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Stephen Palmer , Alison Whybrow
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6 Dec 2007

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:

  • solution focused coaching
  • psychodynamic and systems-psychodynamic coaching
  • narrative coaching
  • cognitive behavioural coaching.

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.

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  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (6 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583917071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583917077
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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

"The Handbook of Coaching Psychology is 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

About the Author

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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Coaching Psychology 29 May 2011
By ChrisR
An excellent foundation textbook for anyone aspiring to understand the psychological background to a number of coaching techniques. Easy to read and understand, it is neatly segmented and while establishing the ground for the separate consideration of
"coaching psychology" it also gives you an opportunity to understand your "approach" to coaching and consider what you might wish to investigate for your own practice
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great bible for coaches 27 Oct 2011
This is a great book. It is helping me get through my MSc Coaching Psychology. Each chapter goes into great detail about the different techniques in coaching. It is a real eye opener.
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By Dawn C
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Excellent reference book for the course i attended to carry out the Cognitive Performance Coaching skills obtained on the course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A useful reference text 22 July 2014
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A very useful overview of coaching psychology and essential reading if studying for your certificates in Coaching Psychology and/or Performance Coaching.
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