Academic Life Coaching – An Overview
What you need to know to choose the right academic life coach for your child.
What it is – and isn’t
The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as “a partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
Education has undergone drastic changes in the past fifteen years. Teaching to the test has replaced teaching to the students. ‘Accountability’ is the buzz-word from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Students are now expected to know more and do more at an earlier age than ever before. The college application process is more like an Olympic sporting event than an exciting adventure. As a result, many students feel burned out, unmotivated, directionless, stressed, depressed – a rudderless ship adrift at sea.
We all have the keys to our own success inside of us. Assuming there aren’t any serious underlying medical conditions (you should always check with your doctor first), academic life coaching may be just what your child needs to put some wind in their sails. Rather than ‘fixing’ a ‘problem’, life coaching is a collaborative process of unlocking a client’s true potential. My academic life coaching technique takes about 10 sessions to complete this process.
Academic life coaching is a reflective and introspective process however, it is not therapy. While client confidentiality is respected, there is clearly-defined communication with parents on a regular basis. As an academic life coach, my job is to help your child find their path, define their hopes, dreams and ambitions, and plot a course for success. I do not give advice; I offer suggestions–with your child’s permission. I do not push. Any actions your child takes are those they have decided upon themselves after thoughtful consideration of all aspects of a problem or situation. I do not hand-hold. Change is rarely linear. While I am there 100% for your child, if they hit a bump along the way, we analyze the situation and your child decides what corrective actions to take.
How is it done?
Coaching can certainly be done face-to-face, but thanks to the power of technology, the process can be done almost anywhere there is Internet connectivity and/or cellular service. A coach/client relationship can take place anywhere in the world!
How do I know I’m choosing a qualified academic coach?
Do your homework. Ideally, you want to choose a coach who has had professional training and certification. The ICF describes their Code of Ethics as “designed to provide appropriate guidelines, accountability and enforceable standards of conduct for all ICF Members and ICF Credential-holders.”
I received my academic life coach training through Coach Training EDU. “Coach Training EDU is on a mission to revolutionize education, wellness, and the way we work. [Their] philosophy is based on the tradition of and science behind curiosity…Coach Training EDU stays on the cutting edge of coaching, neuroscience, and positive psychology research.”
“Questions? Comments? Brilliant Observations?”
That’s what my high school biology teacher used to ask us, and I still ask this of my students at the end of a lesson. I hope you found this information useful. If you do happen to have any questions, comments or even brilliant observations, please leave them below. I look forward to hearing from you.