Coaching psychology is a distinct branch of academic and applied psychology that focuses on enhancement of performance, development and wellbeing in the broader population. In Coaching Psychology in Schools, Mark Adams demonstrates how psychological principles and approaches can be applied in schools to enhance the performance of education practitioners, teams and settings, with corresponding benefits for the children under their care.
Coaching Psychology in Schools aims to put psychology in the hands of the reader, imparting psychology-informed coaching strategies that can enhance effectiveness in supporting others to learn, change and develop. The book challenges traditional notions of how psychology can contribute to education and illustrates how better outcomes for children can be achieved by helping adults to unlock and utilise their resources. The book covers how coaching psychology can be applied to:
Develop classroom practice
Improve teacher performance
Support Continuing Professional Development
Enhance practitioner and team performance, confidence and wellbeing
Support practical problem-solving
Develop individual and organisational resilience
Real-life case examples are used throughout to illustrate practical coaching methods and techniques that are underpinned by established psychological approaches, including solution-focused coaching, cognitive-behavioural coaching, motivational interviewing and many more.
Coaching Psychology in Schools will be essential reading for coaches, psychologists, and education practitioners who have an interest or investment in helping others to move forward, including school leaders, teacher coaches, CPD co-ordinators, advisors and consultants. It will also be of interest to those working in other professional contexts who are interested in finding out more about coaching psychology and its potential applications.
Mark Adams is a Chartered Psychologist with fifteen years' experience of working in education as a teacher, educational psychologist, and coaching psychologist. He is the director of Adams Psychology Services, Bristol, providing consultation, coaching and training services to education settings and practitioners, while also supporting others to develop proficiency in coaching skills. Mark is passionate about applying psychology to support others to learn, achieve, and develop.
Foreword by Stephen Palmer. Preface. Acknowledgements. Part One: Foundations. Introduction. 1. What is coaching? 2. Core coaching skills. 3. Structure in coaching 4. Psychology in coaching. Part Two: Applications in education. 5. Non-judgmental observation. 6. Coaching for performance. 7. Coaching for development. 8. Coaching for wellbeing. 9. Coaching for new-to-role practitioners. 10. Problem-solving and solution-finding. 11. Coaching for teams. 12. Developing resilience. Part Three: Reflections, conclusions, and future directions. 13. Pulling it all together. 14. Future directions. Appendix 1: Making coaching work. Appendix 2: Ethics in coaching. References.