A training to work as a coach?
Is that necessary?
Yes, I think so! The reality is different.
The ability to help other people with problems is one of the basic human skills. In all societies and communities, individuals have developed this skill to an exceptionally high level and were therefore gladly asked for advice.
So I am also sure that even today, people are in good hands if they turn to women or men they trust in their environment when looking for advice and help.
It looks different to me when offering this help on a regular and permanent quasi-professionally basis.
I am thinking here above all of those who provide help. Coaching and counselling are very demanding activities, incredibly psychologically very strenuous. One of the purposes of training is to train participants to stay healthy despite their close working contact with people.
When I coach, I have to know how much I can put myself through.
I need to know how not to get drawn into the client’s problem trance, avoid apparent mistakes, deal with insecurity and my own mistakes, and much more.
Furthermore, professional counsellors and coaches should always be able to justify on a scientific basis why they have shown a specific counselling behaviour. They should also have a broad spectrum of alternative coaching behaviour.
In addition, I believe that clients are entitled to be assured that other professionally qualified bodies have verified the professional competence of the coach they seek. That is not a question with surgeons and aeroplane pilots.
People who have the desire and talent to work with others in a helpful and supportive way receive a theoretical and, above all, basic practical framework in a coaching training course in which they can develop and expand the skills they have brought with them.