Embracing the ‘Bad’ along with the ‘Good’ as Part of a Positive Psychology Coaching Dialogue

Sims, Ceri M. (2018) Embracing the ‘Bad’ along with the ‘Good’ as Part of a Positive Psychology Coaching Dialogue. In: 9th European Conference on Positive Psychology, 27 - 30 June 2018, Budapest Hungary.

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The application of approaches to coaching that embrace the ethos of positive psychology are flourishing, with solution-focus (Cavanagh & Grant, 2014) and appreciative inquiry approaches (Orem, Binkert & Clancy, 2011) offering the means by which coaches can support positive change through adopting a focus on strengths, competences and achievements and moving away from deficit discourse. Whilst these approaches can be transformational, their success depends upon the coaches’ ability to adopt flexibility within their chosen models. In particular, the way of being a positive psychology coach involves appreciating with honesty, empathy and care the frame of reference of the coachee even when they harbour difficult experiences and the language of problems rather than those of hope and possibility.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Keywords: Positive Psychology, Coaching
Depositing User: RED Unit Admin
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2019 12:47
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2019 12:08
URI: https://bnu.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17688

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