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A Guide to Coaching and Mental Health

The Recognition and Management of Psychological Issues, 1st Edition

By Andrew Buckley, Carole Buckley


264 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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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.

About the Authors

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.

About the Series

Essential Coaching Skills and Knowledge

The Essential Coaching Skills and Knowledge series provides an accessible and lively introduction to key areas in the developing field of coaching.

Each book in the series is written by leading coaches with extensive experience and has a strong practical emphasis, including illustrative vignettes, summary boxes, exercises and activities.

Assuming no prior knowledge, these books will appeal to professionals in business, management, human resources, psychology, counselling and psychotherapy, as well as students and tutors of coaching and coaching psychology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General