Professional Body Approved & Recognised Training

International Academy for Professional Development
Blended, Classroom and Distance Learning

Faculty members

Professor Stephen Palmer PhD CPsychol CSci CMIOSH 

The Director of the International Academy of Professional Development Ltd is Professor Stephen Palmer PhD.  He is the first Visiting Professor of Work Based Learning and Stress Management at the Institute of Work Based Learning, Middlesex University. He has specialised in stress management and prevention and since the 1980s he has worked with individuals, teams and organisations.

He is a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling, Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Society of Public Health. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy in New York, and a certified supervisor for training in REBT. He is a BABCP Accredited Cognitive-Behavioural Therapist, an AREBT Accredited Therapist, Coach, Supervisor and Trainer of REBT, and a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist (CBT & REBT), a Hypnotherapy Society Accredited Hypnotherapist & Supervisor, and is registered with the CBT UK Register. His charterships include being a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Safety & Health Practitioner and Chartered Scientist.

Currently he is Honorary President of the Society for Coaching Psychology, Honorary Vice-President of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education, and Consultant Director of the New Zealand Centre for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy. He is Vice Chair and a Director of the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy and a Founder Director and Vice President of the Society for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. He was an Honorary President of the Association for Coaching, Honorary Vice-President of the International Stress Management Association (UK). He was Honorary Professor of Psychology at City University London in the Department of Psychology from 1999 to 2011 and was the Founder Director of their Coaching Psychology Unit.  In During 2004-2005 he was the first Chair of the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology and was the UK Coordinating Editor of their publication for 10 years, the International Coaching Psychology Review. He was Chair of the Scientific Awards Committee of the British Psychological Society Division of Counselling Psychology from 1997 to 1999. He is Co-editor of The Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapist, Editor of the International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, Consultant Editor of The Coaching Psychologist. In 2001 he chaired the BACP Online Therapy Working Group which produced a report, Guidelines for Online Counselling & Psychotherapy.

He has authored numerous articles on stress management, coaching psychology, counselling, and has authored or edited 47 books and training manuals, including Dealing with People Problems at Work (1996) with Burton, Stress Management and Counselling (1996) with Dryden, Counselling: The BAC Counselling Reader (1996) with Dainow and Milner, Stress Counselling: A Rational Emotive Behaviour Approach (1997) with Ellis, Gordon and Neenan, the Handbook of Counselling (1997) with McMahon, Integrative Stress Counselling (1998) with Milner, Counselling in a Multicultural Society (1999) with Laungani,Trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (1999) with Scott, Conquer Your Stress (2000) with Cooper, Brief Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (2000) with Curwen & Ruddell, Counselling: The BACP Counselling Reader, Vol. 2 (2001) with Milner,Moody to Mellow (2006) with Wilding, Race Culture and Psychotherapy (2006) with Moodley, Achieving Excellence in your Coaching Practice (2006) with McMahon and Wilding, Suicide: Strategies and Interventions for Reduction and Prevention(2008), the Handbook of Coaching Psychology (2007) with Whybrow, Beat Low Self-esteem with CBT (2010) with Wilding, and How to Deal with Stress (2010; 2013) with Cooper.

He has lectured in Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Hong Kong and China on a range of subjects and regularly appears on radio and television programmes. In 2004 he demonstrated stress management in his 6-part television series, The Stress Test. In 2004 to 2005 he worked for the House of Commons Defence Select Committee as a Specialist Advisor working on the Duty of Care Inquiry.

In May, 2000, he received the Annual Counselling Psychology Award from the British Psychological Society, Division of Counselling Psychology, for his 'Outstanding professional and scientific contribution to counselling psychology in Britain'. In 2004, he received an Achievement Award from AREBT 'in recognition of his outstanding professional contribution to the development of the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy in the UK, of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy in New Zealand and for his published works. The Independent and The Observer have placed him in the Top Ten of coaches. In December 2008 the British Psychological Society gave him the 'Lifetime Achievement Award in Recognition of Distinguished contribution to coaching psychology', awarded at the 1st European Coaching Psychology Conference.

Peter Ruddell

Peter Ruddell helped tolaunch the Centre for Stress Management in 1987 and has now returned as Training and Practice Director of the Centres. Peter is accredited as a cognitive and behavioural psychotherapist by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) and is registered as a cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). He is accredited as a REBT therapist by the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy. He is on the Editorial Board of The Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapist and is Commissioning Editor of Stress News. He is a Council Member and a Director of the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, and a former Council Member of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education. His book Brief Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Curwen and Palmer was published in 2000.

Dennis Bury

Dennis Bury first heard of counselling in the 1960s when he was a World Council of Churches Scholar. After a short time as an Anglican Parish Priest he has since undertaken the long road to qualify as a counsellor and also as a registered counselling psychologist. He is a qualified therapist in a number of the main behavioural therapies, CBT, REBT, PCP, Multimodal and EMDR. He is a lecturer for the University of Syracuse London Programme where he has been given the freedom over some years to develop a course for Undergraduates which combines studying personality psychology with ecological concerns. He jointly wrote a chapter “the Scientist Practitioner” edited by Sarah Corrie and David Lane, Routledge 2005. He has been Editor of Constructive Interventionist and has constructivist interests which have often informed his book reviews. He has embarked on research and is currently re-designing a project which focuses upon the oppression narrative in depression and it’s relevance for prevention. He is a member of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education.

Elizabeth Doggart

Elizabeth Doggart is Co-Director of the Trauma Programme. She is a UKCP registered cognitive-behavioural therapist. She is Former Chair of the Association for REBT and a Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development. She co-authoredUnderstanding Trauma (1997) with McMahon.

Sam Farmer

Sam Farmer led the co-founding of the New Zealand Coaching Psychology Special Interest Group in 2009 and is its current Chair. He is a registered psychologist and an Accredited Member and Honorary Vice President of the International Society for Coaching Psychology. Firstly trained as a Probation Officer and then as a Forensic Psychologist, Sam currently practices primarily as a coaching psychologist in three key areas: coaching, psychosocial support, supervision. He has presented papers, seminars and workshops in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand on the application of coaching psychology within supervision, motivational interviewing, and high emotional impact environments. Sam works largely in the not-for-profit sector and is the Oceania Focal Point, psychosocial support, for Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Dr Suzy Green PhD

Dr Suzy Green is a Clinical and Coaching Psychologist (MAPS) based in Sydney. She is a leader in the complementary fields of Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology having conducted a world-first study on evidence-based coaching as an Applied Positive Psychology. Suzy was the recipient of an International Positive Psychology Fellowship Award and published in the Journal of Positive Psychology. Suzy lectures on Applied Positive Psychology as an Adjunct Lecturer in the Coaching Psychology Unit, University of Sydney and is an Honorary Vice President of the Society for Coaching Psychology. Suzy is the co-founder of the Positive Psychology Institute, an organisation committed to increasing global well-being through provision of individual, educational and organisational services on applied positive psychology. Suzy also writes a regular “stress-less” column for Womens” Health magazine.

Prof Roy Moodley PhD

Prof Roy Moodley is Director of the Centre for Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Toronto University. It is an interdisciplinary centre dedicated to research and development of multicultural and diversity issues in counselling and psychotherapy, focussing particularly on the stigmatized social identities of gender, race, sexual orientations, class, disabilities, religion, and age. He has published books and articles on a range of topics including Race, Culture and Psychotherapy: Critical Perspectives in Multicultural Practice (2006) with Palmer.

Gladeana McMahon

Gladeana McMahon is Co-director of the Counselling Skills and Problem Focused Psychotherapy programmes. She is a BACP accredited counsellor and supervisor, a BABCP accredited psychotherapist and a UKCP registered cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist. She is also an experienced industrial trainer. She was News Editor of Counselling, the Journal of the British Association for Counselling, and former Editor of the Journal of The International Stress Management Association (UK Branch). She has published articles on counselling and an interactive handbook Setting Up Your Own Practice. Her books include Client Assessment (1997) and the Handbook of Counselling (1997), both co-edited with Stephen Palmer, and Understanding Trauma (1997) with Doggart, and Achieving Excellence in your Coaching Practice (2006) with Palmer and Wilding.

Michael Neenan

Michael Neenan is Co-director of the Cognitive-Behavioural Counselling and Psychotherapy programme. He is an AREBT accredited REBT counsellor, and BABCP accredited therapist. He is also an experienced industrial trainer. He has published articles and books on REBT including the Dictionary of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (1994) with Dryden, Counselling Individuals: A Rational Emotive Handbook (1999) with Dryden and Yankura, Life Coaching: A Cognitive Behavioural Approach(2002) with Dryden, and Developing Resilience: A Cognitive-Behavioural Approach (2009). He is former Co-chair of the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapists and was Co-editor their journal.

Bill O'Connell

Bill O'Connell is a leading figure in the development of the solution focused approach. He has written and editeed a number of books including the Handbook of Solution Focused Therapy (2003) with Palmer.

Dr Siobhain O'Riordan PhD

Dr Siobhain O'Riordan PhD is Associate Director of the Centre for Stress Management & Centre for Coaching. She is Deputy Director of the Coaching Psychology Unit at City University London. She is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and a International Society for Coaching Psychology Accredited Coaching Psychologist. She is Editor of The Coaching Psychologist and Coaching Psychology International. She was Chair of the BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology and is currently Chair of the International Society for Coaching Psychology.

Sheila Panchal

Sheila Panchal is a Chartered Psychologist and Registered Occupational Psychologist. She is co-author of ‘Turning 30: How to get the life you really want’ (with Jackson, 2005). She has applied positive and coaching psychology in a range of organisational settings. She holds a Professional Development Certificate in Coaching Psychology from the University of Sydney. Sheila specialises in transitions, from developmental turning points to dealing with the stress of organisational change. She is former Honorary Secretary of the International Society for Coaching Psychology.

Dr Ole Michael Spaten PhD

Dr Ole Michael Spaten is a chartered psychologist with a particular area of expertise in coaching psychology and team-building. Ole is both an Academic and Practitioner with 20 years of experience as an organizational consultant and as a teacher and researcher attached to the universities in Roskilde, Copenhagen and Aalborg in Denmark. At Aalborg University, Dep. of Communication and Psychology, Ole founded in 2007 the first Danish coaching psychology education and is Director of the Coaching Psychology research Unit. At psychology Ole leads the coaching psychology graduate program for master psychology students, supervises and teaches clinical skills. He conducted the first Randomized Control Trial in Scandinavia evaluating the effectiveness of a brief cognitive behavioural coaching applied to first year university psychology students. In the field of coaching his most recent publications include: Spaten, O. M., Hansen, T. G. B. (2009). Should learning to coach be integrated in a graduate psychology programme? Denmark’s first try. The Coaching Psychologist. 5, 104-109.

Dr Anna Syrek-Kosowska PhD

Dr Anna Syrek-Kosowska PhD is Vice President of the International Society for Coaching Psychology. She is a psychologist, therapist and trainer recommended by the Polish Psychological Society, SFA consultant, certified Coach (ICC), MSCP. Partner of For over ten years now, she has been developing, implementing and managing HR projects (including training, coaching and management), working for the largest international corporations and businesses in Poland. An author of curricula and lecturer at post-graduate courses in the field of coaching and training; also, working for many higher educational institutions, such as the Academy of Business in Dąbrowa Górnicza. An author of numerous publications and expert commentaries related to business psychology, appearing in industry-related magazines and other media in Poland.

Kasia Szymanska

Kasia Szymanska is Co-Director of the Problem Focused Psychotherapy Programme and Director of Distance Learning at the Centre for Coaching. She is a Chartered Psychologist, a UKCP registered cognitive-behaviour therapist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She is former Editor of Counselling Psychology Review and is Consultant Editor of The Coaching Psychologist.

Kate Thomas

Kate Thomas is Consultant Director of the Centre and is responsible for external training contracts. She is Co-author of Creating a Balance: Managing Stress (2003) with Palmer & Cooper and has written a number of articles on stress and communication. She is Co-Director of the Stephen Palmer Partnership Ltd.

Helen Williams

Helen Williams is an occupational and coaching psychologist specialising in solution-focused cognitive behavioural coaching.  An associate consultant at the Centre for Coaching, she is an HCPC registered member of the BPS SGCP, SCP and AC.  Helen has co-authored several publications on assessment, coaching in organisations, cognitive behavioural and solution-focused coaching.