Parent Coaching Agreement


The following is a copy of my Parent Coaching Agreement. During the online intake process, new clients are asked to indicate that they have read, understood, and agree with its terms.  Please contact me if you have any questions.


The partnership between COACH and CLIENT is at the heart of what makes parent coaching successful. The COACH (Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD, LLC) and CLIENT agree to create a working relationship that first and foremost supports the CLIENT, the CLIENT’S family, and the healthy development of the CLIENT’s children.

The CLIENT agrees to contribute to the success of the coaching relationship by:

  • Sharing motivations, feelings, and fears.
  • Being honest with COACH about family dynamics.
  • Reviewing written resources provided by COACH.
  • Committing to practice new strategies with children between sessions.
  • Asking for changes if coaching strategies are not working.

The CLIENT gives the COACH permission to:

  • Be challenging. Ask tough questions.
  • Be encouraging and offer feedback.
  • Facilitate and track agreed-upon goals.
  • Point out challenges and suggest ways to overcome them.

The CLIENT agrees to the following policies and procedures:

  • To provide payment at time of booking through COACH’S secure online system unless another method is agreed upon with COACH.
  • To attend coaching sessions via the online video-conferencing service ZOOM, scheduled at time of booking. (Co-parents may attend these sessions individually or together, and from different locations.)
  • To be prompt for scheduled sessions. If late, it is not possible to extend the session or to be reimbursed for a shortened session.
  • To schedule sessions a minimum of 48 hours in advance. Scheduling 2-4 weeks in advance is preferred for best choice of times.
  • To cancel or reschedule sessions at least 24 hours in advance. Sessions cancelled within 24 hours will not be reimbursed.

The CLIENT understands that the COACH is a developmental psychologist (PhD), author, speaker, writer, and researcher in the field of positive youth development – not a licensed therapist. Please review the differences between coaching and therapy, and other frequently asked questions. While all information shared by CLIENT in online forms, texts, emails, and sessions is maintained in a strict, confidential manner, the COACH may occasionally use anonymous stories from her coaching practice as part of her research, or to illustrate for educational purposes, examples of family challenges that are helped through a strengths-based approach to child and adolescent development. Through this agreement, the CLIENT gives the COACH permission to use stories shared by the CLIENT in a way that does not identify the CLIENT or the CLIENT’s family.

The CLIENT and COACH agree that either can terminate this coaching agreement at any time and for any reason. If the COACH terminates the relationship, any prepaid coaching sessions will be refunded. If the CLIENT terminates the relationship, the COACH will make a partial refund of prepaid sessions, based on an individual session price. For example, if the CLIENT has paid for 5 sessions at a 10% discount and used only 3 sessions of a package, the 10% discount will be forfeited for the 3 used sessions. The remainder of the package will be refunded.

In between coaching sessions, the COACH will respond to brief emails if extra support is needed or questions arise.