A coach's role is to provide clients with questions, observations, feedback, encouragement, support, and accountability to assist clients in meeting their stated goals. Coaching is NOT therapy. Therapy deals with exploring origins of emotional or psychological trauma and tends to be long-term and intensive. Alternatively, coaching addresses behaviors, values, motivators, and, to some degree, emotional issues. Coaching is primarily focused on the present and future, with a concentration on time-limited, action-oriented results.
All Tulane Success Coaches hold advanced degrees; as well as, receive accreditation as a life coach through the International Coach Federation (ICF). Success Coaches meet individually with students on a regular basis to challenge and support them as they navigate life at Tulane. The coaching relationship is established based on the student's needs, and the roles of coach and student are clearly defined at the beginning of the partnership. Together, the coach and student create an individualized success plan that involves short term and long term goal setting.
Coaches at Tulane, utilize several helping frameworks such as Growth vs. Fixed Mindset, ICF Coach Training, ADHD coaching techniques, Positive Psychology, and Motivational Interviewing in their work with students. Drawing from various theories and frameworks, coaches assist students in reaching their unique goals related to their academic, career, and personal pursuits.
Academic Advisors - Coaches do not assist students with course selection or academic planning, major declaration, adding or dropping courses, obtaining advanced placement, monitoring degree requirements and academic progress, or withdrawal or leave of absence.
Counselors –While issues that impact student success are relevant coaching topics, coaches are primarily focused on motivation and skill building. This generally requires an emphasis on present and future goals rather than discussing challenges in the past. When necessary, coaches can make the appropriate referral to another resource on campus and assist students with appointment scheduling.
Tutors - If a student is facing challenges with course content, the coach can assist the student in connecting with Peer Educators for tutoring, writing support, Supplemental Instruction, or Peer Coaching.
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