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5.0 out of 5 stars Advancing theory and practice, 11 Jun 2010
This review is from: The Evidence Based Coaching Handbook: Putting Best Practices to Work for Your Clients (Hardcover)
The scientist-practitioner model has a long history within psychology. According to this model, a psychologist is a scientist and a competent researcher, and also a practitioner who applies knowledge and techniques to work with clients. Scientific findings are drawn upon to inform practice and practice is reviewed to identify key principles.

This has not universally been the case within coaching as a practice or discipline. Whilst coaching practice has evolved it has not all been captured in theories and models, and many practitioners draw only narrowly upon coaching research. Writers like Stober and Grant have independently questioned this situation for some time.

Now, together, in The Handbook for Evidence-Based Coaching, they have, as editors brought together writers to summarise current coaching research in a way that is readily accessible by coaching practitioners. Their objective is clear: "Putting best practices to work for your clients", as the strapline states.

The book presents a cross section of single theory perspectives (e.g. humanistic, cognitive etc) and more integrative approaches (e.g. adult learning, positive psychology etc. It constitutes an excellent handbook. as always people might argue that it does not include some perspectives (e.g. NLP, though this may reflect the weaker level of integration and testability of this approach)or transpersonal coaching, but it is hard to find a better set of well written 'bitesize' accounts that can be considered and applied by coaching practitioners.

Professor John Sparrow
Professor of Occupational Psychology
Birmingham City University, UK
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