The Idaho Life Coach Association was created to serve Idaho coaches through education, resources, and camaraderie. We offer a safe, non-competitive place to learn, grow, and network. The Idaho Life Coach Association's desire is to improve the reputation of life coaching within the state of Idaho and encourage the development of superior coaching services. We expect all of our members to abide by the Idaho Life Coach Association Code of Ethics. Our Code of Ethics ensures the highest standards of coaching professionalism and is our utmost priority.
The Idaho Life Coach Association's mission is to support coaches through collaboration, to expand competency and professionalism in the coaching industry, and to provide credibility within the state of Idaho for coaches.
We achieve this through verifying experience, providing collaborative meetings, offering continuing education, and providing business growth opportunities for our members. The Idaho Life Coach Association currently offers members membership in a mastermind, writing opportunities, and a listing in our membership directory.
Our vision is to become a beacon of light to all coaches, inspiring professional credibility, collaboration, and an unquenchable appetite for continuing education. We seek to become the home of every life coach in Idaho and to eventually host yearly national conventions, with top notch speakers in our industry. We intend to be an unwavering voice of unity, courage, and growth, bringing all coaches together.
The Idaho Life Coach Association was founded in October of 2015, by Jillian Landis and Dawn Stahlberg. You can view our registration with the Idaho Secretary of State here. Jillian and Dawn founded the association with the belief that the public in Idaho deserve to have a reliable group of coaches, who have been well vetted and experienced. They set out to create reasonable and ethical standardardized requirements for those practicing as coaches in the state of Idaho and began seeking to collaborate with coaches who had set themselves apart in the coaching industry. Jillian and Dawn deeply believed that the best coaches have a wholehearted desire to serve, an insatiable yearning to do their own personal growth work, and a heart wide open to learning and collaborating. Those are the very coaches we continue to attract.
Code of Ethics:
The Idaho Life Coach Association's Code of Ethics were inspired by and adapted from the NASW Code of Ethics.
IDAHO LIFE COACH ASSOCIATION VALUES:
Life Coaches’ primary goal is to assist clients in identifying and achieving goals.
Life Coaches draw on their knowledge, values, and skills to help people overcome personal barriers. Life Coaches are encouraged to volunteer a small portion of their professional skills with no expectation of significant financial return (pro bono service).
Value: Dignity and Worth of the Person
Life Coaches respect the inherent dignity and worth of the person.
Life Coaches treat every individual with kindness and respect, considerate of personal differences and cultural diversity. Life Coaches encourage clients’ realization of personal responsibility and self-determination. Life Coaches seek to enhance clients’ empowerment and opportunity to change and to address their own needs.
Life Coaches behave in a trustworthy manner.
Life Coaches are conscientious of the Idaho Life Coach Association's Code of Ethics and govern their practice consistent with them. Life Coaches are honest and responsible, and promote ethical practices. They are not driven by professional competition and are conscientious of the collective profession as a whole.
Life Coaches practice within their areas of competence and are committed to personal learning and growth.
Life Coaches continually strive to increase their professional knowledge and skills and to apply them in practice. Life Coaches are dedicated to contributing to the knowledge and skills of the profession. Life Coaches are conscientious of their own personal development and are committed to their own coaching experience.
1. Commitment to Clients
Members’ primary responsibility is to promote the well-being of clients. This should not be compromised by any other interest.
Members respect and promote the right of clients to self-determination and assist clients in their efforts to identify and clarify their goals. Life Coaches may limit clients’ right to self-determination when, in the Life Coaches’ professional judgment, clients’ actions or potential actions create a serious risk to themselves or others.
3. Informed Consent
Members will provide services to clients based only on valid informed consent. Members will use clear and understandable language to inform clients of the purpose of the services, risks related to the services, limitations of services, and cost of services. Members will provide clients with an opportunity to ask questions.
In instances when clients lack the capacity to provide informed consent (such as minors), Members will protect clients’ interests by seeking permission from an appropriate third party, informing clients consistent with the clients’ level of understanding.
Members should obtain clients’ informed consent before audiotaping or videotaping clients or permitting observation of services to clients by a third party.
Members will provide services and represent themselves as competent only within the boundaries of their education, training, consultation received, supervised experience, or other relevant professional experience.
Members should provide services in substantive areas or use intervention techniques or approaches that are new to them only after engaging in appropriate study, training, consultation, and supervision from people who are competent in those interventions or techniques.
When generally recognized standards do not exist with respect to an emerging area of practice, Members should exercise careful judgment and take responsible steps (including appropriate education, research, training, consultation, and supervision) to ensure the competence of their work and to protect clients from harm.
5. Conflicts of Interest
Members should be considerate of and avoid conflicts of interest that interfere with professionalism and impartiality. Members will inform clients when a potential conflict of interest arises and take reasonable steps to resolve the issue. Members will take care to protect the client and their interest to the greatest extent. If needed, a Member will protect clients’ interests through termination of the professional relationship with proper referral of the client.
Members will never take unfair advantage of any professional relationship or exploit others to further their personal, religious, political, or business interests.
Members should take care to set clear boundaries with clients and will never engage in a relationship with a client where there is a risk of exploitation or potential harm to the client.
Members will not practice, condone, facilitate, or collaborate with any form of discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, or mental or physical disability.
7. Privacy and Confidentiality
Members should respect clients’ right to privacy. Members should not solicit private information from clients unless it is essential to providing services or conducting social work evaluation or research. Once private information is shared, standards of confidentiality apply.
Members may disclose confidential information with valid consent from a client or a person legally authorized to consent on behalf of a client.
Members will protect the confidentiality of all information except for compelling professional reasons. Confidentiality does not apply when disclosure is necessary to prevent serious, foreseeable, and imminent harm to a client or other person.
Members should protect the confidentiality of clients’ written and electronic records and other sensitive information. Members will take reasonable steps to ensure that clients’ records are stored in a secure location and that clients’ records are not available to others who are not authorized to have access.
8. Sexual Harassment
Members will never sexually harass clients, colleagues or any individual. Sexual harassment includes sexual advances, sexual solicitation, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Members should not allow their own personal problems, psychosocial distress, legal problems, substance abuse, or mental health difficulties to interfere with their professional judgment and performance or to jeopardize the best interests of clients for whom they have a professional responsibility.
Members whose personal problems, psychosocial distress, legal problems, substance abuse, or mental health difficulties interfere with their professional judgment and performance should immediately take appropriate remedial action by seeking professional help, making adjustments in workload, terminating practice, or taking any other steps necessary to protect clients and others.
Members should ensure that their representations to clients, professionals, and the public of professional qualifications, credentials, education, competence, affiliations, services provided, or results to be achieved are accurate. Members should claim only professional credentials they actually possess and take steps to correct any inaccuracies or misrepresentations of their credentials by others.
11. Acknowledging Credit
Members should take responsibility and credit, including authorship credit, only for work they have actually performed and to which they have contributed.
Members should honestly acknowledge the work of and the contributions made by others.
12. Integrity of the Profession
Members should maintain and promote the highest standards of professionalism and ethics.
Members should uphold and advance the values, ethics, and knowledge of the profession. Members should protect, enhance, and improve the integrity of the profession through appropriate study and research, active discussion, and responsible criticism of the profession.
Members should contribute time and professional expertise to activities that promote respect for the value, integrity, and competence of the life coaching profession. These activities may include teaching, research, consultation, service, legislative testimony, presentations in the community, and participation in their professional organizations/associations.
Members should seek to prevent the unqualified practice of life coaching.
ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES TO COLLEAGUES:
Members should treat fellow coaches with respect and should take care to publicly represent colleagues in a respectful manner.
Members will always avoid gossip and negative criticism of colleagues publicly and when speaking with clients or with other professionals.
Members will gladly coordinate with other coaches and with other professionals when it would best serve the well-being and success of clients.
Members should respect confidential information shared by fellow professionals when information is shared for coordination purposes or any other reason.
Members should seek the advice and counsel of fellow professionals whenever it is in the best interests of clients.
Members should keep themselves informed about other professionals, schools, and teachers' areas of expertise and level of competency. Members should seek consultation only from professionals who have demonstrated knowledge, expertise, and competence related to the subject of the consultation.
4. Referral for Services
Members should refer clients to other professionals when the client's needs fall outside the scope of the coach's knowledge, skills, and expertise. Referrals should be made when life coaches believe that they are not being effective or making reasonable progress with clients and that additional service would be in the best interest of the client.
Members who refer clients to other professionals should take all necessary steps to facilitate a smooth transfer of responsibility. Members should make themselves available for consultation and coordination with the referred professional.
5. Impairment of Colleagues
Members who become aware of a colleague’s impairment due to personal problems, psychosocial distress, substance abuse, or mental health difficulties and that interferes with professional effectiveness, should consult with that colleague directly and assist the colleague in maintaining professionalism.
6. Incompetence of Colleagues
Members who become aware of a colleague’s incompetence should consult with that colleague directly and assist the colleague in improving professionalism.
7. Unethical Conduct of Colleagues
Members should take adequate measures to discourage and prevent the unethical conduct of colleagues.
Members who believe that a colleague has acted unethically should seek resolution by directly discussing their concerns with the colleague appropriately and sensitively.
Members should defend and assist colleagues who are unjustly charged with unethical conduct.