Masterclass, 4th October, 2023, 10.00 to 13.00 BST
Using relaxation techniques within positive and coaching psychology practice.
Prof Stephen Palmer PhD FISCP & Dr Siobhain O’Riordan PhD FISCP
Research highlights the effectiveness of relaxation techniques to reduce stress and anxiety, blood pressure and heart rate. The techniques are relatively simple to use within positive and coaching psychology practice. In 2023, with the ongoing impact of COVID-19, in particular long-COVID, war in Ukraine, global financial uncertainty, greatly increased living costs, it is inevitable that many people are going to feel more stressed about day-to-day living and survival.
This skills-based masterclass will provide the opportunity to practise ‘RE-LAX’ and other relaxation techniques. Participants who have access to a pulse oximeter or other instruments/technology to measure blood pressure and heart rate will be able to monitor the effectiveness of the relaxation techniques practised within the skills-based session. Participants may wish to use smartphones with alarms to ensure they wake up if they are prone to fall asleep when relaxed.
A shorter version of the masterclass was run at the 2022 congress. This year, additional techniques will be included.
The masterclass is suitable for practitioners who are inexperienced in using relaxation techniques in their coaching sessions either in face-to-face sessions or on online platforms such as Zoom or Skype. However, it may be of interest to more experienced practitioners who have not attended any formal CPD in relaxation techniques but have used it with their practice. Although the masterclass has been developed for positive and coaching psychologists, it may also be of interest to health and wellbeing coaches, and coaches whose coachees have work-related performance anxiety issues where relaxation skills may be beneficial.
This masterclass is dedicated to Dr Alison Whybrow, who greatly contributed to the field of coaching psychology over two decades.
Professor Stephen Palmer PhD CBiol CPsychol CSci CPsychol FIHPE (Hon) FISMA (Hon) FInstLM is a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Biologist, Chartered Coaching Psychologist, Registered Health Psychologist and APECS Accredited Executive Coach and Supervisor.
He is President and Fellow of the International Society for Coaching Psychology, Vice President and Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Health Promotion and Education, former President and Honorary Fellow of both the the International Stress Management Association (UK) and Association for Coaching. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and Royal Society of Biology. He is former Co-Editor of International Coaching Psychology Review, former editor and now Consulting Editor of the International Journal of Health Promotion & Education. He has written/edited 60 books including How to Deal with Stress (with Cooper), and Handbook of Coaching Psychology (with Whybrow). His academic posts include being Professor of Practice at the Wales Academy for Professional Practice and Research, University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), and Adjunct Professor of Coaching Psychology, Aalborg University, Denmark. Previously he has been a Director of the Coaching Psychology Unit, City University London; Honorary Director of the Coaching Psychology Unit at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil, and BABCP London Branch Co-chair. He is a Director of Studies and supervisor of PhD students at UWTSD.
Dr Siobhain O’Riordan PhD CSci CPsychol FISCP MIHPE Hon is Chartered Scientist and Chartered Coaching Psychologist. She has full divisional membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (DARTP) and is a member of the BPS Psychobiology Section. She is Course Co-Director on the stress management and coaching programmes and a trainer at the Centre for Coaching. She is an Honorary Member of the Institute for Health Promotion and Education, Fellow of the International Society for Coaching Psychology and Accredited Coaching Psychologist and Supervisor. From 2013-2015 she was Editor of the International Journal of Health Promotion & Education. Currently, she is Founder Chair of the International Society for Coaching Psychology, Editor of the International Journal of Coaching Psychology, Consulting Editor of The Coaching Psychologist and Editor of Coaching Psychology International. Her other roles include supervising doctorate students at the Wales Academy for Professional Practice and Research, University of Wales Trinity Saint David where she is a Research Fellow. She is also a Director of the International Academy for Professional Development Ltd. She has published research and practice papers and her latest book is Introduction to Coaching Psychology (2021, with Palmer).
Congress Co-sponsors and supporters
The Congress co-sponsors and supporters include the International Society for Coaching Psychology, Society for Industrial & Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA), SIOPSA Interest Group in Coaching & Consulting Psychology, British Psychological Society Division of Coaching Psychology, Hungarian Association for Coaching Psychology, Society for Coaching Psychology Italy (SCP Italy), Col·legi Oficial de Psicologia de Catalunya Coaching Psychology Section, Society of Consulting Psychology (Division 13 of APA), and the Singapore Psychological Society Coaching Psychology Special Interest Group (SPS). Their members can use the booking code: ISCPGUEST2023 to attend congress Day 5 (6th October) for free. They can also attend the masterclasses and obtain 50% discount by using the booking code: ISCP2023
Fees: Non-members: £20
ISCP and co-sponsoring Members (see list above) can obtain a 50% discount by quoting the booking code: ISCP2023
Social media congress hashtag: #ISFCP2023