Book Excerpt: Gathering Information on the Parent’s Openness to Coaching

One of the coach’s jobs during the prescreening process is to assess the parent’s readiness and willingness to change roles. Will the parent be able to step back from being the advocate for the young person to being an observer and supporter while the young person learns to advocate for and take care of him or herself? Of course, this all presupposes that the parent really wants coaching in the first place. The prescreening process is also about making sure that the parent really wants coaching for the young person—not something else, like homework help or psychological counseling.