Developmental Coaching: Life Transitions and Generational Perspectives

Developmental Coaching: Life Transitions and Generational Perspectives


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Developmental Coaching explores many of the common transition points we experience throughout life, including teenage transitions, becoming a parent, mid-life and retirement. The book sets these transitions in their social context and reviews them in the light of generational factors.

The book is introduced with key psychological concepts from areas such as lifespan development and positive psychology, in addition to insights from other disciplines, including management theory and sociology. The main topics of discussion are:

  • coaching tools and techniques
  • broader societal and generational trends
  • how coaching can help individuals to realise positive growth.

With case studies throughout, Developmental Coaching offers an essential resource for practising coaches, coaching psychologists, counsellors and other professionals who wish to further their knowledge of the developmental aspects of coaching and dealing with life transitions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415473606
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Series: Essential Coaching Skills and Knowledge Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Stephen Palmer PhD is Director and Honorary Professor of Psychology of the Coaching Psychology Unit, at City University, London, UK, and Founder Director of the Centre for Coaching, Hertfordshire, UK. He is an APECS Accredited Executive Coach and Supervisor and an award winning psychologist. He has written or edited 35 books including the Handbook of Coaching Psychology. He is Honorary President of the Society for Coaching Psychology. 

Sheila Panchal CPsychol is a Registered Occupational Psychologist. She has applied positive and coaching psychology in a range of organisational settings. She holds a Professional Development Certificate in Coaching Psychology from the University of Sydney, Australia, and is Honorary Secretary of the Society for Coaching Psychology.

Table of Contents

Preface. Sugarman, Foreword. Palmer and Panchal, Life Transitions and Generational Perspectives. Part I: Developmental Coaching – Transitions and Turning Points. Eades, Childhood Transitions and Celebrating Strengths. Puri, Coaching Through the Teenage Years. Panchal, From Twenties to Thirties. Liston-Smith, Becoming a Parent. Donaldson-Feilder and Panchal, Modern Mid-life. O’Riordan, Looking Forward to Retirement. Part II: Developmental Coaching – Themes and Applications. Linley, Biswas-Diener & Trenier, Positive Psychology and Strengths Coaching Through Transition. Green and Williams, Managing Generations. Panchal and Palmer, Final Reflections.Web Resources. Index

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