Coaching Psychology Manual by Margaret Moore and Bob Tschannen-Moran pdf
“Coaching is, to quote W. Timothy Gallwey, “the art of creating an environment, through conversation and a way of being, that facilitates the process by which a person can move toward desired goals in a fulfilling manner”. When those goals have to do with health, fitness, and wellness, coaching becomes a vehicle for assisting people to achieve a higher level of both physical and mental well-being.
To create such an environment, coaches use evocative more than didactic approaches with clients. We do more listening than talking, more asking then telling, and more reflecting than commenting. Coaching is not advising clients on how to solve problems, nor educating clients about what they should do, nor analyzing the root causes of client predicaments.
Although advising, educating, or analyzing problems are on occasion a part of coaching, they are neither the primary’ purpose nor approach of coaching. Coaches are collaborative and co-creative partners in clients’ journeys to reach their visions and goals.
Wellcoaches has clarified the scope of three coach types in the health, fitness, and wellness arena.
Wellness coaches are credentialed health, fitness, and mental health professionals (including personal trainers, cardiac rehabilitation specialists, dietitians, health educators, physical therapists, nurses, physicians, and behavioral health therapists) who coach clients on evidence-based areas of wellness—physical activity, nutrition, weight, stress, and life satisfaction. While wellness coaching has a broad scope, coaches provide expert guidance and advice when called for and where clients lack expert knowledge, only in the areas where they have professional credentials.
Health coaches are credentialed healthcare professionals (including nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical exercise physiologists, and physicians) who combine coaching with their expert knowledge to assist their patients and clients to manage medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer.
Fitness coaches are credentialed exercise professionals (including cardiac rehabilitation specialists, exercise physiologists, certified personal trainers, and group exercise instructors) who use coaching skills to enhance personal training and fitness instruction outcomes. Fitness coaches wear both the training and coaching hats to help clients fully develop healthy lifestyles outside of exercise sessions….”
“I saw an angel in the stone and carved to set it free.”