This is a follow-up post to my "Gill's Tutorial" called "Coaching versus Counseling/Therapy". Please read that one, first.
Here are a couple of industry definitions, for "Coaching":
coaching is the future-focused practice of partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Professional coaching focuses on setting goals, creating outcomes, and managing personal change.
a transformative process for personal and professional awareness, discovery and growth.
A coach is responsible for discovering, clarifying, and aligning with what the client wants to achieve; encouraging client self-discovery; eliciting client-generated solutions and strategies; and holding the clients responsible and accountable for meeting goals and creating outcomes.
In imparting helpful information, sharing anecdotal experiences, suggesting resources (including but not limited to support groups, books and specialized service providers), and offering supportiveness to our clients and students --- all of this is designed to give them more options through which to make viable decisions on their own behalf, including empowering them to cultivate an extensive resource base of which we are only a small part.
In short, we should all encourage clients and students to seek resources in addition to our coaching services. This models autonomous and empowered self-care, rather than a culture of over-dependence (upon us, or anyone). In many ways, a coach becomes a safe, informative and encouraging accountability partner for someone --- as they walk along their respective healing journey.
Every coach knows they are obligated by the Ethics Code to practice only where they are competent. Therefore, a Coach needs to know when there's something they don't know.
A Coach needs to know when the situation extends beyond the bounds of their scope of practice. If you don't know --- you may be well-intentioned, but not realize you're going beyond the boundaries of your competence.
When you are faced with something outside of your area of competence it is imperative --- to protect both your clients' well being and your professional liability --- that you take the following actions: