Academy 4 Coaching

Training Professionals to Practice Legally

 

Words to Avoid


If You're Properly Licensed

If you're properly licensed by your state, province, district or country you may advise and diagnose your patient concerning any disease, disorder, condition or symptom included in the scope of practice defined by your license. You may also prescribe and provide any treatment for your patient concerning these things.

This means you may analyze, assess, diagnose, evaluate and examine your patient in order to classify you patient's particular disease, disorder or condition. We usually call this "diagnosis."

It also means you may admonish, advise, advocate, caution, chastise, counsel, disapprove, give guidance, prescribe, recommend, reprimand, suggest and provide any treatment that might help your client. We usually call this "counseling."

It also means you may command, demand, dictate, direct, order, prescribe, require and tell your client what they need to do. We usually call this "prescribing."

It also means you can cure, attempt to cure, heal, medicate or treat your clients. You can help your clients obtain antidotes, drugs, elixirs, medications, medicines, potions and remedies. We usually call this "treating."

You can legally do all of these things under the "scope of practice" established and defined by your license board.

If You're Not Properly Licensed

It is illegal for you to do any of these things. The penalty for doing them is a fine and incarceration. The more egregious your actions the higher your fine and the longer your incarceration. People who've been there will tell you that you don't want to go there.

The rule is: You need to avoid using all of these words.

Stop thinking in terms of diagnosing. You cannot legally diagnose any health, wellness or nutrition condition, disease, disorder or deficiency. Don't even think about it. To diagnose also means to analyze, assay, assess, evaluate and examine. Teach your client how to diagnose his or her own issues and problems. Let the licensed people diagnose her or his condition, diseases or disorders.

Stop thinking in terms of counseling and prescribing. You cannot legally counsel or prescribe anything to treat any health, wellness or nutrition condition, disease, disorder or deficiency. Don't even think about it. To prescribe is also to admonish, advise, advocate, caution, chastise, counsel, disapprove, give guidance, recommend, reprimand and to suggest. Teach your client how to prescribe remedies for himn or herself. Let the licensed people prescribe drugs and remedies.

Stop thinking in terms of treating. You cannot legally treat any health, wellness or nutrition condition, disease, disorder or deficiency. Don't even think about it. To treat also means to attempt to cure, cure, doctor, dose, give a remedy, nurse, palliate, prescribe, relieve or remedy. Don't do that. Don't say that -- anytime, anywhere, any day of your life.

The Exceptions to This Rule

You may teach your clients how to diagnose, prescribe and treat their own health, wellness, nutrition, stress, emotional issues and other conditions for themselves. You cannot legally diagnose, prescribe or treat your client's health, wellness, nutrition, stress, emotional issues and other conditions. But you can legally teach them how to do these things for themselves.

Teaching is highly recommended. Prescribing, diagnosing and treating are not.

You may coach your clients regarding their health, wellness, nutrition, stress, emotional issues and other conditions. You cannot legally counsel or advise your clients regarding their health, wellness, nutrition, stress, emotional issues and other conditions. But you can legally coach and empower them to do these things for themselves.

Coaching is highly recommended. Counseling and advising is not.

You may train your client to become aware of and manage their own health, wellness, nutrition, stress, emotional issues and other conditions. You cannot legally treat or attempt to cure your client's health, wellness, nutrition, stress, emotional issues and other conditions. But you can legally train them to do these things for themselves.

Training is highly recommended. Treating or attempting to cure anything is not.

You may demonstrate techniques and procedures your client can use to take control and manage their own health, wellness, nutrition, stress, emotional issues and other conditions. You cannot legally manage your client's health, wellness, nutrition, stress, emotional issues and other conditions. But you can legally demonstrate how they can do these things for themselves.

Demonstrating is highly recommended. Managing your client is not.

So, What Can You Do?

  1. You can coach your clients to discover what's wrong with them -- diagnose themselves
  2. You can coach your clients to discover what will help them -- prescribe for themselves
  3. You can teach your client the tools they need to do these things
  4. You can demonstrate the tools your clients need to do these things
  5. You can train your clients to relax and reduce their own stress
  6. You can help your clients relax and reduce their own stress

Just remember:

  1. Teaching is teaching. It is not prescribing, diagnosing or treating.
  2. Coaching is coaching. It is not advising or counseling.
  3. Training is training. It is not treating or attempting to cure anything.
  4. Demonstrating is demonstrating. It is just a demonstration.
  5. Helping is helping as long as you don't break the rules

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