Blending theory and practice, with examples and exercises, the book is aimed at professionals from a range of backgrounds, whether therapeutic, educational or business in orientation, who want to expand and transfer their skills to the coaching profession. It is essential reading for all coaching and mentoring courses.
Chapter 8: Professional Issues in Becoming a Coach
Professional Issues in Becoming a Coach
Professions, by their nature, need to develop codes of ethics and practice, to provide guidance and to put in place mechanisms for accountability. There needs generally to be a clearer idea of what constitutes evidence-based practice, and how we evaluate in order to begin to produce this. Then there are questions regarding the professional development of coaches, and whether or not, and indeed how, the profession itself might be regulated. Supervision is often proposed as an accepted tool within ‘people development’ professions, and although it is much tried, we are not quite so sure that it has been really thoroughly tested. In this chapter, we touch on these professional issues in order to stimulate ...