An academy has been launched to promote the research and practice of coaching psychology. 

The National Academy of Coaching Psychology (NACP) will undertake research and provide practice supervision for coaching psychologists in training and those engaging in CPD.

With affiliated centres, the NACP will also run CPD programmes and conferences. A knowledge-based website and free membership, offering a range of resources for psychologists, has also been set up for those interested or working in coaching psychology. Member benefits will include a 20% discount on digital subscription to Coaching at Work magazine and a reduced delegate rate at its events.

Directors of the NACP include award-winning psychologists Professor Stephen Palmer and Dr Siobhain O’Riordan, both chartered coaching psychologists (British Psychological Society – BPS – Division of Coaching Psychology) and accredited coaching psychologists and supervisors (International Society for Coaching Psychology – ISCP). Honorary research fellows who are international experts or specialists in coaching psychology or an allied field have been appointed to the NACP Research and Practice Advisory Board. These include Professor Suzy Green, Dr Alanna Henderson and Professor Mary Watts.

Dr Siobhain O’Riordan said, “The NACP has been launched to offer members of the coaching psychology community access to training, supervision and resources to support their ongoing professional development as coaching psychologists.”

Prof Stephen Palmer said, “Over the past two decades coaching psychology has developed into a recognised branch of psychology, with handbooks and journals dedicated to this field, and around the world, professional national and international psychology interest groups are now established.

“It’s been an exciting period as the ISCP has an accreditation system and this year, the BPS launched chartership pathways for coaching psychologists. The NACP will provide support for those working in this branch of psychology,” he said.