Special Group in Coaching Psychology 2015

The first strategic goal was to Promote and advance coaching psychology by further developing Coaching Psychology Research Network (CPRN). The CPRN was established in December 2014 and is now being led by our Research Officer Professor Sarah Corrie. Amongst other things, Sarah has set up a mailing group consisting of a variety of academics and practitioners interested in research and the links between research and practice.

The second strategic goal was to Develop coaching psychology as a profession through establishing training routes for coaching psychologists. Andy Colville and Professor Mary Watts have been working on reviewing the SGCP Register for Coaching Psychologists. They have been looking at its current relevance and ways in which it can best used in the future. In particular, they are reviewing accreditation routes for members who want to be eligible for inclusion on the register.

Our third strategic goal was to Engage our members and the wider community and communicating the views of our coaching psychology community through the British Psychological Society to the wider public. This strategic goal was addressed via different activities. First, and one of the most appreciated by our members, are two publications, The International Coaching Psychology Review and The Coaching Psychologist. Both publications are going through some editorial changes and will engage with our members even more actively.

The second set of activities are our CPD events. Andy Colville has been working with the BPS Learning Centre to source and identify suitable CPD workshops on behalf of the SGCP. A record number of 15 workshops have been put in place for 2016, representing the diverse range and nature of approaches and practices employed in coaching psychology. We are constantly monitoring the quality of CPD provision, and respond to the needs and requests made by our members.

The third activity, that has been identified by our members as one of the most useful, is Peer Practice Groups (PPGs), which are coordinated by Margaret Mcafee. An audit of PPG activity during July 2015 revealed that momentum remained strong across the groups - and three groups are entering their seventh year.  We currently have seven active groups – representing Cambridgeshire, London Westminster, London City, the North East/Durham/Newcastle, Bristol, Malvern and East Sussex. A group is re-forming in Winchester/Southampton and we plan to launch a Glasgow group this year. Following our 2015 conference, Margaret is responding to new expressions of interest in forming or being part of group.

Most of the more established PPGs engage as many as 20-30 active members, with 8-10 coaches/coaching psychologists attending a typical meeting. The recent SGCP Members’ Survey indicated that PPGs were seen as a valued member benefit and a critical CPD avenue for coaching psychologists not based in the bigger cities like London. We are hugely grateful to our dedicated community of hosts for the time and effort they put in to develop their groups, and also to the enthusiastic PPG attendees who sustain them.  Key goals for 2016 are to achieve greater regional representation around the UK and to continue to support the thriving communities of coaching psychologists. We are also considering international PPG groups for our members outside the UK.

The final strategic goal is to Support our members and the profession of coaching psychology by listening to their views and promoting coaching psychology and making it accessible to all the British Psychological Society’s member networks.

Over the past year we have conducted a couple of surveys with our members. The outcomes of those surveys have provided an invaluable guidance for setting our strategic goals and the relevant priority actions. A great opportunity for both engaging our members and having conversations on how to shape the future of the group and the profession are our conferences. The 5th European Coaching Psychology Conference in 2015, chaired by Dave Tee and Michael Webster were extremely well received. With a line-up of international keynotes, over 50 presenters and four streams of papers, workshops and roundtable discussions over two days, the 2015 conference proved another success. It was also an excellent opportunity to network and get up to date with research and practice

Dr Dasha Grajfoner, Chair

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