Opportunities abound for graduate students interested in learning more about executive coaching. Here are a few resources to get you started:
Distance learning. APA Div. 13 (Society of Consulting Psychology) offers over-the-phone seminars on a variety of topics, including how to get your coaching business started and how to use cognitive-behavioral theory in executive coaching. Visit APA Division 13 for more information.
Training guidelines. Divs. 13 and 14 (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology) recently developed guidelines for training in their respective disciplines. They can serve as a resource for students who want to know what skills psychologists use when they work as executive coaches, says Div. 13 Past-president Debra Robinson, PhD. Div. 13's guidelines are at www.div13.org and Div. 14's are at http://www.siop.org/PhDGuidelines98.aspx.
Coaching federations. Many coaches come from business, not psychology backgrounds. Organizations such as the International Coaching Federation (www.coachfederation.org) offer training and certification for coaches of all stripes.
Further reading. A new book by Richard Kilburg, PhD, "Executive Wisdom: Coaching and the Emergence of Virtuous Leaders" (APA, 2006), explores how executive coaches can tap into their clients' different learning styles and help them become wiser leaders. Visit APA Books/4316075 for more information. Kilburg also authored "Executive Coaching: Developing Managerial Wisdom in a World of Chaos" (APA, 2000).