Ethical Issues for Therapist-Coaches


During this course you will explore the most common questions with regard to coaching ethics, particularly if you are already a therapist or counselor who is adding coaching to their practice. Ethical codes and competencies from three major coach organizations/affiliations will be discussed as will issues of Informed consent.

Topics of discussion include:

  • Therapist to Coach: Most Frequently Asked Questions
  • Coaching Ethics
  • Coaching Competencies
  • Informed Consent

Course Objectives

  • Participants will gain an understanding of dual responsibilities of a coach-therapist.
  • Participants will be able to identify coach competencies.
  • Participants will familiarize themselves with coaching codes of ethics.

To complete the course you will need to have access to a computer/tablet and should be comfortable using the Internet as you will be working on an e-learning platform. You will be required to answer experiential questions and you will receive individualized feedback from your Learning Coach throughout the course. Students will have one year to complete the requirements for this course.

Note: Please be sure to download the Welcome Letter when you register as it contains the link for your class, so you can begin as soon as you are ready.

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This course was particularly valuable as it provided samples of Ethics of different governing bodies for coaching which I would not ordinarily be reviewing and contrasting for use in my own coaching practice. It gave great exposure to many of the same principles from different perspectives (i.e. ICF, BCC and IAC). It also encouraged me to keep available for continuous review during coaching engagements.

- S.W.

The most impactful part of this course was the case studies and the realization of the harm coaches can cause by not being aware of or disregarding mental disorders. The consultation, coaching agreement, and intake will help me check for the appropriateness of coaching. . . The Code of Ethics and the Core Competencies guide our service to clients wanting to transform and reach their goals.

- J.S.

This course influenced and reminded me to be very attentive to client expectations for the coaching process both before we begin officially working together (i.e. during initial intake and contract review) and throughout our coaching relationship, providing clarification as needed of client and coach responsibilities, confidentiality rules, and reiterating differences between coaching and psychotherapy whenever needed.

- O.B.