Foundations of Professional Coaching With HKPropel Access

Foundations of Professional Coaching With HKPropel Access

ISBN 9781718200838

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Foundations of Professional Coaching With HKPropel Access is the essential guide to developing coaching skills and creating influential coaching relationships. Offering foundational concepts and underlying principles of coaching, this text will help all types of coaches cultivate a growth environment that encourages lasting change and maximizes each client’s potential in their personal and professional lives.

Grounded in the International Coaching Federation's eight core competencies, the text covers the theoretical basis of professional coaching models and the application of those models in modern coaching. Readers will enrich their coaching skills as they learn to embody the coaching mindset:

  • Understanding the journey of behavior change with key models on the change process
  • Employing inclusive frameworks for working with clients to set and pursue goals and overcome challenges
  • Adhering to ethical protocols, such as how to appropriately respond to clients' identity, environment, values, and beliefs
  • Cultivating trust and safety in the coaching relationship with respect to power and relationship dynamics
  • Establishing presence as a coach and developing a coach’s voice
  • Communicating effectively, with active listening and appropriate areas of inquiry

Throughout the text, personal stories offer insights into meaningful coaching engagements, providing context for the concepts and their application to a wide variety of coaching interests, including those related to health and lifestyle wellness, professional and career concerns, and leadership development. Additionally, downloadable resources, delivered through HKPropel, include practical tools—such as forms and checklists—for a successful coaching practice.

Foundations of Professional Coaching provides a pathway to excellence in coaching practice, with practical guidance on how to partner with clients in overcoming obstacles and developing goal-directed strategies leading to sustainable change.

Note: A code for accessing HKPropel is included with all new print books.


Personal trainers, fitness instructors, health and wellness coaches, sport coaches, and all other current and aspiring coaches looking to develop their coaching skills and create influential coaching relationships with their clients and athletes. Also for coaching organizations that need foundational resources in coaching concepts for their coaching programs/certificates.

Part I: The Field of Coaching
Chapter 1. Evolution of a Coaching Profession
Chapter 2. The Roots of Coaching
Chapter 3. Goals, Growth, and Transformation

Part II: Guiding Models
Chapter 4. Understanding Change
Chapter 5. Coaching Models

Part III: The Coach’s Skill Set
Chapter 6. The Ethical Coach
Chapter 7. Partnering in Agreements
Chapter 8. Cultivating Trust and Safety
Chapter 9. Coaching Presence
Chapter 10. Listening Actively
Chapter 11. The Art of Inquiry
Chapter 12. The Coach’s Voice
Chapter 13. Stimulating New Perspectives
Chapter 14. Coaching Action and Learning
Chapter 15. Coaching as a Way of Being

Appendix A. Transtheoretical Model Decisional Balance: Pros and Cons of Behavior Change
Appendix B. Sample Coaching Agreement
Appendix C. The First Session
Appendix D: ICF Code of Ethics

James Gavin, PhD, MCC, has designed coach training programs for health, wellness, and fitness professionals since 1998. He is a full professor in the department of applied human sciences and the director of the Centre for Human Relations and Community Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. He is a licensed psychologist in the Province of Quebec.

Over the past 18 years, Gavin has become keenly involved in studies and professional pursuits related to the new field of professional coaching. He has been recognized as a Master Certified Coach (MCC) by the International Coaching Federation and an Integral Master Coach (IMC) by Integral Coaching Canada. He codirects and instructs his Concordia-based coach certification program.

Gavin has coached and consulted with a wide range of organizations in North America. He is deeply committed to understanding the somatic aspects of human development, and he is a strong advocate of somatic awareness and practice in coach training. He has developed a unique model for matching personality with sport and fitness choices; this model has been widely adopted as a unique process for promoting psychological growth. Gavin is engaged in research on coaching issues and enjoys rich coaching experiences with individual and organizational clients. His long-term interests in the practices of aikido, iaido, meditation, and yoga inform his life’s work.