Become A Matter of Balance Coach
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME A coach?
To ensure program effectiveness and fidelity Maine Health has set the following expectations for professionals and lay leaders who serve as Coaches to lead A Matter of Balance classes:
- Good communication and interpersonal skills,
- Willingness to lead a small group
- Interest in working with older adults
- Life experiences valued, with education or health care experience a plus
- Ability to perform range of motion and low-level endurance exercises
- Ability to carry up to 20 lbs
Workshops are led by a team of two trained coaches. Coaches come from a variety of backgrounds and it is not necessary to have a job in the health professions to qualify as a workshop facilitator. Learning from the other people in the workshop is a crucial piece of the process. Therefore, in each two-person team, at least one coach should have experience with falls. This increases the two-way connection between coaches and participants, and encourages everyone to share experiences and solutions.
All coaches must:
- Complete 8 hours of training.
- Complete two workshops within 12 months of finishing the training.
- Have an agreement with a licensed organization with a Master Trainer they will work under while conducting workshops.
- Complete 2.5 hours of update training annually.