PSYC E-1770 Science of Coaching Psychology
Coaching psychology, a new and rapidly evolving field, is the art, science, and practice of relationships designed to facilitate change, growth, and self-actualization in all domains of life, health, and work. It is informed by a diverse collection of evidence-based theories and domains, many of which have emerged in the past decade, and are explored in a growing number of coaching textbooks. Core coaching skills are valuable life and professional skills for all students, and can be readily applied to professional and personal lives. This course explores the scientific foundation of core coaching skills and processes that enable effective coaching practice: coaching competencies as defined by the International Coach Federation and the (US) National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches in partnership with the National Board of Medical Examiners. Course homework includes five hours of recorded lectures by the instructor and the Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate. The four-day residential session is designed as a personal transformational experience, a complement to other coach training and education programs, and it applies scientific theories and frameworks in coaching demonstrations and experiential practices. The course integrates basic training in the Immunity to Change coaching program developed by Harvard Graduate School of Education professors Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey. This part of the course is taught by Deborah Helsing, Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education.