Coaching and Positive Psychology
The past decade has seen the use of coaching in personal, health, workplace, and executive settings grow from being a novel and somewhat derided methodology to a mainstream activity in business organizations and health settings worldwide. This chapter takes stock of the current state of coaching research and practice, and then highlights how coaching could make important contributions to the future of positive psychology. In taking stock of the present state of play in coaching, it begins with definitions and delineations of coaching. It then reports on the professional status of coaching and the bodies that seek to accredit and organize coaches. Research into the efficacy of coaching is briefly discussed. The chapter presents an overview of a future coaching-related research and practice agenda. It concludes by outlining some potentially fruitful lines of inquiry for future work in this emerging and exciting sub-field of psychological research.
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