How Positive Presence Mentor-Coaches Get Accredited

What is the Accreditation Process for Positive Presence Mentor-Coaches

Positive Presence Global was founded by Michelle Marie King in 2016 with the idea to provide positivity, self-confidence, self-worth, and self-love to youth across the world. Armed with that vision, Michelle knew she would need to find self-driven, motivated, and passionate coaches to help teach these skills. Although all Positive Presence coaches are inherently talented and exemplary, they are all expected to go through our proprietary, expertly created training and certification program. This program was designed by Michelle herself and was intended to help potential coaches understand the responsibility they take on when they commit to not only becoming a Positive Presence mentor-coach but also developing a mentorship relationship with those they coach.

The training and accreditation program lasts four to six weeks and consists of use cases, research, practice scenarios, and evaluations conducted by our Training Team. If the prospective coach successfully passes each section of the training course, they are then certified to start working with their own mentees.

In this article, we are going to go through some of the checkpoints and milestones our mentor-coaches cover throughout their training and accreditation.

Step 1: The Interview Process

The interview process for becoming a Positive Presence mentor-coach is extremely rigorous and comprehensive. Before we invite any individual to begin training to (hopefully) become a mentor-coach, they must go through multiple rounds of interview and background checks.

The Positive Presence mentor-coach interview process is one-of-a-kind and forces prospective coaches to thoughtfully consider if they are currently willing and able to take on the commitment to becoming a life-changing mentor-coach.

The interview process is designed to find the best possible candidates, and to protect Positive Presence families. Candidates go through two interviews, a background screening, multiple reference checks, and an online social media review and analysis to ensure their public persona fits the positivity associated with the brand.

Since inception, only 25% of candidates have passed the interview process to begin training to become a Positive Presence mentor-coach. Once an offer is extended to a prospective mentor-coach, they are required to sign a non-disclosure and confidentiality agreement to ensure the security and privacy of our clients and families. These agreements are extended to the coaches for a year at a time and are reviewed and renewed annually.

If a candidate passes the interview process, they enter the Positive Presence training program. This entire process take 4-6 weeks and includes 3 parts:

  1. 30-Day Intensive Training
  2. Learning and Practicing the Perspective Coaching Process
  3. Acing the Mentor-Coaching Exam

Step 2: 30-Day Intensive Training

After accepting a position as a prospective mentor-coach, the first step is an intensive 30-Day training program facilitated by Positive Presence’s training team. Through this one-on-one hands-on experience, Positive Presence mentor-coaches get an in-depth understanding of our S.E.L.F. Philosophy™, the coaching P.I.L.L.A.R.S., our proprietary ‘Perspective Coaching Process’, and a clear understanding of how to support their future mentees.

The Positive Presence S.E.L.F. Philosophy is a one-of-a-kind approach that mentor-coaches utilize to challenge their mentees to grow, change, and move towards a life of fulfillment. Working together the mentor-coach and mentee work their way through the four parts of S.E.L.F. (Soul, Energy, Love & Fulfillment), with the goal of finding peace and radiating confidence.

Positive Presence mentor-coaches-in-training first need to fully master the S.E.L.F. philosophy for themselves before they can begin to teach it to others. The prospective coaches are challenged to re-think their perspective and unlock their own source and sense of fulfillment.

Once the S.E.L.F. is mastered, prospective coaches can move on to learning about the Positive Presence coaching P.I.L.L.A.R.S which are as follows.

Step 3: Learning the Perspective Coaching Process

Positive Presence coaches-in-training spend the next few weeks learning and training to focus all their energy on being present for their mentees. Through use cases, example scenarios, and in-depth research, mentor-coaches are trained to listen thoughtfully as well as uplift and inspire their students to grow and explore.

The Perspective Coaching Process allows Positive Presence mentor-coaches to start every relationship and meeting from a place of understanding before responding to a mentee’’s situation.

Prospective mentor-coaches are given an outline with 4 unique perspectives to consider when engaging in their coaching sessions. Each perspective offers a wider understanding of both the situation and how both the mentor-coach and the mentee are responding to it.

With each unique perspective, clarity is gained to help determine a path forward. Once we fully immerse ourselves in the situation and gain multi-level perspective, mentor-coaches are able to better support their mentees when, where, and how they need it.

Here are the 4 perspectives:

    This perspective is 100% based on the mentee. Coaches are prompted to ask questions such as, how do they feel, what is their perspective of the situation they are facing, what is bothering them, etc. In this approach, it is the mentor-coaches’ responsibility to ask as many questions as needed to fully immerse into the circumstances of the situation.

    Through this perspective, mentor-coaches are challenged to connect to their feelings that arise from the situation at hand. Ex: I can’t relate to a divorce, but I can relate to loss. This perspective allows mentor-coaches to use their personal experiences to better relate to and empathize with the mentee’s situation. This approach is important for three reasons:
         a.  It helps the mentee understand that they are not alone
         b.  Shows that even their own mentor-coach struggles or has struggled with      something similar
         c.  Gives mentees hope that there is resolution and reminds them that it is possible to get through it

    Subjectivity is important because it challenges the mentor-coach to take a moment and consider their own perspective and reflections from the situation at hand. It requires looking through the coaches’ own lens as a bystander and as someone who cares about the person going through it. This is not the time to judge or belittle their feelings, but show admiration and love for the person going through it.

    The goal of every mentor-coach is to leave the mentee with motivation to move forward and to take the next step in their journey. Through the strategy perspective, mentor-coaches collaborate with their mentees to create reasonable next steps that are thoughtful and intentional. Asking the student ‘how do you want to feel’ in this step is an incredibly powerful question that allows mentor-coaches to recognize triggers and resistance for deeper healing.

Step 3: Completing (and Acing) the Mentor-Coach Assessment

Once the prospective mentor-coach has completed all of their training, they are required to take a written assessment to prove their proficiencies and competencies in the covered materials from the training.

Positive Presence holds their mentor-coaches to an extremely high standard, which means they must get a 100% on the written assessment before they are cleared to start working with students.

The mentor-coaching assessment covers scenarios from a wide array of life experiences, ranging from taking tests, applying to college, time management and budgeting, all the way to anxiety, depression, coping mechanisms, self harm, suicidal ideations, exploring sexuality and more.

Positive Presence mentor-coaches are trained to handle and help students work through any life experience. During the exam, mentor-coaches are given 25 unique scenarios and are asked to come up with a strategy to provide perspective, clarity, and a positive path forward for the student.

This exam is rigorous and intensive but accentuates the intention behind our coaching. Once a mentor-coach has successfully completed the exam, they are qualified to start working with their own students.

Current Mentor-Coaches on the PPG Certification Program

Telling you all about the certification process is one thing, but seeing it in action for yourself is important too. Some of our current mentor-coaches provided their thoughts and feelings from their certification process, which you can read here.

“The Certification Process at Positive Presence is eye opening and also satisfying. You learn so much so quickly and you get to focus on your goals as a coach as well. This learning platform allows you to take all your knowledge and start putting it into action.”
– Danielle Daniel
“My certification process with Positive Presence Global was a very rewarding and fulfilling experience. Receiving first hand coaching techniques was a game changer for my development as a coach. Challenging myself personally and professionally changed my vantage point of what life coaching is all about. The process seems rigorous at times because of the accountability and self-awareness portion. The rewarding and fulfilling aspect comes from becoming a better person first, then a better coach after the completion of your training.”
– Wafeeq Amin\
You can see all the accredited active mentor-coaches by clicking here.
If you are interested in becoming a Positive Presence Mentor-Coach, we’d love to hear from you!

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