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Resources for Challenging Times

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is committed to advancing the professional practice of coaching throughout the world. Coaching is about people. It is about dialogue and understanding.

ICF denounces the unprovoked military invasion of Ukraine. As the situation continues to escalate, we reflect on our Core Values—particularly Humanity—to guide our actions, our words and our conscience. We commit to being humane, kind, compassionate and respectful toward others. Thus, we grieve for those who are suffering. We stand with all members of our community who are in turmoil. For them, and with our fellow global citizens, we pledge to do everything in our power to condemn attacks on freedom and provide support to the innocent.

We encourage coaches everywhere to express their compassion for those in distress – as long as it is safe for them to do so – in a manner that is consistent with the core values we share.

Below, we have compiled resources for ICF Members, Credential-holders, Chapter Leaders, and members of the ICF community at-large. You will also find our statement supporting a peaceful solution in Ukraine.

ICF Statement Supporting a Peaceful Solution in Ukraine

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) condemns in the strongest possible terms any military aggression that is unprovoked and unjustified. As an organization, our Core Values support the importance of a humane, equitable society that is respectful towards others, deploring the loss of life and human suffering.


Humanitarian Aid Opportunities

The following are organizations asking for assistance to help alleviate a growing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. We encourage you to support if and how you feel compelled. This list was compiled in part by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)

UNICEF

UNICEF is supporting health, nutrition, safe drinking water, sanitation and protection for affected children and families affected in Ukraine. | Learn More

Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders

MSF is conducting a range of activities in Ukraine to help people travel to health care facilities and access to prescribed medications. | Learn More

International Committee of the Red Cross

The Switzerland-based international organization seeks to help people affected by the conflict and support the work of the Ukrainian Red Cross. | Learn More

Save the Children

The London-based organization helps deliver essential humanitarian aid to vulnerable children in Ukraine and around the world. | Learn More

UN Refugee Agency

The international organization is providing emergency assistance to families in Ukraine, including cash assistance and opportunities for resettlement. | Learn More

Voices of Children

The charitable foundation of this organization is helping to provide psychological and psychosocial support to children affected by the Ukrainian conflict. | Learn More

United Help Ukraine

A volunteer-based organization focused on providing medical supplies, humanitarian aid, wounded warrior aid to those injured and their families, as well as raising awareness of the conflict and Ukraine’s struggle for freedom. | Learn More


More Resources

Below is a collection of articles, white papers, videos and more from a variety of news-gathering organizations, professional associations and education centers.

Tips on Donations to Assist Ukraine Relief Efforts
via Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance

How to Handle the Trauma of War From Afar
via American Psychological Association

Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event
via the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Psychological First Aid for Displaced Children and Families
via the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Traumatic Separation and Refugee and Immigrant Children: Tips for Current Caregivers
via the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Safety, Recovery and Hope After Disaster – Helping Communities and Families Recover
via Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress – Uniformed Services University

The Conflict in Ukraine is Causing Some Workers Severe Anxiety; Employers Can Help
via the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Supporting Youth Affected by the War in Ukraine: Tips for Caregivers and Educators
via National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

How to Cope with Stress and Anxiety Caused by the War in Ukraine
via Verywell Mind

How to Talk to Your Kids about Ukraine, According to Psychologists
via CNN Wire

Resources for Educators, Families to Discuss the Events in Ukraine with Students
via San Diego County Office of Education


ICF Cares Resources

We’ve gathered virtual resources in in the ICF Learning Portal to assist you in supporting your coaching practice as well as supporting your clients. Explore free learning opportunities on empathy, emotional intelligence and psychological safety, and more.


ICF White Papers and Case Studies

For more research resources and white papers, visit the Research section of the ICF website.

Uniting Chapters in the Spirit of Coaching Core Values: A Collaboration Case Study
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Referring a Client to Therapy: A Set of Guidelines
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When and How to Refer a Client to Therapy or Other Helping Professionals
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FAQs

  • How are we supporting members and other stakeholders in Russia and Ukraine?

    ICF has not suspended or revoked membership, credentials or accreditation from any current member, credential-holder or accredited entity in Russia. All remain active and in good standing, with associated renewal fees waived for the foreseeable future. At this time, we are unable to accept new members, credential-holders and accredited providers in Russia due to global sanctions and payment transaction obstacles.

    All current members, credential-holders and accredited entities in Ukraine remain active and in good standing, with associated renewal fees waived for the foreseeable future.

    We have also compiled resources on our website for ICF Members, Credential-holders, Chapter Leaders, and members of the ICF community at-large. You may use some of these resources to support colleagues and individuals in Russia and Ukraine, as well as others throughout the world.

    In addition, ICF is actively exploring partnerships with world organizations that provide “boots-on-the-ground” support and will provide updates as details are finalized. Some ICF Chapters have developed their own offerings, including:

    • ICF Metro DC members are offering pro bono coaching to members and their contacts in Ukraine. Both individual and group coaching needs will arise. The chapter is specifically seeking coaches with experience in trauma, grief, transition, or loss, and/or who have a background in counseling. Please visit bit.ly/UkraineCoaching to express your interest. Read the collaboration between the ICF Metro DC and ICF Ukraine Chapters here.
    • ICF Germany’s resilience coaching team is offering pro bono coaching for Ukrainians. The chapter also recorded a podcast with members Larysa Homans and Olga Vasylets called, “Stand with Ukraine.” Ukrainian coaches requested group supervision, and the first session was offered by German coaches in March.
    • ICF Austria members are providing free coaching sessions and other forms of personal and professional support to those who may need it most right now. Support is offered in various languages.

    You may also consider creating a project through the ICF Foundation’s Ignite Initiative. Ignite uses the collective power of ICF Chapters, Members and Credential-holders to support the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda by providing pro bono coaching to partner organizations whose missions are aligned with any of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more at foundationoficf.org/engage/ignite/ or email us at information@foundationoficf.org.

  • How have the decisions been made regarding ICF activity in Russia and Ukraine?

    In addition to being guided by the ICF Core Values in our decision-making process, we also have sought and received guidance and feedback from a variety of inputs, including members, stakeholders and legal consultation, as well as agreement from ICF Leadership, Boards of Directors and Council.

  • How are the legal sanctions interpreted?

    As new global sanctions are added and current sanctions change, ICF Legal Counsel receives guidance from various legal resources to adjust policies and procedures. Sanctions are monitored on a continual basis to ensure we remain in compliance while providing the best support possible to our members and other stakeholders in our ecosystem.

  • How are we communicating changes with stakeholders?

    ICF staff is in direct communication via email and calls with chapter presidents, including those of ICF Russia and ICF Ukraine. We are also in direct communication with all ICF Boards of Directors and councils through email, calls and Basecamp. ICF Members, Credential-holders and Accredited providers have received email communication.

  • How can I support pro bono coaching efforts?

    You may create a project through the ICF Foundation’s Ignite Initiative. Ignite uses the collective power of ICF Chapters, Members and Credential-holders to support the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda by providing pro bono coaching to partner organizations whose missions are aligned with any of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more at foundationoficf.org/engage/ignite/ or email us at information@foundationoficf.org.

  • How can I contact ICF on related issues?

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