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Date(s) - 09/09/2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


ICF CCEU:  1 Core Competency

Welcome to Session 4 in our five-part series, ‘Conversations on Ethics in our Profession’. If you have participated in the previous sessions, you know we’d love to have you join us again.  If this is the first session for you, Welcome! We’re looking forward to meeting you.

Please check the Note at the end of this invitation for info on obtaining the recording for Session 1.

Why this Series:

The purpose of the series is to support coaches’ development of ethical awareness (maturity), and to introduce and engage the powerful tools of reflective practice. The series is based on the book, Ethical Maturity in the Helping Professions: Making Difficult Life and Work Decisions, by Michael Carroll & Elisabeth Shaw (2012).

It is our hope that, by the end of this series, coaches will consider developing reflective practice opportunities within their own coaching communities. Opportunities will be provided in the last two sessions to discuss a range of options, from formal supervision, to peer-based conversations, including minimum personal requirements for safety and respect, opportunities for learning, and more.

The experience will be facilitated through exposure to the theoretical framework of ethical maturity, and the learning will emerge from coaches’ participation in rich, stimulating, and respectful conversations about potentially complex ethical issues as we navigate each of the webinars.

The series is designed to be accessible to a range of coaches, credentials, and experience levels. Please consider participating in as many webinars as work for your schedule!


Session 4 Overview

In Session 4 we will use two case studies for learning purposes. We ask participants to come prepared to have a conversation about the case studies and to share your views with the whole group. We encourage you to have a copy of the ICF Code of Ethics handy for the call.

Scenario 1

You have been coaching WW for about 3 months (of a 6 month contract). WW wants to be a more empowering leader. You will be delivering a course on coaching skills for leaders next month that you think would be perfect for WW given where he is in his development and you think it would be great if the company would sponsor WW for the course. Make any assumptions you want if it is not covered in the scenario paragraph.

  • What are the issues that might be at play?
  • What parts of the Code of Ethics might be relevant?
  • How might “Setting the Foundation” be relevant?
  • What would you do?

Scenario 2

You are a coach living in Toronto. You have a client in Mumbai that you are coaching via Skype/ZOOM. She has revealed that her company is about to drop a lucrative software product and because she is so grateful for your coaching support, advises you to buy stocks. Make any assumptions you want if it is not covered in the scenario paragraph.

  • What are the issues that might be at play?
  • What parts of the Code of Ethics might be relevant?
  • How might “Setting the Foundation” be relevant?
  • What would you do?

Things to Know:

  1. Please note that the first session is the foundation for the series. Attendance at or listening to the recording is a pre-requisite for full participation in subsequent sessions. Upon registration you will be sent a link to the recording; if you were unable to participate in the first session, we kindly ask that you make sure you have listened to it before this session.
  2. Please be prompt as the virtual room will be locked after five minutes, there will not be a recording, and only live participants will receive CCE units.
  3. Each webinar is assigned 1 Core CCEU for credential renewal purposes if you attend the live webinar.
  4. Any questions? Please feel free to reach out to us via email if you have any questions about what will happen during the webinar:

SAVE THE DATE! An individual Eventbrite invitation will be posted for the final session on November 12th, 6:30-7:30 pm Pacific Time

Your facilitators for this engaging & informative series are:

Lily Seto, MA, PCC, ESIA, Certified Mentor Coach and Diploma in Coaching Supervision, is Past President of the ICF Vancouver Island Chapter. Her practice includes individual and group coaching, mentor coaching and coaching supervision, and facilitation. She is a member of the Global Independent Review Board (IRB investigates global complaints against coaches) and often explores ethics with her coaching supervision clients. She also teaches Intercultural Competence and Global Coaching as an Associate Faculty member with Royal Roads University in the Advance Coaching Certificate Program. Learn more about Lily on her website.

Mary Prefontaine, CPCC, Co-Founder of Brew + Past Events Director of the Vancouver Island Chapter of the ICF. Mary specializes in leader development of individuals + teams. She is a trained associate of the Ethical Lens Inventory and encourages her clients + fellow coaches to stay alert to the conscious and unconscious biases we each hold when it comes to ethical dilemmas we face in our lives.

Dr. Janet Sheppard, CEC, ACC, Past Director of Community Relations, Mid/Up Island for the Vancouver Island Chapter of the ICF. Janet comes to her practice in coaching from a thirty year career in counselling. After retiring, Janet turned to coaching as a way to continue her passion for lifelong learning, while contributing to the learning, growth and change of her clients.
Learn more about Janet on her website.