by Ronald L. Breazeale, Ph.D. & Richard C. Lumb, Ph.D.