Coaching Psychology Unit

7th International Congress of Coaching Psychology, 2017

7th International Congress of Coaching Psychology, 2017.

7th International Congress of Coaching Psychology, 2017.

Theme: Relationship

Consultation Psychology * Therapy * Coaching Psychology


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Relationships - as the theme of the congress - will be explored and presented by leading researchers and practitioners with a multifaceted and complex perspective on relationships.

Because the relationship between a patient / client / coachee and the psychologist / consultant / coach plays a critical and significant role for process and results. The presentations explores the similarities and differences between these interventions in practice and theory. How is the quality of the relationship described and how does the alliance build up in therapy, consultation, supervision and coaching psychology? The one-day congress explores relationships in consultation psychology, coaching psychology and psychotherapy as broad, postmodern relational practice and as the relationship between conscious and unconscious motives as well as processes in and between systems in organizations.

The lecturers presents "major" traditions, they ask critical questions and offer important distinctions and perspectives: Consultation * Therapy * Coaching Psychology * Psychodynamic * Systemic * Narrative * Cognitive * Supervision and the borders.

Sponsored by: Aalborg University, Department of Communication and Psychology, Center for Qualitative Studies, Danish Psychological Society (DP*SEBC) & International Society for Coaching Psychology.


Friday, September 15th 2017 9.00-15.30


9.00 Welcome to the Congress by Head of Master Program CCCC, Ole Michael Spaten, PhD & Head of Psychology Study Programme, Associate Professor Thomas Szulevicz, PhD

9.15 Keynote: The crucial role of relationship in organizational consulting psychology:  what does “excellence” look like? by Vicki V. Vandaveer, PhD, CEO The Vandaveer Group, Inc., Houston, Texas, USA

10.15 Keynote: Coaching and therapeutic relationships:  How do similarities and differences matter in practice by Dr. Alanna O’Broin, Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and an ISCP Accredited Coaching Psychologist.  

11.00 Coffee

11.15 Panel and group discussion led by Palmer, O’Broin and Vanderveer: How crucial is the relationship in therapy, coaching and consultancy: A group discussion.

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Keynote: Klienten i systemet – systemet i klienten - det psykodynamisk systemteoretiske approach v. professor MSO Steen Visholm, psykolog, ph.d., Center for Organisationspsykologi, Roskilde Universitet

14.00 Coffee

14.15 Keynote: Beyond the coaching and therapeutic relationship: the supervisee-supervisor relationship by Professor Stephen Palmer, PhD, Co-ordinating Director of the ISCP International Centre for Coaching Psychology Research and an ISCP Accredited Coaching Psychologist Supervisor.

15.15 Reception


Lecture theatre 1.104, Kroghstraede 3, University of Aalborg


  • Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University
  • Danish Psychological Society (DP*SEBC)
  • Center for Qualitative Studies, Aalborg University
  • International Society for Coaching Psychology