“A movement isn’t called that for nothing. It has to move people. It needs lovers, and friends, and allies. It has to generate a cascade of feeling—moral feeling. The movement’s passion has to become a general passion. And that passion must be focused: the concern that people feel about some large condition “out there” has to find traction closer to home.” ~ Todd Gitlin
PCI Coaches work locally and globally to help families thrive in our increasingly complex world. United through our vision, and energized by our network of like-minded professionals, we grow in creativity and capacity to express our unique talents and skills to do our best to serve families. The growth of the whole of PCI moves us to make positive changes in our individual circles of influence.
Some PCI coaches are highly visible on the Internet and social media—like Cathy Cassani Adams who writes a column for Chicago Parent and co-hosts the popular podcast, Zen Parenting Radio with her husband, Todd. They have recently launched Be U, Inc.—a conscious living company. Or like these other amazing PCI Coaches: Aysegul Cebenoyan writes a parenting column for the Turkish newspaper, Karsi Gazete Galit Birk, Ph.D., contributes parenting articles to DFW Child, the central parenting magazine in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Alice Hanscam shares her well-received wisdom on her Facebook pages and will soon release her book about Appreciative Inquiry in parenting. Muna Awad is a driving force behind the TEDx symposiums in Jordan.
Other PCI Coaches work closely with agencies to help needy moms and dads; some work within agencies as social workers and parent educators, like Linda Smith of Child and Family Resources of Morristown New Jersey. These professionals are now equipped to serve their clients with an effective coaching model to add to their already deep tool chest of knowledge and experience. You might not find them on the Internet, or talking on social media, but the moms and dads they serve know and truly appreciate them.
Some PCI Coaches lead the way in their schools to make positive differences for families, based on their passion to make things better. Like Erin Taylor, who saw a need and with her friends developed LOCKS, (Local on-Line Cyber Kids Safety) a growing Facebook community of parents dedicated to sharing information about on-line safety, apps, and wise use of screen technology.
Many PCI coaches develop a part-time or full time parent coaching practice. Some therapists who have gone through the program, like Dr. Talia Ziv in Michigan, has added coaching services to her practice. Claire Holmes and Valerie Hoglan in Singapore, integrate their parent coaching with their school counseling work. Retired educators, like Dr. Roni Stein and Dr. Andra Helton, apply their wealth of past successes to grace their clients with care and expertise through a more general parent coaching practice. Mary Upham, Peggy Fitzpatrick, Rhonda Moskowitz, Patricia Barros, Peggy Gomula, and Sheila Wenger enjoy coaching parents of children of all ages, as well.
Often PCI Coaches discover a specific niche based on their interests and expertise. Through her sub-specialty arm of her coaching practice, Sheryl Stoller coaches parents of gifted children and children whose gifts are overshadowed by other intense traits and behaviors. Lea Stublarec is writing a book on mothers of gifted daughters based on her research over the last few years. Kay Gruder coaches parents of college-age kids; Chris Donavan loves coaching parents of teens, Karina de La Cruz enjoys coaching moms of young children, and Pat Tyler focuses her coaching practice on parents of special needs children—to name just a few of the diverse niches represented. Connie Hammer has both a general practice, coaching all parents, and also specializes in coaching parents of children on the autism spectrum.
Many PCI coaches are mothers who left successful careers to stay at home with their children and launch their parent coaching practice in their bathrobes from their kitchen tables. Karen Bierdeman, one of PCI’s earliest graduates, will tell you humorously and in all seriousness how she began the Guilt-Free Mom, which now flourishes. Dana Allara is the mother of teens, affording her time to develop her practice as they grow more independent. Hannah Benedict builds her parent coaching practice as a single mom of little ones working part-time as a preschool instructor. And then there is Tim and Kelly Brady. As husband and wife parent coaches they work with couples, offering their unique perspectives to provide keen insights for complementary parenting.
As you can see, there are as many ways to join our movement as the imagination allows.
Once you are a PCI Certified Parent Coach® you work independently of PCI. If you have the time and it’s meaningful to you, you can choose to collaborate with us on certain projects. It’s up to you.
But no matter what your choice, the truth is, we are all part of the same movement—united in a common vision, using our unique talents and diverse skills to serve parents.
That’s what unites us.
And that’s what really matters.