Ana Paula Nacif
UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON
Dr Ana Paula Nacif is an experienced executive and group coach, consultant and facilitator, who works with a range of clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Ana has extensive experience in coaching for leadership, wellbeing, and career transition. She is also a coach supervisor, with expertise in groups.
She is a part-time lecturer at the Masters of Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology at the University of East London. She is an EMCC Master Practitioner and the co-editor of the Philosophy of Coaching Journal.
Alongside her corporate coaching practice, Ana’s work in the social sector spans nearly 20 years and has been driven by her commitment to social justice, equity and equality. She has designed various successful coaching programmes delivered in community settings. She believes coaching can have a significant role to play in addressing societal needs.
Research in harmony with practice or practice in harmony with research?
In harmony definitions:
‘Agreement of ideas, feelings or actions or a pleasing combination of different parts.’
‘The situation in which people live or work happily together without any big problems.’
Starting from the perspective of practitioner’s professional knowledge skills and competencies, this session provides an opportunity for participants to explore the tools we have as practitioners that would help us to engage in harmony with research to enhance our practice.
Research is increasingly playing a vital role in shaping practice in coaching mentoring and supervision. Practitioners hear a lot about evidence-based practice and face increased pressure to engage with it. Using an evidence base to inform practice is fast becoming part of ethical practice. However, practitioners rarely engage in research processes due to for example time constraints, lack of agency or lack of confidence especially in identifying and appraising the quality of research. Practitioners can have difficulty differentiating between studies with realistic limitations and those that contain fatal flaws. There are significant challenges about what evidence is, and thus how practitioners can use research in decision-making in reality. There is ‘a research gap’ and we invite you to help us close it by building harmony between practitioners and researchers and engage more with research to enhance your own practice.