Roanoke: Age and the Coaching Process

  • 02/14/2020
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • 3 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA, Conference room 2A

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Presenter: Cheryl Greenberg, Ed.D.
CEUs: 1.0 Core Competencies; 0.5 Resource Development

Coaches, by definition, adapt and respond to the needs of individual clients. Together, the coach and client gather information about and attend to a client’s particular needs, questions, strengths, limitations and aspirations. It is not always obvious, though, that underlying these particular needs, etc., are age-related characteristics that impact the coaching process.

There is a natural tendency for people to change over time as a result of biology, environment and experience and these changes bring with them new perspectives, strengths and limitations. While there is great variation among individuals, there are “typical” behaviors that describe age groups and their stage of development. Understanding and responding about these age-related characteristics, along with the needs and aspirations the client presents, can enrich coaching outcomes.

Objective of presentation

Participants will increase their understanding of the elements of adult development and begin to plan for adaptations in their coaching to include attention to the particular needs and strengths of clients in terms of age-related differences.

Topics will include information/data related to adult development with attention to physiological, cognitive and emotional development. This will include changes that may positively or negatively impact coaching outcomes – and how these factor into best practices in coaching a wide variety of ages.

About Dr. Cheryl Greenberg

Dr. Greenberg works as a life coach for seniors who are in transition, either seeking new paths after retirement or adapting to health changes and caregiving. She speaks widely throughout the community about aging, healthy living, planning fulfilling futures, caregiving and memory improvement. Over the years, Cheryl has taught people of all ages, working most recently as adjunct faculty and administrator at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), an instructor for The National Institute of Professional Practice and their Wilkes University programs, and a presenter for the Alzheimer’s Association of Western Carolina, Shepherd’s Center and other organizations. 

In the past twenty years, Dr. Greenberg has created courses and trainings on a wide variety of topics. At UNCG, she developed courses in human development, learning theories, gerontology, educational psychology, and equity and social justice; and developed workshops to train and support faculty. She facilitated courses on leadership, coaching, and educational strategies for the National Institute of Professional Practice.

Cheryl attended the University of Pennsylvania for her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Spanish and holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Gerontology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.



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