WHAT IS THE BEST PROFESSIONAL TRAINING TO BE A COACH? Many people represent themselves as "executive coaches" or "life coaches" without any real training in psychology, but they do a good job of "marketing" themselves. Licensed psychologists are uniquely qualified by their training to develop skills as a coach. The training of a psychologist starts with is the study of normal human personality, motivation, learning, thinking and behavior and the variables that enhance or interfere with these qualities. Based upon this foundation, psychologists may then get training in the field of clinical psychology, which involves the understanding and treatment of psychological problems. The training of a psychologist is contrasted with a psychiatrist's training, which is in the field of psychopathology, namely the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal human conditions, not in the study of the normal human personality.
COACHING GOALS: WHAT IS ACCOMPLISHED IN COACHING SESSIONS?
WHAT DOES THE COACH DO?
WHAT DOES THE COACH DO?
WHAT ARE THE INITIAL STEPS TAKEN IN COACHING?
USE A COACH?
we think about the role of a coach in sports it helps to clarify what a life
coach may offer. A world-class athlete already has the talent and skill to
compete in the top echelon of his or her sport. Why would such a supremely
talented athlete need to have a coach? Because top athletes know a coach can
help them identify certain training or performance actions that will help them
achieve up to their maximum potential. The coach helps the athlete make full and
efficient use of his or her talent and skills. A similar principle is involved
in Executive Coaching, Life Coaching, Career Coaching or Personal Coaching.
IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COACHING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY?
is a method of treatment for symptoms of emotional disturbance, such as anxiety,
depression, panic attacks, obsessions or compulsions. Treatment may be directed at the overt expression of the
symptom or it may include exploring personal family and history information in
order to determine the cause of the symptom. It involves dealing with mental or
emotional suffering, or dysfunction, internal conflicts, and psychodynamics. It
is usually conducted in face-to-face meetings in the office of a psychologist,
typically for 45 minute weekly sessions. Treatment is directed at a diagnosable
mental or emotional disturbance and is often covered as a benefit under a
medical insurance plan.
In Coaching we are not addressing symptoms of
an emotional disturbance. We are working with healthy, well functioning
individuals who want to improve and expand upon their level of functioning
rather than upon treatment of an emotional disturbance. It is future oriented,
progress oriented and action oriented. The basic assumption in coaching is that
an achievement oriented person wants to function at a higher level, to be more
effective and to make positive changes in his or her life.
DOES COACHING WORK?
is a way of helping a person expand upon his or her perception of new
possibilities and thereby upon an awareness of freedom to make choices. The
coach does not tell people what to do, but helps them define the changes they
want to make and the goals they want to achieve. It helps them take the step
from wishing, yearning and hoping to actually taking practical steps in a
realistic, productive way. Coaching focuses upon future possibilities, not past
mistakes. It enhances a new learning process and implements effective action
through a deliberate process of observation, inquiry, dialog, and discovery. It
helps a person recognize and draw upon their strengths and under-utilized
psychological resources and to overcome limitations, frustration and
the coach is dealing with someone who is psychologically healthy, there are
practical options to face-to-face sessions. Coaching is often conducted with
clients by means of telephone conferences. Because of the well defined and
circumscribed nature of the goals and because of the cooperative interactive
nature of the coaching procedure this process can be effective using periodic
consultations of about twenty minutes duration. Because we are tapping latent or
under-utilized psychological resources in a basically well functioning, healthy
person, coaching usually works on a much faster timetable than psychotherapy.
How can you decide who is the
right professional person to provide this kind of help? You may get
information about me at Marvin S. Beitner, Ph.D.
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