Become A Matter of Balance Coach

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“It is so gratifying to see how participants in A Matter of Balance learn from one another, become more aware, stronger, and more confident. “
— Mike O’Donnell, Matter of Balance Master Trainer, Bloomington, IL


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,

  • Enthusiasm,

  • Dependability

  • 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.

If this sounds like you, please complete the cOach Application and someone will reach out to you. We would love to have you on-board!