Professor Stephen Palmer PhD is Founder Director of the Centre for Stress Management, Centre for Coaching and the International Academy for Professional Development, London, UK. In 2001 he became the UK’s first Visiting Professor of Work Based Learning and Stress Management at the Institute for Work Based Learning, Middlesex University. In 2016 he became an Adjunct Professor of Coaching Psychology at the Coaching Psychology Research Unit, Aalborg University, Denmark. He is a Consultant Director of the New Zealand Centre for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. He is Honorary Consultant Director of the Coaching Psychology Unit at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Founder Director and Fellow of the Society for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. He is Founder Co-Chair of the BABCP London Branch and former Co-Chair of the BABCP Compassion Special Interest Group.
He is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner, Chartered Biologist, an Association for Professional Executive Coaches & Supervisors Accredited Executive Coach and APECS Accredited Executive Coach Supervisor, an International Society for Coaching Psychology Accredited Coaching Psychologist & Supervisor, International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling & Psychotherapy Diplomate in Professional Coaching and Counselling, an Albert Ellis Institute Approved Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Supervisor, an AREBT Accredited Supervisor, Therapist, Coach & Trainer, BABCP Accredited Therapist & NACBT Diplomate. He holds the European Certificate of Counsellor Accreditation and European Certificate in Psychology (clinical and health). He is on the BPS SGCP Register of Coaching Psychologists. His PhD thesis was titled, Stress: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives.
He is Honorary President of the International Society for Coaching Psychology, Honorary President and Fellow of the International Stress Management Association (UK), Honorary Fellow and Vice President of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education and a Director and Vice Chair of the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy. He was the first Honorary President of the Association for Coaching and is now an Honorary Life Fellow. He was the first Chair of the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology and was Past Chair of the original Coaching Psychology Forum. He is former Chair of the Scientific Awards Committee of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Counselling Psychology. In 2001 he was chair of the BACP Online Counselling Working Party. He is Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Royal Society of Public Health, the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute. In addition to his academic work, he has run his own group of companies for over 40 years and he is the publisher at Coaching at Work magazine. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy in New York. In addition to his lecturing he is a trainer and a consultant to industry, retail trade, banks, manufacturing, trade unions and the police force. He was on the Advisory Panel for the CIPD 2004 publication Coaching and Buying Coaching Services: A Guide. He was an Academic Consultant for the Surrey Police Deepcut Investigation Final Report and was a Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee on the Duty of Care Inquiry 2004-2005. He appears on national and local television and radio and writes for national newspapers and in 2014 has been involved with stress management weeks for BBC Radio Kent and Wiltshire. In his 2004 BBC 1 TV series, The Stress Test, he demonstrated cognitive therapy and cognitive coaching.
- Open University: 1986 BA
- Open University: 1991 BA Hons
- South Bank University, London: July, 1997 PhD. Thesis - Stress: theoretical and applied perspectives.
- Annual Counselling Psychology Award, British Psychological Society, Division of Counselling psychology. For 'outstanding professional and scientific contribution to counselling psychology in Britain, 2000'.
- Coaching Psychology Award, British Psychological Society, Special Group in Coaching Psychology the 'Lifetime Achievement Award in Recognition of Distinguished contribution to coaching psychology'. Awarded at the 1st European Coaching Psychology Conference, 2008.
- Achievement Award for ‘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’. Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy. 2004.
- Hon Fellowship, Institute of Health Promotion and Education. For 'outstanding contribution to health promotion and health education'.
Honorary Consultant Director
Coaching Psychology Unit, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
February 2011– Present
International Society for Coaching Psychology
April 2008– Present. Hon President from October 2009.
(NB. Hon Vice President at Society for Coaching Psychology from April 2008 to September 2009.
Society changed name in 2011 to: International Society for Coaching Psychology.)
Coaching Psychology Unit, City University London, UK
December 2005– Present
Visiting Professor of Work Based Learning and Stress Management
National Centre for Work Based Learning Partnerships, Middlesex University
(NB. Changed name to Institute for Work Based Learning.)
October, 2001 - Present