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McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School will host the nation’s only academic-based coaching conference this fall, announced Christopher M. Palmer, MD, director for the McLean Hospital Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education.
The two-day event, held Sept. 24 through Sept. 25 at the Boston Renaissance Waterfront Hotel, will explore the theory, research and practice of coaching, and will feature such influential leaders as Sanjiv Chopra, MD, faculty dean for Continuing Medical Education at Harvard Medical School; Sir John Whitmore, author of Coaching for Performance; Barbara Frederickson, PhD, director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina and author of Positivity; and Richard Kogan, MD, author of Resilience and Transformation: George Gershwin. Kogan is also a concert pianist and will perform as part of his presentation.
“We see this conference as the leading opportunity for people to be exposed to the highest caliber of coaches and to learn the latest and best in the field,” said Philip G. Levendusky, PhD, ABPP, director of Psychology at McLean. “There has been an enormous level of enthusiasm, with the previous conferences attracting more than 450 attendees from all disciplines and from all over the world.”
Levendusky noted the overwhelming response to previous coaching conferences hosted by McLean led to the creation of the Harvard Medical School/McLean Institute for Coaching.
Conference co-director Carol Kauffman, PhD, ABPP, PCC, who is also director of the Institute for Coaching, said the conference faculty team applies a unique approach to education, utilizing a variety of teaching methods, using not only keynote addresses, but workshops, coaching demonstrations and networking opportunities.
“The faculty for the conference is energetic and engaging and our structure allows the audience to actively participate with the faculty and one another,” explained Kauffman. “The skills that are taught throughout the weekend allow all of us to apply what we have learned in our practices and daily lives.”
According to Margaret Moore, MBA, founder of Wellcoaches Corporation and a co-director of the conference as well as of the Institute, the conference will offer multiple breakout sessions—including sessions on executive coaching, health and wellness coaching, coaching insights and demonstrations, and overcoming immunity to change—allowing participants to home in on the areas of coaching that most appeal to them.
The breakout sessions will appeal to coaches who work with corporate leaders as well as health professionals such as primary care physicians, nurses or social workers who want to work with patients in a more holistic fashion by coaching on diverse issues of lifestyle change such as sleep, weight loss, physical and emotional fitness, to name a few, said Moore.
Participants come away inspired by possibilities,” she said. “It is very uplifting and energizing. It is like getting your batteries recharged. It is part education, part motivation, part inspiration and part networking.”