26th Global

Mentoring, Coaching and Supervision Conference

1-3 June 2020

26th Global

Mentoring, Coaching and Supervision Conference

1-3 June 2020


Andrew Parsons & Sue Jackson

Salutogenesis: promoting mental wellbeing

Theme: Diversity & Inclusion for Organisations

Area: Coaching & Mentoring

Style: Mainly Discussion

Type: Workshop

Session on 2 June 2020 11:15 UTC - View on timetable


Salutogenesis was developed by Antonovsky, a Medical Sociologist, in 1979 and explains the way a person copes positively with challenges in life. It is focused on the ability to use personal resources and develop a general sense of coherence (SOC) that promotes mental health and wellbeing. The SOC was proposed as a trait dependent on a person’s genetic constitution and upbringing. However, these skills can be learnt by individuals and coaches/mentors to develop resources to support a sense of coherence, mental wellbeing and facilitate inclusion.

Using examples we aim for participants to:

  1. Have an understanding of the impact of chronic illness in personal and professional identity and inclusion in the workplace
  2. Create awareness of legal and ethical considerations for people with chronic health conditions
  3. Develop understanding of an integrated model promoting mental wellbeing (termed Salutogenesis) and the concept of coherence through beliefs regarding meaning; management of resources; and comprehension of personal challenges
  4. Gain awareness and application of the Salutogenic model to promote mental health
  5. Develop confidence in using the model as a coach or mentor to support inclusion and belonging in the workplace.


Dr Andrew A Parsons works as a Business Psychologist, Trainer, Executive, and Medical Coach. He has first-hand experience of developing people and leading technical and business process innovation in both Corporates and Small to Medium Enterprises. He is the co-author of ‘Leading with Presence; what it is, why it matters and how to get it’ and the Lead Coach and Supervisor within the Fountain Centre Coaching Service that supports patients and families impacted by Cancer in Surrey (UK).

Sue Jackson is an Accredited Master Executive Coach working with Leaders and in Vocational Rehabilitation. Through her interest in transitions and ways in which coaching supports people to manage their challenges she has, with Andrew researched, developed and delivers Coaching Skills training. Her company, Whitespace Coaching is an Accredited Coach Training Provider. Sue studied Mindfulness Based Approaches specialising in One to One, and these are integral to her work and life. She is a volunteer coach with the Fountain Centre.

Sue and Andrew co-created the Salutogenic Coaching Programme.