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Confessions of a Coach (Ethics) with Lesley Trenner, Change Coach

20th March 2020 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm


In this workshop, I talk about ethical dilemmas based on my own coaching experiences, including examples of where I might have got it wrong! There will also be opportunities for attendees to explore what ‘doing the right thing’ means for coaches and to find solutions to their own ethical challenges.

Learning Outcomes:

  • How to keep clients ‘safe’ in the coaching space
  • How to apply ethical guidelines in real situations
  • Engaging with issues around coaching ethics
  • Self-awareness – understanding personal triggers around ethics
  • Possible solutions for individual ethical dilemmas

Ethics is a key issue for coaches. We need to ‘do the right thing’ so that we can make our clients feel safe, provide them with a high quality service and keep within the law.  While there are plenty of guidelines out there, ‘the right thing’ can only really be figured out with real clients in real situations. Sometimes this feels difficult, restrictive, heavy. But, it doesn’t have to be. Ethical challenges go to the heart of professional, ‘clean’ coaching. Dilemmas can be juicy, causing us to reflect, look at how we work and sometimes smile at at our own too-ing and fro-ing…

In this workshop I explore ethics by looking at case studies based on my own experience with a variety of clients. Although the issues are important, the workshop will be ‘light touch’, using stories and some ‘confessions’. For obvious reasons client challenges and entertaining anecdotes are handled in an ethical way!

My stories include issues around:

  • How to maintain client confidentiality in different physical settings
  • Contracting – what happens between sessions
  • When to refer a coaching client on to another professional
  • The dreaded issue of charging
  • How to stay in coaching mode and not slip into something else

I talk about what happened, what I did and what I could have done differently. I’ll also ask for opinions from workshop participants. There will then be breakout groups where attendees discuss their own ethical dilemmas and personal triggers. (Ideas will likely arise during the session but participants may want to think of examples beforehand). We end by looking at how we can tackle ethical dilemmas as part of ongoing professional development. (This workshop was delivered previously to the London Coaching Group)

I built my career at the multi national pharmaceutical GSK, starting in Information Science and moving on to organisational Change Management and executive coaching. After taking voluntary redundancy I reinvented myself as a self-employed coach – it was tough but I’m really happy I made that transition! I now help clients with career and personal transitions, specialising in changes such as mid-life crisis, 50+ career options and balancing work with eldercare. I have over 1000 ‘coaching hours’ and have worked with 100s of clients ranging from Board members to new graduates. I also volunteer at a local charity providing careers advice to the job-seekers. As a member of the ICF, PCC accredited, I love the coaching profession and constantly strive to learn and improve. I run a mentor coaching circle and provide mentor coaching to others. I like to share my ideas through presentations, blogs and newsletters using stories and humour to make my ideas more accessible. One of my strongest values is to build trust by creating a safe, confidential coaching space for clients. That’s why ethics is such a hot topic for me!

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20th March 2020
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Trinity Centre
5 Trinity Churchyard
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3RR United Kingdom


Mel Loizou

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