Grow Coaching Model

Help your client create or achieve their goals by using grow coaching models in your practice. Click here for a free template!

By Patricia Buenaventura on Apr 08, 2024.

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What is a Grow Coaching Model?

The GROW model, published by Sir John Whitmore, is a framework for coaching or mentoring clients. They can use it specifically to structure their coaching sessions.

The acronym GROW serves as a coaching process step or a valuable guide for planning one's journey toward a goal toward personal development, with each letter representing a specific meaning and concept. Here's what this acronym stands for:

  • G(oal): G is for goal. During this session, the client shares with the facilitator what they want to achieve. It's highly encouraged that the facilitator aids the patient in polishing their goals into one that is SMART or Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound.
  • R(eality): R is for reality. During this session, the facilitator encourages the client to describe their current reality. This step mustn't be missed as it helps determine their starting point and what resources they can take advantage of that exist in their life.
  • O(ptions): O is for options. During this part of the session, the facilitator brainstorms with the clients to explore options and find the many best ways to reach their goals with their reality in mind.
  • W(ill): Finally, W is for will. Now that the client has a better understanding and clearer path toward their goal, it's time for them to take the steps towards it. Mostly during this part, the facilitator aids the client in coming up with concrete actions towards their goal and ways to motivate them.

Unlike other frameworks or models, it's important to note that the GROW Coaching Model is designed for the facilitator to help the client make their own decisions when goal setting instead of directing or advising them towards a path the facilitator thinks is best.

Printable Grow Coaching Model

Download this Grow Coaching Model to help your clients achieve their goals.

Printable Grow Coaching Model

Download this Grow Coaching Model to help your clients achieve their goals.

How does it work?

Do you want to use the GROW model coaching framework during your sessions with a client? Make structuring and conducting the sessions easier with our grow coaching model template. 

Step 1. Access the template

To access and download a copy of our printable Grow Coaching Model Template, you can do one of two things: 

  • Click the “Use Template” and “Download Template”
  • Searching “Grow Coaching Model” in Carepatron's template library in our app or website

Step 2: Explain the worksheet

Though it's straightforward, you must explain to the client how to fill out the worksheet to benefit both of you, especially them. 

Step 3: Fill out the worksheet

Give your client a copy of the worksheet so they may write down their answers. Tell them to refer to the coaching questions underneath each letter so they can better think of their answers. Alternatively, provide them with guiding questions of your own. 

If they cannot write their answers, they may answer verbally instead, and you may type or write down what they say. 

Step 4: Discuss with the client

Once the worksheet is complete, you can use it as a guide while you process the answers with the client. We will leave it up to you how you will conduct your coaching session. 

Step 5: Store securely

Don't forget to store the worksheet in a physical location. For easy access, we recommend storing it digitally on a HIPAA-compliant EHR like Carepatron so clients can look at their worksheets at their convenience through the patient portal.

Grow Coaching Models example (sample)

We created a Grow Coaching Mode PDF sample wherein the fictional client plans to establish their artisan bakery. We've provided this example to give you an idea of the guiding questions you can use and how a client may answer the worksheet. Feel free to use our example for educational purposes or as a reference. 

View our example below or download the PDF version for free to use offline by clicking the “Download Example PDF” button above.

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Grow Coaching Models Example (sample)

When would you use this template?

Medical practitioners such as therapists, counselors, psychiatrists, and psychologists may use this GROW coaching model. However, this framework and template are specifically designed for life coaches who are helping their clients who:

  • Are going through a significant change in your life or career
  • Are lost or stuck and don't have a goal in life
  • Want to improve their productivity, focus, and overall performance, especially at work
  • Want to hone their time and stress management skills
  • Want a balance of work and personal life 
  • Want to improve their physical, mental, and emotional health

If clients share concerns with past trauma or mental illness, life coaches refer them to a trusted medical mental health practitioner to help them with their problems. 


Simple to use

Our free grow coaching model worksheet template is simple to use and even simpler to fill out. With provided guiding questions, clients can easily fill out the space allocated for their answers.

Provides structure and guidance

When one has a lot they want to accomplish, doesn't know what to accomplish, or is stuck at the dreaming stage, it can help to have a guide to help them identify what they want in life and how to get there. Aside from identifying the path and steps toward their goal, a template, in particular, will be a helpful reference when they feel lost or unmotivated. 


The GROW model and its accompanying template can empower individuals who prefer concrete and actionable steps. The model's structured approach is particularly valuable when clients engage with their life coach throughout the process, fostering a collaborative and supportive journey toward achieving their goals.

Fully digital

Our grow coaching model is entirely digital, making it easy for the coach and their client to fill it out using any device they have on hand and store it on any cloud storage or a HIPAA-compliant EHR like Carepatron. 

Who uses the Grow Coaching Model?
Who uses the Grow Coaching Model?

Commonly asked questions

Who uses the Grow Coaching Model?

Medical mental health practitioners can use the GROW coaching model framework. However, it’s more commonly used by life coaches.

When do you use the Grow Coaching Model?

You can use the GROW coaching model framework when helping a client set or achieve their goals.

How is the Grow Coaching Model used?

You or the client can use it as a worksheet, guide, or reference throughout their journey.

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