Today I am sharing a wonderful article on the positive spectrum of psychology (growth, inner peace, and fulfilling a purpose). I noted that in this article, the author features the "dark side of coaching". I couldn't agree more. Being in and around higher education since 2005, I learned about "certificate mills". Why go through a robust, high-caliber, rigorous program when you can pay $75 online, receive a few PDFs, and be given a "certification" as a trained life or leadership coach?
The International Coaching Federation (ICF) has answered the call. Since 1995, they have been the steward of standard-setting and provide the highest-caliber accreditation to proper coaching schools (I am speaking in the US - I am not up to speed on other country's standards).
To me, proper certification means someone else who is trained in current standards of excellence, ethics, and skill mastery has evaluated your coaching skills and determined if you meet or exceed the standard to pass. Proper certification takes place in the ICF's Level One and Two accredited programs.
I run the Institute for Integrative Intelligence - a Level Two coaching program. It is a rigorous one-year minimum and completes once you have demonstrated you meet or exceed standards of excellence, ethics, and skill mastery. Certification is only granted if you pass the final Performance Evaluation and complete all of the additional five requirements.
My message is "buyer beware". If you are seeking to transition into the amazing profession of coaching, I highly recommend seeking out an ICF accredited coach training program, Level One or Two (depending on your goals).
If you ever need guidance on the variety of options to become a professional coach, Lauren and I are here to help. We also have a wonderful team of coaches to support you! If you ever want to hire a life or leadership coach, these coaches are outstanding!
30 Proven Benefits of Life Coaching & Mentoring
by: Kori D. Miller
Life coaching and mentoring are booming fields.
They are popular professions worldwide and show no signs of decreasing.
Certification programs abound, but as you will read, this is an unregulated field. Certification is not required. Testing and licensing do not exist.
Unlike people trained as psychologists or counselors who are licensed, life coaches are not therapists.
A life coach could have no, some, or extensive education in almost any field and still hold the title of “life coach.”
Knowing this, why do people hire a life coach? Education does not equal wisdom, but experience often does in the minds of many.
Would you rather work with someone who has traveled the same path and succeeded or someone who has little-to-no real-world experience?
Regardless which you choose, you can reap the benefits of a life coaching or mentoring relationship."
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