My Fresh Start Coach Code of Ethics

These principles are intended to serve as a guide for me, a Parenting Life Coach in my everyday professional conduct,
which includes my various roles, relationships, and levels of responsibility within my job.

Principle 1: Integrity

In order to maintain high standards of competence and integrity, I will:

1. Apply the principles of resiliency, wellness and/or recovery, family-driven approach, youth-guided or
youth-driven approach, consumer-driven approach and peer to peer mutual-learning principles in everyday
interactions with family members;

2. Promote the family member’s ethical decision-making and personal responsibility consistent with that
family member’s culture, values, and beliefs;

3. Promote the family members’ voices and the articulation of their values in planning and evaluating
children’s behavioral health-related issues;

4. Teach, mentor, coach and support family members to articulate goals that reflect each family member’s
current needs and strengths;

5. Demonstrate respect for the cultural-based values of the family members engaged in peer support;

6. Communicate information in ways that are both developmentally and culturally appropriate;

7. Empower family members I am assisting to be fully informed in preparing to make decisions and
understand the implications of these decisions;

8. Maintain high standards of professional competence and integrity;

9. Abstain from discriminating against or refusing services to anyone on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender,
gender identity, religion/spirituality, culture, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, language
preference, socioeconomic status or disability;

10. Only assist family members whose concerns are within my competency as determined by my education,
training, experience and on-going supervision/consultation;

11. Abstain from establishing or maintaining a relationship for the sole purpose of financial remuneration to
me or the agency associated with me; and

12. Terminate a relationship when it becomes reasonably clear that the coaching relationship is no
longer the desire of the family member.

Principle 2: Safety

In order to maintain the safety of all family members involved with their services, I will:

1. Comply with all laws and regulations applicable to the jurisdiction in which the family coaching services are
provided, including but not limited to confidentiality;

2. Maintain confidentiality in my personal and professional communication and ensure that family members
have authorized my use or release of any and all information about themselves or family members for whom
they have legal authority, including but not limited to verbal statements, writings, or re-release of documents;

3. Respect the privacy of the agencies with whom I partner and not distribute internal or draft documents or
share private, internal conversations;

4. When complying with laws and regulations involving mandatory reporting of harm, abuse or neglect,
make every effort to involve the family members in the planning for services and ensure that no further
harm is done to family members as the result of the reporting;

5. Discuss and explain to family members the rights, roles, expectations, benefits, and limitations of the coaching process;

6. Avoid ambiguity in the relationship with family members and ensure clarity of my role at all times;

7. Maintain a positive relationship with family members, refraining from the premature or unannounced ceasing
of the relationship, until a reasonable alternative arrangement is made for the continuation of similar services;

8. Abstain from engaging in intimate emotional or physical relationships with family members engaged in a
peer support relationship;

9. Neither offer nor accept gifts, other than token gifts, related to the professional service of family support,
including but not limited to, personal barter services, payment for referrals, or other remunerations; and

10. Abstain from engaging in personal financial transactions with family members engaged in a coaching

Principle 3: Professional Responsibility

Through educational activities, supervision and personal commitment, I will:

1. Stay informed and up-to-date with regard to the research, policy, and developments in the field of
parent/coaching and children’s emotional, developmental, behavioral (including substance use), or mental
health which relates to my own practice area and children’s general health and wellbeing;

2. Engage in helping relationships that include skills-building, not exceeding my scope of practice,
experience, training, education or competence;

3. Perform or hold myself out as competent to perform only coaching services, not beyond my education, training,
experience, or competence;

4. Seek appropriate professional supervision/consultation or assistance for my personal problems or conflicts
that may impair or affect work/volunteer performance or judgment;

5. Refrain from distorting, misusing or misrepresenting my experience, knowledge, skills or research

6. Refrain from financially or professionally exploiting a colleague or representing a colleague’s work,
associated with the provision of coaching or the profession of coaching, like my own;

7. In the role of a supervisor/consultant, be responsible for maintaining the quality of my own
supervisory/consultation skills and obtaining supervision/consultation for work as a supervisor/consultant;

8. In the role of a researcher, be aware of and comply with federal and state laws and regulations, agency
regulations and professional standards governing the conduct of research, including but not limited to
ensuring the participants’ complete informed consent for participating or declining to participate in a study;

9. In the role as a Life Coach, give credit to other persons for published or unpublished original ideas, take reasonable precautions to ensure that I promote and advertises other’s materials accurately and factually.