You will learn the most efficient ways to coach others on their wellness journey and develop valuable coaching skills that you can use in your personal and professional life, empowering others to create positive change. Our key approach to developing a coaching mindset is to shift from believing that you have the answer to someone’s personal challenge, to facilitating a space where each person will find the answer for themselves.
1. Gather and Engage
In this step, you will learn actions required to help people who need your services engage with you, as well as the best way to gather quick and important information about them to make sure your coaching can be the most effective for their wellness journey. Learn how to collect data in a safe and ethical way that you can use to enhance the quality of your offerings as a coach.
You will learn how to use well known tools for measuring wellness such as the Warwick Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale and where to apply them in your sessions. You will also have the opportunity to design your own wellness quizzes to gather the specific data that you need in order to reach your peers, to create focus and to understand a particular area of their lives in more depth.
2. Communicate to Connect
In this section you will explore a variety of coaching methods that will enable you to communicate in ways that ensure you build strong connections with the people that you are coaching. You will learn the skills to create a safe space for others; this part ensures safety for both parties. You will be able to draw up a coach-peer agreement, clarify expectations, practice confidentiality, set professional boundaries and give & receive feedback from your peers.
Building rapport with peers is another key aspect of this section. You will find the right questions to ask, the most active way to listen and the most effective ways to respond to your peer the best chance to grow.
When you are coaching, you will build trust with your peer through developing a mindful presence, unconditional acceptance, matching their pace and having a non-judgmental approach.
3. Motivate to Inspire
In this section you will explore how to offer your peers methods for positive reframing: through appreciative inquiry, acknowledgement of their strengths, tools for reframing, compassionate communication and practicing gratitude. You will learn how to use positive framing activities to motivate peers to change their perspectives on their more challenging day to day experiences. You will also learn how to provide a space for your peers to explore their vision and values – how they wish to move through their challenges by creating vision boards, working with mental imagery and other inspiring visioning activities. You will know how to prepare your peers for positive change and learn how to motivate them to take the action for themselves, one step at a time. Through motivational interviewing you will understand how to ensure your peers are staying encouraged to work towards their vision.
4. Design for Change to Take Action
In this section you will learn how to facilitate self-exploration and brainstorming with your peers through a series of effective activities: brain warm ups, paradoxical brainstorming and mind mapping. You will know how to provide the tools for your peers to work through the well habit process and you will learn the perfect tips to offer them along the way so they can design the most tailored and suitable pathway to wellness. You will be able to teach them how to gather knowledge, be self-aware, get motivated, explore options and set a goal so that this becomes an achievable every day process that they can apply to their personal lifestyles. You will learn how to help them keep their design realistic and grounded to avoid big set-backs and disappointment. You will learn about the grow model and use it to make effective enquiries to ensure your peers are ready for the next step.
5. Resource to Self-Efficacy
You will learn the best ways to design and set realistic goals with your peers so that they leave your sessions with the best chances of making progress independently. This is through co-developing their SMART-ASS goals alongside them. You will know when to refer them to a third party for extra help and provide them with external resources for their own learning and growth. You will know how to empower them with confidence and reflection tools so that they can stay on track with their wellness goals. You will enable your peers to stay accountable and also to be compassionate around their inevitable setbacks on their wellness journey. You will help them design the best ways to keep track of their progress so that they can reflect on their positive change at a later date and how to set new goals.