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Raja’a Y Allaho & Christian van Nieuwerburgh

Coaching in Islamic culture: the principles and practice of Ershad

Theme: Your Practice
Area: Coaching
Type: Workshop
Style: Mainly Experiential

Session on Friday, Apr 13, 09:00
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The session will open with a brief overview of the history and evolution of the concept of coaching in Islamic culture. A timeline of developments will be presented, followed by a discussion about the influencers that are behind the development of Ershad coaching. It will be shown that there is close alignment between the EMCC coaching and mentoring competencies and the Islamic beliefs that underpin Ershad coaching. This will be followed by a brief comparison of the Ershad coaching framework to existing models and processes. In the main part of the presentation, the presenters will provide an overview of the Ershad Coaching Framework, outlining the uniqueness of the model and the importance of the alignment between beliefs, values and actions. Participants will then have an opportunity to practice the Ershad Coaching Framework in triads. The final discussion will focus on some current research about the methodology and the application of the Ershad Coaching Framework to all cultures. The concept of ‘Coaching in Islamic Culture’ has been co-designed by the two presenters of this workshop.


Raja’a Allaho is an experienced coach and consultant with over 20 years of experience. She founded one of the first Arabic-language coaching schools in the region and she has delivered coaching-related training and consultancy for many organisations and executives in the Gulf region

Professor Christian van Nieuwerburgh is a leading figure in the fields of coaching and positive psychology. Based at the University of East London in the UK, he has written extensively on the topic of coaching and is particularly interested in the topic of interculturally-sensitive coaching. He is an executive coach with significant international experience and the editor of a leading academic coaching journal.

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