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The Complete Handbook of Coaching

The Complete Handbook of Coaching

Fourth Edition (Updated Edition)
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November 2023 | 592 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This fourth edition provides the most comprehensive guide to the field of coaching, exploring a range of coaching theories and approaches, genres and settings and professional issues. It supports trainees and professionals to identify and develop a personal style of coaching. Each chapter includes discussion questions to facilitate reflection on the topic, further reading suggestions and case studies that help trainees make the crucial link between theory and practice.

Its three parts cover:

  • The theoretical traditions underpinning coaching such as cognitive-behavioural, gestalt and existential
  • Contexts and genres such as life, executive, peer, team and career coaching
  • Professional issues such as ethics, supervision, continuing professional development, standards and mental-health issues.

This Fourth Edition comes with a new chapter on Diversity and Inclusion in Coaching, updated content throughout on cross-cultural coaching and updated Further Reading. A new online Teaching Guide provides chapter teaching and assessment suggestions, videos and further reading to help support trainees’ learning. 

Thousands of practitioners and trainees across a variety of professions have been helped by this distinctive handbook. From those working in health to education, from business and management to psychology, this unique handbook is an invaluable resource for any coaching career.

Graham Lee and Alison Hardingham
Chapter 1: The Psychodynamic Approach to Coaching
Helen Williams, Stephen Palmer and Nick Edgerton
Chapter 2: Cognitive Behavioural Coaching
Anthony M. Grant, Michael J. Cavanagh and Sean A. O’Connor
Chapter 3: The Solution-Focused Approach to Coaching
Stephen Joseph
Chapter 4: The Person-Centred Approach to Coaching
Alison Maxwell and Peter Bluckert
Chapter 5: The Gestalt Approach to Coaching
Ernesto Spinelli
Chapter 6: Existential Coaching
Alan Sieler
Chapter 7: Ontological Coaching
David Drake
Chapter 8: Narrative Coaching
Tatiana Bachkirova
Chapter 9: Psychological Development in Adulthood and Coaching
John Rowan
Chapter 10: The Transpersonal Approach to Coaching
Ilona Boniwell and Carol Kauffman
Chapter 11: The Positive Psychology Approach to Coaching
Rosemary Napper and Trudi Newton
Chapter 12: Transactional Analysis and Coaching
Bruce Grimley and Robert Dilts
Chapter 13: The NLP Approach to Coaching
Bob Tschannen-Moran and James Gavin
Chapter 14: Skills and Performance Coaching
Peter Jackson and Elaine Cox
Chapter 15: Developmental Coaching
Nick Smith and Peter Hawkins
Chapter 16: Transformational Coaching
Jon Stokes, Richard Jolly and Elaine Cox
Chapter 17: Executive and Leadership Coaching
Andrea D. Ellinger, Jenni Jones, Robert G. Hamlin and Rona S. Beattie
Chapter 18: The Manager as Coach
David Clutterbuck and Gill Graves
Chapter 19: Team Coaching
Katharine St John-Brooks and Sam Isaacson
Chapter 20: Internal Coaching
Richard K Ladyshewsky and Elaine Cox
Chapter 21: Peer Coaching
Anthony M. Grant, Michael J. Cavanagh and Sean A. O’Connor
Chapter 22: Life Coaching
Margaret Moore and Erika Jackson
Chapter 23: Health and Well-being Coaching
Bruce Hazen and Nicole A. Steckler
Chapter 24: Career Coaching
Geoffrey Abbott and Ingela Camba Ludlow
Chapter 25: Cross-Cultural Coaching: A Paradoxical Perspective
Bob Garvey
Chapter 26: Mentoring in a Coaching World
David Lane, Reinhard Stelter and Sunny Stout-Rostron
Chapter 27: The Future of Coaching as a Profession
Peter Hawkins
Chapter 28: Coaching Supervision
Michael Cavanagh and Travis Kemp
Chapter 29: Coaching and Mental Health
Adrian Myers and Judie Gannon
Chapter 30: Coach Education, Learning and Development: Working with Complexity
Almuth McDowall and Yi-Ling Lai
Chapter 31: Evidence, Measurement and Evaluation in Coaching
Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower and Ioanna Iordanou
Chapter 32: Ethics and Coaching
Peter Jackson, Annette Fillery-Travis and Elaine Cox
Chapter 33: Researching Coaching
Hany Shoukry and Jacqui Manning
Chapter 34: Diversity in Coaching


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An instructor’s manual with chapter teaching and assessment suggestions, videos and further reading.

An excellent text is comprehensive in its application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the full range of relevant and contemporary issues prevalent in coaching situations. The text is suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students completing any business and management module and especially any people management modules in any business, leadership, management and work-based programmes of study.

Mr Andrew Clark
Faculty of Business and Law, Sunderland University
February 22, 2024

Sage College Publishing

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