Coaching and recovery : an exploration of coaching employed professionals in recovery from alcohol misuse

Solheim, Thobias (2015-12)

Thesis (M.Phil)--Stellenbosch University, 2015.

Thesis

ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Recovery coaching is described as one service within a group known as non-clinical recovery support services. Its purpose is the pursuit of recovery from substance dependency, and takes a developmental, individualistic view on what recovery means. However, little is known about the perspectives and processes employed by recovery coaches in pursuit of that goal. The aim of the research was to address the following question: What can we learn about coaching through exploring the experiences of coaches working with employed professionals in recovery from alcohol misuse? This research was a qualitative study. A narrative inquiry research methodology was chosen to explore the experiences of recovery coaches. A purposive sampling approach was used to select seven credentialed recovery coaches with at least a year’s experience of coaching employed professionals in recovery from alcohol misuse. Data was collected using seven narrative interviews that were digitally recorded and transcribed, and the data was analysed using a specific narrative analysis model in order to generate the findings. The key findings revealed that recovery coaches worked in the field of recovery, not addiction. They were primarily credentialed by their skills as a coach, coupled with an understanding of recovery. An understanding of recovery might have come through their own recovery journey, or from working in the recovery support services industry. All coaches agreed that recovery was a developmental journey grounded in the assets, resources and choices of the individual who sought coaching for recovery. However, it was found that the deployment of coaching models, and the effective use of coaching skills and techniques were the foundation of a recovery coaching service. These core coaching competencies, suggestive of the need for professional training, were concerned with relationship building between coach and client, managing relationships with clients and interested parties, and adopting a forward-focused client-centric approach in which the client sets the agenda. It was found that this approach was well received by professionals who came from an organisational background and who identified with its forward-focused and goal-centred approach. In this respect, the purpose of recovery coaching was recovery by any means through the effective use of an appropriate coaching process. Recovery coaches identified their work as only one of a multi-disciplinary set of recovery support services. These findings were limited by the lack of a prolonged engagement with each coach, and the fact that the author was the researcher, the interviewer, a credentialed recovery coach, and himself a professional in recovery. The results might be useful to other coaches, to other recovery support services, and to business leaders and managers. The findings position recovery coaching as a valuable service within non-clinical recovery support services, and may be of particular interest to employed professionals who seek recovery.

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