COVID-19 and its implications have shaken many of us. A global pandemic and the associated ripple effects on our clients, our communities, families and selves can be down right scary. This is a time to draw both our system one, emotional/compassionate thinking and our system two logical/analytical thinking. I'm a professional coach, and like many of you coaching is a career evolution for me, my background has deep roots in social work and public health. I'm grateful for the perspective taking that has afforded me in terms of community, wellbeing and the practical realities of confronting the as yet unknown related to the now.
As you likely know ICF Global has developed a COVID-19 resource page for the ICF community, available at coachfederation.org/wecare. New resources will be added to this page frequently, and we encourage you to bookmark the page and visit often.
Take the precautions you need to for your wellbeing , that of your family, your community and your clients. For example, you may consider shifting to a virtual platform for meetings. Be that telephone or video. The We Care landing page on the ICF website has a section on shifting to a virtual platform. There are also resources on supporting your clients and for self-care.
Finally, I invite you to watch: A message from Magdalena Nowicka Mook.mp4
Be well, be wise and be kind,
Deirdre Danahar, MSW, MPH, LCSW, PCC
ICF Gulf Coast President