The Alliance of Coaching Professionals (ACPTT) has been officially established. It is a non-profit organisation formed by individual professionals who practise coaching, including health and wellness, career and life coaches. The organisation is dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by encompassing the high professional standards set by the International Coaching Federation USA, educating and building a network of coaches. It will support and advance the coaching profession through programmes and standards supported by members and will be an authoritative source on coaching information and research for the public. There will be different tiers of membership to suit individual needs including a student membership.
The first AGM will take place before the end of the year and interested people from varying professions and levels of employment are welcome. Coaching is a comparably new profession. It blends the best concepts from business, psychology, philosophy, sports and spirituality. Although coaching combines skills from other disciplines, it is a distinct process of supporting others to create an ideal life. Coaches work with clients on a variety of topics, from business and professional issues to personal and spiritual concerns. Coaching involves dialogue between a coach and a client with the aim of helping the client obtain a fulfilling life. This is achieved by helping the client establish what is important to them and by clarifying their values.
A coach offers many things to the client during the coaching process such as:
• support to discover the answers within him or her self
• clarification of values
• co-creation of a plan for how to achieve what the client really wants
• a sounding board for new ideas
• support in making life-changing decisions
• challenge to expand their views beyond their perceived limitations
• resource information
As a relatively new profession, coaching is a methodology that draws on a range of other more traditional professions including psychology, business consulting, mentoring, management theory and adult learning.
However coaching is a unique field and there are significant differences between coaching and these fields.