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Single-Session Coaching and One-At-A-Time Coaching

Distinctive Features, 1st Edition

By Windy Dryden


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In Single-Session Coaching and One-At-A-Time Coaching: Distinctive Features, Windy Dryden presents a clear and accessible overview of the theory and practice of Single-Session Coaching and One-At-A-Time Coaching (SSC/OAATC). Presented in the highly accessible Distinctive Features format, Dryden explores how these approaches allow coaches and clients to tackle problems and find solutions quickly and flexibly.

Single-Session Coaching and One-At-A-Time Coaching is split in two parts, providing a complete understanding of both the theory and practice of SSC/OAATC, as well as clearly examining key topics, including the foundations of SSC/OAATC, what makes a good SSC/OAATC coach and coachee, common misconceptions, preparing for and structuring a session, and considering significant coachee variables. It explains key terminology, such as the difference between Problem-Focused and Development-Focused SSC/OAATC, and portrays these differences in useful case studies to show the benefits of each for individual clients. Finally, it concludes with details on following up with the coachee, including key questions to ask.

With case studies throughout, this approach can be applied in various clinical settings, such as primary care, and non-clinical settings, such as voluntary sectors, and is ideal for time-limited scenarios in comparison to other, more time-consuming, coaching methods. This will be an invaluable tool for coaches in practice and in training, as well as for academics and students of coaching.

Table of Contents


Part I Theory

1: Introducing Single-Session Coaching and One-At-A-Time Coaching (SSC/OAATC)

2: What is Single-Session Coaching (SSC) and One-At-A-Time Coaching (OAATC)?

3: The foundations of SSC/OAATC

4: People can be helped in one session of coaching or in one coaching session at a time

5: The single session and one-at-a-time mindset and mode of delivery


7: Development-focused SSC/OAATC

8: Problem-focused SSC/OAATC

9: The working alliance in SSC/OAATC

10: What makes a good SSC/OAATC coach and coachee?

11: Misconceptions of SSC/OAATC Part

Part II Practice

12: Good practice in SSC/OAATC

13: What not to do in SSC/OAATC

14: Placing SSC/OAATC in context

15: Responding to the first contact

16: Contracting for SSC/OAATC

17: Structuring the session effectively

18: Preparing for the session: The pre-session telephone conversation

19: Beginning the session

20: Creating and keeping to a meaningful focus in the session

21: Agreeing on a development-based process objective or problem-based process goal

22: Identifying and utilising important coachee variables in the session

23: Facilitating change in SSC/OAATC: General factors

24: Facilitating change in development-focused SSC/OAATC

25: Facilitating change in problem-focused SSC/OAATC

26: Action planning and implementation in development-focused SSC/OAATC

27: Rehearsing, action planning and implementing the solution in problem-focused SSC/OAATC

28: Identifying and dealing with roadblocks

29: Summarising, moving forward and tying-up loose ends

30: Following-up




About the Author

Windy Dryden, Ph.D., is in clinical and consultative practice and is an international authority on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. He is Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has worked in psychotherapy for more than 40 years and is the author or editor of over 230 books.

About the Series

Coaching Distinctive Features

Leading practitioners and theorists of coaching approaches write simply and briefly on what constitutes the main features of their particular approach. Each book highlights thirty main features, divided between theoretical and practical points. Written in a straightforward and accessible style, they can be understood by both those steeped in the coaching tradition and by those outside that tradition. The series editor is Windy Dryden.

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PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health