Based on cutting-edge coaching science and industry research, ICF’s white papers are designed to help coach practitioners better understand the issues that impact them and find solutions to their professional challenges.
This guide is a resource for coaches to understand when and how to refer a client to a mental health or other helping professional when the client’s needs are outside a coach’s competencies.
A one-page reference guide for when and how to refer a client accompanies the white paper.
Beyond the actual coaching session, there are many additional tasks that coaches carry out in order to maintain a successful coaching practice, such as marketing, operational and administrative duties.
The International Coach Federation conducted a job analysis for both internal and external coach practitioners in two phases: a qualitative analysis and a quantitative survey.
The study found that while both groups are focused on client-related tasks, internal coaches spend a significant amount of time seeking support from their superiors and ensuring the program is aligned with organizational goals and strategy. For external coaches, the client remains more of a focus in all of the tasks they do.