When people think of the word coach they generally thing of someone in charge of a sports team. A leader who has specialized sports training and works with his/her team to bring them together as a cohesive group so they can works towards a goal, usually some sort of event where they are competing with other teams. Along the way that coach teaches them what they will need to learn to become better players.
Outside of the sports field, there are other types of coaches. Their titles are different but in essence they have similar jobs in that they are working with someone towards a desired goal.
In traditional training and education lies the field of Psychology and Psychiatry. Their training is intensive and involves many years of study.
If your career is to become a psychologist, you would begin your education with an undergraduate major in psychology.
After earning either a bachelor of science in psychology or a bachelor of art in psychology, you would then need to attend a graduate program to earn a master’s degree as well as a doctorate degree in psychology.
Following undergraduate classes, there is an additional five to seven years required for earning a doctorate degree. Most states require a two year internship before you are eligible for licensing or with two years of supervised practice.
While earning a degree, you can also choose to specialize in a particular field of psychology, which may require additional class time and/or additional state exams for licensure.
A psychologist may also practice as a psychoanalyst which requires addition training to become an expert in a non-medication mental health treatment technique known as psychoanalysis.
Becoming a psychiatrist requires you to go to medical school.
After completing an undergraduate degree in science, you would then attend a graduate program to complete your medical degree.
Following medical school, you would complete four years of residency, during which time your training would be in psychiatry. The residency is typically completed at a hospital on the psychiatric unit.
There are a number of specializations you can choose to practice in such as general psychiatry, child psychiatry, psychoanalyst, forensic psychiatry and a host of other options.
Following an internship and residency, you will be required to pass a state exam in order to become a licensed medical doctor; you may also be required to sit for an additional exam in order to become a licensed psychiatrist.
A Spiritual Coach lies in the category of alternative therapies and sometimes gets confused with a Life Coach as depending on whom you see they can overlap.A Spiritual Coach works with non-tangible areas that resonate at a higher level than the physical world.
This can include helping a client to understand what their soul/spirit/higher self is telling them they need.
Areas such as stress reduction through meditation training or using alternative healing modalities like Reiki, Emotional Freedom Techniques and Hypnosis can also be used.
Spiritual Coaching is also helpful for people who have tried traditional therapies and felt that they were not heard, and wanted to try something different.
Spiritual Coaching and can be found under the names of Complementary Therapy, Transformational Coaching, Deep Coaching, and Wellness Counselling. As there is no one organization to determine the set rules around what exactly Spiritual Coaching is, it can be interpreted differently by each person practicing it. For this reason it is always best to clarify with your goals are, and if they offer their service in a way that resonates with you, and can help you with your specific goal or goals.
For those interested in training as a Spiritual Coach, there are schools of spiritual and holistic training available where you can take courses. There are also many programs online available around the world. Personal study is available through books and audio programs, or you can attend lectures, workshops and retreats to begin to see if it resonates with you.
For the most part Life Coaches tend to focus on tangible needs, which are needs that are able to be felt or realized as a physical thing; such as devising a plan to cope with stress. They help clients in areas such as career advancement, helping to create a life plan for a set period of time, helping with a system to organize and decluttering a space, and so forth.
For those interested in training as a Life Coach there are various programs available from weekend workshops to University accredited programs. There are also many online courses available around the world. Personal study is available through books and audio programs, or you can attend lectures, and workshops.
Career Coaches tend to focus on tangible needs. They tackle the task of business and career problems often working on issues regarding career advancement, decisions around careers such as education choices or transitioning out of a career or into a new one. They can also help devise a plan for meeting a career goal.
For those interested in training as a Career Coach there are accredited Institutes, Colleges and online programs available. Knowledge of resume writing, standard business practices, as well as familiarity with your locations laws and regulations around employee/employer rights is recommended.
There are many types of Coaches available specializing in many areas, this is just a sampling of a few of the most common ones that exist.