An NDIS recovery coach is a qualified professional
Who understands psychosocial disability, mental health and the NDIS, and can partner with you to organise your supports and work towards your goals.
What is an NDIS recovery coach?
A coach will help you identify your goals, look for opportunities for you, work with other people to make it happen, and support you to make your own choices and live the life you want.
They work collaboratively with the you, your family/informal support network and other services to identify, plan, design and coordinate supports. It’s similar to life coaching but with professionals that just get it.
NDIS recovery coaching complements other forms of support. This means your NDIS recovery coach won’t provide your daily supports, but they will be your go-to person to bring all your NDIS supports together.
What do recovery coaches do?
NDIS recovery coaching is a leading way of working with people a psychosocial disability or mental illness to assist them lead full and contributing lives.
A coach will:
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A Coach should work with you to identify goals the you want to work towards. A good coach will work with you to self-direct and grow in the direction you want to go.
They know that you can make your own choices and have the ability to solve problems for yourself. You should expect a coach to be focusing on solutions and getting things moving, not just focusing on issues and barriers. Coaches should also work with others who support you, to make sure they understand how to best assist you achieve your goals and outcomes. They should work with you to develop a plan for when things might not be going so well. This can assist in ensuring that you are supported in a way that works best for you.
Recovery coaching is not support coordination or support work. Like support coordinators, recovery coaches know all about the NDIS and the price guide, build community connections, help you achieve your NDIS goals. They also can help you with NDIS reviews, establish your supports, problem-solve and manage unexpected situations.
But recovery coaches are ALSO recovery practitioners, with specialist knowledge, skills and experience in working in a way that supports people with psychosocial disability and mental illness to live as empowered citizens and build a life that’s not defined by their diagnosis.
When you’re looking for an NDIS recovery coach you should ask them about their experience and qualifications. You want to know they have the skills and capability to support you well. The minimum qualifications you should expect are a Certificate IV in Mental Health or Mental Health Peer Work and have at least 2 years relevant work experience. But it’s not just about the training, you should feel that they are the right coach for you and a good fit.
The standard hourly rate for NDIS recovery coaching in metropolitan areas is $85.62 per hour as at July 2021.
Family, friends, and colleagues may be able to refer you to an NDIS psychosocial recovery coach across Australia, or you may be able to find one online. Remember – it is important to assess the credentials of the recovery coach and take the time to feel more comfortable with them. At Goal Coach, we provide a psychosocial recovery coaching service and are onboarding new clients. Our team is led by nationally recognised experts in NDIS mental health.
People with NDIS plans have the option to select to work with coaches that have learnt experience or lived experience.
Coaches with lived experience are also referred to as peer coaches and are people that openly identify and use their lived experience of mental illness and recovery as part of their work.
Professional Peers are powerful role models for hope and demonstrate the possibility of successful recovery. They can walk alongside people and can provide unique expertise when developing recovery goals.
Their work is informed by the principles of peer work practice, which has guidance on how to effectively and safely draw on their own experiences to foster hope and guide people towards self-management and recovery.
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