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REVIEW: THE HEART OF COACHING SUPERVISION

The Heart of Coaching Supervision: Working with Reflection and Self-Care Eve Turner and Stephen Palmer Routledge 978 11387 2977 3 5 stars   This is one of those books that before long will be well-thumbed, and like a dear friend on the shelf, with brightly coloured stickers marking those special gems that you turn to […]

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COACHING COULD BE ‘GAME CHANGER’ FOR MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN THE WORKPLACE

In the wake of a flurry of studies to mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October, health and wellbeing coaches are urging employers to embrace coaching more fully when it comes to supporting staff with mental health issues   Mental health issues at work are on the rise and workers value support from employers […]

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The health coaching toolkit, part 5

Part 5: health coaching expert Professor Stephen Palmer, and Professor Cary Cooper and Kate Thomas, examine multimodal health coaching

Multimodal health coaching can be used for a wide range of health-related issues, such as undertaking and maintaining exercise programmes, weight management, stop smoking, managing stress, enhancing resilience and alcohol reduction.
It is also a useful approach to assist clients who relapse, which often occurs when they become stressed. For example, many of us will use comfort eating or drinking to help us cope with work overload, and this can increase our calorific intake, yet we are too busy to counter this by taking more exercise.
This is not very useful if you want to maintain your existing body weight, especially as our choice of comfort food, when stressed, can be of a high calorific value.
Others, when stressed, will either start smoking again or smoke more if they have not already stopped. Not surprisingly, this can have a negative impact on their health coaching programme. In these cases, it may be preferable to have a more comprehensive understanding of the different issues that may be having an impact on the client. The multimodal approach, originally developed by Arnold Lazarus, literally takes us back to basics, where the coach assesses the different factors involved.

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The stress professor

World-renowned counselling and coaching psychologist, founder of the Centre for Stress Management, Centre for Coaching and the Coaching Psychology Unit, Professor Stephen Palmer’s boundless energy has helped add many strings to his bow – just don’t put him in a box, he tells Liz Hall

As we talk, Stephen Palmer watches tanker ships on the horizon, waves crashing against the walls on the beach below his house in Cornwall. Other times he might see dolphins. But “always there’s the sound of the sea, which I love”.

Palmer is well-known globally for contributions to coaching psychology, stress management and Cognitive Behavioural Coaching (CBC). He’s known for his involvement in many projects and professional bodies, and for his high energy levels. The artistic, reflective and nature-loving side is less well-known.

Palmer does have fingers in many pies. Even in Cornwall, where he comes to reflect and to write, he is very productive. He has written and edited more than 40 books and more than 225 articles. He also produces seascape-inspired semi-abstract paintings and often explores the coastline.

Mind and body
Biology is one of many recurring and long-standing interests in Palmer’s life and work. Psychology is another. He’s been interested in human behaviour since childhood.

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Welcome to the May 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the May 2012 issue of the newsletter We’re feeling like good sports and in somewhat of a celebratory mood, what with the recent bout of sunshine here in the UK and the international sporting event taking place so we’ve launched a special 15% discount offer on digital subscriptions. We know many of you […]

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Welcome to the March 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the March 2012 issue of the newsletter We have a fabulous line-up planned for our conference in central London on 11 July. The theme is Embracing and Enabling Change: resilience, creativity and wellbeing in these challenging times. Sessions include a keynote on neuroscience, case studies from Unilever and the Samaritans, and workshops on […]

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HANDLE WITH CARE

By empowering people to take responsibility for their own health and make lasting, positive lifestyle changes, health coaching can have a real impact on spiralling healthcare costs and the nation’s wellbeing. We’d like to play a part in helping health coaching become more widespread, by debating how best it can be offered and by whom. […]

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Don’t miss out

As research consistently highlights how coaching can help manage stress, many more need to make the connection, or miss out. Professor Stephen Palmer, director of the Centre for Stress Management and of City University’s Coaching Psychology Unit in London, said: “Research, including ours, highlights how coaching can reduce stress and enhance wellbeing, while we’ve found […]

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