by Peggy Rice, Hope Coach Coach
As I discussed in my final blog post , a Hope Coach is somebody who helps an individual transfer from “caught” to “unstuck,” from hopelessness to hope. A Hope Coach is educated to take heed to the Hope Seeker’s story, ask good questions, and assist the Hope Seeker discover a solution to transfer ahead within the scenario.
A Hope Coach is a peer, not a counselor or therapist. She (or he) received’t be giving recommendation. She received’t be downside fixing, however will assist the Hope Seeker do their personal downside fixing, discover their very own options. A Hope Coach will hear, as a result of we consider the as soon as an individual’s ache is solely heard – listened to – the Seeker could start to see a means ahead, see the subsequent steps to take.
A Hope Coach is educated and authorized to:
- Be an distinctive listener. As they minister to people who find themselves hurting and feeling hopeless, they ask key questions and reply with compassion.
- Assist others course of the ache of what they’re going by – serving to folks course of the sincere feelings of painful conditions.
- Converse faith-based hope into the scenario – into the opposite’s emotions of hopelessness.
A Hope Coach is a compassionate listener in a short-term relationship, assembly 2-5 instances with a Hope Seeker, who’s caught in ache and can’t see a means ahead. The Hope Coach is educated to be a superb listener, serving to the Hope Seeker course of their sincere feelings and ache, whereas providing the reassurance of hope that can overcome and work for the Hope Seeker’s good. The Hope Coach brings the ability of hope by listening and caring questions, and thru their compassionate presence. Typically, a Hope Seeker simply must share their story with somebody who will hear! A Hope Coach would possibly share a part of their very own story to assist illustrate from their very own private expertise.
A Hope Coach completes an 8-hour coaching supplied by Recent Hope, full with quizzes and a Practicum. On this course of, they be taught good inquiries to ask at every section of the Hope Teaching Course of. Questions like:
- What’s been the toughest a part of the scenario?
- How does this make you’re feeling?
- What elements of this example are you able to management?
- How are you going to take cost of this stuff to start to maneuver ahead?
- The place do you see this example in 3 months? 6 months?
- What can be your” subsequent first” step?
Questions like these permit the Hope Seeker to maneuver from processing the ache to starting to maneuver ahead. The Hope Coach is with them to information them alongside the best way.
So: who generally is a Hope Coach? Somebody who’s a compassionate listener, a caring particular person, and prepared to undergo the coaching supplied by Recent Hope.
If this pursuits you, you’ll find extra info, together with particulars on discovering a Hope Coach, or changing into a Hope Coach, at freshhope.us.
(Sections of this weblog put up are from the booklet Hope Coach Coaching, a Ministry of Recent Hope, by Pastor Brad Hoefs and Chaplain Pleasure Stevens, 2020)