methodology and techniques

The basis, the relationship coach has a repertoire of a series of techniques of cognitive-behavioral derivation, which are used inside the frame of a relationship.

The successful outcome of any coaching intervention depends on three factors in order of importance:

1. The client’s motivation to undertake a path of knowledge and change
2. The quality of the relationship and the degree of trust that is created
3. The coacher’s capabilities

  • The contract

During the first meeting a verbal agreement is defined to determine:

- the duration of meetings (from 60’ to a maximum of 280’ for videotape pedagogic sessions)
– the frequency of meetings
– the place of meetings
– the tariff, with the obligation of notifying 24h in advance (the session must be paid otherwise)
– the type of meetings (session/lecture)
– the possibility of contact out of session
– the drafting of any intermediate/final reports.

  • The beginning

Usually, 2 to 4 sessions are dedicated to a sort of diagnostic evaluation, during which the following are agreed upon:

- the objectives to be reached
– the intervention program
– the timing
– the methods for verifying the achievement of the desired changes.

  • Specification

The whole activity is based on the present to bring a person to the future; therefore, real facts experienced by the client are processed during the session. The client’s past is used by the coach simply as a tool to get a classification of the client’s behavioral profile. The aim is to “taylorize” on him the different activities in order to avoid useless floundering and expensive time loss.

  • Duration

Coaching activities must last a maximum of 12 months. Usually the duration varies between three and twelve months, depending on the type of problem. In every case, changes are monitorated at pre-defined time periods, and therefore it is possible to ascertain the efficacy of the intervention.

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