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Coaching and mentoring industry looks to the future

A joint meeting between four of the coaching and mentoring industry's leading professional bodies is set to take place in London on Tuesday April 27 2004.

European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) secretary Julie Hay, International Coach Federation co-president Richard Bentley and Katherine Tulpa, who chairs the Association for Coaching will each lead a small delegation from each organisation. They will be joined by representatives from the Coaching Psychology Forum, part of the British Psychological Society.

The delegates will be discussing just one topic: "How might the four organisations work together, with others, in the interests of the coaching and mentoring community and their clients?"

This event was initiated on behalf of the EMCC by its Membership and Marketing Committee chairperson Eric Parsloe. Eric, who will chair the meeting said: "I am delighted that each organisation has shown a positive desire to develop a co-operative approach to the interests of everyone involved in coaching and mentoring.

"This is a practical example of the EMCC's inclusive philosophy. We firmly believe that as far as coaching and mentoring is concerned, the idea of competing professional bodies is outmoded and unhelpful and we are committed to exploring new ways of working together to take the industry forward."

The European Mentoring and Coaching Council was created in 2002 to promote industry-wide good practice. Its executive committee is made up of some of the most experienced figures in the coaching and mentoring industry. Other activities announced recently have included a major project to identify common competencies required for different types of coaching and mentoring (which could make a useful contribution to the wider debate on the future of standards in the industry) and the issuing of guidelines on the use of supervision for coaches and mentors.

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