Positive Psychology Coaching in Practice

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Suzy Green, Stephen Palmer
Routledge, Jul 17, 2018 - Psychology - 236 pages

Positive Psychology Coaching in Practice provides a comprehensive overview of positive psychology coaching, bringing together the best of science and practice, highlighting current research, and emphasising the applicability of each element to coaching. With an international range of contributors, this book is a unique resource for those seeking to integrate positive psychology into their evidence-based coaching practice.

Beginning with an overview of positive psychology coaching, the book includes an assessment of theories of wellbeing, an examination of mindfulness research, a guide to relevant neuroscience, and a review of a strengths-based approach. It also contains chapters which explore the application of ACT, the role of positive psychology in wellness and resilience coaching, positive leadership theory, and developmental psychological theories as they relate to coaching through significant life transitions. In each chapter, theory and research is thoroughly explored and applied directly to coaching practice, and supported with a list of relevant resources and a case study. The book concludes with the editors’ views on the future directions of positive psychology coaching.

Positive Psychology Coaching in Practice will be essential reading for professional coaches in practice and in training seeking to enhance their evidence-based practice, coaching psychologists, practitioners of positive psychology, and academics and students of coaching, coaching psychology and positive psychology.


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Any book with Dr. Stephen Palmer's name attached is going to be both a good read and an up-to-date account of what's happening in the coaching field. While the individual articles selected for this edited work are all worthwhile, I was particularly impressed with the editors predictions of what is in the future for positive psychology coaching practice. 


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The relevance of theories of wellbeing
Mindfulness and its role in the coaching process
A practical application
A character strengthsbased approach to positive psychology coaching
Building foundations for a flourishing life
Positive psychology coaching for health and wellbeing
Coaching to enhance resilience and wellbeing
Positive psychology coaching for positive leadership
Coaching through developmental transitions
Relevant organisations

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Suzy Green is a clinical and coaching psychologist based in Australia. She is a leader in the fields of coaching psychology and positive psychology, and is the founder of Sydney-based The Positivity Institute, dedicated to the research and application of positive psychology.

Stephen Palmer is a positive and coaching psychologist. He is Founder Director of the Centre for Coaching, London, UK and Adjunct Professor of Coaching Psychology at Aalborg University, Denmark. His professional roles include being Honorary President of the International Society for Coaching Psychology.

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