Contemporary Developments in Coaching


Helping others exceed their own expectations

Coaching is a truly multidisciplinary subject, drawing on insights from psychology, sociology, anthropology, and education to inform its practice.  Applied studies can also inform our work – insights from sports coaching, health coaching, financial coaching, and executive development are obvious examples. The committed coach keeps ‘up to date’ through continuous professional development. However, with so many fields to monitor, this can be a challenge – many coaches do not have access to the academic literature, let alone the time to scan such a broad range of topics. This one-day event helps bridge this gap.

At the time of writing, four key areas will be explored: the qualities of the coach, improving the effectiveness of the coaching process, the coaching relationship, and the nature of the client. Should new themes emerge, we will adapt the programme accordingly.

Over the day, participants will be supported as they review a dozen pre-selected references, pool their insights and personal experiences, and relate these findings to their own coaching practice. This is not a passive series of lectures but an opportunity to dig into the richness of published evidence and bask in the collective wisdom of a diverse group of practitioners.

Previous participants said:

“The instructor has done a great job of selecting course materials relevant for the course. His choice of approach towards teaching on the basis of academic articles is brilliant. Graham had also paid attention to the group dynamics, making the day energetic and keeping people engaged.”

“A very thought-provoking day highly relevant to my current studies. A lot more academic than I was expecting but I am looking forward to attending another course.”

“The course felt really informative and enjoyable and I would do it again knowing what I know now and recommend it to others as well.”

“Thank you - a superb course, great teaching, a highly valuable experience.”

This course will close for enrolment 2 days prior to the start date

Programme details


Introduction and coaching research

The qualities of the coach


The coaching process and improving its effectiveness

Lunch break

The coaching relationship


The nature of the client

Course disperses

Please note: given the research focus of the event, the content may be updated prior to the day!


Description Costs
Tuition (includes tea/coffee) £95.00
Baguette £6.10


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Dr Graham Wilson


A PhD in behavioural science, career in organisation development, and training in psychodynamic and transpersonal psychotherapy, led to various coaching and counselling roles for 20+ years. He has taught at Oxford since 2015, and is Coordinator of HE Counselling Courses at Guildford College.


Accommodation is not included in the price, but if you wish to stay with us the night before the course, then plesae contact our Residential Centre.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email for details of availability and discounted prices.