Coaching Healthcare Professionals—Toolkit

Coaching Healthcare Professionals
This article was originally published October 2018, in the WorldWide Coaching Magazine.

A handful of industries are positioned in the crosshairs of human trauma and pain. Healthcare professionals know this all too well since their industry falls in this bulls-eye. 
There are several developments within the world of neuroscience, trauma and healing that would serve a coach to better understand.

First, let me suggest taking this short 21-day course with Irene Lyon. It will open your eyes. It will inform you of the world of trauma and the role the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) plays in our lives and how it might play out in the lives of healthcare professionals. It will also help coaches draw a cleaner line between therapy clients and coaching clients.

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I may sound like a broken record, AND if I do, there is a very, very good reason for this. Two of the best communication-based coaching methodologies today are easy to obtain. Both will support healthcare professionals to improve their capacity to serve their population:

First, I recommend you review Conversational Intelligence® as a certification track. It has helped me coach any and every sort of client and particularly those in healthcare (including doctors, physiotherapists and emergency room techs).

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Next, I recommend you also review the mBIT certification. This again utilizes a communication-based modality. It can easily augment healthcare professionals and coaches who support them to be more generative, wise and astute.

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If you don’t know about Chris Kresser, start knowing him. Chris is a globally recognized leader in the fields of ancestral health, paleo nutrition, and functional and integrative medicine. If you are a health coach you might be wise to follow Chris. Some of you may even be certified by him.

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Another area to stay attuned to is the polyvagal theory from Stephen Porges. Stephen W. Porges is a “Distinguished University Scientist” at the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University Bloomington and professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Check out this interview to better understand this growing body of knowledge:

(Watch Dr. Stephen Porges on YouTube here.)

Finally, another trend to watch is the “Broken Brain” movement started by Dr. Mark Hyman. If you coach healthcare professionals or are a health coach, Dr. Hyman is important to know about. Here’s a sample of his efforts:

(Go to here.)