Becoming a Professional Medical Coach (PMC)
The Medical Coaching Traning program has two parts:
- The theoretical course. This is a highly experienced course that includes theoretical knowledge, DEMOs, practice, homework assignments and live group mentoring sessions.
- Internship. The internship includes 30 Medical Coaching hours and 12 online supervision sessions.
Once the program is completed you will receive a Medical Coaching license and will be invited to join the PMC (Professional Medical Coaching) Mastermind group and can continue your professional development through the PMC Forum and Medical Coaching Learning Community (optional)
Medical Coaching Training
Medical Coaching is a specific emotional and mental coaching process that supports clients (patients and caretakers) in coping with a medical condition or crisis and in establishing their mental and emotional wellbeing as a way of life.
The process empowers clients (patients) to develop their own mechanisms to produce their own fulfillment. Ultimately Medical Coaching aims for the client to gain personal insights and initiate actions that enable them to find happiness and well-being.
The value of the Medical Coaching model is that it addresses all aspects of the client's life including the symptoms of the disease. During the process, the Medical Coach works with the client to create a comprehensive action plan. The plan incorporates areas such as the physical body, emotions, thoughts, spirit, social connections, and the overall environment.
The medical coach is not a part of the medical team; she or he works on the emotional and mental aspects of the illness, has no access to the medical files. S/he supports in a secondary capacity, after the client's medical caretakers.
In Medical Coaching the client defines what they want, becomes aware of options and choices, develops appropriate strategies, and actively moves towards these outcomes. The movement is forward-focused and goal oriented.
In the Medical Coaching Training, we address the following key concepts:
- The Medical Coaching Premises - Medical Coaching has nine premises that create the professional epistemology of this field.
- Medical Coaching Model - The Medical Coaching model is an advanced coaching model. It is a structured model that lays the framework for all Medical Coaching processes as well as integrating all the fundamental coaching skills and core competencies of coaching.
- Understanding the Process of Change - Creating sustainable change depends on more than just the client's will to change. To be coaching virtuosos of creating change in the context of a medical crisis and/or illness we must understand the neurological and emotional aspects of behaviors as well as the process of change itself.
- The Medical Coaching Relationship - defines the basis, structure, flexibility, and boundaries of the relationship between coach and client in a Medical Coaching process.
- Creating Rapport - Medical Coaching requires the coach to instantly create rapport and build trust with the client. Rapport is established on five levels: Physiologically, Breathing Patterns, Voice, Vocabulary, and Energy.
The most important relationship that we will ever have is our fundamental relationship with ourselves. This relationship is the foundation for all other relationships that we will have throughout our lifetime. A medical crisis and/or illness can have a devastating impact on all the relationships in the client’s life: the relationship with one’s body, organs, overall illness, spouse, children, extended family, friends, colleagues, and even the medical team. There can be no inner healing without healing the relationships in our lives.
- Identifying a Client’s Health Vision and Setting Health Goals - The biggest secret concerning Medical Coaching is that the client's vision of health has nothing to do with health. It is about who the client wants to be in his/her life.
To this end, we must reframe the way health, illness, and healing are defined.
- Beliefs and Belief Systems - Belief systems are the framework surrounding all change created by clients. When a client holds a belief, that person’s mind uses perceptual filters (of generalization, deletion, and distortion) to conform the “reality” of the situation to the belief. The Medical Coach challenges the client’s beliefs to align the beliefs with the desired outcome. In order for transformation to be sustainable, it is important to know how to align belief systems. In addition, resolving conflicts, understanding the Placebo effect, Secondary Gain, Empowering Beliefs, and the structure and objective of Limiting Beliefs are critical for shifting one’s reality and allowing the process to be successful.
- Narratives of Illness, Health, and Inner Journeys The medical crisis event and/or illness has several narratives. It has a clinical narrative, an emotional narrative, a connection to cultural myths, as well as being a representation of the inner belief system. In order to be able to work with these narratives, the coach needs to listen to the spoken stories as well as the unspoken ones, identify the perspectives, beliefs, values, and myths so that they can be turned into coaching resources.
- Stress Management and Self-Care - There is no "right" way to cope with stress. However, in order to help clients develop effective coping capabilities with stress, is it important to know the difference between acute stress and chronic stress and the different ways they impact the body and mind. It is vital for the coach to identify “Compassion Fatigue” and create an authentic, sustainable structure that supports the client's self-care.
- Medical EFT - Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT (also known as Tapping), is a tool that provides impressive results for physical, emotional, and performance concerns. In Medical Coaching we learn to use EFT with issues of emotional and physical pain, trauma, stress, and we integrate EFT into other coaching techniques.
- Clearing Emotional Triggers of Chronic Pain - The most effective way to clear chronic pain triggers is to focus on the emotions rather than the intensity of the pain. To clear these emotional triggers one needs to learn how to recognize the emotions that are associated with the pain, separate pain from suffering, and apply Emotional Release techniques.
- Clearing Traumatic Memories and Imprints – In Medical Coaching trauma is considered an event that has physical, emotional, mental, and interpersonal aspects. Trauma affects those who personally experience it as well as those who observe it. To clear traumatic memories and imprints, the Medical Coach needs to comprehend the difference between a dramatic experience and a traumatic one, understand the nature of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and have the professional knowledge to clear traumatic imprints and triggers.
- Emotional First Aid - Emotional First Aid is a series of techniques that are designed to create an immediate and effective emotional balance and alteration in awareness. This is critical when a person needs to cope with a crisis, make efficient decisions, and formulate an action plan. These techniques help the client regain his/her emotional balance and ensure the reaction is aligned with the client's values and comes from a place of empowerment.
- Coaching Loss, Bereavement, Grief, and End of Life Situations - A chronic illness/medical crisis is, among other things, an experience of loss. Because it is an ongoing, constantly changing experience, the loss takes on many different forms. This challenges the Medical Coach to create a safe environment with the client to grieve while maintaining a proactive, empowering coaching process. The Medical Coach addresses Anticipatory Grief as well as End of Life situations.
- Ethics for Medical Coaches – Medical Coaches receive advanced training in both Coaching Ethics and Medical Coaching Ethics so they can use those guidelines to ethically work through unique dilemmas and complex situations.