other ICF members and local chapters if you have email (or other
connections) to people. We appreciate any efforts that other ICF
members make to distribute this information.
I would like to invite you to a Special Interest Group (SIG) that
we hope will benefit ICF coaches who have some psychotherapy background
as well as coaches who do not come from this background. We are
also hoping that this effort might unite and mutually enhance the
coaching community and the psychotherapy community.
SIG is called:
and Psychotherapist Communities Special Interest Group (SIG)
link to bridge number to attend these conference calls.
by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). We distinguish the
difference between coaching and psychotherapy. Our process is aimed
at developing coaching models and strategies to apply to this issue.
For coaches who do not have a psychotherapy background to know how
and when to refer individuals who present psychotherapy issues within
the coaching process. For newer coaches who are also psychotherapists,
the SIG aims at helping them distinguish between coaching and psychotherapy
models so that they are not practicing psychotherapy with their
coaching clients. Finally, experienced coaches are a part of this
process for their invaluable contribution making these distinctions,
gaining a deeper clarification of these issues for themselves, and
to help others develop their distinct professional coaching identity.
A broader goal of this SIG is to help educate professional coaches
on these issues so that they can effectively communicate these distinctions
to professional groups outside the coaching profession.
to join, or simply call in to the next meeting and join us. Lynn
and I hope you will be a part of this ongoing experience.
Please use these bridge call etiquette guidelines if you join us:
At class time, call the bridge number. Please call that number only
at class time, not before or after the class. No one is 'there'
at that number except during the scheduled class time.
Please call from a regular, wired phone. No cell phones, no speakerphones
(unless you can use mute) and no cordless phones. (These add LOTS
of noise to the call and annoy everyone.)
When you call in, the instructor will hear a beep so he/she will
know someone has arrived, but no one will know that it's you. When
you hear the instructor say "Hi, who just joined the call?"
feel free to say "Hi, everyone, this is Mary from Chicago"
or something like that.
If you need to join late, please don't speak when coming in because
you will interrupt the call. Listen quietly and come up to speed
into the flow of the discussion.
When you wish to join in the conversation or add something, please
state your name and then speak; "This is Mary from Chicago.
I'm wondering if...."
When the class is over, feel free to say goodbye to everyone and
just hang up. Please don't stay on the line after the call is over
as our telephone conferencing system needs to reset itself.
Some bridge lines will not allow access through some discounted
phone services. You may always direct dial in, or you may want to
be prepared to use a prepaid long distance phone card to access
a bridge, if you long distance discounted service won't access the
you for your interest in our Conversations with Psychotherapy and
Coaching Communities SIG.