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The Science Behind
the Co-Active Model

Coaching: A Tool for Transformation

The coaching community knew that coaching was a powerful instrument of transformation in the 1990s. The empirical evidence was nevertheless still emerging at this time. But that’s not the case anymore.

Neuroscience confirms that the Co-Active philosophy and tools of coaching and leadership are strongly aligned with what is known about effective brain development.

The very best evidence for the efficacy of the Co-Active model can be found in our work with the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate. Together, we are building evidence-based best practices for coaching.

Co-Active Training Institute (CTI) offers a gold standard of coach training, and the Co-Active model behind it is remarkably congruent with a vast body of research in positive psychology and coaching. It’s exciting to see how the entire field can be uplifted by connecting science and theory with the spirit and practice of coaching. In the future, results will continue to show how science can be mapped to CTI’s Co-Active model and their four cornerstones of coaching.

– Dr. Carol Kauffman, founder and director of the Institute of Coaching and faculty of Harvard Medical School for over 25 years

How Co-Active Positively Impacts the Brain

In a 2005 experiment, UCLA scientists tested how stress is impacted by certain styles of thought. They discovered that those who were given the task of identifying and reflecting on their values prior to the test had significantly lower cortisol levels after the test than the control group, who were given the same stress test but were not asked to identify or reflect on their values.

Co-Active-certified coaches are trained to hold conversations in which clients reflect deeply on their values – and use this mindset as a form of stress-reduction.

An fMRI study conducted at Case Western Reserve University in 2010 discovered that when subjects talked about their desired personal vision for 30 minutes, the parts of their brain “associated with cognitive, perceptual, and emotional openness and better functioning” were activated.

The Co-Active model provides coaches with a suite of tools and skills that are linked to stress-reduction, right-left hemisphere integration, and neuroplasticity.

The Co-Active Model

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People are Naturally Creative, Resourceful, and Whole

Supporting Research:

  • Maslow’s Actualizing Tendency
  • Positive Psychology
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Strength Theory
  • Humanistic Psychology
Dance in This Moment

Supporting Research:

  • Emergent Process
  • Improvisation
  • Complexity Theory
  • Mindfulness
Evoke Transformation

Supporting Research:

  • Pygmalion Effect
  • Broaden and Build
  • Positivity 3.1
  • Immunity to Change
  • Stages of Change
  • Hope Theory
Focus on the Whole Person

Supporting Research:

  • Bio-psycho-social-spiritual Model
  • P.E.R.F.E.C.T. Model
Neuroscience evidence confirms that the philosophy and tools of coaching and leadership are strongly aligned with what is known about effective brain development.

Co-Active coaches are uniquely positioned to engage the brains of people in ways that promote openness, creativity, and the optimal neuroplastic environment leading to transformative, long-term changes.

Norman Doidge, a neuroplasticity expert points out, that there is substantial evidence we can “rewire our brains with our thoughts.”

But because the default in our brain is to go with the pathways that are already developed, it is difficult to change without focused, supported, intentional effort. This is where the Co-Active model can help.

Co-Active coaching and leadership development can help develop positive new neural networks, respond more calmly to stress, make better decisions, and access innate creativity.

Co-Active coaches help their clients gain meaning in their lives and create an inspiring view of the future, which is shown to help them feel better and reduce stress in general.

If you’d like to learn more about how our coach training programs can support your business goals, please reach out to our Corporate Enrollment Team. We’d love to chat with you!

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