We had a great experience at the UPCEA Conference earlier this year and are looking forward to presenting at AHEAD. Here are the answers to the most common questions we receive from Higher Education Professionals. (that are likely on your list to ask!)
Question: Doesn’t your book Empowering Youth with ADHD refer to coaching younger students? How is that relevant to Higher Education?
Answer: The focus of Jodi Sleeper-Triplett’s book, Empowering Youth with ADHD is on the teens years and the critical stage of transitioning to independence as an adult in both higher education and in the workplace. Students with ADHD and executive functioning challenges comprise a large number of adult learners that struggled through college earlier in life and stopped short of graduation. The strategies in the book are effective for any adult learners that struggle with prioritizing school along with work and family responsibilities.
Question: Support for students with ADHD is great but we are focused on supporting all of our divergent learners. What can you do for us?
Answer: We customize training for colleges and universities to apply coaching skills to interactions with all students in any department. Your institution will determine how much, if any, time is spent on ADHD specific content. It is recommended that time is spent on coaching executive function challenges as a large percentage of the student population has some level of difficulty with prioritization, time management, initiation, etc. Distance learners that struggle without the structure of an in-person classroom absolutely benefit from this type of coaching support.
Question: We are an educational institution, what can you teach us that we don’t already know?
Answer: We find that many institutions have a more traditional, directive style of student interactions. In recent years it has been acknowledged that most students benefit from more student-directed interactions, providing an opportunity for the students to become self-determined and persist to graduation.
Question: What value will “Coach Speak” add to our institution?
Answer: When faculty and staff shift to a coaching mindset, they provide a student-centered environment which puts more responsibility on the students and creates a partnership instead of a hierarchy. This, in turn, empowers students to move forward independently with increased self-confidence and self-awareness.
Question: What departments will benefit from adding coaching to their skillset?
Answer: Through our work at various post-secondary institutions, we have seen coaching as an effective skill set when used by staff and faculty in many departments, including Student Support Services, Academic Advising, and Student Life.
Question: We are not sure we can fit coach training into our budget this year. What are the options?
Answer: We customize training to meet your institutional goals for continuing education as well as your budget. JST Coaching & Training offers 2 and 3 day in-person and virtual training for small or large groups. We also provide on-going advising and mentoring to support you in fully integrating coaching into the culture of your institution. In addition to private customized training, we offer public training for individual higher education professionals that want to increase their connection to college students.