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Ole Michael Spaten

Boundaries and distinctions between psychotherapy and coaching psychology

Boundaries and distinctions between psychotherapy and coaching psychology

by Associate professor, Head of Master Program, Ole Michael Spaten, Psychology, Aalborg University

Psychologists makes every day informed choices of intervention based on an integration of knowledge from the best-known research with psychological expertise, in a context of the client's individual personality, culture and preferences. Specialist knowledge, form of intervention and client must match: This was important yesterday and it is also important in a time of huge growth and demand for interventions such as psychotherapy and coaching psychology. The lecture will - based on current discussions among researchers and practitioners - present boundaries and highlight key differences and similarities between psychotherapy and coaching. This theme will be expanded throughout the day when four keynote lectures will highlights what psychotherapy and coaching have in common and what distinguishes: Specific in relation to the Narrative, Psychoanalytic / psychodynamic, Gestalt and the Cognitive-behavioural perspective.


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Dr Ole Michael Spaten PhD Cpsychol AFISCP MISCPAccred, Specialist in Psychotherapy, Accred Supervisor, Associate Professor, Director Coaching Psychology research Unit, Aalborg University, Denmark

Ole is a chartered psychologist with a particular area of expertise in coaching psychology and team-building. Ole is both an Academic and Practitioner with 20 years of experience as an organizational consultant and as a teacher and researcher attached to the universities in Roskilde, Copenhagen and Aalborg in Denmark. 

At Aalborg University, Dept. of Communication and Psychology, he founded in 2007 the first Danish coaching psychology education and is Director of the Coaching Psychology research Unit. In 2010 he conducted the first Randomized Control Trial in Scandinavia evaluating the effectiveness of a brief cognitive behavioral coaching applied to first year university psychology students.           

At psychology Ole leads the coaching psychology graduate program for master psychology students, supervises and teaches clinical skills. At the psychology Department he is Head of Master Program and is the founding editor-in-chief of the Danish Journal of Coaching Psychology.

His research interests are related to self and identity, social learning and experience based processes in coaching psychology. He has published a number of books and articles concerning the above mentioned areas.

Ole is supervisor and Honorary Vice President of the International Society of Coaching Psychology.

Faculty of Humanities, Dept. of Communication and Psychology

Aalborg University, Kroghstraede 3, room 4.239, DK-9220 Aalborg East

International calls: +45 99409082, e-mail: oms@hum.aau.dk  

Conference: Psychotherapy, coaching psychology, and coaching: Boundaries and distinctions