Coaching Fishbowl 2 Live Session Recording and Follow Up Notes 2023

After the live session, the session recording and follow-up notes will be posted here.

Advanced Practice 2023 Follow-up Notes Session 3 and 4: Wellbeing

Points from our conversation of Wellbeing:

4 Levels of Sophistication in Positive Psychology Coaching:

  • Awareness/Understanding of PP topics (research, etc.)
  • Ability to apply this knowledge (e.g., interventions, asking better questions, etc.)
  • Adapting the information/application for context (e.g., tailoring to suit culture or client)
  • Ability to personally use and embody this knowledge

How does the coach’s attitude toward wellbeing affect the client?

  • Biases us: influences what we notice, inquire about, or recommend
  • A healthier coach is a better coach
  • Role modeling: positive affect, health, etc. can be contagious
  • Wellbeing, itself, can be the topic of the coaching conversation

Creating a personal wellbeing framework:

  • Helps you appreciate the established frameworks created by researchers and interventionists
  • Helps you think through the causes, experiences, and effects of wellbeing
  • Helps you articulate your own preferences, values, etc.

CVN presented a distinction between coaching for wellbeing and positive health coaching (although a coach could do both):

Coaching for WellbeingPositive Health Coaching
Focus of CoachingWellbeing goals
Better health choices
And behaviors
Outcome of CoachingIncrease in satisfaction, meaning, enjoymentImproved Health
Process of CoachingFacilitativeDialogic

Session 4: Coaching Fishbowl

In no particular order:

Readiness versus resistance:

  • We often speak of client readiness, but we should also consider coach readiness
  • “If you insist, they will resist”
  • Coach familiarity with frameworks might put them too far ahead of a client and lead to coach’s desire to advise or educate
  • When in doubt, ask. Explore the issue with the client

Points of interest from the coaching fishbowl:

  • When clients say, “I don’t know.” It can be helpful for the coach to believe that they do know (or have the capacity to find out)
  • Listening for themes in what the client says as well as the specifics of their story (e.g., “freedom versus responsibility”)
  • Noticing who is working in harder at various moments in the session: coach or client?
  • Perhaps there are types of client shifts within a session:Big shifts (radical aha moments or shifts in emotion) that come about from deep questions and bold challenges.Little shifts that come from “planting seeds”, coaching presence, and receiving empathy/compassion
  • The introduction to the session: What are you loving? And—by extension—all ways that we might experiment with the introduction to the session before getting into the agenda-setting
  • Noticing physicality in the client and in the mirroring (or not) of the coach and client
  • “I can only get from the client what I am willing to wager myself….”
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