Coaching with MAX

Coaching with MAX

Coaching with MAX

Our free coaching program offers one-on-one meetings with trained volunteers. You will have a chance to work with your coach to explore values, barriers, strengths, and motivations. Our coaches will help you look at what is going on in your life right now, recognize areas for growth, and explore possibilities for the future. 

Accessing Coaching with MAX

Please note: While Francophone Coaches are available, the 'Coaching with MAX' initial intake can only be conducted in English at this time. We appreciate your patience as we work to increase our French intake capacity in the near future.

Coaching with MAX 

Our free coaching program offers one-on-one meetings with trained volunteers. You will have a chance to work with your coach to explore values, barriers, strengths, and motivations. Our coaches will help you look at what is going on in your life right now, recognize areas for growth, and explore possibilities for the future.

Over 4-6 weekly meetings, you can expect to identify actions that will move you in the direction of making changes to meet your goals.

More information can be found on the Coaching with MAX program page.

 

Accessing Coaching with MAX

Online: Coaching with MAX self-referral

Phone: 613-701-6555 ext. 107 to talk with our Mental Health Programs Coordinator
Email: coaching@maxottawa.ca

 

What is Coaching with MAX?

Peer Coaching is about collaborating with an individual from the community in understanding the goals you want to achieve. Your coach isn’t here to tell you what to do, but to work with you to identify your own unique solutions.

Peer coaching is not counselling. You’ll be working with a trained volunteer, not a mental health professional. Peer coaching focuses on short-to-medium term goals rooted in your present. If your instinct is that your concern requires longer-term support in working through experiences from your past, you may be a good fit for our Mental Health Navigation.

 

What can Coaching with MAX explore with me?

Really, anything going on in your life can be a topic for coaching depending on what you’re looking to achieve. Some examples of coaching topics include:

  • Coming Out
  • Finances
  • Job Searching
  • Physical Health
  • Relationships (of any kind! Familial, Romantic, Friendships)
  • Sexual Health
  • Substance Use

 

Who are the Peer Coaches?

The Peer Coaches are guys into guys from a variety of lived experiences. They’re here to listen with empathy and acceptance; to help you understand what you want and how to get it.

 

How is Coaching with MAX structured?

Upon connecting with MAX for intake, you’ll be connected with potential coaches to choose who you think would work best for you. Your coach will then connect with you for an introductory meeting. After the first meeting, you and your coach will set the timeline for connecting for future coaching sessions.

 

Crisis Support

As stated, Coaching with MAX does not offer crisis intervention.

For life-threatening emergencies, it’s best to call 911.

If you are experiencing mental health distress, you can reach the Distress Centre at 613-238-3311 (English only) or the Crisis Line (English & French) at 613-722-6914 or toll-free 1-866-996-0991.

 

Confidentiality Disclaimer

MAX takes your right to confidentiality seriously. Employees and volunteers follow strict confidentiality requirements. We keep your contact information in a secure virtual folder only accessible to staff and volunteers who run this program.

There are certain situations where MAX might have to break confidentiality. Confidentiality may need to be broken when the rights of others, particularly the rights of a child or dependent adult, are in need of protection and in cases where maintenance of confidentiality may cause serious harm to the client or to a third party. Reporting occurs where the peer coach volunteer or a MAX employee is required by mandatory reporting law, as follows:

  • A direct threat to harm yourself
  • A direct threat to harm another person
  • Abuse or neglect of a child (16 years old or younger) or vulnerable adult
  • MAX is required by law, such as a court-issued subpoena

For further information, or if you have specific questions or concerns, contact:

Spencer Pecore, Mental Health Programs Coordinator (he/him)

Email: m.pecore@maxottawa.ca

Phone: 613-701-6555 ext. 107