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Tactical Living


May 20, 2024

Join hosts Coach Ashlie Walton and Sergeant Clint Walton in this critical episode where they tackle a pressing issue within the support network for first responders: the prevalence of unqualified coaches who claim to offer guidance and support. As the demand for mental health (Affiliate Link) and wellness coaching grows, so does the number of self-proclaimed experts who may not have the necessary training or experience to truly help. We'll explore key red flags that first responders should watch out for to avoid falling prey to these individuals.


What You’ll Learn:


Lack of Relevant Credentials: Be cautious of coaches who cannot provide verifiable credentials or who lack specific training related to law enforcement support. Genuine professionals should have formal education and certification in counseling, psychology, or a related field.


Unsolicited Offers: If a coach reaches out unexpectedly via cold calls or direct messages, it could be a sign of aggressive marketing rather than genuine support. Authentic professionals typically do not need to seek out clients through unsolicited communications.


Vague Methods: Beware of coaches who use ambiguous or non-specific methods that don’t have a clear rationale or evidence base. Effective coaching should involve transparent techniques and strategies that are tailored to the needs of first responders.


Promises of Quick Fixes: Be skeptical of anyone who promises quick, dramatic results. Real psychological issues, particularly those stemming from high-stress jobs like law enforcement, typically require time and sustained effort to address.


High Pressure Sales Tactics: Watch out for coaches who pressure you into making fast decisions about receiving their services or who use fear-based tactics to convince you of needing their help. This approach is often more about making a sale than providing aid.


Join Us:
Tune into "Beware of Coaches" to arm yourself with the knowledge needed to distinguish between genuine, qualified professionals and those who may be looking to exploit the growing need for support among first responders. Whether you’re personally seeking help or you know someone who is, this episode is an essential guide to navigating the complex world of mental health and wellness coaching in the law enforcement community.


All viewpoints discussed in this episode are for entertainment purposes only and are simply our opinions based off of our own experience, background and education.

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