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Professor Stephen Palmer BA (Hons) PhD CPsychol CSci CMIOSH FAC(Hon) FIHPE (Hon) FISMA (Hon) FAREBT FBACP FRSA

The Founder Director of the Centre for Coaching and Centre for Stress Management is Professor Stephen Palmer, a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist. He is the first Visiting Professor of Work Based Learning and Stress Management at the Institute for Work Based Learning, Middlesex University, an Association for Professional Executive Coaches & Supervisors (APECS) accredited Executive Coach and APECS accredited Executive Coach Supervisor, REBT and cognitive-behavioural accredited therapist, and a UKCP registered psychotherapist.

He is a Fellow of Association for Coaching, the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Society of Health. He is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy in New York, and a certified supervisor for training in REBT. His other professional interests are in stress psychophysiology.

Currently, he is former Honorary President of the Association for Coaching, Past Chair of the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology, Honorary Vice-President of the Society for Coaching Psychology, Honorary Vice-President of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education, Honorary President of the International Stress Management Association (UK), and Consultant Director of the New Zealand Centre for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy. In 2004-2005 he was the first Chair of the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology. He was Chair of the Scientific Awards Committee of the British Psychological Society Division of Counselling Psychology from 1997 to 1999. He is Consultant Editor of The Coaching Psychologist, Co-editor of the Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapist, Consulting Editor of the International Journal of Health Promotion and Education and former Associate Editor of the British Journal of Medical Psychology. He was the Founder UK Co-ordinating Editor of the International Coaching Psychology Review and Founder Executive Editor of Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice

In 2001 he chaired the BACP Online Therapy Working Group which has recently produced a report, Guidelines for Online Counselling & Psychotherapy.  He was Chair of the Conference Academic Committee to the 1st International Coaching Psychology Conference, 2006. He is an Advisory Committee Member of the International Advisory Committee for the History of Multicultural Counselling, University of Toronto, Canada.

During 2001-2003 he was a member of an international panel of experts for the Health & Safety Executive research publication on the Identification of Good Practice in Stress Prevention/Management: A State of the Art Review. HSE Contract Research Report: 4301/R54.082

In 2003-2004 he was the academic consultant for the Surrey Police working on the Deepcut Report. During 2004 to May 2005, he was an appointed Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee on the Duty of Care Inquiry.

He has authored numerous articles on stress management and counselling, and has authored or edited over 50 books, including Dealing with People Problems at Work (1996) with Burton, Stress Management and Counselling (1996) with Dryden, Counselling: The BAC Counselling Reader (1996) with Dainow and Milner, Stress Counselling: A Rational Emotive Behaviour Approach (1997) with Ellis, Gordon and Neenan, the Handbook of Counselling (1997) with McMahon, Integrative Stress Counselling (1998) with Milner, Counselling in a Multicultural Society (1999) with Laungani, Trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (1999) with Scott, Conquer Your Stress (2000) with Cooper, and Counselling: The BACP Counselling Reader, Vol. 2 (2001) with Milner, Creating a Balance: Managing Stress (2003) with Cooper and Thomas, Moody to Mellow (2006) with Wilding, Race, Culture & Psychotherapy (2006) with Moodley, Achieving Excellence in Your Coaching Practice (2006) with McMahon and Wilding and the Handbook of Coaching Psychology (2007) with Whybrow, Brief Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (2018) with Curwen and Ruddell. He has lectured in Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Hong Kong and China on a range of subjects and has appeared on radio and television programmes. He is Co-editor with Gladeana McMahon with Averil Leimon of the Essential Coaching Skills and Knowledge book series published by Routledge.

In May, 2000, he received the Annual Counselling Psychology Award from the British Psychological Society, Division of Counselling Psychology, for his 'Outstanding professional and scientific contribution to counselling psychology in Britain'. He received from the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy the Achievement Award for ‘outstanding professional contribution to the development of the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy in the UK, of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy in New Zealand and for his published works’. He received from the British Psychological Society, Special Group in Coaching Psychology, the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his extensive work in developing and promoting the coaching psychology profession at the European Coaching Psychology Conference, on 17 December 2008.

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