Coaching for Healing, Justice and Liberation
The World's Only Coaching Certification Program that has Decolonized Aspirations Led by Black, Indigenous and People of Color
The design and training team includes Damon Azali-Rojas, Sarah Jawaid and Chrissie Castro
Recentering our Cultural Values
Coaching for Healing, Justice and Liberation seeks to uncover and rediscover traditional and adaptive ways of living out our value systems of expansiveness and liberation for collective healing. We do this in a way that leans into the innate resilience and traditional wisdom of the cultures of our students, while being aware of the default patterns of coping and avoidance that results from systemic racial, gender and class oppression.
A Path Towards Liberation
Coaching for Healing, Justice and Liberation aims to weave in patterns of liberation into the fabric of our lives. Liberation begins with the identification of how we are impacted by interlocking systems of oppression. Through coaching support we can see that the psychological and symbolic iron shackles that limit us are in fact open.
The limiting beliefs we have come to adapt, lead us to believe that they are firmly in place. We want people to come home to themselves and live from a place of joy. Our school seeks to invite individual reflection and transformation while building the collective awareness of the need for justice from the systems that oppress us. As the Muslim poet Rumi from Konya states, "Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world; today I am wise, so I want to change myself."
We also believe in rest, joy and play as critical parts of living into our purpose.
Professional and Internationally Recognized Coaching Skills
To facilitate change in others, our coaching model will cover all of the coaching skills and techniques required by the International Coach Federation (ICF) – skills such as powerful questions, creating effective accountability, creating trust and intimacy, coaching presence, self-management, ethics, and other standard coaching skills found in the nonprofit sector. We have also added new core-competencies that recognize and engage the impact of implicit bias, white/male/cis/etc. fragility, white supremacy and other systems of oppression. Although the ICF establishes a baseline of competencies coaching programs must meet, their framework is not rooted in an anti-oppression, anti-racist world view. We believe that anything less than a liberatory framework simply enforces the limitations of white supremacy. In short, CHJL not only meets the standards of international accreditation bodies, we exceed them.
This school will be the first and only coaching school that will not only teach students how to support coach partners (aka clients) to be their best selves but also to support them to be their best selves while detangling invisibilized oppression from how they show up in the coaching relationship, in their communities and in the world.
A Critical and Nuanced Approach to Nonprofit and Movement Culture
We are seeking to thread these coaching fundamentals with an anti-oppression analysis that better equips movement leaders, healers and liberation leaders of today’s innovative movements for justice to build power, compassionately and proactively address conflict while expanding the rights and protections of the most impacted peoples and communities.
We have already seen how this has created different lives for people who are coached and what is far more spectacular is that the coaches are also transformed. Having leaders that are on the path to healing and liberation creates an “operating system” that interconnects our movements for liberation in a way where we are relating to each other at a more evolved level of choice to move the world to a more just and sustainable vision that we hold in our hearts.
Another goal of our school is to impact the movement and nonprofit ecosystem to recognize coaching skills as a way to build coalitions, deal with conflict and address how systemic oppression embeds itself in the air of organizational and movement culture. To this end, the school will include as part of its model, methods for coaches to support coach partners to identify and address the sometimes invisible dynamics of power and privilege while maintaining safety and connection in the coaching relationship. This model will also incorporate indigenous cultures and wisdom while building off that knowledge to address current day problems and dilemmas in the world. This vision moves toward an evolving decolonization and re-indigenization of culture, thought and structures within our movements in order to return to the original instructions of our ancestors and elders.
Given the current nonprofit climate, the school’s curriculum will help support participants in naming, navigating and uprooting white supremacy culture. The school has an opportunity to support the very organizations that are trying to move the needle towards justice while supporting deeper healing and more effective organizational culture.
CLICK HERE for more detailed information about upcoming trainings and the application process. Stay tuned for more information about our inaugural BIPOC certification cohort in the second quarter of 2021.
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