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The Psychology of Coaching, Mentoring and Learning, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-95466-8
282 pages
October 2013, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Psychology of Coaching, Mentoring, and Learning addresses the psychological principles upon which coaching and mentoring is based, and integrates them in a universal framework for the theory and practice of individual and organizational development. The second edition is updated with the latest research, taking into account the increasing importance of positive psychology and its role in coaching and mentoring with an emphasis on strength, growth, and development.

Combining high-level theory with practical applications and case studies, this is an invaluable resource for coaches, mentors, trainers, psychologists, executives, managers, and students.

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Table of Contents

About the Author vii

Foreword to the First Edition by Stephen Palmer ix

Preface to the Second Edition xiii

Acknowledgements xvii

1 Introduction 1

2 The Coming of Age: Coaching Psychology, Coaching and Mentoring 9

3 Philosophy and Theories of Learning Applicable to Coaching and Mentoring: Positive Psychology and the Learning Process 23

4 Definitions: Coaching Psychology, Coaching, Mentoring and Learning 53

5 Leadership and Organizational Coaching and Mentoring: Becoming a Learning Organization and Learning Community 63

6 Developing a Universal Integrative Framework for Coaching and Mentoring 91

7 Techniques and Tools 119

8 Continuing Professional Development, Learning Resources and Practical Exercises 153

9 Case Studies 175

10 Evaluation 203

11 Conclusion, Discussion, Future Research and Development 219

References 237

Index 253

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Author Information

Dr. Ho Law is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of East London, UK. He is a founder Director of the International Society for Coaching Psychology, a founder member and past Chair of the BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology, and a Registered Supervisor for chartership in occupational psychology. Together with colleagues Sara Ireland and Zulfi Hussain, he has developed the Universal Integrative Framework (UIF) for coaching, mentoring and learning, which has been revised and developed through international application and franchising. He further developed narrative coaching in the UK and the wider communities.  He is the founder and Director of Empsy Ltd, a service business providing coaching, consulting and training in the field of empowerment psychology.

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Learning is a pivotal theory of the book. Mentoring and coaching can be viewed as a collaborative project for both parts. The narrative approach to mentoring and coaching unfolded by Law can be seen as one of the foundations to create this dialogical space.
Professor Reinhard Stelter, PhD, University of Copenhagen

In a significant and necessary way, The Psychology of Coaching, Mentoring, and Learning adds to the process of professionalising coaching.   It brings together a considerable body of psychological theory and research in the area of adult development.   This is an excellent reference book for anyone who facilitates the development of others.
Hugh O’Donovan, Programme Director, Masters in Coaching Psychology, School of Applied Psychology, University College, Cork.

I have known Ho for over a decade as co-founders with fourteen peers of Coaching Psychology in the UK. His work is, as ever, a pleasure to read. It is evidence-based and arises out of a deep and ongoing desire to integrate the head and heart in the continuously evolving fields of coaching, mentoring and learning.
Margaret A. Chapman, Chartered & Registered Psychologist, Coach, Mentor, Researcher & Author

Ho Law's book is an invaluable contribution to our emerging profession – relevant, robust, and timely. Equally, this book is easily assessable, as it is written in a clear and concise way, blending in the latest in evidence-based practise, alongside the practical application of coaching, mentoring, and learning…Every page is full of rich insight, which will make you think about your practice, today.
Katherine Tulpa, Global CEO, Association for Coaching

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