Coaching for Personal Development

teach coaching

You’ve heard the name “coach” and you may have even seen videos on the Internet that show coaches at work or at their desks. You might wonder what a coach does, and if they are a good fit for you. Here is a simple overview: Coaching is an essential component of many organizations, both private and public, and is a rewarding career choice. Here are some of the basic skills you will learn when you teach coaching:

Involved In The Diagnosis And Treatment Of Emotional Or Mental Health

A close up of a sign

Most coaches are social workers, counselors, or therapy professionals. They often are involved in the diagnosis and treatment of emotional or mental health and behavior problems. Coaches can help you overcome problems and teach you how to develop healthy behaviors. When a coach helps you understand your thoughts and feelings and helps you find creative ways to express them, they are engaged in a deep sense of what it means to be a coach. If you learn to be a good coach you can instruct others by teaching coaching sessions.

Medical education coaching involves training students in coaching principles and application, diagnosis and treatment of psychological and physical health issues, and learning how to help people grow and develop personally and professionally. Students in medical education coaching may teach students about assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health issues, or they may conduct clinical studies. Some programs also require students to complete internships in clinical settings.

Teach Coaching Can Involve Working With Clients One On One


Coaching can involve working with clients one-on-one and with a group. If you teach coaching in a group setting, you will have to facilitate discussions between clients and their therapists in different ways. First, you will need to understand the different emotional needs of people. Then, you will need to provide a safe atmosphere in which clients can freely express themselves and listen to others. Finally, you will have to make sure the other participants are feeling comfortable, secure, and successful in the discussions.

If you teach coaching skills to individuals, you might be doing it one-on-one with a particular client or group of clients, or you might be conducting private sessions with a group of individuals in your office. For instance, if you run a child development center, you might coach clients with developmental disabilities and teach them how to get started with their goals. If you run a wellness center, you might be training adults on healthy eating and exercising and helping them set healthy goals for themselves. Or maybe you work with clients with substance addictions, you might coach people with co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, alcoholism, and OCD.

The Focus Should Always Be On The Client

There’s only one thing you need to remember when you’re coaching clients in private settings, and that is that the focus should always be on the client and his or her goals. One way to help make sure this happens is to pre-plan your discussions or meetings, i.e., when you think the client needs to talk about his/her goals, what you will say first. This will not only help the client remember what to expect, but it will give you something you can reference back to when the time comes. The planning is key to successful coaching skills.

Now, let’s assume that the client has a specific goal in mind – to reduce weight, improve fitness, or get stronger. Pre-planning your intervention so you know what to expect ahead of time helps the process along. It also makes sure that the client feels prepared. You don’t want the feeling to be one of being lost, or wondering when the intervention will begin.

Bottom Line

As coaches who offer personal coaching services, we must continually strive to improve our ability to identify and plan interventions. I’d love to share what I’ve learned over the years about coaching clients, but I’ll save that for another post. In the meantime, what I’d like to point out is that there are two types of coaching: coaching that happen between a coach and a client and coaching that occur within a client. For instance, some coaches coach individuals, and some coach groups of clients. And there’s more to that than I’ll get into in a future post.

Subscribe to our monthly Newsletter
Subscribe to our monthly Newsletter