Archive for March, 2009

Spring has Sprung

March 28th, 2009

Here in Southern California the beginning of Spring is always marked by the end of the rainy season.  As the rains subside (we actually could have used more rain this season), the air is filled with aromas specific to this time of year e.g. night-blooming jasmine, roses and freesia.  With the advent of Spring comes many markers including the Spring Equinox, Passover and Easter — traditions based on centuries of recognition.

As Recovery Coaches, we cross all spiritual traditions and backgrounds as we work with clients from all walks of life coming to us with a similar intention – living life in recovery to its fullest.  This is one of the many privileges of coaching those in recovery.  Our clients are diverse, and we get to meet them exactly where they are.  A sacred agreement one might say especially when the possibilities for a more meaningful, fulfilling life is the shared understanding.

I continue to grow with my clients  one day at a time as we collaboratively move in the direction of more purposeful recovery, and this especially glorious Spring day, I’m reminded of my gratitude for this calling.  May your Spring be a time of renewal and rejuvenation.

Assessments & Research

March 14th, 2009

March 14, 2009

I spent the past two days in a class entitled The Use of Assessments in Coaching given by the College of Executive Coaching where I did my original training in 2001-2002. I approached this required class with skepticism because I felt that the material was more relevant for executive and leadership coaching but found out something interesting.  Assessments are simply information-gathering tools so we can be better coaches.  For some reason I had always been hesitant to use assessments in my coaching–both with those in recovery and with those going through any kind of life transition.  Yet, I’ve been missing something valuable by not considering what they might have to offer.

With that said, I’m still not sure what assessment tools would be most relevant for folks in recovery, but I am sure that more information can only benefit the process.  As I approach the beginning of my pilot project, it’s become crystal clear that “evidenced-based coaching” is essential for the profession to move forward and keep up with other disciplines out there.  However this “evidence” is collected–whether it be through assessments or research design, this will bring more credibility to coaching as a whole and to Recovery Coaching as a subspecialty.  Although my ambivalence remains, this recent class reminded me of the importance of getting to know our clients and helping them to get to know themselves with all the tools available to us.