This June, just ended, marks the 14th year since I worked with my first academic coaching client. Academic coaching has always been important to me, and with the launch of my new website, I hope to kick things “up to the next level” as they say.
Coaching clients (and/or their parents, acting on their behalf) express an interest in getting professional help with a student’s focus, organization, and attitude that contribute to under-functioning in the classroom. My colleagues often tend to put psychiatric scaffolding around their difficulties – to the detriment of these students. Stated simply, the “mental health model” reduces the likelihood for success. As Paul Watzlawick points out, we should dwell on the problem formulation phase of things before moving toward problem resolution. Working with such clients has been very rewarding, and I like the non-psychiatric taste of it.
Over the past year, I have sought to develop and re-brand the academic coaching aspect of my practice with a new logo, a new marketing effort, branded clothing, increased use of social media, and a newly-engineered website that is friendly to tablets and smart phones. Many thanks to Marek Hryc, Catherine Davis, and Terence Kendrick for their helpful suggestions, artistry, and technical skills used in bringing this aspect of the re-brand to fruition.
Today marks the launch of my new blog at Chesapeake Coaching. Our hope is that this blog becomes a forum, where people can express questions, ideas, and links regarding how best to help students behave proactively to (1) avoid academic setbacks (i.e., suspension or expulsion), (2) recover from them once they have occurred, and (3) be proactive in planning for successful admission to a professional school (e.g., medicine or law).
We invite submissions (e.g., links, articles, and commentary) regarding these, and associated topics, having to do with facilitating success in college experiences.