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A Guide to Coaching and Mental Health
The Recognition and Management of Psychological Issues

ISBN 9780415394598
Published October 17, 2006 by Routledge
264 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

It is vital that coaches have the ability to recognise mental health problems in their clients, enabling them to make an informed decision about whether coaching is appropriate. A Guide to Coaching and Mental Health provides an indispensable introduction to the assessment of psychological issues in the context of coaching. 

Divided into three sections, the book covers all the legal, ethical and practical considerations. Part I, Working on the Boundary, starts by exploring the distinction between normal and abnormal behaviour. In Part II, What’s Being Said?, the authors introduce fictional case studies, which cover a range of possible mental health issues from mild depression and anxiety, through to psychoses and potentially life-threatening problems. Part III, Categories of Mental Illness, guides the reader through the definition and management of the more common mental health problems.

This accessible and jargon-free guide to identifying mental illness will prove invaluable for coaches and other related professionals, whatever their level of experience.

Table of Contents

Nowers, Foreword.  Introduction. Working on the Boundary. Developing a Picture. Gathering Information. Considerations. What Next? What’s Being Said? Andrea’s Story. Brian’s Life Unravels. Carl and his Relationships. Duncan’s Life in the Fast Lane. Elizabeth’s Stressful Life. France has No Place to Hide. A Stable Life for Ghulam? Who is Hilary? Categories of Mental Illness, their Definition, Epidemiology and Management. Depressive Illness. Anxiety, Phobia and Stress. Addiction and Dependence. Disabilities. Psychosis and Personality Disorders. Eating Disorders. Psychosexual Problems. Treatment Choices.

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Andrew Buckley has, for ten years, worked as an individual and team business coach and counsellor. He is a member of the training faculty of the William Glasser Institute, and an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Carole Buckley qualified as a doctor of medicine in 1980. She is passionate about holistic care, in particular encouraging the understanding of the relationship between mental wellbeing and social and professional functioning.