What’s the Background?

So, where did the PCFP come from? It was developed in 2015 by The Change Gym’s founders, Steve and Stephanie Barlow. However, it didn’t just come out of the blue in 2015. Its origins go back to 2004.

Steve was working on his PhD, trying to understand why some people are better at change than others, and how to identify who is going to be better at it before the person starts. That’s kind of important, because if someone is ready to change, then that’s fine. But if they’re not yet ready to change, you’re only setting them up for failure if they do start, and they’d be better off doing something that helps them get ready to succeed.

Two big things came out of that PhD research. One was an understanding that being ready for change doesn’t simply mean being prepared to start. It means being ready to succeed at change, and to do that, people need strengths in 7 key psychological resources. We call these 7 resources ‘change fitness’. The more change fitness you have, the more likely you are to be successful at change. The second thing that emerged from the research was a methodology to identify the presence of these 7 change fitness resources in people’s stories.

After the PhD was completed, Steve and Stephanie started The Change Gym and one of their first projects was to develop a more versatile way to identify and measure how much change fitness someone has. Without going into details here, they developed IRVEY®, which is the only psychometric test in the world to measure change fitness. This online test measures the 7 key psychological resources that make up change fitness and compares a person’s scores with the general population. The higher someone scores, the more likely they are to handle change well – they are less likely to be resistant or stressed by change and more likely to be successful at it.

What Happens?

So, how does all this relate to the PCFP? When a client enrols in the PCFP, they begin by taking an IRVEY assessment of their initial change fitness. This identifies their strengths and limitations. They then engage in the program, which introduces them to the 7 psychological resources that constitute change fitness. The purpose is not to teach the client something about psychology. The purpose is to create a pathway through which the client can focus on these 7 key areas of their mind with a coach who has been trained to help them. By exploring these key areas, the client will gain more self-awareness and a language that more accurately describes who they are and who they can become. Through this process, the client develops more change capacity, more self-confidence, and more optimism about the future.

The PCFP is a 12-week coaching program, consisting of around 50 hours individualised work and 5 hours coaching. Once the program is finished, the client takes IRVEY again and their progress is measured. The graph below shows the average difference between initial and post-PCFP IRVEY scores of the Program to date.

Initial IRVEY 50%
Post-IRVEY 70%

The top graph shows the initial change fitness scores of our typical client before they begin the PCFP. The bottom graph shows the scores of our typical client after they complete the 12-week program. Their scores have risen by an average of 20 percentage points.

What This Means for Clients

Clients love the PCFP, because it is focused, it gets to their issues fast, they have a coach who helps them explore themselves, and they can feel the difference when their change fitness improves. They feel more in control of their lives and more confident and optimistic about the future. The coach and the program have helped them become more independent and self-reliant.

Some clients take what they have gained and leave, and others want to stay with their coach and delved deeper into some of the change fitness resources. All good.

What It Means for Coaches

The PCFP gives coaches a structured program with all the resources needed for measurable outcomes in a defined time frame. They may go on to help the client with other coaching, but the PCFP helps those clients who struggle with change and are not likely to succeed without lots of support.

The PCFP is a versatile and useful additional ‘product’ to add to the tool-kit of any coach. Clients receive around 55 hours of support, but the coach only needs to supply 5 hours of contact time – good for the client and good for the coach. Learn More & Testimonials >>

How to Get Involved

To deliver the PCFP with your clients, you first need to undertake training and become certified. This is not expensive and if you become certified we may be able to refer clients to you. If you have been sent here by another Certified Change Fitness Coach, talk to them about becoming certified. Or, if you’ve just turned up here, welcome, and click on the button below to talk to Steve Barlow.