This model begins with the acknowledgement that the only person you can change is yourself, and full focus on yourself is the fastest vector for transforming a family system. These Parent Coaches bring their training and experiences into the coaching relationship, and often assist the parent in developing a more profound awareness to causes and unconscious connections within the generational family system.
Parent Coaches can overlap with other therapeutic and program professionals in their dedication to your family and similarly, enter into the tender interpersonal conflicts in a family system, but parent coaching is not therapy. Instead, coaches are solution-oriented and skills-based, adapting a workable plan for the home and school performance. Through their interactions, they generate confidence and clarity. They are focused on clearing a path for you, your family and your child through the obstacles around transitioning and connecting your family with support professionals locally who understand the process your family has been through.
7 Questions To Think About
When Hiring A Coach or Mentor
- Does your teen need to be involved or does focus and support need to be directed on you modifying and honing your parenting skills?
- Do you want individual help, or is your child also ready for coaching?
- What is your budget?
- If you have other professionals involved with your family system, will this person work well with those professionals?
- What are your goals? What are you looking to achieve?
- How do you work best with professionals? Do you prefer face-to-face or can you benefit from telecommunication (via phone/Skype/FaceTime)?
- If your teen is in treatment, are there coaches at the treatment program?