A Coaching Contract protects all parties from misunderstandings, unprofessional and undignified conduct. It sets out the professional and ethical expectations of a coach, and their expectations of the client. A contract needs to be agreed, understood and entered into in a positive spirit by all parties.
A typical contract will include;
- location, frequency and length of session.
- Goals, roles and accountability of each party.
- Legal and financial aspects, such as payment terms and cancellation fees and how either party may withdraw from the coaching arrangement.
- Review dates, with agreed measurements and timescales.
- A Coaching Code of Ethics should be made clear to the client.
The ultimate aim of a contract is to pave the way for a rich, highly rewarding learning experience, where all parties see the end results-one where communication and openness are a common thread throughout.
refs; Passmore and Van Nieuwerburgh