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Siobhain O'Riordan

Welcome to this issue of The Coaching Psychologist. We have a range of interesting articles on topics such as The scientist-practitioner model as a framework for coaching psychology; Managing Change: role of coaching psychology in gender transition; From the inside out: coaching’s role in transformation towards a sustainable society; CRAIC - A model suitable for Irish coaching psychology; What assessments do coaches use in their practice and why; and Should learning to coach be integrated in a graduate psychology programme? Denmark’s first try. Julie Allan and Dr Ho Law also write about Ethical navigation in coaching psychology - a socratic workshop providing an overview of their workshop at the 1st European Coaching Psychology Conference (December 2008). Themes for the forthcoming 2nd European Coaching Psychology Conference (December 2009) are highlighted in our interviews with Keynote speakers who share their expectations of the conference and their views on a variety of coaching psychology topics.

We have two contributions to the ‘Coaching Psychology Techniques Section’, Professor Stephen Palmer on the Deserted Island technique and Kasia Szymanska writes about Behavioural Assignments. This issue also includes an Ethics Column with a call from Julie Allan (SGCP Ethics and Social Policy Liaison Officer) to share your views on ethical issues and challenges. The SGCP Event/Workshops Report by Jennifer Liston-Smith and Marjorie Raymond tells us more about three of our 2009 continuing professional development workshops. For this issue we have introduced a ‘Letters to the Editor’ section and are also featuring two book reviews. A further update is that I am pleased to report that TCP has been accepted for abstracting by ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts.

In the June 2009 issue of The Coaching Psychologist it was reported that the Runner-up award of the SGCP Research Award went to Sarah Baker and Dr Emma Short (p.51). This statement is incorrect and I would like to take this opportunity to clarify that this research was submitted solely in the name of Sarah Baker on the topic of ‘Consumer behaviour and orientations to happiness: Positive psychology coaching after the credit crunch’. Dr Emma Short supervised this research project and supported the submission.

I am always interested to hear your views and suggestions about The Coaching Psychologist and can be e-mailed at siobhain.oriordan@btinternet.com.

On a final note, I would like to thank all of the contributors to this issue.


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