Coaching vs. Counseling
Target Audience: Mental Health Professionals; Professional Counselors & Therapists
Total Online Continuing Education Hours: 2 (two)
Mental health professionals can legally provide coaching services within the scope of their competency and practice, but people who are not licensed mental health professionals cannot provide counseling or therapy services in most jurisdictions.
This means that if you are a coach but not a mental health professional, providing some types of services could create a legal liability for you, up to and including practicing psychotherapy without a license. This course will help you to determine what qualifies as coaching and what qualifies as therapy and counseling, while offering some guidelines as to which is which.
Instructor Qualifications and Contact Information
This course was created by Charlton Hall, MMFT, PhD.
Charlton Hall, MMFT, PhD is a former Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor and a former Registered Play Therapy Supervisor (now retired from both those roles).
In 2008 he was awarded a two-year post-graduate fellowship through the Westgate Training and Consultation Network to study mindfulness and ecotherapy. His chosen specialty demographic at that time was Borderline Personality Disorder.
Dr. Hall has been providing training seminars on mindfulness and ecotherapy since 2007 when he founded what would become the Mindful Ecotherapy Center, LLC, and has been an advocate for education in ecotherapy and mindfulness throughout his professional career, serving on the South Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy’s Board of Directors as Chair of Continuing Education from 2012 to 2014.
He served as the Chair of Behavioral Health for ReGenesis Health Care from 2014 to 2016 and trained all the medical staff in suicide risk assessment and prevention during his employment at that agency.
Dr. Hall is also a trained SMART Recovery Facilitator and served as a Volunteer Advisor in South Carolina for several years.
Dr. Hall’s area of research and interest is using Mindfulness and Ecotherapy to facilitate acceptance and change strategies within a family systemic framework, and he has presented research at several conferences and seminars on this and other topics.