ICF Oregon is a chartered chapter of the International Coach Federation

Why We Exist

We exist to lead our Members to thrive as Professional Coaches so humanity, in turn, can flourish.

ICF Oregon's purpose and activities are grounded in

ICF Global's Vision, Mission & Values

ICF Global's Vision:

Coaching is an integral part of a thriving society and every ICF Member represents the highest quality of professional coaching.

ICF Global's Mission:

ICF exists to lead the global advancement of the coaching profession.

ICF Global's Values:

We are committed to reliability, openness, acceptance and congruence and consider all parts of the ICF Community mutually accountable to uphold the following values:

Integrity: We uphold the highest standards both for the coaching profession and our organization.
Excellence: We set and demonstrate standards of excellence for professional coaching quality, qualification and competence.
Collaboration: We value the social connection and community-building that occurs through collaborative partnership and co-created achievement.
Respect: We are inclusive and value the diversity and richness of our global stakeholders. We put people first, without compromising standards, policies and quality.

About ICF

The International Coach Federation, headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, is the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification, and building a worldwide network of professional coaches. For more information on how to become a member or find an ICF credentialed coach, please visit our Web site at coachfederation.org. Founded in 1995, the ICF is approaching 14,000 members in over 80 countries. The ICF's internationally recognized standards of excellence, professionalism, code of ethics and ethical conduct review process  establish a strong foundation for self-governance of the coaching profession.


What Is Coaching?

Professional Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.  Through the process of coaching, individuals focus on the skills and actions needed to successfully produce their personally relevant results.

The individual or team chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions as well as concepts and principles which can assist in generating possibilities and identifying actions. Through the coaching process the clarity that is needed to support the most effective actions is achieved. Coaching accelerates the individual's or team's progress by providing greater focus and awareness of possibilities leading to more effective choices. Coaching concentrates on where individuals are now and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be in the future. ICF member coaches recognize that results are a matter of the individual's or team's intentions, choices and actions, supported by the coach's efforts and application of coaching skills, approaches and methods.

What are the benefits of coaching?
Individuals who engage in a coaching relationship can expect to experience fresh perspectives on personal challenges and opportunities, enhanced thinking and decision making skills, enhanced interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence in carrying out their chosen work and life roles. Consistent with a commitment to enhancing their personal effectiveness, they can also expect to see appreciable results in the areas of productivity, personal satisfaction with life and work, and the achievement of personally relevant goals.

How is coaching distinct from other service professions?
Coaching is distinct from psychology or therapy along several dimensions, including the structure of the relationship, the nature of the client, and the purpose, focus and shape of the conversation. The coaching relationship is a horizontal relationship of peers or partners, as contrasted with the more vertical therapeutic relationship.  Coaching is not intended to heal emotional pain or dysfunction.  In a coaching relationship the client is presumed to be creative, resourceful and whole.  Coaches are not qualified to diagnose, but coaches may refer clients to therapeutic professionals when they notice that a client seems to be "stuck" in certain areas of their life.  It is not uncommon for a single client to work concurrently with a coach and therapist, on different topics.  And while many therapists are becoming trained and credentialed as coaches, it is unethical for a single practitioner to be both coach and therapist with an individual, due to the very different nature of the relationship and work in each arena.

Professional coaching is a distinct service which focuses on an individual's life as it relates to goal setting, outcome creation and personal change management.  In an effort to understand what a coach is, it can be helpful to distinguish coaching from other professions that provide personal or organizational support.  Coaching should not be included in the definition of psychology.

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