TRS Relationship Coaching Professional Code of Ethics

TRS requires its coaches to conform to the following ethical principles and shall hold coaches accountable for any departure from these ethical principles.

TRS Philosophy of Coaching

TRS teaches and supports a form of coaching that honors the client as the expert in their own life and work. We believe that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole. Using this as a foundation for our coaching process, we believe it is the coach’s responsibility to:

  • Discover, clarify, and align with the client’s personal goals, objectives and timeline.
  • Encourage client self-discovery and self-empowerment
  • Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
  • Hold the client responsible and accountable

TRS Definition of Relationship Coaching

Coaching is a professional relationship that helps people break through their limitations to achieve extraordinary results in their relationships with themselves and other people. The process of coaching encourages clients to deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life through self-discovery and self-empowerment. In each coaching call, the client chooses the focus, while the coach listens actively and reflects back what they hear until the client feels understood. This interaction creates clarity and moves the client into action. Coaching accelerates the client’s progress by validating their experience, providing greater focus and awareness of choice, and challenging them to take action toward their goals. Coaching concentrates on discovering and clarifying goals, and eliciting strategies and solutions to get the client on track to achieve their future goals at a pace that is achievable for the client. TRS coaches recognize that results depend on the client’s intentions, choices, and actions as they are supported by the coach’s efforts and application of the coaching process.

TRS Standards of Ethical Conduct

Professional Conduct At Large

As a relationship coach:

I will not knowingly make any public statements that are untrue or misleading, or make false claims in any written documents relating to the coaching profession.

As a trainer or supervisor of current and potential coaches, I will conduct myself in accordance with the TRS Code of Ethics in all training and supervisory situations.

I will purchase Liability Insurance to cover any allegations that a client may make, as well as have the client sign a Coaching agreement form, releasing me of any legal responsibility.

I will accurately create, maintain, store and dispose of any records of work done in relation to the practice of coaching in a way that promotes confidentiality and complies with any applicable laws.

Coaches shall always be honest about the nature of their titles and certifications when referring to them to the general public, the media, and within the confines of our profession.

Colleagues: Coaches shall treat other coaches without public defamation.

Professional Conduct with Clients

I will be responsible for setting clear, appropriate, and culturally sensitive boundaries that govern any physical contact that I may have with my clients.

I will not become sexually involved with any of my clients.

I will construct clear agreements with my clients, and will honor all agreements made in the context of professional coaching relationships.

I will ensure that, prior to or at the initial session, my coaching client understands the nature of coaching, the bounds of confidentiality, financial arrangements and other terms of the coaching agreement by setting context during initial correspondence.

I will respect the client’s right to terminate coaching at any point during the process. I will be alert to indications that the client is no longer benefiting from our coaching relationship.

If I believe the client would be better served by another coach, or by another resource, I will encourage the client to make a change.

Client Welfare: Coaches shall make the physical and mental well-being of each client a prime consideration.

Client Safety: Coaches shall not engage in verbal, physical or emotional abuse of any client.

Practice Limits: Coaches shall coach with each client within the limits of their training and competence.

Reasonable Practice: Coaches shall withhold coaching if a client’s behavior, appearance or statements would lead a reasonable person to believe that the client should be evaluated by a licensed health care professional.

Conflicts of Interest

I will seek to avoid conflicts between my interests and the interests of my clients.

TRS Pledge of Ethics

As a professional coach, I acknowledge and agree to honor my ethical obligations to my coaching clients and colleagues and to the public at large. I pledge to comply with the TRS Code of Ethics, to treat people with dignity as equal human beings that are whole, resourceful, and creative., and to model these standards with those whom I coach. If I breach this Pledge of Ethics or any part of the TRS Code of Ethics, I agree that TRS in its sole discretion may hold me accountable for so doing. I further agree that my accountability to TRS for any breach may include loss of my TRS certification and/or my TRS credentials.