What Standard Are Certified Divorce Coaches Held To?

What Standard Are Certified Divorce Coaches Held To_

Are you considering working with a Certified Divorce Coach but are unsure of the benefits? Maybe you are not even sure what a divorce coach is. In this blog we will discuss what a CDC is and the standards an individual must meet in order to become certified.


What is a Certified Divorce Coach?


A Certified Divorce Coach is an individual who has gone through a dynamic training and certification program which provides proprietary frameworks and divorce coaching competencies. We have launched hundreds of people on a new path, equipped with practice standards, ethics, frameworks, and processes that help them excel as a certified divorce coach.


What are the Standards of Ethics and Professional Responsibility for CDC Certified Divorce Coach®certificants?


Integrity: Provide professional services with integrity.


Integrity demands honesty and candor, which must not be subordinated to personal gain and advantage. Coaches are placed in positions of trust by clients, and the ultimate source of that trust is the coach’s personal integrity. Allowance can be made for innocent error and legitimate differences of opinion, but integrity cannot co-exist with subordination of one’s principles.


Competence: Maintain the knowledge and skill necessary to provide professional services competently.


Competence means attaining and maintaining an adequate level of knowledge and skill, and application of that knowledge and skill in providing services to clients. Competence also includes the wisdom to recognize the limitations of that knowledge and when consultation with other professionals is appropriate or referral to other professionals necessary. Coaches make a continuing commitment to learning and professional improvement.


Fairness: Be fair and reasonable in all professional relationships. Disclose conflicts of interest.


Fairness requires intellectual honesty and disclosure of material conflicts of interest. It involves a subordination of one’s own feelings, prejudices and desires to the needs of the client. Fairness is treating others in the same fashion that you would want to be treated.


Confidentiality: Protect the confidentiality of all client information.


Confidentiality means ensuring that information is accessible only to those authorized to have access. A relationship of trust and confidence with the client can only be built upon the understanding that the client’s information will remain confidential.


Professionalism: Act in a manner that demonstrates exemplary professional conduct.


Professionalism requires behaving with dignity and courtesy to clients, fellow professionals, and others in related activities. Coaches cooperate with fellow coaches to enhance and maintain the profession’s public image and improve the quality of services.


Good Moral Character: A divorce coach must maintain good moral character.


Advertising: A divorce coach will not engage in false advertising.


A coach will ensure that any advertisements of the coach’s qualifications, services to be rendered, or the coaching process are accurate and honest.


Continuing Education Requirements:

The Board requires 16 hours of CCE (continuing coach education) and will accept hours form a variety of sources (e.g., CCE, CME, CLE, other Board approved CE, etc.).


One of the important aspects of CDC Certified Divorce Coach® is that Coaches must adhere to the Standards of Ethics and Professional Responsibility outlined above. In the spirit of protecting the public, the Standards Board has partnered with the interests of the public and instituted a grievance procedure.


Are you located in the Houston area and looking for a divorce coach to help you get through this difficult time in your life? Attorney Dawn Renken can help. She is a certified divorce coach (CDC) who can help you navigate this difficult time in your life. Not only does working with a divorce coach help to ensure all of your bases are covered throughout the divorce process, but they can also help you navigate the difficult emotions you are experiencing throughout this process. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you through your divorce and lessen the emotional impact on your family.


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Renken Law Firm is here to help couples who wish to dissolve their marriage, whether that be through divorce or legal separation. We are here to help those who are ending marriages that have been contested, uncontested, or collaborative. We are fully prepared to help you navigate the specifics of your case. We proudly serve the Greater Houston area, including but not limited to Brazos County, Cypress, Fort Bend County, Galveston, Houston Heights, Houston, Humble, Katy, Kingwood, Memorial Houston, Montgomery County, Montrose, Richmond, Rosenberg, Spring, The Woodlands. All marriages are different, making each divorce equally unique with its own set of needs that must be addressed. Contact our law office to explore your options moving forward, and find out how we can help you.



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