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BACP Coaching conference
Friday 17 June 2011
Therapist-Coach: Coaching for a changing world
The fact that the world is changing rapidly is exhilarating and challenging, and for some, terrifying at times. The equally rapid acceleration of coaching as a profession is no coincidence - coaching meets a growing need for personal and professional development and support across many spheres of life, helping people to rise to challenges, reach their potential, and often to overcome adversity. As therapist-coaches, we need to be constantly thinking creatively, nurturing a sense of curiosity, and building our own resilience in the face of social, economic and personal upheaval in order to help our clients to do the same.
In this very first BACP Coaching conference, we will explore multiple aspects of coaching - including the contract, the context, and the competence needed to practice effectively and safely. What is the role of the therapist-coach and how do we offer the best service to our clients when their support needs may change at any time, possibly even during the ebb and flow of a session? My personal view is that the rigid divide between coaching and therapy, with people standing on opposite sides and eyeing each other suspiciously, is fading into the past. Understanding transference, engaging in supervision and working with loss are no longer solely the domain of therapists - many non-therapist coaches are highly trained and skilled in these areas too. And many therapists are working with issues that were once the domain of coaches, using tools and models of motivation, change, leadership and performance that were once not so dominant in our therapeutic work. We are learning from each other.
BACP Coaching wants to be the best possible home for therapist-coaches in offering professional support, education, and ethical guidance to members, whilst engaging collaboratively in constructive debate with colleagues from other related disciplines .
We hope our launch conference will prompt lively and stimulating discussion of the many questions facing us. Whether you are new to coaching or more experienced, a BACP member or a non-member, we warmly welcome you to join what promises to be a lively and stimulating day.
Chair, BACP Coaching
It has been a privilege to be involved with the BACP team to bring together this first BACP Coaching conference.
BACP Coaching Board