TrulaCampus™ Coachee Agreement
Coaching is NOT Therapy, Counseling or Healthcare
A TrulaCampus™ Coach is a peer coach. Peer coaches use a process of inquiry, reflection, and empathetic listening to help students set and achieve academic, social, and personal goals. COACHING IS NOT THERAPY OR COUNSELING. By participating in Trula’s TrulaCampus™ Coaching program, you acknowledge that you understand the important legal, professional, and functional differences between peer coaching and professional mental health or medical care services. Furthermore, you acknowledge that you understand that TrulaCampus™ Coaches do not provide licensed professional services. If you need, or think you might need, mental health or medical services, immediately contact the appropriate qualified licensed provider.
While a peer coach is trained to facilitate a coaching discussion, a peer coach is not a professional. The peer coach will draw from their personal knowledge and experiences which may be limited. The main goal of your coach is to assist you in finding your own answers and help you tap into your ability to set and achieve goals that you may choose. The impact of peer coaching depends upon several variables and any participant should not expect, and is not guaranteed, any specific outcome or result from the coaching process.
Your relationship with the peer coach is a formal, but not professional relationship. In order to preserve this relationship and maximize the benefits of peer coaching, it is important that the peer coaching relationship focuses only upon the coaching process.
Your peer coach has agreed to maintain confidentiality and only share information about your coaching interactions with their coach supervisor or others as needed.
The coach supervisor will have access to all coach notes and maintains the confidentiality of their contents, other than when a student has indicated that they may be a danger to themself or others and they must make an official report to appropriate authorities.
Policy to WarnIt is Trula’s policy that if a peer coach believes that a coachee / student participant is a danger to themself or others, the peer coach will promptly report the situation to Trula’s Director of Coaching.
If a peer coach believes that a coachee exhibits signs or discloses information indicating suicide, self-harm, abuse, violence, depression or hopelessness, a peer coach will escalate the coachee to a professional healthcare provider or appropriate resource by following the steps below. If the peer coach is a graduate assistant at their university and are coaching a student from their same institution, and the student discloses suicidal ideation, a sexual assault, or abuse of a minor, the peer coach must file a report with their Dean of Students. The peer coach will discuss this with their coachee during their first session:
- The Peer Coach will recommend the coachee reach out to the coachee’s school health services to seek medical or mental healthcare and provide the appropriate contact information to the coachee.
- The Peer Coach will inform the Coachee that the Peer Coach will contact Trula’s Director of Coaching to notify Trula of the Peer Coach’s concerns.
- Report concern for Coachee by selecting the “Escalate” button in the coaching portal and make a note of their concern in the Escalation Student” notes section.
- Contact the Director of Coaching and inform them of the Peer Coach’s concern for the Coachee.
- The Director of Coaching will contact the Coachee to check on their status and refer to appropriate professionals as needed.
- If the Peer Coach believes that there is an emergency situation, the Peer Coach should call 911.
Other TopicsWhile a number of things impact the effectiveness of peer coaching, you can maximize the value of your coaching experience by being prompt, thoughtful and considerate. Neither you or the peer coach has a duty or obligation to maintain a coaching relationship. Accordingly, you or the peer coach may decide to discontinue the coaching engagement or relationship at any time with or without notice for any reason whatsoever. The peer coach is a volunteer and is not an employee, agent, contractor or affiliate of Trula or any related company or organization.
Frequency and Method
To increase the impact and effectiveness of coaching, it is most beneficial to meet regularly with your coach in regular coaching sessions. These sessions should ideally be scheduled once a week for 30 minutes over the course of six weeks. The sessions can be conducted through text, phone, or video, but are always conducted remotely.
To evidence my agreement to this Coaching Agreement and Acknowledgement, I have signed and delivered it on the date below.
Parent/Guardian Consent for Minors (If under 18)
You understand that your parent or legal guardian must sign the Parent or Guardian Consent for Peer Coaching form before you can participate in peer coaching.