I had an interesting article passed along to me recently: “Assessing Motivational Interviewing through Co-Active Life Coaching Tools as a Smoking Cessation Intervention: A Demonstration Study.” The titles are never short are they? :> I had never heard of Co-Active Life Coaching (CALC) before, so I looked into it. It turns out the Coaches Training Institute out of San Rafael, CA offers training in the approach.
This is how they describe the Program:
Co-active® Coaching integrates three foundational principles that together serve to enhance the quality and results experienced in the coaching client’s life and work.
• Fulfillment – deriving deep meaning and satisfaction from life
• Balance – viewing the world from an empowered stance making powerful choices and taking effective action
• Process – fully experiencing the richness of any given moment of life or work
Coaching creates a powerful dynamic relationship between two people. However, rather than instruct, advise or problem solve, the job of the coach is to ask questions, listen and empower. Co-active coaches believe their clients are already great and it’s their job to provide support to enhance the skills, resources and creativity the client already has to achieve extraordinary results.
For those of you practicing Motivational Interviewing, this may sound pretty familiar. As the articles describes CALC, it says “its’ strategies actually and effectively do put Motivational Interviewing principles into action.” Interesting… What I like about it is that there have been times over the past few years, as I have used and trained Motivational Interviewing that I wished there were even more Motivational Interviewing techniques that I could use and train other practitioners to use. So this may be exactly that, a Program based on Motivational Interviewing that offers a rich and comprehensive way of working with people. The study in the article had good things to report, saying that CALC proved “valuable for reducing smoking, and for providing smokers’ with insights about their behaviors, their triggers, and what they need to be and stay smoke-free.” It strikes me as a way to take things to the next level, so if you are drawn to Motivational Interviewing and are practicing at an intermediate or advanced level and want more, I thought this was a program you may find interesting as well. Let me know what you think.