AUCKLAND IO SIG | Transformational Professional Development: A Challenge

AUCKLAND IO SIG | Transformational Professional Development: A Challenge

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Join our virtual session with Iain McCormick for a discussion of how Transformational Learning can be applied in professional development.

About this event

As professionals supporting people’s development, we know a great deal about learning but do not typically apply this knowledge to our own continuous professional development.

Professional development usually involves webinar and classroom style presentations with discussions. An alternative approach is the Transformational Learning model of Mezirow. This involves a process of changing the frame of reference, habitual ways of thinking or point of view - it includes changing how we see ourselves, what we believe and how we live our lives. It has the following steps:

_ A disorienting dilemma – a challenge to the learner’s thoughts or beliefs - a “light bulb” moment

_ Self-examination – the learner examines their beliefs and understandings,

_ Critically evaluates assumptions - learners understand that some past assumptions were incorrect, so can then move to accept beliefs

_ Planning new actions – having opened up to new beliefs learners develop a strategy to learn new ideas

_ Try new behaviours, think new thoughts, gaining knowledge and skills - the learner puts in the extra effort to embrace the transformational learning which is both real and lasting

_ Exploring new roles - trying out new skills, actions and tactics are critical - not just acquiring new information but actively experiencing the change and developing self-efficacy - the learner then knows they can change and use their new skills with confidence.

The event presents practical examples of how Transformational Learning can be applied in professional development.

About the Presenter

Dr. Iain McCormick, Executive Coaching Centre Limited

Iain heads the Executive Coaching Centre Limited in New Zealand. Prior to this he was a Consulting Partner with Deloitte working in Canada and New Zealand and Managing Director of Aon Human Resources Consulting, Hong Kong. He holds a Master of Social Science with First Class Honours, a Diploma in Clinical Psychology and a PhD in organisational psychology for his research in the area of work stress. Iain is a Fellow of the New Zealand Psychological Society.


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  • Registered Psychologists/Chartered Organisational Psychologists = FREE*
  • Non Members = $25.00

*Registered Psychologists/Chartered Organisational Psychologists please email your details to to register.

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Appropriate substitutions are welcome - please email with their details.

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