Building on my experience in facing the on-going challenges of continuing to work while living with chronic illnesses (including multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis), I founded ciCoach.com. Unpredictable and periodically debilitating symptoms have meant that I have taken my career path on switchback turns so I could continue to work to the best of my abilities. The work I do is dedicated to giving others the support and guidance they need to create the success that they desire.
Rosalind Joffe has proven successes in coaching nearly 1,000 people for 15 years. Co-author of Women, Work and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working, Girlfriend!, published by Demos Health, Rosalind is recognized as a national expert on chronic illness and work. As a leading career coach, who focuses on chronic illness, she has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, , msnbc.com, WebMD, ABC Radio, MORE Magazine, Fast Company, just to name a few. Rosalind has published in dozens of disease organization and health journals and writes a widely acclaimed blog, WorkingWithChronicIllness. She is a sought-after speaker and workshop leader for organizations that include the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, HUD NYC, BiogenIdec, State Street Corporation, New Directions, Association of Career Professionals, HealthTalk.com, New England Arthritis Foundation, NENMMS, and the Scleroderma Association.
Rosalind serves on the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) where she sits on the Governance Committee. She is Chair of the MHQP Consumer Health Council.
Rosalind holds a Masters in Education, is an International Coaching Federation accredited coach, a certified Mediator and has completed training in Focusing Practice.
|"Rosalind is acutely aware of the unique challenges chronic illness patients face day-to-day and how it impacts our careers. Working with Rosalind allowed me to crystallize my professional values, motivations and strengths and explore new professional possibilities. I took back control in my professional life during a difficult period. This experience helped me focus on what I can do rather cannot do. I strongly recommend Rosalind's coaching services to anyone with a chronic illness who is planning or assessing their career paths." Alexandra F., ankylosing spondylitis
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Coaching With ciCoach.com
Q: WHY HIRE A COACH?
A: As someone living with a chronic illness, you're dealing with so much. It is a constant struggle to balance your health needs with expectations from others both at home and at work. Coaching is a safe, supportive place to focus on you and what you need in order to succeed.
Q: HOW IS WORKING WITH CICOACH.COM DIFFERENT FROM WORKING WITH ANOTHER COACH?
A: At cicoach.com, we are passionate about giving people living with chronic illness the support and tools they need to do more than survive, but to thrive, in their professional lives. We have coached hundreds of professionals, senior managers and leaders with chronic illness. Our founder, Rosalind Joffe, is a recognized expert on chronic illness issues in the workplace, who also lives with chronic illnesses of her own. She knows, first-hand, what it takes to wake up daily and confront the unique challenges that you and millions of others face trying to work successfully while managing their health.
Q: WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM THIS EXPERIENCE?
A: Living with chronic illness and working with a coach are a powerful combination that yields positive change. At the minimum, you can expect to:
- Examine your chronic illness at work and what you can do about it.
- Explore new behaviors and develop new competencies
- Cultivate strengths you already have
- Develop new strengths and competencies for desired outcomes.
Q: WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MY COACH?
A: Coaching is a relationship of equal partners. We bring many years of experience living with chronic illness, working in organizations and coaching individuals. As your coach, we will ask questions, create exercises and share our knowledge to help speed your development. While you have many years of experience developing your skills and knowledge, you probably have limited knowledge regarding your illness as it relates to your career. As a client, you will be ready to fully commit yourself to learning, testing and reevaluating what works for you with honesty and integrity to the process.
Q: WHAT HAPPENS IN COACHING?
A: We coach on the phone which saves your time and physical energy, keeps the cost down and allows greater flexibility in our meeting times. Each session follows a similar format: we review your homework exercises, identify what you want to focus on today and your desired outcomes from the call, explore this issue and how it relates to the overarching theme and desired outcomes that you set, design practice homework.
Q: HOW LONG DOES A COACHING ENGAGEMENT LAST?
A: On average, people work with us for 6 months but we’ve worked with clients for one month and others for years. We have found that it takes a minimum of three months for you to get comfortable and another three to implement change. Finally, our work together isn’t limited to our scheduled phone calls! Following each call, we will email you a summary of our meeting and we are available between calls for emails or brief phone calls.
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Now that you know about Rosalind, read about the work and the results achieved through cicoach!