Social workers around the nation are becoming attracted to certified coaching because it can help them diversify their practices, increase their revenues, and assist those who wouldn’t qualify for traditional therapy. Although it may seem that coaching could be an easy transition for most social workers, there are significant differences between the two professions that social workers interested in coaching should consider.
Coaches often emphasize working with clients to help them grow personally. They say that many of the skills used in social work practice—like empathy, active listening, and reframing—can transfer easily into their coaching practice. Social workers and coaches also share some philosophical similarities, including an emphasis on a strengths based, nonjudgmental approach with clients. Coaching is a great way to diversify your skill set. Social workers are well suited to be successful in coaching because their education and experience gives them a level of credibility with clients that other coaches might not have. They are able to see human behavior at a deeper level.
Social workers who determine that they want to pursue coaching should get coach-specific training and not assume that their social work education and experience will be enough to make them a good coach. Reach out today to learn about the steps needed to get started as a certified coach.
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