Authentic Coaching: Stretching Ourselves from Support to Coaching

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Authors: Amma Buckley, WA and Gillian Townsend QLD

Year: 2016

Event: 2016 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Book of Proceedings 2016, conference papers, proceedings papers, Centacare Mental Health Resource Service, Enlightened Consultants, Recovery coaching

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 978-0-9945702-1-5

Abstract: Paper from TheMHS Conference 2016 Book of Proceedings: People. Authenticity Starts in the Heart. The Conference was held in Auckland, New Zealand 23 - 26 August 2016.

Recovery coaching at its heart is a mutual relationship with equal power between a coach and coachee. The effort is shaped around elements of learning, trying and stretching into new areas of life. In general, the traditional focus of counselling or support intervention is on resolving particular problems based largely on a counsellor-led orientation. For coaching, the focus is on goal-related achievements with the support arrangement being one of co-design and negotiation from the outset. A coaching program for mental health recovery has been undertaken by a North Queensland non-government organisation for the past two years. This paper briefly outlines the service model before discussing the evaluation methods, findings and implications. Despite the evaluation being in its early phases, emerging is sound evidence of consumer validation for a recovery-oriented coaching approach.

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