When working with a professional business coach, there are certain ethical considerations that must be taken into account. Confidentiality and privacy are of the utmost importance, and it is essential to have a clear agreement on how training information will be exchanged between the coach, the client, and the sponsor. As an International Coaching Federation (ICF) professional, it is important to maintain the strictest levels of confidentiality with all client and sponsor information, unless the law requires its disclosure. Additionally, an informed consent policy should be in place for coaching clients to understand that even though they are not receiving mental health services, they are receiving services from a licensed provider and are subject to those laws.
No Sexual or Romantic EngagementIt is also important to note that ICF professionals do not engage in any sexual or romantic engagement with clients or sponsors. Appropriate steps should be taken to address any issues of intimacy or to cancel the engagement if necessary. When working as an internal coach, ICF professionals must manage conflicts of interest or possible conflicts of interest with their clients and coaching sponsors through coaching agreements and ongoing dialogue.
Respect for Termination of RelationshipFurthermore, ICF professionals must respect the right of all parties to end the coaching relationship at any time and for any reason during the training process, in accordance with the provisions of the agreement.
If actively practicing as a therapist, it is important to avoid any overlap between therapy and coaching businesses.