Ethical Coaching Collective

In looking over other coaching organizations, we saw some things we wanted to do differently. The Ethical Coaching Collective is our answer.

We observed that most of the bigger organizations were started by somebody (usually a white guy) who had an idea, and got others to become “members,” and turned it into a hierarchy where they collect dues and give a stamp of approval, certifying that what you’re doing is good enough. 

Quite often, many of these programs inadvertently teach and perpetuate coaching standards and practices that leave clients feeling gaslit and under-served. 

The coaching industry is not regulated. A certification is just an idea. It doesn’t mean anything. So, we decided to create a new idea — the Ethical Coaching Collective — and imbue it with the meaning we wanted, reflecting our core values. 

That is why we created the Ethical Coaching Collective (ECC). All participants who participate fully in our course and pass the certification assessment will receive an ECC certificate, and be able to display the symbol in their marketing.

When you do, we certify that your practice is congruent with the following vital skills and ethical standards:

Vital skills

  1. You coach in a way that takes into account both the conscious and unconscious minds.

  2. You have a basic functional understanding of how the brain and nervous systems work, and your coaching can effectively guide change through the interplay of mind and body.

  3. You have a skillset that is evidence-based.

  4. You coach in a non-hierarchical, client-centered way, empowering the client with the awareness and tools to direct their own path and change their own minds instead of creating a dependence on you.

Ethical Standards

  1. We do not coach without consent.

  2. We do not sell coaching without consent.

  3. In marketing and selling, we will treat people the way we would treat our clients: with respect, transparency, thoughtfulness, and genuine care for their well-being.

  4. The best that anyone can be in our presence is our thoughts about them. We base all our work with clients in unconditional positive regard. If we cannot feel unconditional positive regard for someone (and that’s okay because we’re human), we refer them out to someone who can.

  5. We understand that neither human development nor coaching happen in a social and political vacuum. We will be outspoken about our values and make business decisions that reflect them. We will never put profit above values. 

  6. We believe in every human’s capacity for healing, change and growth, and the reality of miraculous quantum change, AND we do not bypass slow, steady, repeated work and cultivation of the grounded presence it takes to stay with things that take time.

  7. We stay fiercely awake and present to pain and suffering inherent in life and the world, but we do not let it overwhelm us and stop us from believing in the magic and fun of coaching work.

  8. We are open to all possibilities but are dogmatic about nothing.

  9. We don’t do gurus. We don’t do cult-y thinking. You are the best authority on you, the client is the best authority on themselves, and we do not endorse outsourcing decision-making or responsibility for how we experience the world and create our reality to anyone else.

  10. We would rather be curious than be right.

  11. We do not aim to be perfect practitioners or perfect humans; we aim to learn, do a little better than yesterday, and have fun.

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