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1st Edition

Cognitive Behavioural Coaching
Distinctive Features

ISBN 9780815393436
Published March 19, 2018 by Routledge
144 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Michael Neenan clearly and accessibly introduces the 30 Distinctive Features of cognitive behavioural coaching (CBC), an approach which applies the principles of CBT to coaching.

Cognitive Behavioural Coaching: Distinctive Features sets out the key theoretical and practical features of CBT  and discusses how they integrate into the generic model of coaching. The book covers the four key elements in developing a coaching relationship, provides psychological and practical problem-solving models, shows how to deal with stuck points in coaching and identifies which individuals are unsuitable for CBC. As well as providing research evidence to support the effectiveness of CBC, the book demonstrates the smooth transition of CBT into CBC, and coach–coachee dialogues are interspersed throughout the text to show CBC in action.

Cognitive Behavioural Coaching: Distinctive Features will be particularly useful to CBT therapists interested in adding coaching to their practice. It will also appeal to coaches in practice and in training and other professionals in coaching roles seeking an effective and straightforward coaching model.

Table of Contents

Introduction: From CBT to CBC. Cognitive Behavioural Theory. Eliciting meaning. Distorted information processing. Levels of thought. Thoughts, feelings, behaviour, physiology and situation are interconnected. A continuum of emotional reactions. Emotions have a specific cognitive content. Cognitive vulnerability. Our thoughts and beliefs are both knowable and accessible. Maintenance of problems. A strong commitment to scientific empiricism. The law of parsimony. Cognitive Behavioural Practice. The coaching relationship. Assessment and case conceptualization. Structuring the coaching session. Establishing goals. Teaching the cognitive model. Two key attributes of psychological health. Action plans. Beliefs which interfere with carrying out extra-session tasks. Dealing with psychological blocks to change. Practical problem-solving model. Socratic questioning. Behavioural experiments. Dealing with deeper beliefs. Mindfulness. Resilience. The end of coaching and beyond. Supervision. A coaching session. CBC is not for everyone and how it can be improved for others. Appendix. References.

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Michael Neenan is Associate Director of the Centre for Coaching and Centre for Stress Management, Blackheath, London. He is the author of Developing Resilience: A Cognitive-Behavioural Approach (second edition, Routledge).


"This book provides a concise and highly readable overview of cognitive behavioural theory and practice within the context of Cognitive Behavioural Coaching. It distils essential knowledge from CBT for non-clinical practitioners entering coaching in an accessible way. It also provides an excellent resource for CBT therapists wishing to extend their clinical practice to encompass the coaching arena. Michael Neenan is a leading expert in the field of Cognitive Behavioural Coaching and his experience and knowledge make this book an essential resource for those wishing to train in this discipline."-- Steve Sheward, Senior NHS CBT Therapist and Career Counsellor, author of CBT for Career Success: a self-help guide