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Pluralistic coaching? An exploration of the potential for a pluralistic approach to coaching

Pendle, Andrew (2015) Pluralistic coaching? An exploration of the potential for a pluralistic approach to coaching. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring. pp. 1-13.

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Abstract

The pluralistic approach to counselling and psychotherapy (Cooper & McLeod, 2011) has created
controversy in the therapy world but has yet to be explored as a coaching approach. This paper
examines coaches' attitudes towards its potential for coaching. Practicing coaches were given a stepped
introduction to the approach. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with five participants.
Transcripts of the interviews were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (Smith,
Flowers & Larkin, 2009). Findings suggested that there is a case to be made for the introduction of
pluralistic coaching but that a number of modifications should be considered in how the approach is
presented.
Keywords: Coaching, Psychotherapy, Schoolism, Pluralism, Collaboration

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue 9
Status: Published
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
School/Department: York Business School
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/1141

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