Learn About FLCA
Who We Are
Family Life Coaching is a process where a client and a trained coach work together to achieve client-identified family
goals. The process is collaborative and client-directed, working from a strengths-based perspective.
Family Life Coaches utilize research-based coaching strategies and techniques to encourage and support the competence and achievement of client-identified goals. They build respectful, trusting relationships with parents, children, and/or families in order to facilitate positive growth in family life, enabling families to maximize their strengths and potential.
What We Do
We are a brand new organization, founded in 2015. Our vision is to elevate and lend credibility to the practice of family life coaching by serving as the collaborative center for the field. Our mission is to create research-based, globally recognized credentials, training standards, and networking opportunities for family life coaches.
• Clearly define family life coaching
• Create global standards
• Create nationally recognized credentialing
• Create networking opportunities
• Organizational structure and sustainability
We are a group of family life professionals that are working together to grow the evidence base, training, and credential requirements for those offering coaching on family life issues. Our members come from all across the US and abroad. We are a blend of private practice and university employed professionals that all seek to grow Family Life Coaching.
Five family life coaching professionals convened a strategic planning retreat in New Hampshire in October, 2015 in the creation of a professional development organization for Family Life Coach Professionals. In attendance were, (l-r) Meghan Walter of UNC Chapel Hill, Debbie Farr of Flourishing Families, Beth Gausman of Concordia University, Margaret Machara of Tennessee State University and Kim Allen of NC State University. Attending via phone for a portion of the retreat were Tina Feigal of the Center for the Challenging Child, Scott Gardner of BYU Idaho University and Carole Gesme of Concordia University.
After nearly two years of convening remotely to identify the needs of family and parent coaches, the group met to create a vision, mission, and organizational values:
Our vision is to elevate and lend credibility to the practice of Family Life Coaching by serving as the collaborative center for the field.
Our mission is to create research-based, globally recognized credentials, training standards, and networking opportunities for family life coaches.
All families are supported
Serving diverse families
All families should have access to competent family life coaches
Valuing coaching as a service to families
Collaboration with & inclusivity of professional fields involved in family life coaching
Awareness of and contributions to evolving practices
Family life coaches are seen as a viable service to families
June 2016 Planning Retreat (L-R) Debbie Farr, Tina Feigal, Margaret Machara, and Kim Allen.