Regulating the regulators: Paving the way for international, evidence-based coaching standards

Griffiths, Kerryn E. & Campbell, Marilyn A. (2008) Regulating the regulators: Paving the way for international, evidence-based coaching standards. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, 6(1), pp. 19-31.

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Attempts to standardise coaching and develop frameworks of accreditation for professional coaches currently appear to be growing as rapidly as the coaching industry itself. Coach training organizations, professional associations and universities are vying to regulate the industry through the development of competencies and standards. However, most existing frameworks of coach regulation are not evidence-based or empirically validated. The International Coach Federation (ICF) is the current leader in the promotion and regulation of professional coaching standards and the largest coach accreditation body in the world. Using the findings from a qualitative grounded theory study of ICF certified coaches and their clients, this paper empirically examines and discusses the ICF coaching core competencies. The paper presents evidence to strengthen the credibility of the ICF core competencies as well as inform their future refinement and, by encouraging further research into existing coach regulation, it paves the way for future shared standards of coaching.

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ID Code: 13388
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: Personal coaching, International Coach Federation, coaching core competencies, coaching standards, coaching regulation
ISSN: 1741-8305
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 30 Apr 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 05:02

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