What does identity mean to you? Does your identity change in different contexts? How does it impact on your work as a coach-therapist? What does identity mean for your clients?

These perennial questions were the springboard for our upcoming CPD day: Working with identity, through coaching, in times of transition. As coach-therapists, we play a key role in helping clients successfully navigate, thrive and grow during times of transition. But how can we make the most of our skills and expertise in this area, and reach the clients who need us?

Join us to explore these questions and more in a dynamic, interactive day held in Edinburgh. The full day event (9.15am to 4.30pm) will take place at the Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel, 200 metres from Haymarket Station, on 2 October 2019. This is a chance for both established coach-therapists and those new to coaching, or interested in adding coaching to their practice, to meet and share experiences.

The programme of talks and interactive workshops includes:

  • a keynote address from executive coach and BACP President David Weaver on the role of coaching in helping marginalised young people establish an identity
  • executive coach and author Julia Vaughan Smith on what constitutes trauma, how it shapes identity, and how to work with trauma as a coach
  • Rachel Weiss, a successful Perth-based executive coach and therapist, with an interactive session on how nationality, race and religion shapes identity
  • BACP Coaching executive member Michele Down, former therapist turned executive coach, on the challenge of maintaining individual identities within organisations
  • Emma Brech, a coach-therapist working with refugees, on how identity helps to nurture resilience and resourcefulness in a hostile environment
  • Alexandra Piotrowska on how we can help clients to manage and make meaning of their identity in complex roles

Through attending, you will:

  • gain awareness of how to use coaching approaches effectively and ethically when working with issues of identity and transition
  • learn new practical approaches to help clients build on strengths, develop resilience and negotiate challenges
  • develop your professional identity and gain insight into how your offer can best fit into the marketplace

The atmosphere at our events is always open and collaborative and participants get the opportunity to meet and share ideas and experiences with like-minded practitioners throughout the day in a relaxed environment. There will also be ample opportunities to chat to us on the Executive. We are very much looking forward to meeting our members based in Scotland and the North of England.

We hope you can join us on 2 October 2019. For full programme details and to book, see Working with identity in times of transition using a coaching approach

Sally Brown is Deputy Chair of BACP Coaching

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