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Here you can find a collection of articles and resources about coaching for social change. We aim to update this as much as we can, and if you know of anything we could include here please let us know! Use the links below to navigate to the different sections of this Learning Hub. 

Articles: Coaching for social change

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Articles: Coaching for social change

Coaching for social impact: creating a coaching community for change, inclusion and social justice
Val Watson
Coaching Today, April 2021

BACP Coaching executive member Val Watson introduces
our new series dedicated to coaching for social change, and extends an invitation to join our special
interest group.

This article first appeared in the April 2021 issue of Coaching Today, published by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. BACP 2022©

Professional Apprenticeships – powering up coaching for social change
Katherine Bassey
Coaching Today, July 2021

Katherine Bassey wonders if the new coaching professional apprenticeship, coupled with further funding options, could offer pathways to coaching for social change?

Growing together: supporting each other to grow and flourish
June Webb
Coaching Today, January 2022

Coach, former social worker and founder of the Norfolk Clubhouse June Webb explains how and why she was inspired to set up a community-run mental health support group

This article first appeared in the January 2022 issue of Coaching Today, published by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy BACP 2022

Changing the world one person at a time
Val Watson
Coaching Today, April 2022

To coincide with our Working with Coaching Day in March, focusing on coaching and social impact, Val Watson offers a personal reflection on how she incorporates elements of coaching for social change into her life and practice

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Coaching in practice: grass roots initiative: seeds of change
Carolyn Mumby
Coaching Today, January 2021

Carolyn Mumby talks to three young people, Una Richards, Laura Agnew and Finn Carrick Davies, who have created a grassroots project – SEED (Support, Empower, Equip, Develop) – emerging from their own struggle to remain confident and engaged while looking for work. Their aim is to support, empower, equip and develop other young people as they travel the same road

This article first appeared in the January 2021 issue of Coaching Today, published by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. BACP 2022©

Port in the Storm: coaching unpaid carers
Catherine Macaam
Coaching Today, October 2018

Catherine Macadam describes how coaching can meet the specific challenges of a growing client group by providing support, structure and hope for those caught in the ‘emotional whirlpool’ of caring.

The ABCD of working with diversity: a new model
Katharine Collins
Coaching Today, April 2018

Encountering clients who we perceive as ‘different’ from us can often bring up a range of difficult feelings. Coach, counsellor and founder of LGBTQ+ coaching service, Out and About, Katharine Collins, shares her own developed model for working with diversity.

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Coaching for Gender Diversity -A Thematic Analysis of Approaches, Frameworks, and their Efficacy
Reserach Gate, January 2023

This study examined executive coaching as an intervention to drive gender diversity in leadership in the workplace.

The article linked here is the pre-publication version which is free to read. You can find the final published version here

Becoming a ‘Social Work Coach’: How Practising Coaching Creates Beneficial Agility in Social Work Identity
The British Journal of Social Work, 24 August 2023

This article explores how social workers experienced the intersection of social work and coaching roles, and the impact that incorporating dual roles within a child protection context has on social work identity. 

Conceptualising Allyship for Coaching to Promote Social Change
International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring 2022, S16, pp.40-54. DOI: 10.24384/AJWW-CE78

This conceptual study contributes to the increasing interest in coaching for social change. Despite growing interest amongst aligned helping professions, rarely mentioned in coaching is allyship. Though well placed to disrupt social and epistemic injustice, coaching's seemingly politically neutral stance might cause more harm than intended.

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