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KEYNOTE: Wojciech Eichelberger

Are we fully aware of possibilities and boundaries?

Session on Wednesday, Jun 24th, 14:50
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Wojciech Eichelberger is a psychotherapist, coach and mentor, co-creator of Laboratorium Psychoedukacji; director and creator of Institute of Psychoimmunology (IPSI); psychologist and scholar of the The Gestalt Institute of Los Angeles and Zen Center of Rochester. For many years he has promoted integral therapy based on unity of mind, body and spirit. He is also a well-known inspirational speaker and lecturer at SWPS. He is the author of many popular books: „Alchemia Alchemika”, „Elementarz Wojciecha Eichelbergera dla kobiety i mężczyzny”, „Kobieta bez winy i wstydu”, „O co pytają dzieci? O miłości i wychowaniu”, „Pomóż sobie – daj światu odetchnąć”, „Superwizja”, „Zdradzony przez ojca”. He is published in many Polish magazines like „Zwierciadlo”, „Twoj Styl”, „Wysokie Obcasy”, „Gazeta Wyborcza”, „Charaktery”, „Polityka”, „Więz”, „Życie Duchowe”, „Puls Biznesu” and has been a guest on several TV and radio programmes.


Speaking from my 40 years professional experience as a coach, mentor, and psychotherapist I notice that the bigger diversity in coaching and mentoring, the more important it is to bridge research and practice – because we need to identify boundaries that define what we do, what is working and how can we use research results in practice.

What if we use not only ‘external’ tools? What if the main “change factor”, the ultimate tool is our mind, our emotional filters our cognitive scripts, beliefs as well as our mirror neurons? In such case we would urgently need to undergo our psychotherapy, supervision, coaching and mentoring. It would certainly allow us to be more helpful and also to see boundaries between psychotherapy and coaching more clearly.

Where can we look for the studies that confirm our hopes of transforming our client’s beliefs and emotional patterns? Do we know how it works? Do we have the proof? What have we seen so far?

Most of our techniques of coaching and mentoring are rooted in positive psychology and psychotherapy and originate from an Ericksonian approach. Did we choose them consciously and correctly? Who can help us to make it sure?

My experience tells me also that our clients need to clarify their expectations about coaching and mentoring. They often don’t know what can be achieved through these processes. Some of them – as well as HR departments – believe that we can perform true miracles. How can we become more realistic and deliver adequate information?

Forgive me asking such a lot of questions.

But is not asking questions our role and technique as coaches and mentors?

I am also sure that you asked yourself those questions during last two days, did we find answers to at least some of those questions during the Conference? What do we need to do next? How? What is the first step?

Following the conference there is a meeting where we can discuss those next steps for EMCC in Poland.

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