The COACH works on the fact that most people are resilient and have a built-in ability to recover from or adjust to misfortune or change such as the COVID-19 pandemic. This is one of the most important factors in fostering individual and community recovery and is an essential element of COACH. We don’t approach people ready to diagnose. We ask them how they think they are doing and what’s working well for them. To foster resilience, COACH assists participants to connect with others who understand and accept their feelings. Participants should be encouraged to maintain a positive view of themselves and their abilities to find solutions to their concerns. COACH providers can model effective communications and teach participants coping skills to help them manage strong emotions and impulses. For example, all individuals can learn Adult Breathing Retraining to help themselves decrease anxiety and decrease stress.
To learn more about COACH visit ctstronger.org/COACH or call 211.