Overview of Cognitive CoachingSM
Art Costa and Bob Garmston, the co-developers, define Cognitive CoachingSM as a set of strategies, a way of thinking and a way of working that invites self and others to shape and reshape their thinking and problem solving capacities.
Cognitive CoachingSM is based on the following four major propositions:
It is not enough for a person to behave in a certain way; what's important is the thinking that goes on behind the behavior. A large part of the role of a mediator is based on trust and rapport with the person being coached.
At the heart of Cognitive CoachingSM is the concept that each of us has resources that enable us to grow and change from within. Costa and Garmston call these resources "States of Mind." The coach mediates States of Mind allowing the person to use inner resources more effectively. There are five States of Mind:
Overview of Cognitive CoachingSM Training
Cognitive CoachingSM training focuses on the maps and tools needed to mediate another's thinking in a dynamic, individualized way. Coaches are equipped with maps and tools which they use to assist the person being coached in "navigating" the territory of thinking.
The three maps of Cognitive CoachingSM are:
Each map has identified regions, and they interact with each other. A coach can "navigate" within and among maps to mediate thinking.
The main tools of Cognitive CoachingSM are:
The training focuses on learning these tools and using them with the maps. A major focus of the training is trust and rapport.
Specifically, a person will do the following in Cognitive CoachingSM training:
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