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Professor Stephen Palmer becomes President

Professor Stephen Palmer Was made Honorary President of the International Stress Management Association (UK) on 4th March, 2014. At the AGM he was also awarded an Honorary Fellowship.

Professor Stephen Palmer said: It's an honour to become President of the International Stress Management Association (UK). I look forward to working with the ISMA Board of Trustees to promote stress prevention and wellbeing in organisations and society.

International Academy for Professional Development launched

The International Academy for Professional Development Ltd has been launched by the Centres of Expertise group of Centres and Faculties. The International Academy will coordinate the existing blended and distance learning programmes of the Centres and Faculties and develop new international programmes. These courses are recognised by some leading professional bodies for professional development and education. 

Director of the International Academy for Professional Development, Professor Stephen Palmer said: "Modern technology has allowed training providers to offer a range of blended and distance learning programmes. When emails are not enough, online communication systems such as skype allow supervisors to support students in real time if in-depth responses are required."

July 2010

Lifetime achievement award goes to outstanding Professor

Embargoed until 17th December, 2008

An internationally recognised figure in the field of coaching psychology has been recognised for his outstanding and continued contribution by The British Psychological Society’s Special Group in Coaching Psychology.  

Professor Stephen Palmer received the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his extensive work in developing and promoting the coaching psychology profession at the 1st European Coaching Psychology Conference, on 17 December 2008.

"Without Professor Palmer we would not have the level of development that we see today in the UK in the area of coaching psychological practice and research", said Dr Alison Whybrow, Chair of the Special Group in Coaching Psychology.

"Stephen led the development of the coaching psychology profession in the UK; he has provided focus, energy and commitment to ensure the establishment of a recognised and robust coaching psychology profession. We are very pleased to present Stephen with this award and to welcome him as a keynote speaker at our 1st European Coaching Psychology Conference."

Professor Palmer said: "It's an honour and privilege to receive this award from the BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology. It was good teamwork that helped to establish coaching psychology in the UK and I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues for their unstinting support and hard work in its development."

Professor Palmer continues, "The 1st European Coaching Psychology Conference will allow psychologists throughout Europe to network and discuss how coaching psychology as a profession and discipline can develop across Europe in an integrated manner. I will consider some of the issues concerned in my keynote speech at the conference."

The 1st European Coaching Psychology Conference was held at Westminster University, London, UK on 17th  and 18th  December 2008. Professor Stephen Palmer is Director of the Coaching Psychology Unit at City University, London, UK and Director of the Centre for Coaching, London. He heads the Centres of Expertise group. 

UK Centre for Health, Safety and Wellbeing launched this week  

Embargoed until 9.00am 14th July, 2008

The UK Centre for Health, Safety and Wellbeing was launched today. It will provide a range of courses in Health and Safety, Stress Awareness, Risk Assessment, Training for Health Trainers, Health Education and Promotion and Health Coaching. Training will be at its offices in London or in-house for companies and organisations.

Professor Stephen Palmer PhD, a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner and Director of the centre said, “The new UK Centre for Health, Safety and Wellbeing comes under our international group of Centres of Expertise that specialise in different professional areas. Our group already run accredited and recognised courses and our new centre will focus on health and safety training on topics that employers should take seriously”.

He continued, “Caring for staff by taking action to improve their wellbeing at work not only benefits the staff but can benefit the employer by the reduction of absenteeism, lowered stress levels and enhanced performance. Our new centre brings together the knowledge and experience our group has built up over the past 21 years. The Centre can also undertake work-related research”.

The Centres of Expertise group include the Centre for Stress Management, Centre for Postgraduate Studies & Research, and Centre for Coaching. 

For more information about our courses, consultancy or research contact:

For courses, Peter Ruddell: +44 (0) 20 8853 4171
For consultancy for in-house training, Margaret Bradley +44 (0) 1582 712161


UK Centre for Health, Safety and Wellbeing
Broadway House,

3 High Street, Bromley, BR1 1LF, UK

+44 (0) 20 8228 1185   F: +44 (0) 20 8228 1186

Psychological coaching course for Sweden

May 6, 2008.

The Centre for Coaching runs a complete programme of recognised and accredited coaching courses. From the 8th April to 2nd May, 2008, the Centre ran the Certificate in Psychological Coaching course at AdSapiens, The Swedish Centre for Work Based Learning in Gothenburg.

The Course Directors and trainers were Professor Stephen Palmer and Dr Kristina Gyllensten. Both are chartered psychologists and practising coaching psychologists. Stephen Palmer said, "I was delighted to run our programme in Sweden. It gave me an exciting opportunity to see how coaching is developing in Sweden".

Professor Palmer continued, "I enjoyed working with Dr Gyllensten and our Swedish team on our international coaching programme. I'm looking forward to returning this November to run the programme again".

The Certificate in Psychological Coaching is Accredited by Middlesex University, UK and Recognised by the Association for Coaching. The course includes pre-course reading, preparation for lectures, supervision of coach-coachee work, and written assignments.

The Centre for Coaching is an international training centre and consultancy which runs modular courses in life and personal coaching; psychological coaching; performance, executive, confidence and resilience coaching; coaching psychology; and stress management suitable for professionals wishing to gain more knowledge and skills practice in these subjects. The Centre runs a distance training programme for delegates unable to attend courses in London, England and Edinburgh, Scotland.
The Centre for Coaching will run the certificated programmes in-house around the world. adSapiens aim to be a leading and innovative cognitive coaching provider on the Swedish market.

For more information about our coaching courses or consultancy contact:

For courses, Peter Ruddell: +44 (0) 20 8853 4171

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