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SGCP Coaching Psychology Workshops & Conference 2017: Giving Voice to Variety

Workshops - Thursday 7th December at Crowne Plaza Birmingham City

Conference - Friday 8th December at Crowne Plaza Birmingham City

We are excited to announce the SGCP Conference has a new location for 2017! We will be holding the workshops and conference at the Crowne Plaza Birmingham City and look forward to welcoming you to Birmingham.

Giving voice to variety

Coaching Psychology is at an exciting stage in its development. The Special Group in Coaching Psychology (SGCP) believes that to make real progress in expanding the body of knowledge from which we all draw, we need to reach out to colleagues in a variety of places and a raft of psychological disciplines. This year we will again be bringing that variety and range together for the conference to expand our thinking and stretch our practice.

The pre-conference workshops with Nicki Williams on understanding the menopause and Dr Carole Pemberton on resilience are a must: they are both leaders in their fields.

The three keynotes are also unmissable:

  • Tom Sensky - Chronic Embitterment, Emeritus Professor of Psychological Medicine at Imperial College and a Consultant Psychiatrist will talk about the phenomenon of 'Chronic Embitterment' in organisations
  • Professor Devi Jankowicz - A Variety of Selves, a leading Occupational Psychologist and academic at Edinburgh Business School, and Associate Fellow of the BPS, will share his experience of researching and working with identity through personal construct theory
  • Myles Downey - Excellence in Coaching, a well-known voice in coaching globally since the early 1990s will impress, provoke and entertain in equal measure, helping us retain a shape edge in our practice.

We shall also hear, in symposium/workshop format, from the latest PhD research with Professor Jonathan Passmore, more about research methods, coaching in higher education with Dr Rebecca Jones, and have an opportunity to network and share with each other.

This conference is your prime opportunity to learn and contribute to the profession and its practice, as we invite you to engage with us as we ‘give voice to variety’ in thinking and practice.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Pre-Conference Workshops

On Thursday 7th December we are running an afternoon of two exciting workshops, to help you choose which would best suit you the abstracts can be found below:

Understanding Menopause; how to spot the signs, and support your clients (and yourself!) - Nicki Williams

Resilience Coaching: Beyond Wellbeing - Dr Carole Pemberton


We are offering three Coaching Psychology awards so prepare your nominations now! Further information on each award can be found below:

You can find out more about the BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology, including details on joining, here..

Registration fees can be found on the booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224501.

Speakers and Facilitators


Nicki Williams

Nicki Williams is a qualified Nutritional Therapist, author, speaker and founder of Happy Hormones for Life, helping women to get back to their absolute best – slimmer, energized, more productive and in full control of their hormones!

After failing to find any medical help for her symptoms of exhaustion, weight gain and hormone issues herself in her early 40’s, she discovered that she could turn things around using diet, lifestyle and natural supplements.

She went on to qualify as a nutritional therapist and hormone expert, and now helps women all over the world with her online programmes, workshops and individual and group coaching.

She has recently published her first book; It’s not you, it’s your hormones; The essential guide for women over 40 to fight fat, fatigue and hormone havoc.


Dr Carole Pemberton

Carole has worked with individuals and organisations on issues relating to executive and career development for 30 years, in sectors ranging from financial services to universities from high street retailers to TV companies, from government departments to global charities. For the last 20 years she has run her own consultancy Coaching to Solutions.

She is an executive coach, developer of coaches, coach supervisor, lecturer and writer.

She is Visiting Professor in Business Coaching at the University of Ulster, and a Faculty Member of the Academy of Executive Coaching. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Institute of Personnel and Development and the Career Development Institute. Her doctorate was awarded for research into working with the resilience issues of leaders

Her clients include:
• Leaders working in warzones for a global NGO
• Government departments dealing with issues of Brexit
• Senior academics adjusting to a changing educational market
• Publishers dealing with the consequences of new technology
• Retail banks adjusting to a changed future

All of them are required to show resilience.

She has authored and co-authored a number of books including ‘Coaching to Solutions’ which sells worldwide as a means of supporting line manager coaching, ‘Her most recent book, ‘Resilience: A Practical Guide for Coaches’ was nominated as coaching book of year. In Spring 2017 she launched an on line learning programme ‘Resilient


Myles Downey

Keynote Speaker
Myles is recognised as one of the leading business performance coaches in Europe with extensive experience spanning thirty years. He was the Founder of The School of Coaching in the UK established in 1996 and the first of it’s kind (he sold the school in 2009), and was also part of the team that established The Alexander Corporation in 1987, acknowledged by The Economist Intelligence Unit as “the leading provider of Executive Coaching in Europe” in 1993 and in 1995.

In 2015 Myles established The School of Coaching International which operates through partners in the UK, in Russia and Vietnam (Zest Leaders) Ukraine (MCU) and in sub-Saharan Africa (IDM Business School). In August 2016 Myles worked with the New Zealand Rugby Elite Coaches to develop their coaching skills and is currently working with the Coaches to the English Rugby National squad.

He is the creator of the Enable – ‘your place to think’ – an automated coaching system which is designed to bring high quality coaching to the many, affordably.

“Enabling Genius – a mind-set for success in the 21st Century’ was published in March 2016. Myles is also the author of ‘Effective Modern Coaching’ published in November 2014 and of ‘Effective Coaching’ (in excess of 60,000 copies sold). Routledge has just contracted with Myles and Cliff Kimber to write ‘Born to Flow – the next frontier of performance’. A further book ‘The Sessions’ is available free at

Prof Devi Jankowicz BSc., PhD, ABPsS

Keynote Speaker
Visiting Professor of Constructivist Managerial Psychology, Edinburgh Business School (EBS), the Graduate School of Business at Heriot-Watt University

Devi Jankowicz gained a first degree in Psychology (1969) followed by a doctorate in Management Cybernetics (1975), both from Brunel University. He has taught Organisational Behaviour, and Research Methods, at universities in Ireland, USA, Poland and the UK, and has contributed to management education by developing and directing two MBA programmes and a DBA programme. Prior to his recent retirement from Edinburgh Business School he taught Management Research Methods on the MSC and DBA programmes, and supervised 17 doctoral students to completion; doctoral supervisions continue. His research interests include knowledge transfer across cultural boundaries, the use of virtual environments in distance learning, and applications of constructivist theory and techniques in business and management. He has some 80 refereed publications to his credit, together with five textbooks on business research methods and one on repertory grid technique. His consultancy clients include JPL/NASA, Unilever, Rolls-Royce (Bristol), and the Employment Service UK; he has contributed to Ministerial briefing seminars in the UK, and acted in an EU Expert role for the Ministry of Education in Poland.

Tom Sensky

Keynote Speaker
I started my career as a scientist, gaining a PhD in biochemistry. Having graduated in medicine and after completing postgraduate training in psychiatry, I have practised as a consultant psychiatrist for 29 years. I was one of the first people to train in cognitive-behaviour therapy in the UK. Much of my career has involved treatment and research concerning psychological aspects of chronic illness, both physical and mental. Through my research in cognitive-behaviour therapy, I was elected a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. I continue to have a longstanding interest in the assessment and measurement of suffering. In recent years, my clinical work has focused on occupational health, including making psychiatric assessments for professional regulators, such as the General Medical Council. My main clinical base is with the Health at Work Team at West London Mental Health NHS Trust, but I also have clinical sessions with the Occupational Health Service at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and the Centre for Occupational Health and Wellbeing at Oxford Universities NHS Foundation Trust. Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to have had opportunities to ask and pursue research questions based on what I have learned from my patients. This certainly applies to my work on chronic embitterment.


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