11. LEARN EFFECTIVE ETHICS AND RISK MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
Every coach training program should weave throughout its curriculum teaching on the core subjects of ethics and wise risk management. (When evaluating coach training programs, always ask about this.)
Starting in 1999, we were the first coach training school in the world to require for certification superb training in ethics and risk management. Our ten hour master class is "Safe Passage: The New Ethics and Risk Management Master Class" with Scott Howard, JD, CMC, CEC, PCC. Thus Ethics is covered in both our introductory Foundations program and in Scott's more intensive (but fun and rewarding) master class.
The complete course description is here. Here are the highlights.
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 of ethics.
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.
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