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.

Psychology as a Perspective to Inform our Work in Coaching and Mentoring

Psychology as a Perspective to Inform our Work in Coaching and Mentoring

Chapter outline

  • Using psychology theory to inform our practice
  • Using evidence to inform our practice
  • Critiques of psychology as a model of practice
  • Examples of coaching and mentoring from different perspectives


Personal, interpersonal, systemic, science practitioner, constructionist, dominant discourse

Chapter objectives

After reading this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Identify the main psychological approaches used in coaching and mentoring
  • Distinguish between approaches in terms of their value, what they offer and the disadvantages they bring
  • Understand how psychology informs practice and use this to justify the choices you make
  • Critically evaluate the role of the psychology as an enabling and disabling force


In Chapter 1, we argued that it is central ...

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