A main rule, implemented at the start of the “coaching path” was “I’m fine, you’re fine”, which was complemented by “Don’t judge”, “Give constructive feedback”, “Respect yourself, the others, the environment”. After that, who the coaching specialist is and what the differences between different professions like psychotherapist, teacher and mentor are, was clarified.
One of the most impactful and valuable moments in the training was the coaching demonstration, giving a real example of what a coaching session looks like. The process was structured in the GROW-model (goal, reality, options, will). A context of the demo was presented: a young person in a NEET situation, who needs to find his way in life. The trainers acted the situation out for the participants, some of whom had never seen a coaching session and only then realized how the process occurs, what the coach’s behavior should be like, how it should be structured, etc.
The training placed an accent on practicing an important skill – asking appropriate questions. The trainers presented the different types of questions, gave guidance on formulating them, consistency and logic of asking questions in a way that makes them most effective for the process.
The practical part occurred through different roles the participants played – a coach, a person, undergoing coaching, and an observer.
The “Disney” method was presented. In it, the participants review their dreams through three perspectives – the dreamer, the critic and the realist. They learned to use it in situations, wherein people feel blocked and certain barriers hinder their thinking.
An important part of the coaching training was determining the main values. Every coach should have strong values, connected to his practice, such as: dignity, respect, the will to help others, justice, benevolence, ethics, etc. The participants received scenarios, taken from coaching practice, which tested how they would react to challenges in their relationships with the people they coach. This brought up a number of questions, regarding ethics.
A good coach is a rational and positive person, who knows how to react in any situation, therefore a session regarding empowering and limiting beliefs was held. For the purposes of this session, we presented the gremlin metaphor – it presents all kinds of internal dialogues, which stop us from taking action and achieving our goals.
Tre training provided space for exchanging experience, methods, practices, etc., between the participants, which enriched the content of the program.