The BEKIND Method: That's what this post is about!
Coaching is more than a conversation.
The BEKIND Method is the needs supportive technique used in coaching sessions created in my practice over the years. In session clients envision a new and varied future in the pre-coaching worksheets. The coach presents an exploratory framework introducing a matrix of Boundaries and Opportunities for discussion. Next I walk clients through a group process of introspection, sharing, and experimental learning. The BEKIND Method explores these components in regards to the stated group question or clients goals. B – Boundaries, E- Empathy, K – Knowledge, I – Innovative Investigation, N – Negotiation, D – Disseminate and Discuss. Progress is made at the end of the session toward steps toward healthier well-being. If not, new iterations of the process can start again.
The BEKIND Method uses tools and techniques to meet clients where they are and encourage growth and insight. The coach approaches the engagement process with openness and curiosity by being flexible and client-centered (ICF, 2022). Trust and security can be achieved by being sensitive to the client by demonstrating ethical practices as outlined in the ICF Competencies (2022). This trust-building leads to feelings of security and relatedness to the group. Clients feel more inclined to be receptive in a session if they feel secure and related to the group (Ryan & Deci, 2019). Another piece is using Unconditional Positive Regard (UCPR), a concept introduced initially by Rogers (1957) as one of his "necessary and sufficient" ingredients in effective counseling (Ryan & Deci, 2019).
BEKIND Method Meets several ICF Core Competencies
In addition to varied applications and powerful impact, The BEKIND Method supports several core competencies of coaching as defined by the International Coaching Federation (ICF, 2022). These competencies include establishing and maintaining agreements, cultivating trust and safety, and maintaining a coaching presence.
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This Method is executed through powerful questioning, active listening, and evoking awareness by promoting personal insight, clear feedback, and reflection. Clients will evaluate the efficacy of the coaching session and the positive impacts. Inevitably, resolution may not be achieved by the conclusion of the sequence. However, a shift in perspective will validate the premise that well-being coaching affects people's actions and attitudes toward well-being.
More information can be found on the BEKIND page of this website on the execution of the BEKIND Method.