AICTP conference: Magdalena Bak-Maier on Teaching minds to feel and hearts to think

Transformation, integration and healing were among the aims of heart and mind connection exercises offered by Magdalena Bak-Maier at the Association of Integrative Coach Therapist Professionals’ inaugural conference on 21 January. Dr Bak-Maier invited delegates to experience heart and mind connection exercises she uses to facilitate transformation (lasting shifts in behaviour); integration (greater internal alignment that liberates energy) and healing (overcoming deeper setbacks and traumatic events). For her, “transformation is a shift in the client’s perception that liberates them.” She explained in her session the basic circuitry of habitual behaviour and how we can adjust it through somatic experimentation. In […]

AICTP conference: Nash Popovic on the why, how and what of integration

The trend in therapy is towards integrative approaches, and in coaching the question is not if we should integrate practice but what and how, suggested Nash Popovic in his keynote at the Association for Integrative Coach Therapist Professionals’ inaugural conference on 21 January Popovic leads the MSc Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology at University of East London, and is co-author of Personal Consultancy. His keynote covered some broad spectrum thinking about what integration can mean – are we integrating approaches, models and concepts? He argued that practice may be described along four main dimensions: Being with the client – […]

The AICTP’s first conference highlighted richness and variety of integrative practice

By Mark Farrall, AICTP chair Around 100 practitioners identifying professionally as therapists, coaches and/or somewhere in between gathered at the inaugural conference of the Association of Integrative Coach Therapist Practitioners (AICTP) on 21 January. What stood out for me was just what richness and variety integrative practice means in the field of coaching. Examples provided by attendees ranged from a kind of collaborative working where a psychiatrist addressing direct clinical issues around substance misuse would then refer the client on to the coach to address related work and professional issues, to a coach who only works in settings one to […]