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1st International Congress of Coaching Psychology: UK Event

Jennifer Liston-Smith, Haley Lancaster & Yvonne McAdam

Hosted by the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology (SGCP) and held at City University, London, 14-15 December, 2010.

The British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology hosted 280 delegates in London in December, to launch the 1st International Congress of Coaching Psychology, which continues around the world during 2011 and 2012.

The congress developed as a consequence of collaborations between global coaching psychology bodies in: UK, Australia, Denmark, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

The UK event covered wide-ranging themes in coaching psychology, including working with complexity and change; wisdom; adult development; leadership; health, wellbeing, happiness and motivation; diversity and sustainability; coaching psychology models and psychometrics; supervision and corporate case studies.

An award for Distinguished Contribution to Coaching Psychology was presented to Dr Siobhain O’Riordan, with special commendations to Dr Tatiana Bachkirova and Dr Jonathan Passmore. Keynote speakers included Julie Allan, Prof. Michael Cavanagh, Dr David Drake, Prof. David Lane, Dr Ho Law, Prof. Alex Linley, Dr Siobhain O’Riordan, Prof. Stephen Palmer, Dr Jonathan Passmore, Dr Alison Whybrow and Peter Zarris.

Delegate feedback suggests participants particularly valued the blend of rigorous evidence-based practice and research with an upbeat, accessible, openminded atmosphere.

A world café event during the closing stages enabled face-to-face international dialogue to round off the event. Conversations explored taking coaching psychology forward in the global context with topics such as professional standards, visibility of psychology in the field of coaching, and defining the strengths of coaching psychology. Giving symbolic shape to the intention to ‘think globally, act locally’, the café summary was handed to Swedish delegates to continue the conversation around the world.

Further planned events in 2011 are: South Africa/Southern Hemisphere event, May; Ireland, June; Sweden, September; and Spain, October. Dates to be confirmed in 2012 are: Netherlands, January; Australia and New Zealand, February; and Italy, May. Israel and also the Nordic countries are planning events with dates to be confirmed.

Prof. Stephen Palmer and Prof. Michael Cavanagh, the UK and Australian Coordinating Editors of the International Coaching Psychology Review, called for more research and knowledge sharing through the publication which is published by the British Psychological Society with an International Editorial Advisory Board.

Details of events hosted by the Special Group in Coaching Psychology, and details of SGCP publications, can be found at: www.sgcp.org.uk

Details of on-going international events of the 1st International Coaching Psychology Congress can be found at: www.coachingpsychologycongress.org

Jennifer Liston-Smith,
Co-Chair of Publications and Communications, BPS SGCP.
Email: Jennifer@pip.co.uk

Haley Lancaster
Congress Committee.
Email: Hjlancaster.sgcp@gmail.com

Yvonne McAdam
Congress Committee.
Email: yvonne@perspectivecoaching.co.uk


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