Webinar - Context, Culture and Positive Psychology: Reflecting on Advanced Practice
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Webinar - Context, Culture and Positive Psychology: Reflecting on Advanced Practice

07/06/2017 to 07/07/2017
When: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
1:00 PM
Where: United Kingdom
Contact: Smaranda Dochia, Head of Digital Learning, Events & Conferences

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1. Short summary of the topic


In this webinar series, one of the field’s leading academic/practitioners, Professor Christian van Nieuwerburgh will explore a number of topics that will support participants to reflect on ways of developing their practice.  These sessions are appropriate for anyone wishing to reflect on their practice and consider ways of enhancing their effectiveness.


Through reflective practice, coaches can continue to develop their craft and increase their “coaching maturity”. The webinars will explore how positive psychology can enhance coaching practice; consider the importance of professional context when coaching; and highlight the relevance of intercultural-sensitivity to 21st century coaching practice. The final webinar will be emergent and responsive, informed by the discussions, questions and areas of interest discovered over the first three seminars.


2. In this webinar series you will learn: 


  • How the principles of positive psychology underpin effective coaching conversations and practice
  • More about the question of professional credibility. To what extent is a “relevant” professional background necessary for successful coaching?
  • About the relevance of intercultural-sensitivity in every coaching conversation
  •  Strategies for ensuring your clients feel included and valued


3. Topics and schedule for the webinar series:


**Live webinars will take place at: 1300hrs BST on the above mentioned dates.


Webinar 1: Coaching and positive psychology

In this interactive seminar, participants will have the opportunity to consider the case for integrating coaching and positive psychology. This integration allows for a broader range of applications (1-1 and organisational settings), provides a theoretical underpinning for coaching practice and ensures a dual focus on behavioural change and wellbeing.


Webinar 2: Coaching in various professional contexts

In this interactive seminar, participants will explore the similarities and differences of coaching in various professional contexts. Christian will present some of the conclusions that emerged from the edited book, Coaching in Professional Contexts. The idea of “coaching cultures” and the concept of “democratic voluntary involvement” will be shared.


Webinar 3: Intercultural sensitivity and coaching

In this interactive seminar, participants will discuss the ideas of “coaching for diversity” and “cross-cultural coaching”. Christian will present the concept of “interculturally-sensitive coaching” and share ideas about best practice in this arena. This session will conclude with a discussion about “otherness”.


Webinar 4: “Advanced” coaching practice

This innovative session will be exploratory and emergent. Participants will decide on the topic of the seminar based on a video of real coaching practice. The seminar will conclude with a discussion about “coaching maturity”.


Recordings and slides will be made available for all registered participants.


4. Preparation:


Watch the TED talk “The New Era of Positive Psychology”:  https://www.ted.com/talks/martin_seligman_on_the_state_of_psychology

Reflect on the following question and make some notes:

  1. How important is it for a coach to have the same professional experience as their coachee?
  2. What is important to consider when coaching people who have had life experiences that are very different to ours?

Film yourself coaching before Webinar 4.  Watch the video of your coaching session and identify your top strengths as a coach. If you are not able to video a coaching session, just reflect on your most recent coaching conversation, and list your top five strengths as a coach.


5. Speaker Bios



Dr Christian van Nieuwerburgh is Professor of Coaching and Positive Psychology at the University of East London (UEL) in the UK. He is a highly sought-after executive coach, researcher and consultant with many years of experience. Christian is consistently curious about the fields of coaching and positive psychology. He is particularly interested in interculturally-sensitive coaching, the creation of coaching cultures and the use of coaching and positive psychology in educational settings.


Having published extensively in the field, he is the author of the best-selling An Introduction to Coaching Skills: A Practical Guide (2014; 2017) and the editor of Coaching in Education: Getting Better Results for Students, Educators and Parents (2012) and Coaching in Professional Contexts (2016). He is a co-author of two forthcoming books: Coaching in Islamic Culture: The Principles and Practice of Ershad and The School Leader’s Guide to Coaching in Schools (both in press).

 Considered a thought leader within the fields of coaching and positive psychology, he regularly speaks at conferences in Europe, the US, Australia and the Middle East.  He is also Director of Research for Growth Coaching International, a leading global training provider for the education sector and Editor in Chief of one of the field’s top coaching journals: Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice. 


6. Price and special offers


As with all AC continuous professional development events, the fees are offered at a very good value, with an extra special price for AC members.


AC member: Your investment for the entire series is only £90 + VAT.

Non-member: Pay £140 + VAT.

 Non AC member: Pay £125 + VAT and you get access to the full series and ONE YEAR membership with the Association for Coaching immediately. 


For this fee, you get:


  •  4 x 60 minute interactive virtual seminars with Dr. Christian van Nieuwerburgh;
  • Pre and post resources to explore the concepts and apply your learning:
  • Recordings of all webinars and a copy of the slides for your own library;
  • A Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Certificate at the end of the series;
  • One-year Affiliate membership with the Association for Coaching (if you are not already a member)


For any questions, please contact Smaranda Dochia, Head of Digital Learning, Events & Conferences at smaranda@associationforcoaching.com


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