An integral approach to coaching – a rigorous and compassionate way to support clients in their long-term development

Coaching can make a profound contribution to people, freeing them up to bring their intentions into their work and wider life with dignity, humanity and skilfulness. Coaching that supports long-term results like these requires that coaches take the question of adult development seriously. The integral approach to coaching at the heart of this course is a practical response to this challenge, and draws on the developmental insights of psychologists such as Robert Kegan, educators such as Bill Torbert, and the coaching methodology developed by James Flaherty. 

This one-day programme will give you an opportunity to study an integral approach to coaching that addresses these questions. We will explore:

  • how to support clients in ongoing inquiry and in ongoing practice that invites long-lasting development.
  • how coaching can helpfully include everything about the client and the client’s world, including
  • how they represent themselves, their social world, habits, relationship with the body, quality of self-care, the amount of attention and energy available to take on change, and more.
  • how coaching can take the development of our clients seriously, helping them step over time into a bigger world of meaning and possibility than the one in which they live when they begin.

The day will include an introduction to both theory and practice, and will draw on philosophical and psychological roots, providing many avenues of insight and practice.


09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a 30min break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends


The workshop is intended for anyone with an interest in coaching. It is suitable both for those who have no coaching experience, as well as experienced coaches who are looking to add new ways of understanding and practicing coaching to their own practice.

Learning outcomes and objectives 

  • understand what is central in the development of your clients
  • observe and listen to clients in a profound way by paying attention to their language, emotional mood, and way of interpreting the world
  • design practices and self-reflection exercises that powerfully support clients in their development
  • open new possibilities for effective action in your coaching

Facilitators: Clare Chandler CPsychol & Justin Wise

Clare Chandler is a practicing, chartered occupational psychologist.  She holds a degree in psychology from Bristol University and an MBA from London Business School.  She trained and then practiced as an occupational psychologist with Saville and Holdsworth and with PA consulting Group.  She then joined Prudential Group where she was Director of Leadership Development before co founding thirdspace with Justin Wise.   She now regularly trains professional coaches as a member of thirdspace’s faculty.  She is a qualified OD practitioner holding the NTL Organisation Development certificate and their certificate in Advanced Group Process.  She is a qualified coach with both Meyler Campbell (The Business Coach Programme) and New Ventures West (Coaching to Excellence).  She coaches clients in the UK and internationally, working with both individuals and teams.  She works with a wide range of clients from FTSE Board members to entrepreneurs.

Justin holds an MSc in People and Organisation Development from the University of Sussex, and degrees from Cambridge and London Universities. He holds professional coaching certification from the International Coach Federation and New Ventures West, USA. He has worked as a professional coach since 2004, with international clients in public sector, private, and non-profit organisations. He trains people to be professional coaches. He lives and works in London.

Booking information


  • Concessions: £72 (£60 + VAT)
  • DOP members: £114 (£95 + VAT)
  • Society members: £156 (£130 + VAT)
  • Society non-members: £234 (£200 + VAT)

Persons eligible for concessionary rates are student members of the Society, graduate members registered under Rule 15.ii, Rule 21 members, and members who are unemployed. For evidence of unemployment, we will require a copy of your job seekers allowance book.

How to book:

Please note: online bookings will close 24 hours prior to the event. Please call +44 (0)116 2529512 for availability after this point.

To pay by cheque or request an invoice complete and return the registration form.

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests more than 6 weeks before the event date.

Thu, 28/06/2012 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925
Fax: +44 (0)116 227 1314

Division of Occupational Psychology & BPS Learning Centre