The book proposal and call for chapter submissions happened over 2 years ago in 2021. Finally, the book, with 25 author chapters and 27 case studies, has finally been released. Introducing: CASE STUDIES IN SPIRITUAL COACHING: A Survey Across Life, Wellness, and Work Domains
Two chapters specifically address online work.
In Chapter 4, “Jacob’s Story: The Art of Spiritual Storytelling in Coaching,” John Yaphe, Cedric Speyer and DeeAnna Merz Nagel introduce text-based work with clients and focus on building empathy within textual relationships. The authors demonstrate that the writing medium can create an enhanced
coaching experience when coupled with spiritual storytelling and the added benefit of perceived anonymity allows the client’s story to unfold.
Chapter 4 truly captures the art of storytelling within an exchange of letters through technology. Many of us recognize that emailing back and forth can be experienced as receiving letters from one another during an ongoing asynchronous email dialogue.
In Chapter 5, “Reading Between the Lines: Numinous Moments in Online Coaching,” DeeAnna Merz Nagel and Kate Anthony introduce the concepts of presence and numinosity within an online coaching case example and focuses how an online professional relationship is formed. The authors explain nonlocal presence and demonstrate the numinous moments within the online coaching process.
Chapter 5 is a particularly poignant chapter, as this was the last partnered writing between DeeAnna Nagel and Kate Anthony. In 2021 Kate and DeeAnna published Coaching Online: A Practical Guide. Following that publication another article or two and a chapter on online counselling for the 5th edition of The SAGE Handbook of Counselling & Psychotherapy– and then the two settled in to bring their online helping expertise to the field of spiritual coaching. Just before publication of the book, Kate left for a higher plane and is no longer earth-bound. Yet her influence remains.
The additional chapters in the book focus on common coach competencies applied within varying spiritual approaches to the work. Active listening, Socratic questioning and goal attainment are but a few of the well-known coaching skills represented in the book. These skills accompany a myriad of approaches ranging from contemplative writing, aromatherapy, Shamanism, Reiki and Jungian approaches to name a few.
You can see a preview and order your copy of CASE STUDIES IN SPIRITUAL COACHING: A Survey Across Life, Wellness, and Work Domains at Charles C. Thomas, Publisher. This textbook is part of the required reading for the Intuitive Wellness Coach Practitioner training.