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Leadership & Neurodiversity

Neurodiverse people have a different way of functioning – they may have profiles of ADHD, autism spectrum, dyslexia, dyspraxia, giftedness,…. For a long time, neurodiversity was considered a disorder, a disability. Luckily, more and more the qualities of neurodiverse profiles are recognised and they get more opportunities to contribute their talents and skills. It’s also something that can be hard for people to understand unless they have personal experience.


By talking about this topic, we hope to help educate people and prompt them to consider how they might approach their employees and their work in a way that brings out the potential in everyone. Richard Gordon-Kelly, Harriët Andriessen and Bart Loos have invited Xavier Van Oost, Coach TDA/H (ADHD) to have a discussion about leadership and neurodiversity in companies, teams and individuals.

Don't ''D.I.E'' eSummit 2021 ~ Replays

In support of World Suicide Prevention Day, the recently formulated non-profit Coaching Suicide Awareness (CSA) will hold its first e-summit on September 10, 2021.

The event intends to;

Spread the awareness of growing mental health needs,
Train how to refer people who are suicidal to professional help and resources
Equip coaches with mental health tools, especially suicide ideation identification.
The dedicated advocates at CSA want to help and equip people with the resources and tools needed to save lives one encounter at a time.

Vajiya Saraswathy (Founder & CEO – Godwin Academy“Bounce-back is necessary for mental health” Deserted, Devastated and Dumb, are the feelings she experienced. Now she wants to help those with similar emotions overcome suicide ideation. This presentation will give you practical ways to cope with stress which are simple and doable. Serious talk about suicide does not create or increase risk, it reduces it. Most suicidal crises are limited in terms of time and will pass if help is provided.  Dr. Mathew Sleeth Author of Hope Always “How to be a Force of Life in a Culture of Suicide” As a physician and minister, Dr. Sleeth shares his personal and professional experiences with depression and suicide, challenging Christians to become part of the solution. With sound medical principles finding their rightful place beside timeless biblical wisdom, this session with Matthew Sleeth on his book Hope Always offers the practical and spiritual tools that individuals, families, and churches need to help loved ones who are stressed and struggling. Replay link

Verity Symcox (Verity Symcox Coaching Services) “How do coaches make sense of mental health in their coaching practice?This interactive workshop will look at Verity’s own MSc research into coaching and mental health, specifically discussing the findings concerning coach behavior and coaching actions. Discover what coaches are most likely to do and say when a client discloses they are experiencing suicidal thoughts or makes worrying comments. Learning Objectives 1. Explore how mental health may show up in your coaching clients 2. Understand how most coaches are likely to respond to suicidal thoughts and assess your own responses 3. Think about how you contract with clients and become more ‘mental health aware’  Rev. Dr. Jim Stone (Coach)  Suicide Intervention and the ICF Core Competencies “What can we do when we sense that a client needs support and/or intervention with a mental health problem or crisis, including suicidal thoughts?” Coaches are not counselors but as coaches, we may be called upon to support a client who is facing a mental health crisis or have someone in their life who is. We can be a valuable, even life-saving support by using our coaching skills and being familiar with the resources that are available. Learning Objectives 1. Discuss how to recognize when mental health support and/or intervention is needed. 2. Explore how the core competencies of coaching apply to intervention and support of our clients facing mental health problems and crisis 3. Share resources for intervention, referral and training.Replay link

Robert J Moore (Coach, Author & Guiness World Record holder) People around us need help too” This keynote will focus on more than those around us seeking help, but also on self-care, self-awareness, and overcoming being held hostage by one’s emotions. He will speak about his personal experience with depression and suicide.” Robert J. Moore is a Therapist, 5x internationally awarded bestseller, speaker, and business coach. He is a Guinness World Record holder and has been nominated for the Canadian “Walk of Fame.” He has received a BASc in Psychology and a Master of Counseling (MC) in Psychology. Twice he received an honorary Doctorate Degree. Robert has impacted the lives of over 160,000 people through an emotional tale that has provided insights on how to determine one’s worth and create a life worthy of joy and success. His company, Magnetic Entrepreneur Inc, is also a publishing firm that has published over 100 books. Jeff Newman (Rome Training)  “Brilliant tactics to support a survivor of a suicide attempt” Mental health is no different than cancer, lung disease, or diabetes. It’s actually bigger than all three combined because of the fear and stigmas that exist behind mental health. One of the things that I would like to see changed is awareness. If people could just listen to others without judgement, that would be a huge accomplishment. There’s no shame or guilt having a mental health disorder, but the stigma and bias shame all of us. We are all imperfectly perfect. I help people understand those who are suicidal. Replay link
Dr. Michael J. Marx (New Trails Coaching) The gatekeeper course from the QPR Institute; Question Persuade Refer QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of people, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. Ask a question, save a life. Learning Objectives 1. How to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal 2. The warning signs of suicide among clients 3. How to get help for coaching clients in crisis. Replay link
Frank King (Mental Health comedian) “Smart Phones, Social Media and Suicide” Frank’s talk will identify the negative impact on problem solving and coping mechanisms, cognitive functioning, memory, the effects on neural pathways of the brain and its relationship to self-destructive and suicidal behavior. He speaks about the increased risk for development of suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, narcissism and sociopathic behavior with chronic social media use. Participants will learn how to recognize warning signs associated with isolation and understand how to start a conversation on reducing physical distance while staying connected. Replay link

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