Handbook of Coaching Psychology
A Guide for Practitioners
Edited by Stephen Palmer, Alison Whybrow
Routledge – 2007 – 488 pages
The Handbook of Coaching Psychology provides a clear perspective on this emerging area of professional practice. The book begins with a mixture of personal and factual narratives on the historical and current context of coaching and coaching psychology. Stephen Palmer, Alison Whybrow and leading coaching psychologists and coaches outline recent developments in the profession, providing the reader with straightforward insights into the application of eleven different psychological approaches to coaching practice, including:
Part three of the book considers the coach-client relationship, coach development and professional boundaries, together with issues of diversity and sustainability. The final part covers coaching initiatives in organisations and supervision followed by an introduction to professional bodies and available resources.
The Handbook of Coaching Psychology is an essential resource for practising coaching psychologists, coaches, human resource and management professionals, and those interested in the psychology underpinning their coaching practice.
"This Handbook is fabulous, I couldn't put it down! Each chapter makes a significant contribution, and together they offer the best breadth and depth of information on coaching psychology that is currently available. Practicing Coaches will find it an invaluable resource as both theory and case examples are clearly presented in an organized and well-written manner." - Professor Carol Kauffman, Founding Director of the Coaching Psychology Institute at Harvard Medical School, USA
"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
"The Handbook of Coaching Psychology offers a significant contribution both to the ongoing development of this field and the coaching psychology community. The insights provided on the frameworks, psychological theories and practice of coaching psychology are of real value to the coaching psychologist, coach and those working within related fields. – Dr Siobhain O'Riordan CPsychol, Chair, British Psychological Society's Special Group in Coaching Psychology, UK
"…an essential resource in this relatively new professional arena." - Coaching Psychology International
"TheHandbook of Coaching Psychologyis an excellent resource for both new and experienced coaches. It provides excellent practical advice and guidance and places these within a theoretical and research based framework. – Professor Mary Watts, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor of Psychology at City University, London, UK
Coaching Psychology: An Introduction. Part I: Perspectives and Research in Coaching Psychology. Past, Present and Future: The Evolution of Professional Coaching and Coaching Psychology. Integrating Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology: Shared Assumptions and Aspirations? Research: Does Coaching Work? Part II: Coaching Psychology: Approaches. Behavioural Coaching. Cognitive Behavioural Coaching: An Integrative Approach. An Existential Approach to Coaching Psychology. Gestalt Coaching. Motivational Interviewing: A Specific Approach for Coaching Psychologists. Narrative Coaching and Psychology of Learning from Multicultural Perspectives. NLP Coaching. Person Centred Coaching Psychology. Conversational Learning: Applying Personal Construct Psychology in Coaching. Psychodynamic and Systems-Psychodynamic Coaching. Solution Focused Coaching. Part III: Understanding Relationships, Diversity and Development in Coaching and Coaching Psychology. Re-appraising the Coach-client Relationship: The Unassuming Change Agent in Coaching. A Cognitive-Developmental Approach for Coach Development. Role of Coaching Psychology in Defining Boundaries Between Counselling and Coaching. Coaching and Diversity. Using Psychometrics in Coaching. Part IV: Sustainable Practice. Concepts to Support the Integration and Sustainability of Coaching Initiatives Within Organisations. Coaching Psychology Supervision: Luxury or Necessity? Afterword.
Professor Stephen Palmer is Founder Director of the Coaching Psychology Unit, City University, UK. He was a Co-Proposer of the British Psychology Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology and became the Special Group's first Chair in 2005.
Dr Alison Whybrow is an independent Chartered Occupational Psychologist. She was a Co-Proposer of the British Psychology Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology and is currently Chair Elect. She is also Director of the Vedere Partnership.