Confessions of a Coach - a sideways look at Ethics

Speaker: Dr Lesley Trenner
Type: Paid Event - £17.50
Venue: Holiday Inn (Courtfield Road Entrance) 97 Cromwell Road, London (Click venue address for map) (Click venue address for map)
Date: 25 September 2018

Confessions of a Coach - a sideways look at Ethics

Times: 18h15 Registration and Networking

18h30 Session begins and finishes at 20h00


Ethics is a key issue for coaches. While there are plenty of guidelines out there, things can only really be figured out with real clients in real situations. Sometimes this feels difficult, restrictive, heavy. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Ethical challenges go to the heart of professional, ‘clean’ coaching. Dilemmas can juicy, making us think, look at how we work or laugh at our own to-ing and fro-ing!

This workshop explores ethics by looking at case studies, focusing on how we can ‘get in our own way’ when trying to do the right thing. For obvious reasons client challenges and entertaining anecdotes are handled in an ethical way!

Stories include issues around:
  • How to maintain client confidentiality in different physical settings
  • Contracting – what happens between sessions
  • When to refer a coaching client on to another professional
  • The dreaded issue of charging
  • How to stay in coaching mode and not slip into something else

Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their own ethical dilemmas and personal triggers. The workshop will end by looking at how we can tackle ethical dilemmas as part of ongoing professional development.

Breakout groups to discuss individual ethical dilemmas based around the areas above.

At the end of the session, attendees will be asked to share individual ‘takeaways’

Overall purpose – better understanding of how to keep clients ‘safe’ in the coaching space 

  • Learn more about how ethical guidelines apply to real situations
  • Engage with issues around coaching ethics
  • Self-awareness. Understand personal triggers as a coach
  • Identify possible solutions for individual dilemmas. 

I call myself a Change Coach because my background is corporate Change Management and executive coaching. As an independent coach I now help clients with career and personal transitions, specialising in changes such as mid-life crisis, 50+ career options and eldercare.
As an ICF PCC accredited coach, I have worked with hundred of clients ranging from senior leaders to job-seekers. One of my strongest values is to build trust by providing a safe, confidential coaching space. That’s why ethics is such a hot topic for me.
I love coaching as a profession and constantly strive to learn and improve and to share my ideas with others through presentations, publications, newsletters and social media. As coach, presenter or writer, I like to use humour and stories to make complicated ideas more accessible.

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Twitter username:@LesleyTrenner
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