In this issue
Responding to a new landscape: towards integrative practice
Dr Christian van Nieuwerburgh and Dr Aneta Tunariu
Transformation and change
Coaching for compassionate leadership in medicine
Message from the chair
A day in the life
Executive coach and supervisor Jenny Bird
On the coach
Director of the Centre for Stress Management Stephen Palmer in conversation with Linda Aspey
As I write this, I am preparing to say goodbye to the summer and return to school for the start of the new academic year – my final year in training as a dance movement psychotherapist. I am filled with excitement and trepidation in equal measure – acknowledging the challenges that lie ahead as I begin work in clinical placement in a psychiatric hospital, and also recognising that I am in transition as I shift from coach to therapist and continue my explorations of the intersection between the two.
To say that my therapy training has had an impact on my existing coaching practice would be an understatement. As I make preparations for my final year then, I am also thinking longer term – about how I will integrate my new dance psychotherapy practice with my coaching practice and how that will shape my new identity. What will that look and feel like? Who will I be? And importantly, how can I best use these accumulated layers of skills and experience to help my clients?
It feels appropriate to highlight these issues of identity and integrated practice in our cover feature, in which two members of faculty from the University of East London’s (UEL) School of Psychology describe how their institution is responding to the new landscape through an integrated approach to training coach-therapist practitioners. With the introduction of a new Psychological Interventions subject area and the launch this September of a postgraduate certificate in Integrative Counselling and Coaching within that, UEL is leading the way in offering training and development that aligns with integrated practice. As the authors explain here, this approach presents challenges as well as opportunities for those of us entering and exploring this new landscape. But with the focus firmly on the bigger picture – that of our clients and the profession as a whole – we can look towards the future with hope and enthusiasm for further integration of our professions and the exciting potential that offers.
The learning theme continues in this edition as doctor and healthcare leadership practitioner Lis Paice describes the powerful, transformative impact of coaching training on her work to promote a culture of compassion and caring – for patients but also for frontline practitioners – in NHS hospitals and the medical profession. And, in the Thinking Global series, BACP Coaching Chair Jo Birch offers a wonderful description of her personal and professional learning during recent project work in Mongolia.
Feel free to get in touch with your thoughts on any aspect of integrated practice, including learning, development, research and identity. There is a lively forum on our LinkedIn group at www.linkedin.com (BACP Coaching Division – Meeting Forum) so do sign up, log in and join the discussion. We look forward to hearing from you. And for those of you who are training, teaching, embarking on or returning to study – here’s to a great new academic year. May it challenge, delight and transform you in ways you can only imagine.