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 them.
TRS Philosophy of Coaching
TRS teaches and supports relationship coaching. Our form of coaching 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:
- Support AND challenge the client
- 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
Relationship 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 responsibility for their experience and take action toward their goals.
Coaching concentrates on discovering and clarifying goals, values, 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.
Our coaches are trained in Present Centered Relationship Coaching. Read more about that here.
Relationship coaching involves training to be a relationship coach. I understand that I did not receive any training with respect to psychotherapy in any form whatsoever. I understand that receiving a “Level One Relationship Coach Certification” and becoming a “Certified Relationship School Level One Relationship Coach” is not a license to practice psychotherapy. I agree that after receiving my certification, I will not hold myself out as a counselor, social worker, licensed and marriage family therapist, addiction counselor, psychologist, or any other licensed mental health provider or psychotherapist simply by virtue of my certification. I will not engage in the treatment, diagnosis, testing, assessment, or counseling in a professional relationship to assist individuals or groups to alleviate behavioral and/or mental health disorders, resolve emotional, relationship, or attitudinal traumas. I understand that my training does not count toward educational requirements toward a license to practice psychotherapy and that practicing as a “Certified Relationship School Level One Relationship Coach” will not count toward practice hour requirements for licensure. I understand that The Relationship School does not provide psychotherapy supervision. I agree that I will not engage in the unlicensed practice of psychotherapy.
TRS Standards of Ethical Conduct
- 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.
- I will conduct myself in accordance with the TRS Code of Ethics in all training and supervisory situations.
- I will purchase and maintain regular 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 always be honest about the nature of my title and certification when referring to them with client(s), in the general public, the media, promotional materials and within the confines of our profession.
- I will treat other coaches with respect and refrain from public defamation.
- I will explain and obtain written confirmation(signature) that my coaching client(s) understand all terms of our coaching agreement including, but not limited to, the nature and potential value of coaching, the nature and limits of confidentiality, financial agreement(s) and any additional terms prior to the commencement of services.
- 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 upholds the strictest levels of confidentiality with all parties. I agree to comply with all applicable laws and communicate with client(s) the conditions under which confidentiality will not be kept. Examples include: imminent or likely risk of harmful behavior to self or others, illegal activity or similar. Clients will know you may need to inform the appropriate authorities in these or similar instances.
- I will remain sensitive to shifts in value to my client(s) with regard to my coaching services and encourage them to seek additional/alternative services and/or make recommendations accordingly. I will disclose to my client(s) the potential for receipt of monies in exchange for a referral to a third party.
- I respect the rights of all parties to end the coaching relationship at any time, for any reason, subject to the provisions in the coaching agreement.
- 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 make the physical and mental well-being of each client a prime consideration.
- I will not engage in verbal, physical or emotional abuse of any client.
- I will coach each client within the limits of my training and competence and refer out when outside my skills, training, or capacity. I do NOT work with people who
- Don’t make progress with their goals
- Stay stuck in blame (self or other) and can’t seem to take any personal responsibility
- Have unaddressed mental health challenges that make our style of relationship coaching very difficult or risky
- Have unaddressed childhood trauma that needs more support that we are trained to give
- Are actively severely depressed and/or suicidal
- Have an ongoing addiction or eating disorder that is disrupting their relationships and their life
- Are in abusive relationships of any kind (mental, verbal, emotional, physical, spiritual)
- Don’t make progress with their goals
- If coaching begins and I learn that my client has any of the above, I will educate them about my training, my limitations and will refer them to a higher level of care immediately.
- I will not become sexually involved with any of my clients.
- I will not discriminate against clients based on race, religion, or sexual orientation.
- I will seek to avoid conflicts of interest between myself and my client(s).
TRS Pledge of Ethics
As a professional certified relationship 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 doing so. I further agree that my accountability to TRS for any breach may include loss of my TRS certification and/or my TRS credentials.