Coaching and Mentoring: A Critical Text

Coaching and Mentoring: A Critical Text

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Coaching is often discussed as if it is a new “profession’ without adequate attention to how it has evolved, what underpins its practice or its training methods. Situating coaching in a wider social and historical context, Coaching and Mentoring: A Critical Text reveals that contemporary ‘coaching theory’ is more a collection of models and approaches mostly transferred from psychotherapy theory. Coaching claims to liberate creativity but can also entrap us by individualizing social experience. Author Simon Western brings a fresh and critical perspective on coaching and mentoring, challenging its normative assumptions and narratives, and proposing an ethical and emancipatory approach that takes it beyond instrumentalism and individualism.

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  • Accounts for how coaching has emerged and what discourses and normative practices underpin and influence contemporary coaching practice
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