Family coaching is based on the same concept as individual coaching. Supporting the individual to move toward more profound understanding, self-discovery, and self-actualization from where they are to where they want to be.
It is not a therapeutic relationship. It is a partnership with the whole family, focusing on what the family wants and how they can act consistently to achieve their stated goals—supporting the development of a purposeful way of life that focuses on direct communication, values-based living, strengthening all relationships within the family, and experiencing the joy of living together every day.
Family coaching opens possibilities for the individual and the family by focusing and aligning common interests toward a unified vision or goal. Creating unity helps to successfully navigate the inevitable crashes and ups and downs when they occur. Family Coaching also helps to prevent these ups and downs from driving the family from anxiety, crisis, or a downward spiral.
Each family member has strengths that can be a power source for unity; discovery, alignment, and living by them are the process.
The coaching method uses goal setting, motivational interviewing, and strengths management techniques to help parents address the whole family's needs. It also helps parents identify when and how they need support.
Family coaching is always flexible in its approach. Rather than focusing solely on the agenda and goals of coaching, it supports and focuses on resolving individual situations and life obstacles or crises.
Through coaching, parents can explore and become familiar with their child's social and emotional competencies. Discuss realistic expectations at different stages of development and how healthy social and emotional competence can help children thrive by actively experiencing the importance of the family in shaping their children's future.
Develop an action plan on how parents and other caregivers can develop strategies to support children's emotional and social development; and how they can intentionally incorporate these effective strategies into their daily lives - moving the family from knowledge to action.