Adolescent Coaching Agreement
Once the coaching dates are set it is the responsibility of the coach and coachee to make sure they are available to attend all sessions. Rescheduling will only be considered in the event of extenuating circumstances. Refunds/rescheduled appointments will not be given for missed session unless agreed otherwise in advance of the appointment (not less than 24 hours’ notice).
If you are under 18 years of age you agree that it is your responsibility to gain permission from your parents/guardians to engage in Coaching services.
On booking services, you will be asked for the contact details of your parents/guardians if you are under 18 years of age. Over 18 will be asked for next of kin contact details.
The client acknowledges that coaching is a comprehensive process that may involve different areas of his or her life, including, work, finances, health, relationships, education and recreation, parenting, and family. The client agrees that deciding how to handle these issues, incorporate ng coaching principles into those areas, and implementing choices is exclusively the Clients responsibility.
The client is solely responsible for creating and implementing his/her own physical mental and emotional wellbeing, decisions, choices, actions, and results arising out of or resulting from the coaching relationship and his/her coaching calls and interactions with the coach. As such the client agrees that the Coach is not and will not be liable or responsible for any actions or inactions or for any direct or indirect result of any services provided by the coach. The client understands coaching is not therapy and does not substitute for therapy if needed and does not prevent cure or treat any mental disorder or medical disease.
The client acknowledges that coaching does not involve the diagnosis or treatment of mental health disorders as defined by the American Psychiatric Association and that coaching is not to be used as a substitute for counseling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, mental health care, substance abuse treatment, or other professional advice by legal, medical, or other qualified professionals and that it is the Clients exclusive responsibility to seek such independent professional guidance as needed. If the Client is currently under the care of a mental health professional, it is recommended that the client promptly inform the mental health care provider of the nature and extent of the coaching relationship agreed upon by the Client and the Coach.
The client can invite the professional (that they are involved with) and coach to consult/exchange information to ensure a coordinated consistent approach to health and well-being is established. A written consent form will be required before any conversation/visit can take place. There may be an extra agreed charge for this service.
Style of coaching:
Description of coaching: Style of coaching:
- 1.1 Non-Directive or
1.2 Instructional when skills teaching is involved.
- Goal -focused: Coaching will question a client about their goals to clarify:
- What they really want?
- How are they going to get there?
- What happens once they do get there?
III. Strategic planning for achieving those goals. (“Coaching Services”).
IV. Democratic coaching: The coachee will be encouraged to adopt a ‘self-coaching’ attitude. The coach’s role in this process is to allow the client to suggest ways of how they may reach their goals.
V. Permission to interrupt and use silence.
I may have to challenge your thinking at times, and I may have to be very direct, to evoke transformation.
- To attend coaching sessions as agreed.
- To come with an agenda. To set and pursue what they deem meaningful goals.
- Be ready to be challenged to explore or check the reality of current thoughts or stories.
- Be ready, be honest, and open to get the best results.
- Be willing to trust the process and possible changes in their own agenda as a result of the exploration and discoveries about themselves.
- To manage the coaching process (including timekeeping).
- To undertake regular professional coaching supervision and keep my skills up to date.
- To maintain confidentiality (subject to certain exemptions such as Child Protection/Vulnerable persons/or if a crime is being committed).
- To create a non-judgmental space for the client and coached to develop a relationship that allows the client to explore options and decide on goals and actions.
- To attend coaching sessions primed, prepared, and ready to support and engage with the client.
- To adhere to the WACN/ICF code of ethics.
Confidentiality: The Coach recognises that anything the Client/Coachee shares with them is regarded as confidential.
If you are referred to the service by your parents or other agencies/organisations, the content of the sessions will not be disclosed or shared but we may be obligated to report back how many sessions you attended and if you engaged meaningfully.
The coach will not disclose or use the Clients/Coachee information unless failure to disclose will be in breach of Our Duty of Care obligation, Child Protection Legislation, Vulnerable Persons Legislation or support a criminal act.
There are three exceptions to this confidentiality rule:
1: Child protection/Designated Officer. Although it is very rare, should concern in respect of Child Protection or Protection of Vulnerable Adults come to the attention of the Life Coach during the coaching session we are obligated to report the concern to Tusla/HSE/Child protection services in your region/area/country. The concerns would be discussed with you, your Parent(s)/Guardians before forwarding any report.
- If we feel you are in danger or other people are in dangeror a crime is being committed, we will have to report to relevant authorities including parents.
- Should concern around your mental health and suicidalthoughts, ideation and intent show up in session we are obligated to contact your parents/guardians/significant support people identified by you to ensure you have appropriate supports available to you going forward.
We would discuss the concerns with you. The process for going forward will be explained including who/what agencies will be contacted. We can refer onwards if necessary and we can agree on an immediate stay safe plan.
Data Protection: All information will be kept in compliance with the relevant Data Protection Legislation in Ireland.