The International Coaching Psychology Review: Reading For Coaches

The International Coaching Psychology Review is a publication issued by the Special Group in Coaching Psychology (SGCP). The SGCP was originally established to help psychologists share research and practical experiences related to the psychology of coaching. As the organization evolves, it is beginning to not only focus on psychologists but to also concentrate on coaches who utilize psychology in their coaching.

The International Coaching Psychology Review is one of two publications issued by the SGCP and is available in hard copy and electronic formats. This publication focuses on the theory, research, and practice in the field of coaching psychology. Though it is a British publication and originally designed to focus on the filed of psychology, there may be valuable information for coaches in many of the issues.

The International Coaching Psychology Review is For Coaches, Too

Here are the titles of a few of the articles in the two most recent editions of the International Coaching Psychology Review:

  • The Managerial Gap and How Coaching Can Help
  • The Long-Term Independently Assessed Benefits of Coaching
  • Book Review: Leadership Team Coaching, A Model of Executive Coaching: A Qualitative Study
  • The Role of Coaching in Managing Leadership Transactions

As you can see from these titles, the field of coaching is a hot topic in the International Coaching Psychology Review and is filled with information beneficial to those who work in the coaching field.

Coaching and psychology are intertwined and many coaches are using elements of psychology when they work with their clients. Coaching and psychology have the same roots – coaching evolved from three principal sources.

  • Professions that helped clients such as psychotherapy and counseling.
  • Organizational development and business consulting.
  • Personal development training such as EST, Stephen Covey, Tony Robbins, and others.

Psychologists Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers also pushed the field of psychology toward a client-centered approach. Maslow’s, Toward a Psychology of Being, may have helped provide a framework for the modern field of life, career, executive, and personal coaching. Current publications like the International Coaching Psychology Review provide plenty of examples that the fields of psychology and coaching are different yet very similar.

Psychologists often work with people who suffer from mental health issues, behavioral problems, drug or alcohol dependency, severe emotional trauma, or distressing life events. Coaches generally work with people who want to better than personal or business life, ameliorate their financial or health situation, or who wish to find ways to achieve their goals and objectives. However, the lines between these two groups are often blurred and the two fields frequently merge.

A review of the International Coaching Psychology Review’s list of article titles prove that the two fields are intertwined and experts on both sides can learn and benefit from sharing research. A coach who wants to increase their business and expand their practice should be seeking ways to incorporate theories and practices used by psychologists, just as psychologists should be borrowing from the field of coaching. The field will undoubtedly continue to merge and those who truly understand the cross pollination of these two fields will benefit the most. Though it is published across the pond, the International Coaching Psychology Review ha enough information for coaches that it is worth a look

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Fred Philips
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