Out of character Lis Merrick and Sue Makin Why do I feel so defensive? – BACP Practitioner’s conference, Leeds, 8 March Lis Merrick: Encouraged by a dear friend and colleague, also a counsellor, I decided to attend the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) Practitioner’s conference in Leeds on 8 March. The programme seemed […]

BACP considers coaching register in draft strategy

The British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)’s Coaching division is considering developing a register for coaching, training competencies and a certificate of proficiency. Also on the agenda is highlighting and marketing the ‘unique selling point’ of counselling-trained coaches, and reviewing and creating an ethical framework that enables the safe delivery of coaching in practice. […]


More women please Increasing numbers of women are being appointed to Britain’s top boardrooms, but FTSE 100 companies must step up their hiring if the government’s target of 25 per cent female representation by next year is to be met. The UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said women now account for 20.7 per […]

Kilfinan Australia to give free 1:1 corporate-led mentoring to NFPs

Australia-based Not for Profit (NFP) CEOs are being offered free one-on-one mentoring by successful corporate leaders by a new organisation inspired by the UK’s Kilfinan Group. Kilfinan Australia aims to build trusting relationships between the corporate and NFP sectors. It follows in the footsteps of the Kilfinan Group, set up in 2003 by Scottish philanthropist […]

Authentic leadership helps clients reach goals

Business coaches who possess qualities of authentic leadership (AL) are more likely to help clients reach their goals than those without, suggests research. The study, which included a survey of 96 business coaches, looked at the extent to which coaches perceive they possess the qualities of AL and how this affects coaching performance. Coaching that […]

Becoming a Chartered Institute: is coaching ready?

The journey towards Chartered Institute (CI) status for coaching in the UK appears to be even more challenging than previously thought, according to the Accreditation Forum’s sub-committee looking at the viability of CI status. As well as potential disadvantages, such as the UK coaching industry’s complexity, there are many potential benefits too (see box, below) […]

The team coaching debate: the feedback

What do the professional body representatives think? l “It is important that people know what their safe profile of practice is – the idea that one coach can be all things to all people…[is] not possible…[a] vast array of opportunities come to mind when we think about the team… What is it that team coaching […]

forum update

At the latest meeting of the Accreditation Forum on 19 March in London, two sub-committees reported back. One on the high-risk, yet highly important area of team coaching, the other on our progress towards UK Chartered Institute status It is still unclear what team coaching is and what skills set will be required, but it […]

Three minutes to midnight: the ripple-out effect

A series of columns on our role in tackling the complicated economic, environmental and social challenges we face. It is a place to question, offer, share, explore, challenge, dissent, celebrate, reflect, learn and enjoy the ripple-out effect: what is it all about? T his is a true story. The conversation with a charity leader was […]