In pursuing credentials with the International Coach Federation I have made a commitment to adhere to the Code of Ethics as declared by the ICF. My personal ethical beliefs overlap quite a bit with those set out by the federation, but there are a few points of particular importance to me. I want anyone considering a coaching relationship with me to know what I value, and what I will ensure in our time together.
- I will ensure that during the initial session my client understands the nature of coaching, the bounds of confidentiality, financial arrangements, and any other terms of the coaching agreement.
- I commit to keep my clients’ interests above my own.
- I commit to guard and guarantee my clients’ confidentiality, but I will take all reasonable steps to notify the appropriate authorities in the event a client discloses an intention to endanger self or others. As a youth athletic coach, I am a mandatory reporter in the state of Colorado, and I include that commitment in my Life Coaching practice.
- I will not offer counseling or psychotherapy to any client in my services as a coach.
- Furthermore, I will encourage my client to make a change if I believe they will be better served by a mental health professional, another coach, or by another resource and I will suggest my client seek other services when deemed appropriate.
- I commit to build lasting relationships on a foundation of respect, integrity, and honesty with each client I serve.
- I will devote all my energy, focus, and experience to helping each client I serve.
- I commit to encourage my clients to set realistic goals, take appropriate actions, celebrate success, and believe in themselves.
- I commit to create for my clients a space of safe and nurturing coaching, which will allow them to be themselves without fear of judgment or criticism.