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Ethics in Coaching: Should we talk about suicide?

  • 11 Jul 2023
  • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Virtual - Zoom presentation


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As coaches, we recognize the boundary between coaching and mental health care – but how do we navigate the space between them? We are well trained in supporting our clients to explore their experiences more deeply, but few of us might know how to recognize or respond to a client having thoughts of suicide. What would be most ethical? Is referral to another profession the best response? 

Join us in considering these questions in the context of the ICF Code of Ethics and exploring possibilities for the coaching profession.

What you’ll learn

  • The ethics of talking about suicide

  • The training and skills required to have those conversations

  • How the ICF Code of Ethics relates to this topic

  • What’s ethical and possible for us as coaching professionals

Who is this session for

This session is for coaches at all levels of experience who want to learn more about mental health care and suicide, and feel more prepared to discuss this topic in coaching conversations. 

This session will be held via Zoom. Registrants will receive Zoom details in advance of the session.

Subject to approval from ICF Global, this session qualifies for 1.5 Core Development CCEUs. *Registrants must be ICF members and attend the full session live to qualify for these credits.

Speaker bios:

Maddy Brown, CMFC

Maddy is a certified Mental Fitness Coach through Positive Intelligence. In addition to her coaching practice, she also co-leads youth workshops in mental fitness and healthy conflict. 

Before becoming a coach, Maddy volunteered at the Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC for six years. The skills she developed and experiences she had there sparked her interest in coaching, and ignited her passion for educating coaches about the value of being suicide alert.

Lu Ripley, MA

Lu has been working in the field of education and health promotion for over 40 years, including several years in the Downtown Eastside. She holds degrees from York University and the University of British Columbia. Since 2011, Lu has worked as Director of Community Learning and Engagement at the Crisis Centre of BC. She is also a LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills coach. 

Lynn Thorsell, MA, PCC

Lynn is a leadership coach and human systems consultant with a graduate degree in organizational systems. As a leadership coach, Lynn has worked with over 300 people on every continent, from business owners, CEOs, and executive directors to students and job-seekers. In 2019, she left her home in Vancouver, B.C. for a one-year volunteer placement in Malawi. She now resides on Vancouver Island where she coaches and consults full-time.

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