Coaching Psychology Ltd
Welcome to SILM® Coaching Psychology  - managing mind in a complex World
International Society for Coaching Psychology
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SILM® is an integrative framework that links different theoretical perspectives applied in coaching psychology* practice. It models how mental processes and body systems appear to interact such that our wonderful human minds and the person we are emerge in the World.

Understanding how different mental modes, such as logical thinking and unconscious creativity interact with our emotions, can help individuals and groups develop their full potential and experience of our complex World. The aim is psychological flexibility, to change mental mode at will, then transcend that self-consciousness, to engage again with our situation in the World.

The learner driver has to think about changing gear, but once that skill is mastered, total attention can be focussed on the road ahead.

The SILM® modes are:
We can shift from mode to mode:
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It can help to imagine shifting mental mode, from say intuitive (brainstorming solutions), to logic (assessing likely outcomes), as if changing gear in a "mental gearbox" that can move through time and space.

SILM® is a fractal that applies over multiple levels of scale, so it can also be applied in the World:
This can help:
  • view the worlds we construct from different perspectives
  • appreciate new possibilities for change and development
  • plan and develop strategies and processes to achieve desired goals
  • action ideas and processes to increase material and intellectual wealth for good
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As to Coaching Psychology
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SILM® is a theoretical foundation to underpin coaching practice as we address the complexity of our being in the World. The sportsperson steps out of the game to analyze and perfect skill using the material and logic modes, but then returns to the world of competition in the moment with all modes in a state of synchroized flow, maximising those honed unconscious coping skills with a subtle intuitive monitoring and adjustment to performance and strategy.

From the SILM® perspective, coaching psycholgy is concerned with facilitating the coachee to apply evidence-based psychological knowledge in his or her life journey on an upward spiral learning cycle of personal development and growth.


It's all about relationships

Whether in the natural world or the arbiatrary worlds we construct, our way of being in situ is culture specific. In aboriginal culture the way of being is one of "liyan" (feeling; Appleby, 1998). That bush is the local chemist, that one a food store, and the root of another a source of water. The brahminy kites screeching, then diving, are warning of the salt-water crocs. To another, it's just the wild inhospitable bush, noisy birds and potential dangers you can't see.

The coachee brings not only his or her culture to the coaching relationship, but their unique way of adapting, or struggle to adapt. The coach's "curious enquiry" will help to foster a positive coaching relationship as the journey begins beyond the known. There can be no evidence, only discovery. Know self, know world, know how.

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