1st Edition

Introduction to Coaching Psychology

Edited By Siobhain O'Riordan, Stephen Palmer Copyright 2021
    248 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    248 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This collection featuring chapters by leading international practitioners will offer an introduction to coaching psychology for those new to it, including students, trainees, psychologists, and coaches.

    Introduction to Coaching Psychology covers key topics, including the background and development of coaching psychology, the coach-coachee relationship, coaching psychology approaches and models, and themes such as assessment, contracting, and the setup in coaching psychology practice. Applications in coaching psychology are considered, including a look at particular coaching psychology specialisms and interventions, as well as discussions about working in organisations, working with young people, and life and personal coaching. Professional practice issues, such as boundaries and best practice, and coaching and diversity, are also explored. Furthermore, a review of coaching psychology research is presented. The book also offers a rich collection of case studies to illustrate the practice of coaching psychology in a real-world setting and concludes with a consideration of the future of the field.

    This timely and accessible book will be essential reading for anyone new to the field, as well as coaches, psychologists, and counsellors interested in the theory, research, and practice of coaching psychology.

    Part I: Introduction to coaching psychology

    1. The background and development of coaching and coaching psychology

    Siobhain O’Riordan and Stephen Palmer

    2. The coach-coachee relationship

    Alanna Henderson and Stephen Palmer

    Part II: Coaching psychology approaches and models

    3. Coaching psychology approaches and models: Solution-focused, bhavioural, and cognitive behavioural

    Rachael Skews and Stephen Palmer

    4. Coaching psychology approaches and models: Humanistic, integrative, and constructivist

    Alison Whybrow

    5. Assessment in coaching psychology

    Catherine Steele

    Part III: Applications in coaching psychology

    6. Specialisms in coaching psychology

    Gisele Dias, Siobhain O’Riordan, and Stephen Palmer

    7. Working in Organisations

    Siobhain O’Riordan and Stephen Palmer

    8. Working with young People and youth coaching

    Ole Michael Spaten

    9. Life and personal coaching

    Sheila Panchal, Siobhain O’Riordan, and Stephen Palmer

    Part IV: Professional practice issues and research

    10. Boundaries and best practice

    Adrian Myers and Tatiana Bachkirova

    11. Coaching and diversity

    Ho Law

    12. Coaching psychology research

    Yi-Ling Lai and Stephen Palmer

    Part V: Case studies and the future of coaching psychology

    13. Coaching psychology case studies

    Siobhain O’Riordan and Stephen Palmer

    14. Reflections and developments for the future of coaching psychology

    Siobhain O’Riordan and Stephen Palmer



    Siobhain O'Riordan, PhD, is a chartered psychologist, a chartered scientist, and founder chair and a fellow of the International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISCP). She is a principle practitioner of the Association for Business Psychology, a felow of the International Stress Management Association UK, a member of the Association for Coaching, an honorary member of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education, and an academic member of the Association of Rational Emotional Behavioural Therapists. She is an ISCP accredited supervisor, a course co-director/trainer on the coaching and coaching psychology programmes at the Centre for Coaching and Centre for Stress Management, UK, and is currently the editor of Coaching Psychology International and the International Journal of Coaching Psychology. Siobhain is also a co-editor of the European Journal of Applied Positive Psychology and the International Journal of Stress Prevention and Wellbeing.

    Stephen Palmer, PhD, is one of the leading pioneers in the field of coaching psychology. He is Professor of Practice at the Wales Academy for Professional Practice and Applied Research, University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Stephen is the coordinating director of the ISCP International Centre for Coaching Psychology Research, and founder-director of the Centre for Coaching, London. He is the honorary president and fellow of the International Society for Coaching Psychology, executive editor of the International Journal of Coaching Psychology, and co-editor of the European Journal of Applied Positive Psychology. He edits book series, including Coaching Psychology (Routledge). He has written and edited over 50 books and has published over 250 articles and chapters.

    When Dr Siobhain O’Riordan & Professor Stephen Palmer come together to edit a book, all coaching psychologists have much to gain! Introduction to Coaching Psychology is a superb read for all wanting to translate science to practice. Whether you are reading this book to become a better coach or for training new coaches, this is a mustread book in the field of coaching psychology.” - Kimberly Allen, PhD, BCC, CFLE, Associate Director of Academic Programs, CALS, North Carolina State University, USA; Chair, Family Life Coaching Association; author, Theory, Research, and Practical Guidelines for Family Life Coaching

    Introduction to Coaching Psychology nicely provides a comprehensive synthesis of the basics and last advancements of this field. The editors of this book are the founders of this domain and they have done a tremendous work in bringing together great contents and best experts in this field. This book is a must read for all psychologists and coaches interested in the theory, research and practice of coaching psychology.” - Oana A. David, Ph.D., Associate Professor Habil, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania

    Simply the right book at the right time. Coaching psychology can make a valuable contribution in this delicate phase of profound changes in individuals, communities, organizations, countries and economic, social and political patterns of development. Now, I have an introductory book to recommend to Italian psychologists and coaches newer to the field who want to invest in quality coaching and develop a sturdy coaching capability anchored to the theory, research and practice of coaching psychology.” - Silvana Dini, co-founder & Steering Committee member of SCP Italy; ISCP Honorary Vice President; Coaching Psychologist (FISCPAccred); Coaching Supervisor (ISCP Accred); Management Consultant

    Routledge’s Coaching Psychology book series has been an invaluable resource and a great example of an academic-practitioner approach in the fields of coaching and coaching psychology. Now it seems to be the time to look back and offer an overview of the field, starting with the development of coaching and coaching psychology, key approaches and models, applications and professional practice issues, as well as offer a look into the future of coaching. With its 14 chapters and an impressive line-up of contributors, Introduction to Coaching Psychology provides this systematic overview for a wide audience interested in one of the most exciting areas of contemporary psychology." - Jelena Pavlović, PhD, Assistant Professor of Organizational Development and Change; founder of Koučing centar, Serbia

    I highly recommend this book, because it is just what coaches, coaching psychologists and junior psychologists interested in coaching psychology were waiting for on account of its contents, structure and, especially, its accuracy. It offers a global vision of the elements that are involved and determines the best practices in coaching psychology for example: approaches and models, applications, research, case studies, the coach-coachee relationship. I am also reminded of the significant role psychology bodies provide for coaching psychology in the international market as well as for promoting recognition by society in general.” - Carmen Santos, President, COPC Coaching Psychology Section; Official Psychology Society of Catalonia, Spain
    Introduction to Coaching Psychology is an essential guide to coaching with the use of evidence-based practice and state-of-the-art research in psychology.  The book is a must-have for anybody willing to be an expert in coaching while relying on profound, specialist psychological knowledge. The book has been prepared by the acclaimed body of scientists, psychologists and practitioners, which is a clear added value of the publication.
    I highly recommend the book to be placed on the reference list for any coaching-related university courses.
    ” - Dr Anna Syrek-Kosowska, ASK Expert, WSB University and Kozminski University, Poland

    Introduction to Coaching Psychology boasts fourteen chapters from leading professionals in the field, covering highly topical and valuable coaching psychology concepts, approaches, and professional practice insights. Siobhain and Stephen are real leaders in this area, and have put together a comprehensive book that is invaluable to practitioners working across a variety of contexts. The chapters also open up the world of coaching psychology to a wider audience - the book can be used by practitioners, researchers, students, and anyone interested in coaching psychology. In all, Introduction to Coaching Psychology represents the brilliant work that is taking place in coaching psychology today.” - Dr Martin J. Turner, CPsychol., HCPC Reg., FAREBT (Acad), Reader in Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

    Introduction to Coaching Psychology is an excellent introductory book for anyone who is new to the field of coaching psychology. This book particularly helps entry-level coaches and coaching psychologists who want to get familiar with the main-stream coaching theories, approaches, models, assessments and applications.” - Dr Qing Wang, Associate Professor in Educational and Coaching Psychology, School of Psychology and Cognitive Science, East China Normal University, China

    I very much welcome this book which meets a well overdue need in the maturing area of coaching psychology. The range of globally recognised contributors all have exceptional pedigree from both a theoretical and practitioner perspective. The well balanced chapters thoroughly encapsulate key concepts and provide practical advice for those interested in evidence based approaches to coaching. The editors, both acknowledged experts in the field have done a great service in delivering a highly readable and accessible publication, extremely useful to both psychologists and the wider community of coaches. Highly recommended.” - Dr Douglas B. Young PhD, MISCP, ISCP International Centre for Coaching Psychology Research

    Finally, a book that clears up what coaching psychology is and how it can contribute to the success of individuals and organisations. Introduction to Coaching Psychology is an up to date and practical tool for teaching and learning the essence of coaching psychology. Editors and contributors are the outstanding experts of coaching psychology. My prediction is that this book will become one of the most preferred resources for coaching psychology courses all over the world. I would certainly recommend it to my students, and also to my novice and experienced coach and coaching psychologist colleagues.” - Vince Szekely PhD, President, Hungarian Association for Coaching Psychology; visiting lecturer, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary

    As coaching psychology continues to be recognised as a complementary field to positive psychology, this text is a must-have in for all evidence-based coaching practitioners’ libraries.  Congratulations Siobhain and Stephen on continuing to raise the bar and lead the way in the development of and interest in coaching psychology globally.” - Dr Suzy Green, The Positivity Institute; Honorary Professor in the School of Psychology, University of East London