Pre-Congress workshops

Thursday 10 May 2012

Morning workshops:

Afternoon workshops:


Morning workshops:

Session 1:

Dr Lew Stern - Founder and Executive Director, Foundation for International Leadership Coaching and Senior Advisor, Institute of Coaching, McLean/Harvard Medical School. 

“Beyond Just Strengths – Ten Practical Coaching Techniques to Reshape Leaders Bad Habits.”

Strengths-based coaching focuses on identifying and applying natural and learned abilities to improve effectiveness and achieve results. But there is more to coaching than strengths. We all know that most of leaders and would-be leaders are held back by bad habits- how they restrict their thinking, focus on negatives, avoid conflict, convey unintended messages, put off taking action, or go off on their own when they should be sharing power. This workshop draws on the presenter’s forty years of coaching experience to demonstrate and give the opportunity for participants to practice or refine ten very practical techniques. Experiment using different ways you can help leaders become more self-aware, imagine themselves acting differently, and shaping their habits to serve others and their organizations more effectively.

Session 2:

Prof Stephen Palmer  PhD CPsychol FAC - Director, Coaching Psychology Unit, City University, and Director, Centre for Coaching, International Academy for Professional Development, London.

“Imagery Techniques for use within Coaching & Coaching Psychology Practice: A skills based workshop.”

This half-day workshop will provide skills practice for practitioners who want to integrate a range of imagery techniques within their coaching psychology and coaching practice.  Although the techniques are generally used in cognitive behavioural or rational coaching, they are suitable for most coaching approaches and contexts.
The objectives of this workshop are:

  • To understand the link between imagery, goal focused behaviours, cognitions and emotional responses
  • To become knowledgeable of imagery techniques that may be helpful at the start of coaching
  • To practise a number of imagery techniques used for coaching interventions including imagery improvement exercises, goal focused imagery, motivation imagery, coping imagery, anger reducing imagery
  • To use 5 column imagery worksheets to enhance the use of imagery techniques
  • Delegates will be expected to work in pairs in order to practise some of the techniques and skills.

Session 3:

Dr David Peterson - Director, Leadership and Coaching, Google.  

“Becoming a master coach:  Developing advanced skills and expertise.”

This workshop outlines concrete action steps for coaches who are serious about achieving peak performance and mastery in coaching. If you want to significantly expand your capabilities, enhance your impact with your clients, and become a more mindful and masterful coach, this dynamic workshop provides you with the roadmap and practical tools to get there. There will be relatively little overlap between this workshop and David’s keynote, so that participants who attend both will gain new and interesting insights from each.

Session 4:

Dr Patrick Williams - Founder, Institute for Life Coach Training and the ‘Coaching the Global Village’ initiative.  

“Transpersonal Coaching: Mind, Body, and Spirit.”

Transpersonal Psychology, born of the 1970s but influenced from the theories and practices of Jung, Assagioli, Maslow, and many others has found a home in Transpersonal approaches to Life Coaching.  Total Life Coaching is the operating system of all coaching because we are working with whole human beings. Transpersonal approaches include methods and language to explore and discover new learning for the coaching client in the areas of Body, Brain and Being. (Or Mind, Body, Spirit).  The spiritual element is sometimes difficult to discuss or to apply in coaching, but Dr. Williams (who received his doctorate in Transpersonal Psychology in 1977) will cite research, theories and practical applications to add the transpersonal approach to your coaching psychology toolkit.

Today, more than ever, coaching is attracting clients who are willing and desirous to engage in deeper conversations beyond their business success or leadership skills. Behind those “door openers” are the depth of transpersonal, whole person, deep conversations of meaning, purpose, and spirituality.

Dr. Williams will present brief summaries of key theorists of transpersonal psychology and their connection to coaching today. In addition, attendees  will participate in experiential learning of techniques and tools that not only resonate with their total being, but tools they can take with them to use with clients in a strategic and acceptable manner.
Participants will leave this workshop with:

  1. an understanding of the original theorists  influencing coaching psychology today
  2. the ability to use the Coaching Mandala (wheel of life) as a conversational opening for discussing the transpersonal.
  3. an understanding of  the magic of metaphor and ‘clean language’ . With demonstration audience practice and application
  4. using Guided imagery and techniques of psychosynthesis.
  5. New tools to engage your client in tapping transpersonal consciousness.

Session 5:

Donna Karlin - Founder, School of Shadow Coaching; Founding Member of the Harvard Institute of Coaching Professional Association. 

In the 'Shadows': Shadow Coaching Global Policy and Decision Makers in Complex Environments.

Training continues to evolve, just as humans, business, and the coaching profession will continue to evolve. The Coaching profession is changing and clients are becoming more sophisticated in what they want -- and expect -- from coaches and coaching.  Increasingly, clients are asking for coaching that focuses on their specific situation, need or opportunity.  As a result, the Coach's success is determined by how well they are equipped to provide a unique and customized methodology that meets the client’s specific requirements.  In this experiential workshop we will cover:

  • Techniques and practices of observation and identification of shadows, habits, assumptions, filters or lenses, and influential underlying issues
  • Ways to improve learning to think on your feet
  • Essential elements and techniques of effective feedback-in-action
  • Laser Coaching® — the practice ‘inside’ the practice
  • Practices that foster sustainability—the emergence of the reflective practitioner in the client.
  • Working with the client in translating awareness into practice

Afternoon workshops:

Session 6:

Emeritus Prof Mary Watts - City University, London, and Chair, BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology 2012. 

“Growing the `I’ and the `We’ in Transformational Leadership: Implementing a Vision for Coaching Psychology.

Unfortunately, this session is no longer available. Prof Watts has had to withdraw (reluctantly!) from contributing to the Congress.

Session 7:

Prof Stephen Palmer - Director, Coaching Psychology Unit, City University, and Director, Centre for Coaching, International Academy for Professional Development, London.

“Health Coaching: Using Cognitive Behavioural Strategies and Techniques: A Skills Based Workshop.”

This skills-based workshop focuses on the application of a range of cognitive behavioural techniques and strategies used within health coaching. A framework is provided to assist in developing an individual health coaching programme for coachees or clients. The importance of challenging Health Inhibiting Thinking and developing Health Enhancing Thinking or Beliefs will be covered. Health coaching can be used for a number of health-related issues such as stop smoking, alcohol reduction, weight control, maintaining exercise plans, pain and stress management.

Delegates will be expected to work in pairs in order to practise some of the techniques and skills. Topics will include:

  • What is health coaching?
  • Using a multimodal and cognitive-behavioural frameworks to develop an individual health coaching programme
  • Eliciting and Challenging Health Inhibiting Thinking (HITs)
  • Developing Health Enhancing Thinking (HETs)
  • A range of cognitive, imaginal and relaxation techniques for use within health Coaching
  • Integrating health coaching within your coaching practice
  • Is supervision required?

Session 8: 

Prof Leon Van Vuuren – Professor, Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management, University of Johannesburg.

Ethical decision-making in coaching psychology.

Coaching psychologists often make ethical decisions based on a combination of previous learnt ethical principles and intuition (gut instinct). Although good decisions are often made like this, coaches are increasingly challenged by more complex ethical issues and dilemmas. These challenges may require different, and often novel, approaches.

Also, the rapidly evolving field of coaching psychology requires not only a professional ethics competence of practitioners, but also a business ethics competence. Having a good grasp of business ethics may enable coaching psychologists to facilitate ethical mindsets in organisations that have previously been in the non-sustainable realm of amorality. By assisting leaders of all ages and at all levels to make ethically discerning decisions may enhance these leaders’ ability to deal with organisations from emerging economies that may view business ethics as a ball-and-chain to business success.

This interactive workshop may possibly serve to assist coaching psychologists in being continually cognisant of their own professional ethics, while at the same time facilitating ethical awareness and competence in the leaders that they coach.  

Topics to be covered:

  • An ethics vocabulary
  • Ethics matters
  • Barriers to ethical leadership
  • Ethics competence for coaches and coachees
  • Ethical decision-making
  • Professional and leadership ethics case studies.

Session 9:

Prof David Lane - Professional Development Foundation and Middlesex University.

“Building a model of practice to enhance our coaching in complex times.”

Whatever theoretical framework we use as a coach there are a number of key issues we face as we help our clients deal with increasingly complex times. Based on research across a range of professions and programmes with many hundreds of coaches this workshop will present a way of looking at your coaching to enhance your model of working. So the workshop does not teach you a way to coach but a way to think about how you coach to develop and sustain your current practice.

Using ideas from complexity theory you will be guided through how to think about your purpose as a coach, the perspectives that inform your practice and the process you use to work with clients. By exploring each of these areas in a series of individual, paired and group exercises you will add value to your practice.



Session 10:

Prof Jim Bright - Professor (Career Development), ACU. International consulting specialising in careers, organisational development and training.

“Beyond Personal Mastery®: Leveraging creativity for re-invention and innovation.”

One of the key reasons for organisations losing competitiveness and individual's stalling in their career, is that they suffer a crisis of imagination.   Through failures to commit to continual innovation and reinvention, people and companies become rigid, inflexible, uncompetitive and ultimately irrelevant.  Often these outcomes are only appreciated after the fact and too late to prevent significant career or business reversals. Coaching has a vital role to play in transforming individuals and organisations by assisting both in leveraging their creative potential as an ongoing project rather than a sporadic and reactive strategy.

In this workshop, a new process model of Creativity - Beyond Personal Mastery® will be introduced. This evidence-based model provides 7 key Action and 7 Mind steps to provide an agenda for coaching individuals and organisations in how to enhance their creativity and thus their flexibility, market longevity, competitiveness as well as their personal satisfaction. 

A range of tools covering psychometric instruments and card sorts purpose designed for the BPM® model and the Chaos Theory of Careers will be introduced.

‘Coaching psychology: the science of achieving your goals'