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Newsletter – March 2011
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Welcome from Linda Aspey, Chair

After the fabulous Coaching Division conference in June the Autumn ahead could feel a little dull were it not for the many initiatives gathering pace within BACP Coaching! It's going to be a packed season and I very much encourage you to get involved in the Coaching Division if you haven't had the opportunity.

Before I talk about what's coming up, I'd like to share some of the feedback with you from the conference.


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"Therapist – coach: coaching for a changing world", Regent's Park, London, 17 June 2011

Professional development, gaining inspiration and ideas, and networking with kindred spirits were just some of the reasons delegates cited for attending the BACP Coaching Conference in June.

The conference was completely sold out, with participants giving resounding approval about the launch of a Coaching Division for BACP. Delegates ranged from experienced therapist-coaches through to those just beginning to explore the area, as well as non members involved in coaching, HR, L&D and line management. Feedback was extremely positive with comments including 'excellent… relevant, stimulating and exciting'; 'inspiring'; 'exceptional and innovative', 'brilliant and well organised'. 100% of feedback respondents stated the conference was good value and "would recommend the conference"… so that was all good news indeed.

Thanks to the BACP Events team and Jacqui McCouat from the Coaching Executive for all their hard work, to our wonderful keynote speaker Nancy Kline and to all the workshop presenters for their thought provoking and insightful presentations. Thanks also to Laurelle Rond, Sound Therapist and Harpist for playing for us so beautifully during the day, prompting several delegates to comment on what a perfect atmosphere she created.

Visit here www.tiny9.com/u/BACP2911 to download the conference presentations.

Delegates gave us some great ideas for future events, about which we'll keep you updated.


Editor appointed for BACP Coaching's new journal

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Diane Parker (pictured right) as Editor for our soon to be launched Coaching Journal. Diane is a writer, editor and coach currently studying for an MA in Dance Psychotherapy so she brings a really interesting mix of skills to BACP Coaching. Our launch edition is planned for January 2012.

We welcome contributions from members, so if you have:

  • an idea for an article;
  • a piece of interesting news related to coaching;
  • a review of an event/conference or book;
  • seen an interesting website or twitter feed we can list;
  • a coaching dilemma to share or would like to respond to a coaching dilemma, or a training question

Or anything else that you think other members would like to read then please contact Diane at editorial@bacpcoaching.co.uk

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Nancy Kline

Laurelle Rond

Diane Parker
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Nominations sought for Deputy Chair, BACP Coaching

Would you like to be Deputy Chair of BACP Coaching, or would you like to nominate someone? The role of Deputy Chair is a voluntary one (expenses paid), as a member of the BACP Coaching Executive, working closely alongside the Executive and the Chair of the Division. More details about the role here www.bacpcoaching.co.uk/opportunities.php.

To apply please contact Julie Camfield, Divisional Officer at julie.camfield@bacp.co.uk for a nominations form by 31 October 2011, to be returned to Julie at BACP by 14 November 2011.

Where we have more than one applicant, an invitation to take part in a ballot will be sent out to all coaching division members (via email or letter) and informing them that ballot papers are available to download from the BACP Coaching website. Completed and signed ballot papers must be returned by post to Julie at BACP by 12 December. The successful applicant will be notified shortly afterwards and the results communicated to members.

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Local coaching network groups – locations and dates for 2011–2012

Our local groups are really gaining momentum – visit www.bacpcoaching.co.uk/Localgroups.php for an up to date diary of meetings into 2012. We now have 17 local events planned with more to come – locations currently include East London, Central London, Oxford, York and Scotland (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and Elgin).

Would you like to start a group or present a session?

We are keen to develop more groups so why not start one in your area? Just contact Jayne Hildreth, Head of Link Leads for BACP Coaching at enquiries@jaynehildrethconsultingltd.co.uk. Or if you are interested in presenting a workshop to a group, again please contact Jayne.

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BACP Coaching division launched BACP's first ever webinar

68 people 'virtually' attended an early evening workshop in Elgin, Scotland on 8 September, watching remotely and 'chatting' on screen with each other and the people physically present in the room. Hosted by Jo Birch, with presenters Dr Kate Anthony and Dr Stephen Goss, the presentation was aptly 'An introduction to online and distance coaching'.

This was BACP's first foray into the use of web technology for member meetings, and a resounding success. Said Linda Aspey, Chair of BACP Coaching:

"Going online means we can connect with a large number of people who otherwise might not have been able to attend this workshop because of time, distance or travel costs. In fact coaches from all over the world linked in, from as far away as New Zealand. We would definitely like to do this more often, particularly as membership grows."


BACP CPD Endorsement for coach training courses

The Professional Ethics and Quality Standards Committee has agreed to include coach training courses in the BACP CPD Endorsement scheme, enabling coach training providers to apply to have courses assessed by BACP and if certain criteria are met, endorsed by BACP.

NB: Endorsement is not the same as Accreditation – it is a quality standard set by BACP and usually used for short training courses and CPD.

Endorsed coach training courses cannot be used by BACP members in their initial accreditation application as evidence of counsellor/psychotherapy training, but can be used to evidence general CPD at renewal or for any other situation where providing evidence of good CPD is required (eg job applications, tenders etc).

This is also good news for those of you who may be applying reaccreditation with BACP and who want to use any coach training you've had to evidence CPD and also good news for any coach training/coach CPD providers who want to demonstrate that their courses are of high quality. Further information here: www.tiny9.com/u/BACP


BACP Coaching blog

We now have a blog. Visit http://bacpcoaching.blogspot.com for regular updates and if you'd like to contribute please contact me at linda.aspey@bacp.co.uk


BACP expands its Professional Conduct team to cover coaching

All BACP members are bound to abide by the guidelines set out in the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and this applies to members who practice in Coaching. We had an excellent response to our request for members to join our Adjudication panel and have now recruited five highly qualified people.

All have undertaken two days of initial training and will receive ongoing mentoring from the experienced team. The BACP webpages have not yet been updated to include coaching but will do in due course – in the meantime see www.bacp.co.uk/prof_conduct/index.php for details of the Professional Conduct processes.

* Jo Birch

Kate Anthony

Stephen Goss
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Coaching and mentoring at work conference – Beyond frontiers – 23 November 2011, London – dIscount for BACP Coaching members

The conference is now sold out but there is a waiting list – contact admin@coaching-at-work.com

During the day there will be a round table debate: 'The third way: the line between coaching and counselling/therapy gets fuzzier and fuzzier but is there a third way?'

Linda Aspey has been invited to join this debate, along with Caroline Horner, Stephen Palmer and Jenny Rogers. If you have any comments / viewpoints on this subject that you would like Linda to offer to the debate, please get in touch with her at linda.aspey@bacp.co.uk


Review of coaching and mentoring national occupational standards

The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) recently commenced a review of the Coaching and Mentoring National Occupational Standards, with the help of several organisations including BACP Coaching, represented by Jayne Hildreth from the BACP Coaching Executive.

The review is to ensure that the standards continue to provide UK wide agreed statements of the skills and knowledge required to deliver functions within coaching and mentoring. The review will result in a reviewed and, where appropriate revised, functional map for coaching and mentoring, as well as a revised suite of Coaching and Mentoring National Occupational Standards. These will be used in the future to inform qualifications for the coaching and mentoring sector.

LSIS have just released the draft standards for public review and are inviting feedback – if you or your organisation utilise or have an interest in, the current standards then LSIS urges you to put forward your views. Contributions can be made in one of three ways:

1. By completing an online questionnaire

2. By using a master set of documents to host your own discussion with colleagues or in your team (eg as part of another meeting)

3. By participation in a review event

For further information visit www.excellencegateway.org.uk/page.aspx?o=320143


As you can see, there is a lot going on both in front of and behind the scenes. We'll update you again in the launch edition of our new journal in January. In the meantime, if you have any ideas you'd like to share with the Coaching Executive team about the Coaching Division, please just contact us at coaching@bacp.co.uk



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