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Guidance and advice around COVID-19 Coronavirus

Guidance and advice on COVID-19 for Life Coach Directory members and the general public, including safety recommendations, online coaching alternatives and looking after yourself. 

With the ever-increasing media coverage of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we know all too well the emotional, financial and physical impact this pandemic is having on both our members and our visitors. And so, we have gathered as much information and guidance as possible to help you navigate this time with minimal confusion, all the while looking after yourself. 

As recent weeks have shown, the situation is ever-changing, and the sources cited throughout this page may be updated to reflect the latest information. If you are looking for specific advice, please check the links provided to make sure the details are as relevant and up to date as possible. We also encourage you to keep up to date with the latest from the NHS, Government and Public Health England.

Are you looking for coaching support?

Whether you are working with a coach currently, or you are experiencing new levels of distress, worry or confusion as a result of what’s happening right now, know that help is available. We are increasingly encouraging professionals listed with us to specify their online and telephone offerings so that those looking for help can still find it. 

Please be assured that online coaching is highly successful. While it is different from a standard face-to-face session and may suit some people more than others, it remains a highly effective form of support. Working with a coach remotely ensures you receive the support you need, with maximum ease and convenience, wherever you are.

With more than 1,000 coaches offering online and telephone coaching and counting, you should be able to access the help you need during this time. 

Simply select the type of session you would prefer (online or telephone) and search through our available coaches until you find one you feel you resonate with. When you have found the coach you think is right for you, send them an email.

We have also produced a number of resources to help you during this time of uncertainty. It’s likely you are practising the recommended social distancing and working from home where possible. This is a new way of living for all of us and during this turbulent time, we hope to not only share the relevant information and guidance, but uplifting content to help you look after yourself and those around you.

As Life Coach Directory member Shona Hirons writes in her latest article, 10 things you can do to boost your mood everyday, “It starts with an awareness, but you have to act on it."

Are you a coach?

With more and more news coming up regarding the Coronavirus outbreak, we know some of our coaches are keen to understand what they can do to support their practice as well as their own well-being during this time. With social distancing and self-isolation increasingly recommended by the government, we want to encourage our members to provide online coaching support where possible. 

Read: What coronavirus means for your coaching business

As well as general advice, we have collated information about preparing to work online with clients – from the training required, to the different online applications you can use to continue providing a service to your clients and the general public.

In this article, you will find information on the following:

  • Working with clients during the pandemic
  • Face to face sessions
  • Providing online, telephone and text-based coaching
  • Preparing to work with clients online
  • Software applications for online coaching
  • Privacy and data protection
  • Financial support for small businesses
  • Looking after yourself during the pandemic

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If you’re new to online coaching, that’s OK. While it is different to face-to-face coaching, it’s about being human and recognising that we’re all going through this for the first time. This is a time of confusion and uncertainty, and many of us simply want to talk to someone about how we’re feeling - whether general concerns on how to manage productivity while working from home or bigger worries, such as the implications of money, health or redundancy.

The Association for Coaching (AC) have a section regarding Covid-19 updates and are offering virtual workshops for their members, “The AC is currently scheduling online virtual sessions for our members over the coming weeks, to connect and share about the challenges and opportunities we are faced with. These sessions aim to bring our community closer together to support one another.”

For further support, the International Authority for Professional Coaching & Mentoring (IAPC&M) have shared advice for members from coaches on working online.

This is a new way of living and working for all of us. Support each other, look after yourself and stay informed. We are in a period of adjustment, but we will get through this. 

If you are a Life Coach Directory member and have any questions or concerns regarding your practice and/or your membership, please do contact us

“Change is inevitable. Building your resilience for the future will be time well spent. Remember you can't take the same actions and expect a different outcome so you need to adjust to help yourself,” writes Kaidi Bowen in her article, A coping strategy for change.

Resources for professionals

Please note: Life Coach Directory and Happiful are not affiliated with any of the organisations referenced in this article, and this article has not been sponsored by any third parties.

We strongly recommend that you carry out your own research to make sure that you can make an informed choice that best suits your business. While we hope that this information is useful, we cannot be held responsible for any business decisions you make based on this article, or for the information published on third party sites.

All information correct as of 19/03/2020.

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