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Professor Stephen Palmer PhD

Professor Stephen Palmer PhD

Professor Stephen Palmer PhD is a leading Coaching Psychologist and is President and Fellow of the International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISCP). He is Professor of Practice at the Wales Academy for Professional Practice and Applied Research, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and Adjunct Professor of Coaching Psychology at the Coaching Psychology Unit, Aalborg University. He is Founder Director of the Centre for Coaching, London and Coordinating Director of the ISCP International Centre for Coaching Psychology Research. Stephen was the first Chair of the British Psychology Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology. He has written/edited over 50 books including the Handbook of Coaching Psychology: A Guide for Practitioners (2nd edition) (with Whybrow, 2019). He has been a Principal Practitioner Member of the Association of Business Psychology since 2006.


Session Synopsis

Title: Applying coaching psychology within the COVID-19 Context: Developing INSIGHTS©

Prof Stephen Palmer, Dr Siobhain O’Riordan & Sheila Panchal

The novel coronavirus has initiated an unprecedented global transition and this paper reflects on the impact of COVID-19 on individuals’ wellbeing within a coaching psychology context. It also considers the INSIGHT (Palmer & Panchal, 2011 a,b) model of transition resilience to offer ideas and strategies that can help promote wellbeing during this challenging time.  The  COVID-19  pandemic  has  had  an  impact  upon  all  levels  of  a  nation  state,  from  the  people,  organisations  and  communities  to  the  health,  activity and wellbeing of the whole country, including the short and  long-term  financial  implications  of  countries  in  lockdown (Palmer, Panchal & O’Riordan, 2020; Panchal, Palmer, O’Riordan, 2020).

During this session we will also explore ways we might leverage coaching psychology techniques, interventions and approaches that have been successfully applied in many other transition coaching situations, such as mid-life, becoming a new parent, or within executive and leadership coaching.



Palmer, S., & Panchal, S. (Eds) (2011a). Developmental Coaching: Life Transitions and Generational Perspectives. Hove: Routledge.

Palmer, S., & Panchal, S. (2011b). Life Transitions and Generational Perspectives. In S. Palmer & S. Panchal, (Eds), in Developmental Coaching: Life Transitions and Generational Perspectives. Hove: Routledge.

Palmer, S., Panchal, S. & O’Riordan, S. (2020). Could the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic have any positive impact on wellbeing? European Journal of Applied Positive Psychology 4(10).

Panchal, S., Palmer, S. & O’Riordan, S. (2020). Enhancing Transition Resilience: Using the INSIGHT coaching and counselling model to assist in coping with COVID-19. International Journal of Stress Prevention and Wellbeing 4(3).

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