McLean Launches Coaching and Positive Psychology Initiative

August 04, 2008

Adriana Bobinchock

Belmont, MA - McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has launched the Coaching and Positive Psychology Initiative, with the kickoff event being the McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School conference "Coaching: A New Horizon-Theory, Emerging Evidence & Practice." The two-day coaching psychology conference, scheduled for Sept. 26 and Sept. 27, will bring together the international founding contributors in the field to introduce participants to the theory, research, applications and practices of coaching psychology.

The brainchild of Carol Kauffman, PhD, ABPP, PCC, clinical staff associate for McLean and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, and Margaret Moore, MBA, a veteran of the biotech industry and founder of Wellcoaches Corporation, the initiative and it's conference are focused on educating professionals and the public to the academic foundations of coaching psychology and the practical applications of positive psychology.

"While there are thousands of articles and hundreds of books on life and executive coaching, few are based on the kind of research studies expected in the healthcare and medical world," said Kauffman. "This conference marks the beginning of an exciting international program that will bring rigorous study to the work of improving the lives of individuals through coaching and effective positive psychology interventions."

Although coaching services account for a $1.5 billion annual market, fewer than 20 percent of life and executive coaches come from the mental health or medical fields, noted Philip Levendusky, PhD, ABPP, director of Psychology at McLean Hospital and associate professor at Harvard Medical School. "This conference is groundbreaking in that it is the first coaching psychology conference to be developed by a major medical facility," he said. "Participants will learn from seminal thinkers, coaches and authors who have contributed to the foundation of coaching psychology in a variety of domains, including executive leadership and peak performance, life, health and wellness, applied positive psychology and coaching research."

Among the conference highlights, this energizing event will feature a workshop led by Robert Kegan, PhD, world-renowned adult developmental psychologist, professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and educational chair of the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education; and the live coaching of a string quartet by internationally renowned conductor, teacher, and leadership speaker Benjamin Zander, co-author of the Harvard Business School Press book, "The Art of Possibility."

Continuing education credits are available for physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, licensed mental health counselors, and ICF coaches who participate in the conference. For more information, visit, contact or call 617.855.3921. Register and download the conference brochure at

McLean is the largest psychiatric clinical care, teaching and research facility of Harvard Medical School, an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of Partners HealthCare. For more information about McLean Hospital, visit

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