Ethical decision-making for coaches

Hugh Breakey

This paper will look at the nuts and bolts for ethical decision-making for the coaching profession, explaining standard models of ethical decision-making from psychology, with tips and traps about how they can go wrong and right in the context of professional ethics. It will consider the extent to which coaching should be considered a profession in the ethical sense, particularly in its use of expertise and the vulnerability of those being coached.

Dr Hugh Breakey is Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow in moral philosophy at Griffith University’s Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law (Brisbane, Australia). Hugh’s work spans the philosophical sub-disciplines of political theory, normative ethics, applied philosophy, and legal theory. He has extensive experience in the application of ethical, legal, and political philosophy to a wide array of challenging practical fields, including institutional governance, integrity systems and corruption, climate change, sustainable tourism, peacekeeping, safety industries, property and intellectual property, professional ethics, human rights, and international law.

Communication Partner : 

Australian Association for professional and applied ethics (AAPAE)


Ahmed El Ibyari, MSc., MCC is a coaching psychologist & executive coach, the founder of Intellect coaching school, the first school to introduce Arabic language ICF approved coach training program in the Middle East with the largest coaching community with over 2700 coaches. 
He is also the founder of Intellect Executive, Based in Dubai, UAE, providing executive coaching services and leadership development programs to different organizations in the Middle East.
Ahmed is also the chief coaching officer CCO at coach you, one of the leading coaching platforms in the Middle East based in Amman, Jordan
Ahmed holds a master degree in applied positive psychology and coaching psychology from University of East London. Ahmed also is a master certified coach MCC from the International coach federation ICF and a senior practitioner from the European coaching and Mentoring council EMCC.

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