McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School Inaugural Coaching Conference Sells Out

Proves to be among the largest and most successful conferences for McLean Hospital

October 02, 2008

Adriana Bobinchock

Belmont, MA - McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, kicked off its Coaching and Positive Psychology Initiative, with a conference "Coaching: A New Horizon-Theory, Emerging Evidence & Practice" last weekend. Jointly sponsored by Harvard Medical School, the conference brought together the international founding contributors in the field, who introduced nearly 500 physicians, psychologists, health professionals, and coaches, to the theory, research, applications, and practices of coaching psychology and its application in the domains of executive, life, and health/wellness coaching.

According to Philip Levendusky, PhD, ABPP, director of Psychology at McLean, the conference sold out in record time and proved to be among the largest and most successful education programs organized by McLean.

"There was an obvious void in the health community with regards to coaching and positive psychology," said Levendusky. "We have never experienced such a high demand for a conference or such positive feedback following an event. We are already planning on expanding next year's conference and possibly taking it to different areas of the country."

Carol Kauffman, PhD, ABPP, PCC, clinical staff associate for McLean and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, who developed the conference with Margaret Moore, MBA, a veteran of the biotech industry and founder of Wellcoaches Corporation, said she is not surprised by the feedback she has been receiving.

"This conference was groundbreaking. It was the first coaching psychology conference to be developed by a major medical facility worldwide and it focused on principles that have significant value in a variety of domains, including executive leadership and peak performance, life, health and wellness, applied positive psychology, and coaching research," said Kauffman.

Conference highlights included:

Scott Rauch, MD, president and psychiatrist in chief for McLean, was energized by the reaction of attendees. "Many reported that this was the best conference of their lives," he said. "It is gratifying to know that McLean's Coaching & Positive Psychology Initiative, founded last year to help develop an academic foundation for coaching, is already having a dramatic influence on the field."

Attendees also learned:

"Participants also gained a sense of community, including new connections and increased hope. One participant said 'We're all in the same big canoe', said Moore. "Attendees left inspired by the potential of coaching to positively impact people, healthcare, and the world."

McLean Hospital is the largest psychiatric clinical care, teaching and research facility of Harvard Medical School, an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of Partners HealthCare. For more information about McLean Hospital, visit and McLean's Coaching & Positive Psychology Initiative, visit

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