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The Complete Handbook of Coaching

The Complete Handbook of Coaching

Fourth Edition (Updated Edition)
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October 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.

Elaine Cox

Elaine is a principal lecturer and the leader of programmes for the International Centre for Coaching and Leadership Development at Oxford Brookes University in the UK, where she also directs the Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring Programme and supervises doctoral students. She is an experienced researcher, author and editor and has recently co-edited the bestselling book, The Complete Handbook of Coaching, 2nd edition. Her other books with SAGE include Coaching Understood (2013) and she is also the founding editor of The International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching & Mentoring. More About Author

Tatiana Bachkirova

Tatiana Bachkirova is Professor of Coaching Psychology and Director of the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies at Oxford Brookes University, UK. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council at the Institute of Coaching at Harvard and Convener and Chair of the International Conference on Coaching Supervision. As an active researcher she has published many articles, book chapters and books including Developmental Coaching: Working with the Self and the SAGE Handbook of Coaching (2017).  More About Author

David A. Clutterbuck

David Clutterbuck is visiting professor of coaching and mentoring at both Sheffield Hallam and Oxford Brookes Universities. Co-founder of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and chair of the International Standards for Mentoring Programmes in Employment and a board member of the International Mentoring Association, he supervises coaches around the world. A regular amongst the list of HR Most Influentials, he is author or co-author of 55 books. He consults and lectures globally on coaching and mentoring. More About Author

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