Australia’s coaching guidelines spark fears of ‘barbarians at the gate’

The publishing of draft guidelines for coaching in Australia created angst, controversy and a fear of being hijacked in some quarters, but the move presents an opportunity for coaching psychologists to lead the way, said Peter Zarris. “[The move] has created enormous controversy and raised fears and incredible sensitivity. The organisational psychologists are ready to charge at us [coaching psychologists] with arms, the Australian Psychological Society [APS] colleges of organisation and counselling see this as their domain as well,” said Zarris, convenor for the APS’s Interest Group in Coaching Psychology (2007-10). “Others are saying their skills are being diluted while […]

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