"Change the conversation, change the relationships, change the culture, change the systems, create durable, sustainable systems of care."

The Coach Approach to Adaptive Leadership was developed to support health and human services organizations in building coaching skills as core skills for adaptive leadership. This connects coaching as a daily approach for how to respond to complexity in times of constant uncertainty.

The Coach Approach to Adaptive Leadership is a Skill-Based Leadership Workshop to Support Internal and Cross-System Collaboration within Systems of Care Leadership. Coaching is a powerful tool for improving leadership, supervision, and practice in human services. This training introduces youth and families, leaders, administrators, supervisors, managers, and program staff, to the leadership coaching mindset and skillset.

The Coach Approach to Adaptive Leadership curriculum was designed to orient participants to a coaching model, provide opportunities to practice coaching, and to customize the coaching application to the unique needs of each organization, targeting various levels within the organization.

In Systems of Care, state, county, and local agencies promote equality and trust and partner with families and communities to address the multiple needs of children and families involved in behavioral health and other service systems. Central to the effort is a shared set of values which include youth and family-driven; community-based services and supports; cultural and linguistic competence; strength-based and individualized; multi-system integration; connection to natural helping networks;  data-driven; and quality and outcomes-oriented. Similar values are seen across the nation from statewide Systems of Care to a single county implementing these values.  The Coach Approach to Adaptive Leadership embodies many of the values through training and implementation of coaching.

The Coach Approach and System of Care Aligned Goals:

  • To strengthen services to the children and families in Pennsylvania systems of care.
  • To improve cross-partnership communication and collaboration as systems of care.
  • To support health and human services organizations, family, and youth organizations in building coaching skills as core skills for leaders.
  • To develop critical thinking skills of youth, family, and systems.

Coach Approach Mindset, the foundation of the model, is aligned with System of Care values:

  • The leader/coach is not the expert, or the judge, but creates a partnership for learning and change.
  • We bring and model deep respect for each individual’s own learning and development.
  • Our intention is always to strengthen the team member and to support his/her success.
  • We assume the person has good ideas and that when we ask powerful questions from curiosity those ideas can come out.