Program of Sessions and Events for the 2024 Conference

2024 Conference

The program for the International Gay Coaches Conference 2024 is designed to provide a broad range of educational opportunities, cultural activities and opportunities to socialize with other attendees. We always aim to create a relaxed feeling of community, conducive for both learning and enjoyment.

Sessions will be added to the list below as they are confirmed. Here is an overview of the timetable:

  • Wednesday 1st May: Afternoon arrival for attendees, dinner and opening of the conference.
  • Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May: Morning well-being activities, prior to breakfast. Formal programming begins each day with a two hour plenary session, followed by a choice of 75 minute workshops throughout the rest of the day. In the evening will be a cocktail reception and dinner, followed by social and cultural events and activities.
  • Sunday 5th May: Final morning of programming, followed by the close of the conference and lunch, prior to afternoon departure.

The final detailed timetable for the conference is available here.

Use the button below to register. Select your choice of available accommodation and complete your booking.

 


 

 

Experiencing Group Coach Supervision

Experiencing Group Coach Supervision

Dr. Damian Goldvarg

In this session, participants will have the opportunity to experience group supervision in small groups, facilitated by a trained supervisor.

The Artist in ME

The Artist in ME

Peter Simmonds

Discover and rediscover the creative in You and the language of your heart through alternative methods of expression.

Saying “I can’t be creative” is the same as saying “I can’t think rationally” - we all have the capacity.

Learn how your creativity is a language that you already possess that has so much to tell you beyond what you currently think or feel about yourself!

Updating Your Beliefs: Shifting Perspectives Using NLP Pre-Suppositions

Updating Your Beliefs: Shifting Perspectives Using NLP Pre-Suppositions

Chris Cooper

Helping our clients reframe situations to gain new perspectives is one of the core components of our work as coaches. This can be especially useful for helping people move past limiting beliefs and behavior patterns, and creating greater choice.

Following last year's well received session on NLP, experienced practitioner Chris Cooper invites you to again step into the world of NLP and learn about Pre-Suppositions, one of the six core elements, and the guiding principles of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

This session will enable you to gain fresh perspectives on the world and give you a new tool to help your clients see the world through a different lens.

The Power of Pause

The Power of Pause

Peter Simmonds

When was the last time you or your clients were fully present for one thing? And when was that one thing YOU?..to ask, "How am I doing today?". In a growing felt and experienced response to an epidemic of distraction, absence, and loneliness, a "POWER OF PAUSE" community was seeded.

Pete will be sharing a tool and method he uses in his coaching practice to organically build and strengthen the community beyond social media, by using innovative, creative methods to facilitate meaningful presence practices and reflections and developing community relationships. The program will explore 'The Power Of PAUSE” that you can bring to your coaching community.

Improv Your Coaching!

Improv Your Coaching!

Robby Hutter

Coaching and Improv have a lot in common. As coaches we are required to listen deeply, get creative, maintain presence and partner with clients. There is no script, no way of knowing what our client will say next or what direction the session will take.

This workshop will introduce to you the tools and skills that actors and improvisors use for success. Whether you're a seasoned coach or just starting out, this interactive session will help you think on your feet, adapt to unexpected situations, and foster creativity in your coaching practice. 

Healing Through Authenticity- Tackling Toxic Positivity, Facing Hard Truths, and Cultivating Genuine Support

Healing Through Authenticity- Tackling Toxic Positivity, Facing Hard Truths, and Cultivating Genuine Support

Mike Findlay-Agnew and Joshua New

It's a stark reality that mental health challenges affect gay men at higher rates.Shame, depression,suicidal thoughts, and trauma are sadly prevalent in our community. In response, some individuals feel compelled to present an excessively positive facade, both in-person and online. However, "toxic positivity" often masks the deeper issues that lie beneath the surface.

This session will delve into the crucial topics of healing through authenticity, in the process challenging toxic positivity and fostering supportive environments for gay men's mental health. Through engaging activities, insightful discussions, and real-life case studies, attendees will explore strategies for facing hard truths and creating space for meaningful conversations.

 

Raising Self Awareness to Facilitate Action

Raising Self Awareness to Facilitate Action

Chris Cooper

As coaches, helping people to “Take Action” is at the core of the work we do with our clients. However, all sorts of things can get in the way that prevent people from this.

Before we can effectively take action, we must first be aware of what we truly want and factors such as limiting beliefs that can act as barriers and keep us stuck.

During this session we will explore the links between awareness and action and what it is important to be aware of about ourselves in order to take action. And whether the actions we commit to are actually what we really want.

The Artistry of Coaching

The Artistry of Coaching

Elias Scultori, MCC

What framework do you use in your coaching conversation? Are the "rules" of coaching constraining or empowering you as a coach?

Learn how to more effectively integrate the ICF Core Competencies into your personal style, broaden your perspective of the coaching process and authentically leverage your own instincts as a coach in alignment with industry standards.

This session will cultivate a deeper awareness of the benefits and importance of bringing an intentional framework to the coaching sessions, fully expressing the artistry of coaching.

You are Enough: Remembering Your Natural State

You are Enough: Remembering Your Natural State

Michael Kline

We all work to be "good enough" – whether we’re talking about our craft, our relationships, our abundance, or being loved and accepted by our parents. You can’t get good enough, feel good enough, until you know you always were.

And since you were born enough, you don’t actually build your enoughness, you simply remember it.

This deeply experiential and emotionally brave workshop will dive deep through the layers of emotional memories that cover up our enoughness.

The Technology of Courage for Coaches

The Technology of Courage for Coaches

Julio G. Alvarez

How much is the fear costing you, really?

Chief Courage Officer Julio will share his personal journey of overcoming shame while revealing the genesis of his transformative "Technology of Courage" framework, exploring how you can integrate this approach into your own coaching practice.

Equip yourself with new practical tools, renewed perspective, and the inspiration to transform your fear into your fuel.

Cultivating Drive in Moving Forward with Your Coaching Business

Cultivating Drive in Moving Forward with Your Coaching Business

Jim Cartwright

Are you looking to increase your drive to get your business off the ground and/or maintain it over the long haul?

Do you have clients who need to strengthen or refine their drive as they pursue their goals?

Drive is an essential trait to develop in order to move forward with our own businesses, as well as a trait that many clients need to develop. 

This workshop draws on many resources to explore how we can increase internal drive in moving forward with our coaching businesses, which are also relevant to our work with clients, through exploring their relationship to drive.

NSDR: A Somatic Therapy Tool for Coaching

NSDR: A Somatic Therapy Tool for Coaching

David Ito

Non-Sleep Deep Rest (NSDR) is a guided meditation form of somatic therapy that brings clients into an aware, yet relaxed hypnagogic state. It helps clients connect the conscious and unconscious mind to bring more clarity into the issues that challenge them.

This workshop - part theory, part experiential - introduces the technique so coaches can get a first hand experience of its value in helping clients dive deeper into finding clarity and solutions to their challenges and blockages.

How Will You Empower Your Clients Through Fabulous Coaching Questions?

How Will You Empower Your Clients Through Fabulous Coaching Questions?

Dr. Kyle Elliott

Are you ready to attend a highly interactive workshop where the only “rule” is that everything you say must be asked as a question?

What’s the session’s learning objective, you ask? How would you feel if it was to become a more effective coach by learning how to empower your clients through fabulous coaching questions?

What will be your biggest 'a-ha' moments and takeaways from this session? Well, the only limit is your ability to ask the most powerful coaching questions possible, right?

Kink Skills in the workplace: Punishment and Reward

Kink Skills in the workplace: Punishment and Reward

Matthew Bennett

Learn how the ideas of using punishment and reward for motivation can be moved from the playroom to the workplace.

In this light hearted session, we will be looking at when punishment and/or reward can be used, and why.

Coaches attending this session will consider how they can motivate themselves to be the best in their work - and offer ways to help their clients to motivate themselves and those around them.

Team Coaching - What it Means and How to Do it

Team Coaching - What it Means and How to Do it

Dr. Damian Goldvarg

In this session, former ICF Global President Dr. Damian Goldvarg will introduce the ICF framework for Team Coaching and explain the differences between team coaching and other modalities such as team building, team training, and team consulting.

Team coaching has grown rapidly in popularity in recent years, and there are great opportunities for coaches to expand their portfolio of work to include team coaching. In doing so you can help even more clients create action and impact.

Understand the key elements of the ICF team coaching competency model and the requirements to obtain a credential as a team coach.

From 'Risk' to 'Opportunity'

From 'Risk' to 'Opportunity'

Rocco Cocchiarale

Risk brings emotion – which can impinge on rational thinking. We think our decisions are purely logical, but they are not. There is always emotion within. It is an interaction with uncertainty in the course of making a decision. 

This session will explore the components of risk, including creating a true story of where you took a risk and failed… but you lived to see another day. In the process, working on the Emotional Intelligence competencies of Stress Tolerance, Emotional Self-Awareness, Problem Solving, and Reality Testing.

You will learn more about yourself and how to help your clients in their relationship with risk.

Diversity in Practice: From Good Intentions to Active Inclusion

Diversity in Practice: From Good Intentions to Active Inclusion

Nick Duggan

We all want to be inclusive in our coaching. But the reality is that our clients usually tend to look a lot like us.

How can we expand coaching to be more welcoming to people of all identities, especially those from marginalized communities such as people of color, trans folks, and people with disabilities, to name just a few?

In this session we’ll take a closer look at the challenges behind the lack of representation and access in coaching, and we’ll explore practical ways each of us can take action and broaden our coaching to cultivate greater equity and belonging.

Empowering Change with Motivational Interviewing

Empowering Change with Motivational Interviewing

Joe Simmons

The path from awareness to action often includes ambivalence or “stuckness,” a normal part of the change process.

Explore and experience some communication strategies to partner with clients to resolve ambivalence by eliciting and strengthening their own motivation for change in a spirit of empathy and compassion.

The workshop offers a taste of Motivational Interviewing (MI), a person-centered, evidence-based communication style, widely used by helping professionals, including coaches. 

Know Wonder I'm a Coach

Know Wonder I'm a Coach

Thor Falk

Sometimes it is difficult for us as coaches to slow down and think about what we are doing, what we want to be doing, and most importantly, how we might want to be doing things differently. It is the same with our clients.

This session is intended to give coaches the time to consider who they are, what they want, and how to get there
 by participating in a process that can be adapted to one-on-one coaching, group coaching, team building, and strategic planning. This is a process Thor calls "KNOW WONDER"

You will gain fresh personal insight into who you are and what you want to become as a coach, leaving the session with at least one action item that can help you move forward toward your goals.