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Handbook of Coaching Psychology: A Guide for Practitioners
Palmer, Stephen and Alison Whybrow (Eds)
Routledge / Brunner/Mazel / Softcover / 2018-11-01 / 1138775320
Life Coaching, Coaching self-help / Coaching & Career Counseling
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The Handbook of Coaching Psychology: A Guide for Practitioners provides a clear and extensive guide to the theory, research and practice of coaching psychology.

In this new and expanded edition, an international selection of leading coaching psychologists and coaches outlines recent developments from a broad spectrum of areas. Part One examines perspectives and research in coaching psychology, looking at both the past and the present as well as assessing future directions. Part Two presents a range of approaches to coaching psychology, including behavioural and cognitive behavioural, humanistic, existential, being-focused, constructive and systemic approaches. Part Three covers application, context and sustainability, focusing on themes including individual transitions in life and work, and complexity and system-level interventions. Finally, Part Four explores a range of topics within the professional and ethical practice of coaching psychology. The book also includes several appendices outlining the key professional bodies, publications, research centres and societies in coaching psychology, making this an indispensable resource.

Unique in its scope, this key text will be essential reading for coaching psychologists and coaches, academics and students of coaching psychology, coaching and mentoring and business psychology. It will be an important text for anyone seeking to understand the psychology underpinning their coaching practice, including human resource, learning and development and management professionals, and executives in a coaching role.


"Stephen Palmer and Alison Whybrow have produced a seminal and very significant Handbook of Coaching Psychology. They have brought together leading figures in this growing and important field, highlighting the various forms of coaching and their impact. This is a 'must buy' for anybody interested in coaching psychology…it will become the coaching bible for the field." - Professor Cary L. Cooper, Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University, UK

"Bringing together some of the world's leading experts on coaching psychology this book provides a thorough and highly interesting exploration of the field as it stands today. Undoubtedly this is a book you must read if you're interested in the subject and want to stay up to date with its latest developments." - Per-Olof Eriksson, licensed psychologist, Sweden. Honorary Vice President of ISfCP and initiator and chair of the Swedish Association for Coaching Psychologists

"Being intimately involved in the emergence and the development of the Coaching Psychology profession in Ireland, and also in the development and teaching of the First Masters in Coaching Psychology to be delivered in an Irish University (University College Cork), the first edition of the Handbook of Coaching Psychology was ground-breaking and a necessary roadmap for teacher, scientist and practitioner. This second and more comprehensive edition is timely and will inform the ongoing and necessary conversation around the further development, teaching and practice of the subject area. I welcome that." - Hugh O’Donovan CPsychol., P.s.S.I, Coaching Psychologist and Author of Mindful Walking

"The Handbook of Coaching Psychology: A Guide for Practitioners is an excellent resource of psychological theories and best practice for anybody interested in coaching psychology. The second edition of this fantastic book offers an extensive overview of the latest trends in coaching, psychology and management in a VUCA world. This is a must have for coaching psychologists, coaches and those working within related fields." - Dr Anna Syrek-Kosowska, Executive Coach, Coaching Supervisor (CSA) and Honorary VP of the ISCP, Poland

"With a clear and practice-focused approach, this book provides a comprehensive and robust foundation for coaching psychology. It is essential reading for new researchers and graduate students who are interested in coaching psychology, and those who want to base their professional practice on the coaching approach." - Dr Qing Wang, Associate Professor in Educational Psychology at School of Psychology and Cognitive Science, East China Normal University

"For anyone interested in the field of individual, team and organizational learning in contemporary business environments, the new edition of the Handbook of Coaching Psychology: A Guide for Practitioners presents some of the most exciting developments in contemporary psychology. The expanded edition now includes chapters which highlight the fastest growing fields of today’s coaching, such as team coaching, coaching culture and the role of technology in coaching. Readers will find probably the most comprehensive answers to the questions about the research-based evidence, plurality of psychological perspectives and application contexts related to coaching. Finally, the Handbook fulfills a mission to grow the coaching profession by connecting it to the cutting edge thinking in psychological science." - Jelena Pavlovic, PhD, senior research associate at the Institute of Educational Research, founder of Koucing Centar, Serbia, and developer of ISCP recognized and ICF accredited coach training programs

"This handbook offers a comprehensive and integrative perspective over the field of coaching psychology. This new edition has significantly increased the substance and the range of contributors and contributions. It provides an overview to coaching psychology key concepts and addresses important issues relating to evidence-based knowledge in the coaching field, training, supervision and the profession of coaching. The reader is introduced to various approaches to coaching psychology, derived from both traditional psychotherapy and modern approaches in psychotherapy. The applications of coaching psychology explore features of an effective coaching practice in various contexts. An excellent resource for both students and coaching professionals seeking to understand the psychology of coaching." - Dr Oana A. David, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the International Coaching Institute at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and President of the International Association of Cognitive Behavioral Coaching

"I highly recommend this second edition of the Handbook of Coaching Psychology. This enormously useful update is a rigorous and complete compilation of a wide-range of models and approaches by excellent experienced professionals. Including issues such as the impact of new technologies in psychology coaching and the importance of supervision, it provides a current guide to the state-of-the-art and the latest trends of psychology coaching within an international framework." - Victòria Conesa, Psychological Coach; Board of Directors of Psychology Coaching at the Official Psychology College of Catalonia; trainer and presenter on ‘The Culture of Healthy Companies’, ‘Well-being at work’ and ‘Stress Prevention’

"As practitioner and teacher of coaching psychology I'm always looking for books that provide answer to the whys and hows of coaching. There are many "how to" coaching books on the market, but coaching psychologists deserve more. The second edition of the Handbook of Coaching Psychology is for us. It provides a clear overview of the most important psychological coaching theories and approaches. I’m especially enthusiastic about the pluralistic coaching approach. It gives new perspectives to the fundamental questions of coaching, including the boundaries between coaching and counselling and the success criteria of the coaching relationship. The second edition of the Handbook of Coaching Psychology is a must-have guide to being a coaching psychologist in today’s VUCA world, in which dealing with complexity and chaos is an unavoidable task and coaching goals could be achieved effectively when we consider bio-psycho-socio factors and their mutual interactions. The first edition of the Handbook of Coaching Psychology was the main reference of my university course. Now the second edition will be the first on the reference list." - Dr Vince Szekely, PhD, coaching psychologist; President, Hungarian Association for Coaching Psychology

"Looking for a framework to update your coaching practice? The long-awaited second edition of this milestone book offers inspiring ideas on how to improve the scientific foundation and enhance quality development in coaching. It holds great promise as a guide for critical evaluation and development and shows ways on how to link existing knowledge bases. The contributors highlight psychological processes and discuss perspectives to integrate approaches and techniques. This book will advance our understanding of applications and professional topics such as sustainability questions in coaching." - Dr Lisbeth Hurni, certified Coaching Psychologist, Swiss Society for Coaching Psychology; Honorary Vice President, International Society for Coaching Psychology

"A rich and exciting new text for all who are interested in expanding their knowledge, skills and vision of coaching and coaching psychology - This new edition of The Handbook of Coaching Psychology: A Guide for Practitioners, builds extensively and seamlessly on the original handbook. Retaining all that was excellent in the original it shares yet further breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding of theory, research and practice. In addition, there is a section focussing on those often tricky professional and ethical issues faced by practitioners. I recommend this comprehensive handbook as a core text for practitioners, trainers and trainees." - Professor Mary Watts, PhD, CPsychol.; Emeritus Professor, City, University of London, UK; Director, Meyler Campbell Mastered (Business Coach) Programme

"The first edition of the Handbook of Coaching Psychology: A Guide for Practitioners provided a momentous and valuable resource for researchers, lecturers and practitioners. As the discipline has been growing expansively since 2008 we welcome this second edition with readiness and excitement. The increase in overall chapters plus the expansion of the approaches part into six sections highlights the range of potential ways that coaching psychologists can offer innovative and evidence-based methods in their coaching practices. We are seeing a focus on new areas for coaching such as neuroscience as well as separate chapters for ontological and somatic coaching. As a positive psychology coach I welcome additional chapters on mindfulness in coaching and compassion-focussed coaching. It is indeed the significant second edition we have been waiting for." - Dr Ceri Sims. CPsychol. Programme leader for Leadership and Coaching courses and senior course lecturer on MSc Applied Positive Psychology, Buckinghamshire New University, UK; Director, Positive Minds Alliance ltd

"This is a unique publication both in terms of depth and breadth. Whether you are new to the field, or an experienced practitioner, this second edition of the Handbook of Coaching Psychology gives you thorough guidance for an evidence-based practice, and inspiring examples to take your practice as a coach and coaching psychologist to the next level. Definitely a must-read to anyone interested in a field that only grows in both academia and industry, and that can do so much to ensure the continual development of individuals and teams in our contemporary society." - Dr Gisele Dias PhD CPsychol; Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, UK

"The new edition is by far the most comprehensive and authoritative book on coaching psychology currently available. With 43 chapters written by prominent and respected experts in the field, the book provides rich insights and reports on new developments on different perspectives, approaches and applications in the field of coaching psychology. The book is indeed inspirational and an essential resource for both academic and coaching practitioners." - Aletta Odendaal, Professor in Industrial Psychology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa; Past-President, Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa, and Founding Member, Interest Group of Coaching and Consulting Psychology

"The Handbook of Coaching Psychology is an essential guide to the theory and practice of coaching, across settings. Its strength lies in the wide range of contemporary approaches described and their application to a number of contexts. The book is underpinned by evidence-based practice and research, thereby emphasising the psychology of coaching practice. This excellent book, edited by Stephen Palmer and Alison Whybrow, has contributions from leading practitioners and should be essential reading for coaching trainees and practitioners alike." - Professor Robert Bor, Consultant Clinical & Aviation Psychologist, Dynamic Change Consultants Ltd, London, UK

Table of Contents


List of illustrations

Notes on the editors and contributors

Foreword by Cary L. Cooper

Preface and acknowledgements

International Society for Coaching Psychology

PART 1: Perspectives and research in coaching psychology


Past, present and future
Alison Whybrow and Stephen Palmer

Coaching and neuroscience
Patricia Riddell

Self-efficacy within coaching and coaching psychology: an integrated Self-efficacy Coaching Model
Diana Aguiar Vieira and Stephen Palmer

Goals and Coaching: an integrated evidence-based model of goal-focused coaching and coaching psychology
Anthony Grant

From positive psychology to the development of positive psychology coaching
Sheila Panchal, Stephen Palmer and Suzy Green

Research and the practitioner: getting a perspective on evidence as a coaching psychologist
Annette Fillery-Travis and Sarah Corrie

Understanding evidence-based coaching through the analysis of coaching psychology research methodology
Yi-Ling Lai and Stephen Palmer

PART 2: Coaching psychology approaches


Section 1: Behavioural and cognitive behavioural approaches

Behavioural coaching
Jonathan Passmore

Cognitive behavioural coaching: An integrative approach
Stephen Palmer and Kasia Szymanskia

Section 2: Humanistic approaches

Person-centred coaching psychology
Stephen Joseph and Richard Bryant-Jefferies

Motivational interviewing: a specific approach for coaching psychologists
Jonathan Passmore and Alison Whybrow

Pluralistic coaching
Zsófia Anna Utry, Stephen Palmer, John McLeod and Mick Cooper

Section 3: Existential approaches

An existential approach to coaching psychology
Ernesto Spinelli and Caroline Horner

Gestalt coaching
Julie Allan and Alison Whybrow

Mindfulness in coaching: a self-determination theory perspective
Gordon B. Spence

Compassion focused coaching
Chis Irons, Stephen Palmer and Liz Hall

Section 4: Being focused approaches

Ontological coaching
Aboodi Shabi and Alison Whybrow

Somatic coaching
Eunice Aquilina & Richard Strozzi-Heckler

Section 5: Constructive approaches

Coaching with personal construct psychology
Kieran Duignan

Narrative coaching for all (adults, children, groups and communities)
Ho Law

Solution-focused coaching
Bill O'Connell and Stephen Palmer

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and coaching
Bruce Grimley

Section 6: Systemic approaches

Transactional Analysis approaches to coaching
Sandra Wilson

Systemic constellations approach to coaching and coaching psychology practice
Jake Farr and Matt Shepheard

Psychodynamic and systems-psychodynamics coaching
Vega Zagier Roberts and Halina Brunning

PART 3: Application, context and sustainability

Section 1: Individual transitions in life and work

Personal and Life-coaching psychology
Ole Michael Spatan

Developmental coaching across life transitions
Sheila Panchal, Siobhain O'Riordan and Stephen Palmer

Adult learning approaches as an approach to coaching
David Lane, Marc Kahn and Lloyd Chapman

Career coaching
Peter Fennah

Stress, resilience, health and wellbeing coaching
Helen Williams, Stephen Palmer and Kristina Gyllensten

Section 2: Coaching, complexity and system level interventions

Coaching at the edge of chaos: a complexity informed approach to coaching psychology
Lesley Kuhn and Alison Whybrow

Developing coaching within organisations: moving towards a coaching culture
Alison Whybrow and Ed Nottingham

Leadership and executive coaching
Vicky Ellam-Dyson, Dasha Grajfoner, Alison Whybrow and Stephen Palmer

Team coaching
Sandy Gordon and Doug MacKie

PART 4: The profession and ethical practice of coaching psychology


The coaching relationship: a key role in coaching processes and outcomes
Alanna O’Broin and Stephen Palmer

Revisiting the issues of boundaries between coaching and counselling
Tatiana Bachkirova and Sarah Baker

Coaching and diversity
Helen Baron and Hannah Azizollah

Using psychometrics in coaching
Alan Bourne and Alison Whybrow

The role of technology in coaching
Alex Pascal; Brodie Riordan and Maggie Sass

Coachee mental health: practice implications for coaching psychologists
Kasia Szymanska

A cognitive-developmental approach for coach development
Tatiana Bachkirova and Elaine Cox

Coaching psychology supervision
Michael Carroll

Global activity in the education and practice of coaching psychology
Siobhain O'Riordan and Stephen Palmer


Appendix 1: Coaching and coaching psychology professional bodies

Appendix 2: Coaching- and coaching psychology-related publications

Appendix 3: University-based coaching psychology units and centres

Appendix 4: International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISCP)


About the Editors

Stephen Palmer is a leading coaching psychologist and is president of the International Society for Coaching Psychology. He is professor of practice at the Wales Institute for Work Based Learning and was the first chair of the British Psychology Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology.

Dr Alison Whybrow has been involved in the development of the coaching psychology profession since the early 2000s. A past chair of the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology, Alison is now an honorary research fellow at the ISCP International Centre for Coaching Psychology Research. She runs her own coaching and consulting business.

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