The person-centred approach is one of the most recognised and respected theoretical positions amongst coaches because coaching shares a number of fundamental principles with this approach, such as the centrality of clients’ experiences and the commitment to the idea that the client already is in possession
of their own resources for growth. However, deviations from orthodox personcentred practices commonly occur even when it is being claimed as the primary theoretical approach. In this paper we offer a potential explanation for how such discrepancies between the rationale for practice and the practice itself occur from
the perspective of adult development theories. Distinguishing person-centred ‘philosophical attitude,’ with its wide general appeal, from the unique and integrated approach to practice developed from the work of Carl Rogers, we suggest that the latter can further benefit and be enhanced by insights provided by adult development theories.
Oxford Brookes Business School\Oxford Brookes Business School\Department of Business and Management
Year of publication: 2018Date of RADAR deposit: 2018-05-09