This is the definitive introduction to coaching and mentoring, written by an experienced and multidisciplinary team. Taking you all the way through from the emerging theory to informed practice, the book covers:  • Skills, purposes and outcomes of coaching and mentoring processes  • The many settings in which they take place – public, private and voluntary  • Coaching and mentoring’s evidence base and how it is assessed  • The professionalization of coaching and mentoring and a move towards integration. Supported by a wide range of case studies, activities, further questions and topics for discussion, this book is a comprehensive but accessible introduction. The authors take a critical approach and go beyond the basics, to support your development as a critically reflective practitioner. It is essential reading for those studying coaching and mentoring, and professionals looking to integrate coaching and mentoring into their organizations.

Professionalisation and Ethics

Professionalisation and Ethics

Chapter outline

  • What do we mean by professionalisation?
  • Pathways towards professionalisation
  • Ethical codes and professionalisation
  • A critical analysis of coaching and professionalisation


Professionalisation, standards, codes of practice, accreditation, ethics

Chapter objectives

After reading this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Describe the term ‘professionalisation’
  • Critically evaluate the extent to which coaching and mentoring are professional activities
  • Explain how codes of ethics are essential elements of professionalisation
  • Analyse the steps being taken by the professional coaching and mentoring associations towards professionalising
  • Critically evaluate both the advantages and disadvantages of coaching and mentoring moving towards professionalisation


What do we mean by ‘professionalisation’? The term ‘profession’ derives from the Latin word ‘profiteor’, meaning ‘to profess’. Professionalisation, then, is the process whereby an employment activity moves from the status of ‘occupation’ to the status of ...

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