OBCAMS

  • Welcome to Oxford Brookes Coaching and Mentoring Society (OBCAMS)

    The aim of the Oxford Brookes University Coaching and Mentoring Society (OBCAMS) is to bring together researchers and practitioners of coaching and mentoring in order to explore evidence based practice and areas of interest to the field.

    OBCAMS meets monthly throughout the academic year. It provides collaboration and networking opportunities for academics and professionals from a wide spectrum of coaching and mentoring interest. We introduce a range of coaching and mentoring topics in an informal setting and stimulate lively discussions and debates. The society has approximately 80 members, comprising academics, students and practitioners from across the region.

    The society meets monthly on Friday evenings, usually in the Clerici Building at the Headington Campus, between 4.30pm and 6.00pm unless otherwise stated on the programme. The evening begins with refreshments and a talk or discussion with guest speaker(s) and concludes with opportunities for networking.

    Joining OBCAMS

    Membership of the Society is available to anyone interested in their own professional development as a coach or mentor (practitioners, students, academics etc). Annual membership costs just £30, which covers the cost of refreshments at meetings. The membership runs from September to August. The Society sends out mailings to its members to advise them of forthcoming events, usually by email.

    Purchase your OBCAMS annual membership

    New members are always welcome. 

    OBCAMS Events 2017 - 2018

    Our meetings will take place between 4.30 - 6.00pm in the Clerici Building, room number CLC.G.18. Please see upcoming events OBCAMS dates details below.

  • In this disruptive session Dr Glenn Wallis will encourage you to explore the ‘truths’ you hold about coaching generally and your own practice particularly, in order to help you reflect, assess and if you deem it appropriate, to re-frame. In this light-hearted, interactive session you will be challenged to de-stabilize long-held myths about coaching.

    Dr Glenn Wallis is a passionate coaching practitioner. Director of the boutique leadership consultancy, Wallis Partnership Ltd., Glenn works with many senior teams and executives to help
    them improve organisational performance, through developing increasingly capable leaders. His interests lie in the future of work and by extension the future of leadership. Following the completion of his first book, How to become a Talented Performer: A formula for early career success with writing partner David Pilbeam, the two have recently been offered a publishing deal with Pearson Publishing for a book that presents their leadership thinking, to be released in the Summer of 2018. Glenn completed both his MA and his DCM at Oxford Brookes.

    We will explore coaching supervisees’ experiences of fear and anxiety, power relations and learning in coaching supervision.  
    Firstly, by reflecting upon our experiences at different stages of development using metaphors and secondly by sharing the findings from her doctoral research.  Louise will provide practical suggestions for welcoming fear and anxiety during supervision, establishing a balanced relationship and reviewing the relationship so that supervisees are encouraged to step into their authority.
     
    Dr Louise Sheppard is an executive coach and coaching supervisor with over 20 years of coaching experience in 50 organisations globally.  Her background is in business, leadership development and change management.
    Louise is a Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring (Oxford Brookes University) and her research was on the supervisees’ perspective in coaching supervision.  She is accredited as an executive coach and coaching supervisor (APECS). She is on the advisory board for a social enterprise, Rising Minds, which provides coaching and mindfulness services to commercial organisations and to those who cannot afford it in the community (www.risingminds.org.uk).


    In this session we will be exploring some of the key themes and ideas informing team coaching practice for coaches & team leaders. Current & emerging trends explored in this session will span the application of diagnostics and evaluation as well developing your capabilities as a Team Coach. We will update you on latest trends in integrative practice for working with different kinds of teams along with approaches to engaging team leaders in the successful implementation of team coaching in organisations.

     

    Working from the perspective of an Integrative Systemic Team Coach, Pauline  Willis is a thought leader and expert in applying diagnostics & evaluation in coaching programmes as well as developing leadership & peer coaching capabilities in all types and levels of teams. As an Organisational Psychologist, Pauline also provides consultancy services for designing & implementing companywide coaching & mentoring programmes which integrate Individual & Team Coaching. Through her company Lauriate Ltd, she provides certifications for both individual & team diagnostics tailored for Coaching or Team Coaching processes. She is also an expert in the applications of both Psycho & Socio diagnostics in this context and is a contributing author to the upcoming Handbook of Team Coaching. Pauline has a long association with OBCAMS as one of the original external advisors for the programme and as a current member of the Business Advisory Group.   

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