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Ethical Framework for the Use of Technology in Coaching

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• Coaches will recognize and honor the efforts and contributions of others and not misrepresent them as their own. Coaches understand that violating this standard may leave them subject to legal remedy by a third party

• Coaches respect the specific laws of a potential client’s geographic location. While coaching may not be a regulated field where the coach is located, coaching may be (or become) regulated in other parts of the world.

Coaches seek out training, knowledge and supervision. Training, knowledge and supervision regarding coaching and technology are paramount to delivering a standard of care that is considered “best practice” within one’s geographic region and within a global context. Coaches are encouraged to demonstrate proficiency and competency through formal specialist training for online work, books, peer-reviewed literature and popular media. Coach and/or peer supervision and support are mandated for coaches who cannot practice independently within a geographic region and is highly recommended for all coaches. Coaches keep themselves informed of new technologies, practices, legal requirements and standards as are relevant to the coaching profession.

• Example Topics of study related to Training, Knowledge and Supervision include but are not limited to :

o Online Coaching

o Online Coaching Supervision

o Online Peer Supervision

o Avatar Coaching

o Cybercoaching

o Text-based Coaching

o Telehealth

o Behavioral Telehealth

o Social Media

o Mixed Reality

o Online Relationships

o Second Life

o Online Peer Support

o SMS Text Messaging

o Virtual Worlds

o Virtual Reality

o Coaching and Technology

• Formal Training: Coaches seek out sufficient formal training whenever possible through college, university, accredited coaching institutes or private settings. Formal training is displayed on the coach’s website.

• Informal Training: Coaches complete continuing education and professional development and conferences, conventions and workshops.

• Books: Coaches read professional books written by the general public and professionals credentialed in their field.

• Peer-reviewed Literature: Coaches read peer-reviewed literature that includes the latest theories and research.

• Popular Media: Coaches are informed through popular media such as magazines, newspapers, social networking sites, websites, television and movies and understand the impact of coaching and technology on the popular culture.

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