Dr. Christian van Nieuwerburgh is a Professor of Coaching and Positive Psychology at the Centre for Positive Health Sciences at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), University of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is the Global Director for Growth Coaching International which offers coaching, courses and consultancy services to enhance the quality of conversations in educational communities worldwide. Christian is also an accredited executive coach and has written many articles and books on coaching and positive psychology, including From Surviving to Thriving: A Student’s Guide to Feeling and Doing Well at University. His work reflects a passion for wellbeing, and an optimism and trust in the inherent strengths already present in both individuals and school systems.
In this episode, Christian speaks with Dana and Elizabeth about the positive impact coaching can have in the school setting. He shares examples of how coaching can influence school cultures and outcomes, highlighting inspiring stories from the field. In particular, he focuses on how coaching supports both student and teacher wellbeing.