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Coaching has a multifaceted nature that aims to increase development through personal support, training and guidance. 

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The Complete Handbook of Coaching


This fourth edition provides the most comprehensive guide to the field of coaching, exploring a range of coaching theories and approaches, genres and settings and professional issues. It supports trainees and professionals to identify and develop a personal style of coaching. Each chapter includes discussion questions to facilitate reflection on the topic, further reading suggestions and case studies that help trainees make the crucial link between theory and practice.

Thousands of practitioners and trainees across a variety of professions have been helped by this distinctive handbook. From those working in health to education, from business and management to psychology, this unique handbook is an invaluable resource for any coaching career.

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CP megaphone Recommended reading 


The counselling and psychotherapy hub is full of useful links, book chapters, interactive videos and more. Here are a few books to add to your collection of resources:


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Coaching: What Really Works

This is your essential companion to being a coach. Author Jenny Rogers distills her decades of experience to guide you through the challenges and pitfalls, joys and rewards, and dos and don’ts of coaching. Whether you are a qualified coach many years into practice, or a trainee moving into your first placement, the book provides a treasure trove of practical strategies and skills, theories and concepts that will enhance your practice. It captures what it takes to be a successful coach, and will support and inspire you to become a more confident, self-reflective practitioner.  

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An Introduction to Coaching Skills: A practical guide

This bestselling book introduces you step-by-step to the key skills needed to become a successful coach. Supported by an Online Resource site with over 70 videos of coaching in action, this practical book will be an invaluable resource for novices and trainee coaches.

"Finally, a text that encapsulates theory, application, ethics, supervision, anecdotal examples, visual demonstrations and concepts such as "the way of being" that are often intangible. This text is a must for all students studying in the area of coaching and counselling- a one-stop shop. For many years teaching coaching and counselling in higher education we have suggested recommended, but not essential texts, as each book often acts as a silo to one piece of critical learning in the area. Van Nieuwerburgh second edition will become our prescribed text, a foundation to advance university learnings."

- Dr Suzanne Vidler, School of Psychology, Faculty of Health, Deakin University

First things first: Read this sample chapter to see why this book is the perfect help for your coaching needs. 


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How to Coach: First Steps and Beyond

How to Coach: First Steps and Beyond is an essential guide for anyone starting out in the coaching profession and for existing coaches seeking to develop their craft. It is a practical introduction to the theory, skills and art of coaching.

This extremely practical introduction contains numerous case studies showing theory in action, aiding in understanding of how to apply theory to actual practice in a variety of settings.

How to Coach is a must-have book for anyone interested in coaching skillfully, ethically and effectively.

Read a free sample chapter to learn more.


Starting Out in Coaching? 

If you’re new to coaching you’re probably being introduced to concepts and ideas that you’re not yet familiar with. We’ve gathered some resources which answer common questions, and give advice on structuring that first session. 

Click here for free resources