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New Insights: Acceptance and Commitment Coaching

5th June 2015 | Jonathan Passmore

Jonathan Passmore shares his latest insights in his new title Mastery in Coaching: A Complete Psychological Toolkit for Advanced Coaching.

Mastery in Coaching (9780749471798)Mastery in Coaching is a departure from the many of the coaching titles on sale. What we wanted to do was offer something for the more experienced coach. So this title, the sixth in the series I have edited for the Association for Coaching is aimed at those coaches who have several years of experience and who are looking to build the breadth and depth of their coaching work, extend their practice into new areas and add new techniques to help support their clients.

The book offers ten exciting chapters from international experts, and covers a number of topics which have not been written about before. This helps those pursuing mastery to add breadth to their practice by extending the number of models which they can use. The book also aims to delve deeper into topics. While most books until now have 5,000 or 7,000 word chapters, in this book the contributors were asked to write 10,000 words and aim these at extending the knowledge of practitioners. Each chapter is also supported by suggestions on next steps for development, with links to online video content, suggested readings and further training.

One example which has drawn a lot of attention is Acceptance and Commitment Coaching, the coaching version of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Acceptance and Commitment Coaching (AC Coaching) is a holistic and multi-component approach to helping people. It is a pragmatic form of coaching, underpinned by functional contextualism and relational frame theory. The goal of AC Coaching is to help clients increase their psychological flexibility – a state characterised by being clear about and living in harmony with ones values, spending time in the present moment, defusing and gaining separation from thoughts, accepting unwanted, unpleasant and unhelpful feelings and sensations and cultivating the perspective of the observing self.

In contrast to cognitive-behavioural coaching, AC coaches help their clients change their relationship with their cognitions (thoughts, images, beliefs, memories etc.) rather than try to change their form or content of their clients’ thoughts. Clients are guided and encouraged to notice the rise and fall of unpleasant and unhelpful thoughts and feelings, and to take these thoughts, feelings and sensations with them as they go about living the kind of life they want for themselves. AC coaches consider experiential avoidance - the struggle with unwanted thoughts and feelings, including attempts to control or suppress them - to be at the heart of many peoples problems with living and the opposite of acceptance and psychological flexibility.

In addition to AC Coaching, the book includes chapters on Mindfulness, Neuroscience, Cognitive behavioural, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic and Positive Psychology approaches. You can download the first chapter here.

You can save 20% on the book with discount code MCB20 until the end of this year. Enter the code when prompted at the Kogan Page checkout.


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