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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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IT’S A FUNNY OLD WORLD

In this column, we provoke fresh thinking and round up some of the weird, wonderful, quirky, surprising – and shocking – stories out there   It’s a dog’s world Could combining coaching with walking canine friends be the next hot thing? Given that coaching so very often follows in the footsteps of therapy, this is not such a far-fetched (fetch!) idea. We’re already seeing horses used in training and coaching while educational institutions and corporates are increasingly welcoming temperament-assessed ‘therapy’ dogs into their spaces to promote staff wellbeing. And a ground-breaking initiative which saw therapy dogs enter the UK’s Houses […]

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SPECIAL REPORT: PART 4 – COACHING IN A CRISIS – BREAKING THE SILENCE

In the final part of our series exploring coaching and mental illness, Liz Pick and Neil Atkinson offer pointers for adapting your practice to include people with mental health conditions   Mental health directly impacts work performance so surely it makes sense for coaches to talk about it with every client, whether they’re happy and healthy or living with mental or physical illness? Yet when it comes to mental illness, the coaching world seems to be reinforcing stigma through its silence. This silence is not surprising given the absence of mental health from most coach training, but in our experience, […]

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RELATIONSHIP SOS: CAN YOU RELATE TO THIS?

In this new column, Nicole Berg explores the complex and multifaceted nature of relationships to maximise fulfilment and quality of life for coaching and mentoring clients A quote from author Max Lucado perfectly illustrates this point: “When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want?…Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will you ask to be carried to the garage so you can sit in your car? Will you find comfort in rereading your financial statement? Of course not. What will matter then will be people. If relationships will matter most then, […]

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SPECIAL REPORT: COACHING IN A CRISIS – PART 1 – WORKING WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

In this series of articles to mark UK Mental Health Awareness Week on 8-14 May, we look at supporting individuals and organisations in challenging times. Part 1: Is a blanket refusal to work with coaching clients with mental health issues tenable? By Liz Pick and Liz Hall Many people with mental health issues fail to get support from coaching because coaches and organisations believe it falls outside their remit. Yet with mental health issues on the rise and mental ill health costing UK employers an estimated £26bn a year (London’s City Mental Health Alliance), a blanket approach of refusing to […]

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SPECIAL REPORT: COACHING IN A CRISIS – PART 2: THAT SINKING FEELING

Part 2 in our series of articles marking UK Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May): Supporting an organisation and its employees through crisis requires speedy ethical considered responses from HR, including coaching ‘in action’ says The Sun’s former HR director Carrie Birmingham   We live in a world of uncertainty and issues can quickly escalate into crisis in any business sector, as we’ve seen in recent examples, including the FirstGroup tram crash; recall of Samsung Galaxy smartphones, and mounting allegations of child abuse within football clubs. When crisis strikes, there’s often no place to hide. Mismanagement and poor internal communication […]

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NEWS IN BRIEF: MARCH/APRIL 2017

Survey: can you help? The ISCP International Centre for Coaching Psychology Research is undertaking research into coaching and coaching psychology practice. If you are a coach please consider completing the Coaching Survey: http://bit.ly/2lcVZHD If you are a coaching psychologist or a psychologist who coaches please consider completing the Coaching Psychology Survey: http://bit.ly/2kbjjFz   Signs of uncoachability Being defensive in feedback situations; laying blame elsewhere; not being interested in their own growth, and being unwilling to be vulnerable. These are among the seven warning signs that a client is uncoachable. Other signs include that the individual is not open to new […]

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COMPASSION, AWE AND GRATITUDE: REFLECTIONS FROM TWO U.S. CONFERENCES

Coach and doctor Linda Miller reports from the annual Institute of Coaching (IOC) conference on Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare (Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital and Institute of Coaching), 16-17 September, 2016, and the International Conference on Physician Health (ICPH), (American Medical Association, Canadian Medical Association and British Medical Association) on 18-20 September, 2016 Compassion, awe and gratitude. How often do we experience these in our working lives? Psychology Professor Jennifer Stellar from Toronto, a plenary speaker at the ICPH conference in Boston on “Increasing Joy in Medicine” described her research in these three areas. Having also researched the benefits […]

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MANAGERS LACK SKILLS TO TACKLE MENTAL ILL HEALTH

In the lead-up to the UK’s National Stress Awareness Day on 2 November, research highlighted how although two-thirds of employees have experienced mental ill health caused by work, less than 2% say they have discussed it with HR. In a poll of more than 20,000 people by UK charity Business in the Community (BITC), 62% said they had experienced physical, psychological or behavioural symptoms of poor mental health where work was a contributing factor. Just 11% of employees had discussed their problems with their line manager, and only a quarter said they felt able to talk to someone at work. […]

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Mentoring: We’re no poor relations

In the latest in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at designing mentoring to support physical and mental needs. This issue: disability mentoring

by Lis Merrick

Mentors are vital in helping help people overcome hurdles – both real and perceived

Many people with disabilities are frustrated by their inability to make progress in the corporate world. Even though organisations have great disability equality policies, getting the job in the first place can be the biggest hurdle that a mentor supports them with.

Designing programmes to aid people with disabilities at work can be incredibly difficult, because the wide range of mental and physical disabilities may need to come under a single programme.

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