The ethics of best practice- are we neglecting the uniqueness of the individual.

Michael Cavanagh & Travis Kemp
The ethics of best practice – are we neglecting the uniqueness of the individual.
Format: Fireside chat

What is best practice and what assumptions does it make about coaching and coaching clients?
It is commonly accepted truism that best practice coaching is built on a foundation of Evidence based practice. But what do these terms mean and what inherent assumptions about the discipline of coaching and coaching clients do they make? Recent research has called into question the utility and efficacy of coaching practices based on both well established and widely accepted models of intervention with clients.  In this interactive session, Travis Kemp and Michael Cavanagh will explore some of these assumptions, and unpack the hidden pitfalls and problems that emerge when practitioners seek to align themselves with models of Best Practice. These issues will become even more important as Artificial Intelligence is increasingly used in designing and delivering coaching interventions.

Michael Cavanagh is an internationally recognized academic, practitioner and consultant in the fields of leadership and coaching psychology. Michael’s work focuses on preparing leaders, teams and coaches to work effectively and sustainably in complex settings. In his academic work he is the Deputy Director of the Coaching Psychology Unit at the University of Sydney (Australia) and Visiting Professor at Middlesex University (UK). He has coached leaders and managers at all levels from a diverse range of public and private, national and multinational organizations, both in Australia and internationally. Along with numerous publications in the peer reviewed press, Michael is the principal author of the Standards Australia Handbook of Organisational Coaching.

Dr Travis J. Kemp  PhD, MA (Ed.), MBA, MSSc, GDipSSc(Ed.Couns.), GradDipPsychSt, BEd (PE), DipTA, DipClinHyp, FAICD, FIML, FCPHR, FISCP(Accred), FAPS (FCOP, FSCEP, FCCOUNS), CMgr. 

Travis is an independent Consulting and Coaching Psychologist and Adjunct Professor in the School of Business at the University of South Australia. He is a registered Psychologist with practice endorsement in Organisational, Exercise & Sport and Counselling Psychology, a registered Teacher, an accredited Coaching Psychologist, a Chartered Manager and Independent Company Director.

He has held a range of senior executive leadership roles including Managing Director of The Teleran Group Pty. Ltd. Leadership and Talent Director at Lee Hecht Harrison (Australia & New Zealand), MBA Director at the University of South Australia, Global Program Manager for Leadership Assessment at Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS) (now Hewlett Packard) and Manager, Human Resources (Asia Pacific) for Faulding Pharmaceuticals (now Hospira).

He has published widely in the research and professional literature on leadership, executive performance, education,and executive coaching and is co-editor of the international peer-reviewed journal, the International Coaching Psychology Review and Honorary Vice President of the International Society of Coaching Psychology where he is also an Honorary Research Fellow and Member of the ISCP Research Centre Advisory Board.

Host: Tia Moin

Tia Moin CPsychol – is a Coaching Psychologist, BPS Division of Coaching Psychology Committee Member (EDI Lead) and PhD Researcher at the University of Reading. She builds on a 20+ year career in Organisational Psychology and is passionate about applying coaching and psychology to help people flourish and thrive in life.

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