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COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE, 3 JULY, LONDON: MENTAL HEALTH: IS A MEDICAL MODEL THE ANSWER?

By Kate McGuire Can we coach the person, not the disorder? That was the question posed by Ewan Hilton, chief executive of Gofal, the leading mental health and wellbeing charity in Wales. In a session with Linda Aspey, his coach, Hilton said the predominant paradigm defines mental health on a medical model but it might be more appropriate to view mental health as a spectrum, with medical sickness at one end and a trauma-based way of understanding distress at the other. Hilton quoted a former chair of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), Dr Allen Frances, who […]

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CLIMATE CRISIS NEWS: CALL FOR MULTI-PRONGED COACHING RESPONSE TO THE GLOBAL CLIMATE CRISIS

The scientific evidence for climate change is overwhelming and Alison Whybrow, Zoe Cohen and Linda Aspey have responded, calling on the coaching community to help avert disaster   Seasoned coaches Alison Whybrow, Zoe Cohen and Linda Aspey have declared a coaching climate emergency and are calling for a range of actions in response. Cohen’s posting on LinkedIn of an open letter penned by the trio, sharing their reasoning and proposed actions had attracted 63 comments at the time of going to press. Many signalled their support and shared helpful resources. There was discussion too about whether it’s now acceptable in […]

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ROAD TEST: THINK WELL, THINK TOGETHER

How can we work with the Thinking Environment® in groups and teams? asks Linda Aspey What is it? As technology shapes our lives in new ways every day, the need for people to work relationally, in alignment and with intelligence is increasingly important. We need to think well – together. You don’t need a high IQ, experience, or prior knowledge to think. But if the conditions around us aren’t conducive to good quality, independent (ie, original, non-compliant) thinking, we won’t get great ideas, make progress or make good decisions. One of these conditions is, as Nancy Kline, founder of Time […]

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HOW TO… MAKE A PROFESSIONAL WILL

Have you got a professional will? It makes sense to arrange one – while you still can. Gill Smith and Linda Aspey report What would happen to your clients, your livelihood and your business if you were suddenly unable to work because of serious illness, accident or unexpected death? Have you made arrangements about who’d tell them, who’d support them (and, if they wanted, continue their coaching, or help them to access other coaches), and who would take care of the financial and administrative aspects of your work? In other words, do you have a professional will? When one of us […]

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