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Welcome to another interesting and varied issue of the International Coaching Psychology Review. In this issue we have six main articles, a book review, coaching psychology congress and news reports. As coaching psychology develops internationally our journal will attempt to keep you up-to-date with relevant research and news.

The first paper in this issue is A model of executive coaching: A qualitative study by Marie-Therese Augustijnen, Gila Schnitzer and Raoul Van Es. The authors focus on the development of an experimental based model of executive coaching using a qualitative analysis of semi-structured interview data with coachees. They found six central themes or categories which informed the development of the model.

In the next article, Alan Bond looks at The role of coaching in managing leadership transitions. He reviews the literature and considers the driving and restraining forces relating to widespread adoption of leadership transition coaching. He concludes that the on-going potential challenges to organisations, particularly in the current economic climate, are in considering both the value to be gained in adopting some form of leadership transition coaching for their leadership appointments and the risks of ignoring this as a talent management tool.

Erik de Haan literally goes back to basics. Seldom in our journal do we publish papers that consider the work of Freud in any depth and use it to inform modern day coaching and coaching psychology practice. In this paper he asserts that transference is increasingly held to be highly relevant for executive coaches, organisational consultants and supervisors alike.

In the following paper Marc Khan explores an integrative and systemic approach to business coaching which captures the way it interfaces with organisational, interpersonal and intrapsychic systems. The notion of a ‘Coaching Axis’ is used to describe the interface between three systemic dimensions, the environment, individual and coaching relationship, and a dialogical process is offered to track themes, insights and actions across this axis in order to ensure alignment with the business reality.

In the next paper Courtney Newnham-Kanas, Jennifer Irwin, Don Morrow and Danielle Battram describe a health-study in which they undertook a quantitative assessment of Motivational Interviewing using Co-Active Life Coaching skills as an intervention for obese adults (ages 35 to 55). Weight reduction and management is notoriously challenging for many people and health and wellbeing coaching can have a positive impact in helping clients/coachees to attain their health-related goals. As industrialised countries are experiencing increasing rates of obesity which can lead to diabetes and heart disease, financially stretched health care systems are likely to take seriously all helpful interventions.

In the last paper, Anthony Grant provides a personal reflection as the psychologist presenter of an Australian reality television. The popular show, Making Australia Happy, followed eight individuals as they completed an intensive eight-week positive psychology coaching programme using scientifically-validated positive psychology interventions. In his paper he outlines the findings and discusses some of the challenges for psychologists working at the intersection of science and commercialism. It is worth noting that at a 24-week follow-up the gains in positive psychological functioning were maintained.

In addition to the book review and SGCP and IGCP news reports, we have included two International Congress of Coaching Psychology reports which highlight the development and growing interest in coaching psychology around the world from South Africa to Ireland. Both the SGCP and IGCP support the on-going international congress events with the SGCP having held their congress last December in London. There are two more events this year in Spain and Sweden with more congresses being planned for 2012 in Australia, Brazil, Italy and Netherlands. There has been talk of a Scandinavian Congress in 2012 too. The international congresses have had the added bonus of bringing together the representatives of the leading coaching psychology bodies onto the congress steering committee which has encouraged much discussion about the nature of coaching psychology and also how the bodies can work closer together. For example, at the South African congress the International Society for Coaching Psychology (SCP), the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA) and the SIOPSA Interest Group of Coaching and Consulting Psychology (IGCCP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) acknowledging a desire to communicate, and work together in support of the development of the Coaching Psychology profession in South Africa and internationally. These are exciting times for the development of coaching psychology.

Finally, we encourage you to submit theoretical or research papers about any aspect of coaching psychology.


Stephen Palmer
Coaching Psychology Unit,
Department of Psychology,
City University,
Northampton Square,
London, UK.
Email: S.Palmer-1@city.ac.uk

Michael Cavanagh
Coaching Psychology Unit,
Department of Psychology,
Sydney University,
Email: Michaelc@psych.usyd.edu.au


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