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The rise of the mum and dad expert

March 27, 2019

If you were to search for counselling or coaching services on any social media platform, you may feel confused.

My claim for this blog is – the mum and dad expert is a term we need to consider in the therapeutic and coaching landscape.

An observation of mine is that many practitioners on social media lack quality education, experience or professional associations, yet are offering their professional services or supposed expertise.

A mum and dad expert is someone who has little to no qualifications and is touting their wares in any career just because they have the personal experience, though they may have very little knowledge, certifications or skills in the area.

The quintessential mum and dad expert is someone who believes they are an expert in parenting, just because they happen to be a parent.

So, just because someone’s a parent, doesn’t make them a good one – let alone then being able to offer guidance on being a better parent.

In other words, if someone has life experience on a topic, it doesn’t make for a career.

For a professional occupation to exist, there must be more than life experience for career longevity.

Instead, there needs to be professionalism, qualifications and ethics in the practitioner you seek out – when it comes to your mental health.

Doesn’t your ongoing mental health and wellness deserve the best?

You don’t want to entrust your wellness and mental health with someone who isn’t duly qualified.

Other mum and dad experts that have arisen are; coaches – some who may have become a wellness coach due to their own health struggles, without obtaining any formal qualifications to their experience.

As well, therapists with little to no qualifications or experience, may also be seen as mum and dad experts.

Experience alone is not enough to put yourself out into the world as an expert.

So – what is an expert?

The dictionary definition of an expert is: “a person who is very knowledgeable about or skillful in a particular area”.

In therapy and coaching, someone must then have qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience to suggest they are an expert.

One example of my qualifications – is in my career as a counsellor, and my work with miscarriage, grief and disenfranchised grief.

In the academic study I completed for my Masters research, I completed a project on miscarriage, grief and the nature of how miscarriage is disenfranchised.

From my personal, professional and research experience, I can now suggest I have a speciality area of focus in my practice and expertise that has come from this research.

Many people on social media are putting themselves and their clients at risk if there is a claim of expert.

For example; there’s a wellness coach for this, a business coach for that, a specialist coach for this, or an expert counsellor for that.

The problem is for you, the consumer.

How do you know you’re going to get quality services?

The rise of the mum and dad expert means for our potential clients that there’s so much confusion across the spectrum of wellness, mental health, coaching and counselling services.

You, the consumer, should be concerned.

If you’re seeking counselling, therapy or coaching, please ask the following of your counsellor, therapist or coach:

– Which qualification(s) do you have?
– Are you a member of a professional association?
– What is your industry experience?
– Do you have particular areas of specialty or expertise? If so, what is your experience?

It is not enough for somebody to say they are an expert, they must be able to provide the evidence that they have the skills, qualifications, knowledge and experience – this will then assist you to find the right practitioner for you. Otherwise, you may not get good service.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I love to be of service to you.

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