Despite recent progress, talking about mental health remains a challenge. Misinformation, negative beliefs and prejudices still permeate the fabric of society, even though a significant proportion of the global population will experience some sort of mental health issue during their lifetime.
If the figures are anything to go by, the likelihood of coaches coming across clients who are living with psychological distress is high. According to the World Health Organisation, 1 in 4 people across the world will be affected by a mental or neurological disorder at some point in their lives.
Depressive disorders are already the fourth-highest cause of the global disease burden, which measures the impact of a health condition in financial cost, mortality, morbidity, or other indicators; they are expected to rank second by 2020. Coaches are not trained to diagnose or treat mental health conditions, which is rightly the remit of mental health professionals and yet they play a role in supporting clients who may present some signs of psychological distress. Coaches must reflect on the professional, ethical and legal implications of how to best serve these clients.They need to be able to recognise the signs of mental health conditions and feel confident in their ability to make informed decisions.
In this presentation Ana will share the dimensional approach to assessing mental health, which can give coaches a useful perspective in terms of reflecting on their point of referral and on where their clients might be in the mental health continuum. She will also discuss the positive mental health model and the role of coaches in encouraging their clients to develop positive mental health.
Ana Paula Nacif is an experienced coach, trainer and facilitator who provides executive and team coaching to public and voluntary sector organisations. She is currently studying for a Doctorate in Coaching and Mentoring – with a focus on wellbeing. She delivers wellbeing programmes for not-for-profit organisations and works with companies on the design and implementation of wellbeing initiatives.
If you would like to attend and haven't registered yet, please register online. Free parking is available from 16.30 at Headington Hill. Staff and students with a valid permit may park for free during off-peak hours. Any non-permit holders may park but will need to pay a small charge.
Refreshments at 4.45. The session runs 17.00 - 18.30
Oxford Brookes University (Clerici Building) Headington Campus Oxford
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