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The Un-Clear and Present Danger, Mental Health Issues & Duty of Care in Coaching
May 22 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
When: Tuesday May 22, 2018, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
CCE – 1.5 Core Competencies
Where: The New York Public Library
39th Street Building, 445 5th Avenue
Fifth Floor LEC (enter 39th Street)
New York City, New York
Presenter: Charles Schaeffer, NY psychologist; Kalzien Van Vliet, OD Consultant, Macquarie; Angela Wright
Do you understand your ethical and professional responsibility as coaches, and as sponsors of coaching? Join us for a panel discussion where we will explore the concept of Duty of Care and navigating the complexities around mental health issues in coaching.
It has been estimated that 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. has suffered from mental illness within the last 12 months. Further, in a study conducted by the Congressional Research Service dated January 2018, the prevalence of mental illness amongst the U.S. adult population was estimated at between 26.2% and 32.4%.
Research in the field of coaching has found that between 25% and 50% of clients presenting for coaching meet criteria for clinical mental health, and that the incidence of personality and mood disorders is 10-15% and 20% respectively. Importantly, for those undertaking executive coaching, studies suggest that the levels of distress within executive populations are more than double those found the general population.
This raises a number of important questions relating to our ethical and professional responsibilities as coaches, and as sponsors of coaching, including:
➢ Do you understand the nature of your Duty of Care as a coach?
➢ How do you reflect on the limitations of your competence, and the boundaries of your role as coach?
➢ Are you alert to the possibility that coaching, in certain circumstances, may cause psychological harm?
➢ What ongoing education and training do you undertake in relation to the identification and assessment of mental health issues?
➢ How do you recognize the red flags indicating a need for therapy or that coaching is not the appropriate intervention?
➢ What is your strategy for dealing with, and referring, in such situations, and how do you identify your personal point of referral?
➢ How do you manage such issues when coaching within an organization, which raises complex issues surrounding confidentiality?
➢ As a sponsor of coaching, how do these issues affect you? How do you handle situations where there is a potential mental health issue?
Join ATD NYC’s Coaching SIG for a panel discussion where we will explore our professional responsibility as it relates to these critical issues.