Introduction to the Peer Coaching Diploma, Levels 3-5
Why do we need to have well developed peering skills to be adept at working, living, learning, and contributing?
The world is becoming more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA). Having clear reasons to do things, and working together supportively, by being purposeful and acting in mutually engaging ways are critical success factors for us all, and for the organisations of which we are a part. Simply put, individuals need to be adept in co-operating with, and succeeding in their environment.
What is peer coaching?
Peer Coaching uses lived experience, enhanced by professional approaches. Peering is a mutually interactive, interpersonal process between two or more individuals. Peers share information and emotional support for co-learning and personal growth, in order to meet their stated purpose. In the coaching process, high quality relationships are formed, based on trust, authenticity, straightforwardness and support. By participating in mutual and meaningful connections with others, individuals gain a greater sense of energy, vision and, ultimately, self-understanding. This mutuality leads to greater commitment to, and attainment of, purpose.
The peer coach is trained not to be intrusive, but to hold the ambiguity, volatility, complexity and uncertainty, to suitably lead their coachee through a cycle of adeption, so that the individual builds and grows with others and the outside world.
Peer Coaching is aimed at organisations, groups and individuals:
- For businesses, so that they can generate and manage internal organisational knowledge.
- Community groups who want to share experience and encourage each other.
- Individuals who want to develop self-confidence, social skills, and improved career opportunities.
The Positive Ways Approach
Positive Ways adopts the DENT© Peer Coaching Model which follows three simple principles and three straightforward steps, aiming to create co-interdependent learning relationships.
The three principles are: having Purposefulness, Mutuality, and an Impact on, and in the coachee environments.
The three steps are:
- Build confidence in and understanding of Purposefulness, Mutuality and Impact, through being a CONFIDANTE.
- Develop awareness of the outside world (the Inter-view), the person (Self-view) and then make sense of how the two interact (Life-view), by being a MENTOR.
- Learn, grow and achieve through using straightforward developmental psychology and teaching techniques, by being a COACH.
Throughout the steps, the developing peer coach is learning how to support the coachee evolve from dependence, through independence, to interdependence and into co-independence, aligning and meeting personal and organisational goals. In the process, they become a positive role model and force for change within their local and/or business communities and families.
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