Family Centered Coaching

How do Family Coaches Help?

Family Coaches start at the beginning with our clients. They advocate alongside families and champion their goals. Family Coaches are carefully prepared for the role. Our Family Coaches participate in training in the following:

  • Motivational Interviewing  
  • Strengths-Based Coaching
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Family Centered Coaching
  • Unconscious Bias/Equity 
  • Client-Centered Case Noting

Goal Setting and Resource Coordination through Family Centered Coaching

Families work one-on-one with a Family Coach to talk through their day-to-day lives. They explore who comprises the family, where they are succeeding, experiencing challenges, and the strengths family members have to draw upon. From there, the Coach helps the family create goals and map out steps to achievement. The Family Coach plays a crucial role in identifying the resources families need to make progress in their goals and offering support if families encounter barriers or need to recalibrate goals along the way.

Money Talks Financial Capability Program

One-on-One Financial Coaching  – Group Education

The Money Talks Financial Capability Program teaches the basics of money management with a focus on personal finances. Through a series of financial wellness webinars, clients enhance their knowledge and learn day-to-day strategies to improve their financial wellness. Families choose which webinars they are interested in, which include the following topics: 

  • Budgeting Through a Financial Crisis
  • Breaking the Paycheck- to- Paycheck Cycle
  • Making Smart Credit Choices
  • Understanding Credit & Your Credit Report
  • You Can Bank On It!
  • Managing Student Loan Debt
  • Protecting Your Identity & Other Assets
  • Becoming a Renter: The Basics of the Tenant Landlord Relationship
  • Fair Housing, Know Your Rights
  • Homebuying Basics

Financial Coaching

“I believe that through knowledge and discipline, financial peace is possible for all of us.”
– Dave Ramsey, personal finance guru, businessman, and author

Financial coaching focuses on investing in each client and family, in their own unique situation. Engaging in financial coaching sessions is voluntary but encouraged for all who are participating in The Family Center Coaching program to help foster financial security. 

We provide comprehensive financial education that ensures the understanding of how to budget, save, access credit, and avoid debt. Financial Coaches help clients build their capacity to manage their finances and achieve financial stability within their self-defined goals.

The Journey Forward employs an intensive, behavioral approach to coaching, offering regular feedback, support, and structure for clients.

The topics addressed during one-on-one coaching include:

  • Budgeting Guidance
  • Credit Report Review
  • Referrals for Additional Service
  • Guide to Credit & Banking Products

Our experienced and certified Financial Coaches are ready to help you conquer difficult financial challenges, and reshape the behavior and attitudes that keep you from moving forward.

Trauma & Wellness

One-on-One · Group Sessions · Emotional Intelligence

Wellness and trauma have a direct impact on the ability of families to succeed. As more is understood about the long-lasting effects of trauma on individuals, families, and communities and how trauma is passed through generations, the more clearly we understand the need for services that help individuals address the trauma they have experienced.

Through the Family Centered Coaching model, clients can work with licensed clinicians in groups and individual settings. Clinicians also make referrals for any additional services needed not provided through The Journey Forward.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to recognize and understand emotions and use that awareness to manage behaviors and relationships. It is a tool that is used to learn new behaviors that support decision-making and success.  It can be a powerful key to healthy personal and professional relationships.

The five elements of Emotional Intelligence include:

  • Self-Awareness: Knowing your emotions
  • Self-Regulation: Managing emotions
  • Motivation: Motivating yourself
  • Empathy: Recognizing emotions in others
  • Social Skills: Handling relationships

There is growing research around the importance of emotional intelligence and its link to overall wellbeing. Emotional regulation, the ability to be self-aware and express emotions openly and tactfully, is a critical factor in mental health.

When trauma is left unaddressed, it can be a deterrent in developing emotional intelligence skills. By hindering family and work relationships, trauma impacts a cascade of other factors that affect families –finances, child wellbeing, housing stability, and food security, among others.

Individual and Group Counseling Sessions

Licensed clinicians offer counseling services with experience working with individuals and families. Services are available one-on-one or in group settings, depending on the need and comfort level of those seeking assistance.

Group sessions are offered regularly on the following topics:

  • Self-care
  • Domestic Violence
  • Healthy Sleep & Diet 
  • Positive Self-Talk
  • Harm Reduction
  • Parenting Resilient Children 
  • Mindfulness
  • Enhancing Change
  • Managing Grief

Job Training & Employment Services

The Journey Forward partners with Employment & Employer Services (E&ES) to provide our clients’ workforce and job placement services. E&ES has been providing workforce development and human services for 38 years. They work with various local, state, and federal funding partners to provide services to individuals and families that foster enhanced self-sufficiency.   They partner with local businesses in high-demand, growing industries throughout the Chicagoland region and connect local job seekers with high-demand career opportunities and quality jobs​. We partner with E&ES because their mission aligns with the values and beliefs of The Journey Forward.

COVID-19 Restrictions

All of our Family Centered Coaching, Money Talks and Trauma and Wellness workshops, and one-on-one coaching sessions are currently offered virtually. We will resume in-person services when it is safe to do so.