Life Coach Zach (left) with Matt
Our Life Coaches are the heart and soul of Promise Village.
Life Coaches are a group of dedicated, loving, and passionate professionals that truly care about the welfare of the kids we serve. They work directly with the residents each day for eight hour shifts. Their role includes:
- Modeling a positive lifestyle that makes the residents stand up and take notice.
- Facilitating experiential and enrichment opportunities through on and off-site activities.
- Developing nurturing and trusting relationships with the residents so that they feel safe and comfortable sharing their feelings and struggles.
- Teaching pro-social values, social competencies, and healthy life-skills.
- Promoting positive identity development and appreciation of each resident’s uniqueness.
- Identifying and building on the strengths of each child/teen.
- Providing teachable moments within each day to help facilitate the healing, changing, and growth of each resident.
- Integrating the “PROMISES” Character-Building Stage System in the milieu and with each resident.
- Teaching the residents self-control, self-regulation, and self-responsibility.
- Encouraging residents to make positive choices that foster a sense of confidence, integrity, and purpose.
- Providing spiritual development opportunities for the residents.
- Empowering and encouraging each resident to use their life on behalf of others. Help them to develop empathy and a caring heart willing to help others.
- Helping residents eliminate thinking errors that lead to self-sabotaging behaviors.
- Holding residents accountable for their choices and actions.
- Supporting the residents in their academic endeavors by providing guidance and tutoring.
- Engaging in fun, both in spontaneous and planned ways.
- Loving and guiding the residents as though they were their own family members.
- Encouraging residents to reconnect, respect, and value their parents and families.
Life Coach Tony
Each Life Coach receives intensive training prior to working with the residents. Each year, all staff are required to complete “Staff Growth and Development” training. The required trainings include:
- Group Dynamics/Creative Group Devotionals
- Managing the Angry or Emotionally-Charged Child
- Discipline and Creative Behavior Management, Thinking Errors
- Building Teamwork
- Child and Adolescent Development Training
- Spiritual Development
- Crisis Intervention Training
- Life Coaches Role in the Life of our Residents
- Animal-Assisted Therapy
- Cultural Competency and Sensitivity
- Fire, Tornado, and Severe Weather Training
- Interpersonal Communication
- Family Dynamics Training
- Suicide Alert and Prevention/Threats of Self-Sabotaging
- Creative Relationship Building
- Medication Administration and Management Training
- CPR and First Aid Certified