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Alison Whybrow, Anthony M. Grant, Stephen Palmer & Travis Kemp

The study and application of complexity as a theoretical and practical construct that may assist in developing our understanding of our world, our context and our practice is an established area of enquiry. There are many theoretical and philosophical underpinnings to coaching psychology practice that can be easily mapped across to concepts and debates within complexity science. For example, existentialist approaches, approaches and ideas rooted in personal construct psychology, solution focused approaches, systems theory to name a few. Coaching Psychologists have actively used these approaches in their practice for a number of years (e.g. Palmer and Whybrow, 2006, Palmer, O’Riordan and Whybrow, 2011).

The zeitgeist of complexity theory continues to manifest as the world as living system is evident at macro and micro levels, old concepts of power and control are dissipating in areas where they seemed solid and reassuring only a few months ago. The need to understand how to work with what is emerging for the client, the coach and as our practise develops is evident. To the experienced coaching psychology and coaching practitioner this has always been the case.

The broad aim in putting this issue together was to enable and encourage a critical debate, exploring many diverse perspectives and views concerning complexity theory and its’ application to coaching psychology that would make a contribution to the underpinning, expanding knowledge base and which also offered insight to coaching and coaching psychology practice.

Full article: Volume 7, Issue 1 pages 72 - 74


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