MentorCoach® Is Proud To Announce A New Master
The New Ethics and Risk Management Master Class
Led by Scott Howard, JD, CMC, CEC, PCC
10 Mondays from
7:00 – 8:00 pm Eastern (New York City)
Other Time Zones
Begins Monday, October 2, 2017
10 classes of 60 minutes each
10 hours of CEs and ICF CCEs
Enrollment Will Be Limited.
First Come; First Served.
Or 3 Payments of $210
(*plus optional $75 for CEs)
1. About This Class:
Safe Passage: The New Ethics and Risk Management Master
Class is a ten week learning experience that acknowledges the
intellect and experience that we as student professionals, all
connected by coaching, bring to the discussion and analysis
The objectives are simple: increase your awareness of ethical
situations that are common in coaching and provide some of the
tools to help you gracefully navigate through them.
We'll also assess the risks associated not just with coaching,
but also with starting a new business and being a solo practitioner.
I intend for the content to be interesting and important. I'll
also be committed to leveraging the experience that every participant
brings to the class to enhance our discussion and to build a
community of shared expertise.
We'll start by examining the definition of coaching, the nuances
of different types of coaching and how, like most professions,
ethical situations can and will arise. An in-depth, but engaging
analysis of the International Coach Federation's Code of Ethics
and related materials will increase your resources and confidence
in navigating through questionable circumstances.
As a group we'll discuss specific questions regarding client
privacy, multiple relationships, conflicts, and other situations.
And we'll talk about the most common mistakes coaches make and
the best ways to avoid them.
We'll give special attention to coaching's uniqueness as a
self-regulating profession, and the responsibility of all coaches
to honor the spirit of the Code of Ethics in maintaining and
promoting excellence in coaching. We'll do this by analyzing
both the Code and coaching's core competencies and discovering
how these tools work together to serve coaches and advance the
profession. Plus I'll give you a specific ethical framework
to help you build awareness and mitigate uncertainty as you
move forward in our shared profession.
It's true this master class is required for MentorCoach certification.
But it's also an essential resource for all coaches actively
working with clients.
It will be especially valuable for professional coaches who
will ultimately qualify for ICF certification.
And most important, this master class will lay the introductory
foundation for you to have a continuing ethics discussion so
critical to our emerging profession.
2. What this class is NOT
This class is not your one time exploration of risk and
ethical issues--rather, consider it the catalyst to your
becoming aware of the numerous issues that can get a professional
into hot water and the many resources at your disposal.
In this class, Scott will not attempt to answer every question
that can arise for those 'dual-hatted' folks who are both
coaches and professionals in a second or third discipline.
EXAMPLE: Scott is a lawyer. It's his responsibility to communicate
with the state bar authorities and ensure he is current
in all his professional responsibilities including ensuring
that other professions (such as coaching) that he may engage
in are not in conflict with his responsibilities as a lawyer.
- There are more than 50 state jurisdictions in the United
States, and many more local, city, county jurisdictions. Additionally,
MentorCoach has international students from countries where
multiple jurisdictions are involved just like here in the
US. As such, this course cannot possibly address the specific
legal requirements for where you plan on coaching. We will
discuss and explore ways in which the new coach can easily
learn the resources near them to make sure they are in compliance
with local regulations.
Our course does not have time to examine every question that
might arise for attorneys just as it cannot for licensed psychologists,
social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists,
pastoral counselors or, indeed, CPAs. But we'll help you sense
when there's a problem and show you ways to find help and guidance.
While Scott is a lawyer and will often discus legal questions,
in no way does this class, the instruction, or the materials
offered constitute legal advice.
3. What's Different About This
We are expanding the scope of curriculum to focus on issues
relative to specific certification tracks at MentorCoach--Wellness
Coaches, ADHD Coaches, Executive Coaches, etc. Historically, many
non-coaches have taken this class and we want this new format
to be even more inclusive of those professionals drawing from
their experience and perspective. Coaching is a global profession
and MentorCoach is fortunate to have students attending from many
countries and cultures. As such, we’ll encourage discourse and
examine ethics and business from a global perspective. This is
especially important since many MentorCoach graduates go on to
coach clients around the world.
I'll include additional content that creates awareness around
risk with regard to business practices and your professional reputation.
As such, two extra hours have been added to the class.
4. Who Should Attend?
While this class is geared to coaching professionals, consultants,
clinicians and just about anyone can benefit from its rich content
and in-depth examination of ethical questions. Risk management
is important in any profession--this is especially so for those
operating their own business. International students will benefit
just as much US students in that much of the subject matter will
apply whether you’re coaching in Dubai or Des Moines. We'll cover
best practices for small businesses, including business entities,
customer service, insurance considerations, and more. This is
a new and exciting master class for MentorCoach. If you have
previously taken Eric Harris' Ethics class, you may choose
to take this one as well. (Every space in this class is at a premium
and students taking it a second time, as a new course, are, of
course, responsible for the full tuition.) Taken a second time,
this course can count as an elective toward MentorCoach certification.
More important, you'll experience a wonderful teacher bringing
new, valuable information.
5. What will you get from this
You'll walk away from this class with a stronger
appreciation of ethical issues and how they can manifest in your
work. By the end, you'll become highly attuned to all that
you don't know and much more prepared for professional uncertainties.
Every week, we'll add to your resources so that at the end of
the ten weeks you'll have an "ethics tool bag" that
will include information, references, texts, and links to help
address future ethical issues. Further, we'll bring together a
community of professionals with enormous experience. I'll encourage
the class to use the students shared expertise as a sounding board
for ethical issues long after the class has ended.
6. Scott's Personal Philosophy on Risk Management
On every ship I ever sailed, the captain has had
"standing orders". These were detailed instructions
to the person driving the ship on when the captain wanted to be
called to the bridge, day or night for specific situations. It
was simple--don't hesitate about it, just call the captain. Always,
no matter the ship, no matter the captain, the last standing order
listed consistently read:
While you are on watch if a situation starts to unfold or
circumstances become uncomfortable and you think to yourself,
"I wonder if I should call the captain?" then my philosophy
is you should have already called. Follow your instincts, I will
never question your decision to interrupt me at any time, but
indecision or poor judgment could endanger the ship and the crew.
In this new master class, I want to create ethical awareness
so that you know when to call out for help--before it's too late.
And provide you both the resources and a community to reach out
to so you are not stranded and left high and dry.
7. Week by Week Roadmap
What is a code of ethics
Why both are important to the ICF & the profession
Building an ethical tool bag
Coaching and regulation or licensing
ICF & self-regulation
State regulation implications discussion
Punitive actions - a hierarchy
ICF Code of Ethics discussion and analysis
Core competency comparison
ICF Code of Ethics discussion and analysis (cont.)
Core competency comparison
The Coaching Agreement
Who's the client? discussion
An ethical framework
Ethics and MentorCoach companion curricula (considerations for
ADHD coaches, wellness coaches, and executive coaches)
Coaching and other licensed/ regulated professions (a five state
Risk management - business practices (customer service discussion,
documentation and document management, professional image).
Risk management - business entities, professional reputation
Risk management - insurance, mitigation strategies
8. Case Considerations
- You're an internal wellness coach employed by a large corporation.
Part of your suite of services includes coaching those employees
interested in smoking cessation. A client that was making progress
has completely failed the smoking cessation program. You are
required to report the client's non-compliance. Implications?
- You're an independent executive coach and a midsized business
is considering your services for a struggling executive. This
is a great opportunity for you to break into the corporate world.
The sponsor indicates to you that the leadership has already
decided to terminate the executive and there is nothing that
can dissuade them and says "…we are just trying to make
it appear that we have done everything possible to save his
career before we sack him." Do you take the job?
- You've had a few face-to-face coaching sessions with a life
coaching client and all was going well. At your next session,
the client tells you they are attracted to you and they place
their hand on your knee. What are your courses of action?
9. Open to All
There are no prerequisites for this class. It is
open to all, both from within the MentorCoach Community and without.
We frequently welcome students from other coach training programs
10. Course Tuition
$595 (+ optional CE fee*)
For CE information, see #13 below.
Three monthly payments of $210 (+ optional CEU* fee)
For CE information, see #13 below.
*The CE fee is $75. Only register for CEs if you
are a licensed mental health professional in the US and need CEs
from one of the organizations listed in #15 below. Otherwise,
when you register, indicate that you do not need the CE fee by
choosing the "Base Unit Price with NO CEU's" registration
option. (There is no fee for ICF CCEs.)
Enrollment Will Be Limited. First Come;
11. Coach Certification
This class provides ten hours toward MentorCoach Certification
as an elective for students meeting the class attendance requirement
(See #14 below.) It can also provide 10 hours toward ICF Certification
via an Accredited Coach Training Program such as MentorCoach or
via the ICF Portfolio Approach.
This class is required for or relevant to every one of MentorCoach's
specific certification programs as well.
12. ICF Coach Continuing Education
Live Class Attendance. This class is approved for 10 hours
of CCEs from the International Coach Federation for students meeting
the class attendance requirement (see #14 below).
There is no fee for ICF CCEs.
Listening by Recording. For students who will be listening
to this class by recording, this class approved for 10 CCEs (ICF
Resource Development) from the International Coach Federation
for students meeting the class attendance requirement for listening
by recording (see #14 below).
This class is approved for ten hours of CEs for social workers
(NASW) and Marriage and Family Therapists in California (BBS).
The CE administration fee is $75.
To receive credit for CEs, students must pay the CE fee and
be present for 8 classes.
Note: The CE fee applies only if you are a licensed
mental health professional in the US and need CEs from one of
the organizations listed above. Otherwise, when you register,
indicate that you do not need to pay the CE fee by choosing the
"Base Unit Price with NO CE's" registration option.
14. Attendance Requirements
class is recorded. You may listen to some or all of the classes
by recording at your leisure.
However, to receive credit for CEs, ICF CCEs
(Core Competencies), credit toward MentorCoach Certification,
or to receive a Certificate of Completion, you must be present
for 8 of the 10 classes.
Listening to the class by recording does not count toward the
80% live attendance requirement for receiving CEs, credit toward
MentorCoach Certification, ICF CCEs (Core Coaching Competencies),
or a Class Certificate of Completion.
However, you can earn ten hours of ICF CCEs (Resource Development)
(pending approval) by listening to all ten sessions. You must
notify Scott that you are planning to take the class by recording.
Listening by Recording.
class is recorded. Some students may listen to some or all of
the classes by recording at their leisure, sometimes emailing
in questions to Scott between classes. We applaud and support
this practice. We know one well-known Australian professor who
used to end his week listening to the recordings of Chris Peterson's
lectures on Friday evenings, drinking white wine and reclining
in his hot tub.
Note: Listening to all ten sessions of the class by
recording DOES qualify the student to receive ten hours of ICF
CCEUs (Resource Development) (pending approval). For students
who will be listening to this class by recording, this class
is pending approval for 10 hours of ICF CCEs (Resource Development)
from the International Coach Federation. To qualify for these
ICF CCEs, they must notify Scott early in the course of their
intent to take the class by recording. Attendance-by-recording
students must listen to all recordings and submit all class
attendance codes within a week after the final class. They may
also be asked to pass an open-book exam over the course content.
15. Refund Policy
You may withdraw your registration at any time
before the beginning of the second one hour class and receive
a full refund. You are responsible for the full tuition amount
if you do not withdraw before the beginning of the second class.
About Scott Howard, JD, CMC, CEC, PCC
a senior officer in the United States Coast Guard, Scott has over
20 years of experience leading people and groups in professional
and personal development.
He discovered the power of coaching when he trained new officers
to navigate and drive Coast Guard ships for law enforcement, search
and rescue and pollution response operations.
Having served on seven Coast Guard ships and five support units
in various leadership positions, he's helped to organize and execute
many nationally significant operations including homeland security
initiatives following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and recovery
operations for the TWA Flight 800 and EgyptAir Flight 990 air
He has received extensive training on operational risk management
in the military law enforcement environment and conducted safety
and real-time risk analysis on scene for floundering ships, migrant
interdiction, and at-risk flight operations.
Throughout his career, Scott leveraged a combination of expertise,
intuition and empowerment to bring out the best in team members
and instill confidence to overcome leadership and technical challenges.
Scott is also a lawyer admitted to the bar in the District of
Columbia and Maryland. As a military judge advocate, he served
as a prosecutor at general and special courts-martial and served
as summary courts-martial in criminal legal proceedings. His duties
included advising flag officers and senior civilian officials
on sensitive legal, administrative, and ethical matters.
Later, Scott was assigned as the deputy of the Coast Guard's
Legal and Defense Service overseeing appellate cases, physical
disability evaluation and defense counsel services to thousands
of Coast Guard members throughout the nation. In his role as a
supervising judge advocate, Scott used coaching skills to help
newly admitted attorneys focus on performance outcomes and maximize
His most recent assignment was as the Chief of the Mission Execution
Branch at the Coast Guard Recruiting Command where he led a force
of 300 recruiters in meeting the Coast Guard's human resource
Once again, Scott employed coaching skills and extraordinary
leadership to consistently meet service needs while maximizing
staff performance metrics.
is passionate about educating fellow coaches on ethics and risk
management and he approaches the subject matter from the perspective
of advancing the coaching profession. Scott believes that as self-regulated
professionals, coaches must abide by solid ethical standards and
business practices that are in step with demonstrating the value
of coaching while consistently enhancing quality. A seafarer at
heart, Scott has used buoys and lighthouses to keep his ships
safe from harm, likewise in this master class, he'll set a course
that, as long as you follow it, will keep you and your career
from 'running aground'.
gives full credit to his personal and professional success to
his husband, also named Scott. They have two amazing sons and
always have dogs around. Scott loves the outdoors, spending time
with family, and being near the water. He is an ICF certified
mentor coach (CMC) and certified executive coach (CEC) providing
coaching services from his office in Baltimore, Maryland. His
clients include executives, small business owners, entrepreneurs,
and many others interested in achieving their personal and professional
Scott's office phone is 410-802-6730. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
His website is scotthowardcoaching.com.
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