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Alison Whybrow

What does it mean to be a ‘coaching psychologist’? At the turn of this century, the phrases ‘coaching psychology’ and ‘coaching psychologist’ had rarely been conceived and infrequently used. Here, in 2008, we find an emergent profession of Coaching Psychology and with thousands of practitioners spread across the globe, characterised by the diversity of their contribution and the energy that they bring to this area of practice. What has enabled coaching psychology to progress to this point, apparently so quickly?

What is the scientific basis for coaching psychology? The research base informing coaching psychology has started to shift. Rather than relying on findings from other psychological applications, underpinning evidence to support the application of psychological theories, frameworks and concepts specifically in coaching practice is strengthening.

What do coaching psychologists do? How do they serve their clients? How do psychologists and coaches become coaching psychologists? These questions require us to make explicit our shared framework and standards of practice as a profession. It is also strongly argued that individual coaching psychologist practitioners clearly articulate their framework of practice.

In this paper, I look forward to exploring these dimensions of coaching psychology and what that might mean for this emergent professional area of psychological practice.

Keywords: coaching psychology, coaching psychologist, coaching, emergent profession.

Full article: Volume 3, Issue 3 pages 227 - 240


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