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Letter from the Chair

I hope you all have had a nice summer holiday and welcome back. If you regularly visit our website, you would be aware that our new strategic plan has been finalised with the following strategic aims:

  1. Promote and advance coaching psychology.
  2. Develop coaching psychology as a profession.
  3. Encourage and promote the development of coaching psychology through a variety of mechanisms.
  4. Engage our members and the wider community.
  5. Support our members and the profession of coaching psychology.

An action plan is being developed that will involve input from all the SGCP Committee members and Officers. This will form part of our business plan 2010-2012. As I mentioned before, the SGCP at present has 2255 members with a bank balance of over £59.8k. It is vital for us as a professional body to produce a proper business plan so that we (as coaching psychologists) can lead by example: to be more business-like and evidence-based in everything that we do. The aim of the business plan is to help us to implement our strategic plan. Its objectives are to:

  • Show how our strategic aims will be achieved.
  • Ensure that the actions are accountable, transparent and achievable/feasible - specific, measurable, agreeable, realistic, time bound, and can be subjected to review and evaluation (SMARTER).
  • Enable each Committee member and Officer to have a sense of ownership, responsibility, direction, working proactively rather than reactively.
  • Increase clarity.
  • Provide accountability for stakeholders.
  • Promote evidence-based evaluation.
  • Help future planning.

I hope we could be able to show you what we should have achieved, and judge the quality and value of those achievements against the actions that we set out in our business plan next year.

You should also receive a complimentary copy of Coaching at Work magazine (CaW). As a member of the SGCP, you will enjoy 20 per cent discount in the subscription of CaW. This is one of your membership benefits. I strongly recommend you to take the advantage of this offer.

I have had quite a busy summer with the on-going SGCP business. The SGCP Accreditation Party (AWP) has responded to the Coaching Round Table’s request to provide a collective response to the issue of coaching accreditation in order to address any confusion that may exist in the coaching market. We have also redeveloped the proposal for the accreditation of coaching psychologists and submitted to Membership and Professional Training Board for consideration. This is based on the new model framework for registering Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) practitioners which was developed by the British Psychological Society. This will offer entries for both Chartered and non-Chartered members. We hope that this will provide a formal and inclusive structure for accreditation of coaching psychologists in the future. So we shall watch this space.

I am delighted to know that the planning of the first International Congress is progressing well (thanks to a team of enthusiastic volunteers and our Past Chair Vicky Ellam-Dyson’s continuous leadership). As I always said, the SGCP would not function without the volunteers. I have been looking for ways to acknowledge and honour their contributions to our profession. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new volunteers: Judit Varkonyi-Sepp, Nigel Sargent, Angela Batten, Almuth McDowall, Haley Lancaster and Margot Zielinski for the Congress Committee; Bryan McCrae as our new Marketing/PR officer, Declan Woods, AWP member.

As you will see from the Congress programme and this edition of The Coaching Psychologist which includes interviews of keynote speakers, it seems that the Congress will be one of the most exciting events that will occur in the history of coaching psychology. I look forward to welcoming you all on 14 December 2010 at our first International Congress.

Ho Law
E-mail: sgcpchair@bps.org.uk


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