The IASC Standards for Spiritual Coaching
Fundamental to the implementation of these standards is the notion of competence, and the professional dictum of “do no harm” – always acting in the best interest of our clients so as to promote their spiritual development and facilitate their desire to live an enlightened and fully integrated life.
As a Spiritual Coach, Minister and Member of IASC:
I will hold the well-being of my clients as being of the utmost importance, putting that first before all else by conducting myself in a professional manner with integrity, caring, honesty and, most especially, by working in a creative and genuine manner.
I will respect different belief systems and approaches to spiritual coaching and to life; in other words, I will always honor responsible diversity.
I will not misuse my professional influence and will always be mindful of the impact that I have on the lives of others; especially, my spiritual coaching clients.
I will take responsibility for any personal issues that may impair, conflict or interfere with my professional relationship with clients, which means that I will continually work on myself and always exemplify “mastery” and self-discipline.
I will honor my client's privacy and uphold confidentiality in any and all circumstances, except as otherwise authorized by my client or their legal guardian, or as required by law.
I will construct clear agreements with my clients, when necessary and/or prudent, as well as do all that I can to honor the agreements that have been made.
I will not knowingly misuse any aspect of the coach-client relationship, or its results, for my personal, professional or monetary advantage or benefit.
I will take all reasonable steps to notify the appropriate authorities in the event a client discloses an intent to endanger his/her self or others.
I will commit to these standards without exception, and I realize that should I fail to honor these standards, that the International Association for Spiritual Coaching ™ (IASC) may temporarily suspend my membership or revoke it on a permanent basis.
Oath for Spiritual Coaches:
As an association of professionals, we clearly state that our “qualifications” must go far beyond our academic training and work-world credentials all the way to true mastery and authentic responsibility. Our oath as individuals, and as a community, is that OUR OWN LIFE EXPERIENCE; PERSONAL GROWTH AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT are to be our greatest “qualification”, and the real source of our expertise.
I, ___________________________, take this oath to my heart, and pray that I do all that I can for those who come to see me, honoring the responsibility that has been entrusted to me, and in that spirit I commit to serving each individual and the world.
Additionally, we also put forth that we have dedicated ourselves to utilizing the other half of our intelligence , which is made up of a seasoned intuition, our heart's wisdom and the deep inner knowing that can only come from a personal connection to Spirit (God), and our passionate commitment to the world, inspired by both the concept and value of evolution.
Our charge, as we see it, is to authentically respond to the individuals that we serve with every faculty at our disposal and to assist them with the conditions and circumstances that have brought them to us. We view ourselves as “partners” to the transformation that our client's desire, and as such, we commit to complete honesty as we provide the support that is required.
With full allegiance to the individual client, we enter into a process of determining what is appropriate for a particular situation and/or condition to arrive at the “standard” of each case, and then we apply our expertise and creativity accordingly. Every person is unique, and all of our work shall be freshly specific.
We believe that a BALANCE must be achieved between protection and creativity, yet we understand that in actuality, the truly authentic is perfectly balanced in and of itself—by its very nature. We have learned that each individual's “reality” dictates what the requirements will be, and that their reality will inform us of how best to proceed.
And, further, that “emptiness” and looking to Spirit for guidance is necessary so that clear and true listening can take place; and out of this emptiness and listening, the GENUINE HELP that we are to provide as professionals will arise.