International Journal of Coaching Psychology, Volume 1, Article 2
Coaching during the COVID-19 pandemic: Application of the CLARITY solution-focused cognitive behavioural coaching model
Helen Williams and Stephen Palmer
Citation: Williams, H., & Palmer, S. (2020). Coaching during the COVID-19 pandemic: Application of the CLARITY solution focused cognitive behavioural coaching model. International Journal of Coaching Psychology, 1, 2, 1-11. https://ijcp.nationalwellbeingservice.com/volumes/volume-1-2020/volume-1-article-2/
Processing Dates: Received 14 July 2020; Re-submitted 22 July, 2020; Accepted 24 July, 2020; Published online: 20 August, 2020
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Since the development of the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, significant concerns have been raised regarding mental health and wellbeing internationally and the United Nations (UN) have stated the need to take action to avert a mental health crisis. This article briefly considers evidence on the effectiveness of coaching psychology as an intervention for enhancing mental health and wellbeing, and on the effectiveness of the solution focused cognitive behavioural (SFCB) coaching approach in particular, before going on to consider potential adaptations to the CLARITY solution focused cognitive behavioural coaching model for use within this unprecedented context.
Keywords: COVID-19, coronavirus pandemic, coaching, coaching psychology, solution focused cognitive behavioural coaching, CLARITY coaching model, cognitive imaginal techniques, imagery, identity
Helen Williams CPsychol MSc is a qualified coaching psychologist specialising in solution focused cognitive behavioural coaching, working at Sten 10 Ltd and as an associate consultant with the Centre for Coaching. Helen is registered with the Health Professions Council, chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of the International Society for Coaching Psychology and BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology. Recent publications include CLARITY: A case study application of a cognitive behavioural coaching model (Williams & Palmer, 2018); ‘Stress, resilience, health and wellbeing coaching’ (Williams, Palmer & Gyllensten, 2019) in Handbook of Coaching Psychology: A Guide for Practitioners, 2nd edition; ‘Cognitive behavioural coaching’ (Williams, Edgerton & Palmer, 2018) in The Complete Handbook of Coaching; and Solution Focused Coaching in Practice (O’Connell, Palmer & Williams, 2013).
Prof Stephen Palmer PhD is Professor of Practice at the Wales Academy for Professional Practice and Applied Research, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and Adjunct Professor of Coaching Psychology at Aalborg University, Denmark. Stephen is Coordinating Director of the ISCP International Centre for Coaching Psychology Research, and Founder Director of the Centre for Stress Management, London. He is the Honorary President and Fellow of both the International Stress Management Association and the International Society for Coaching Psychology. He has written or edited over 50 books and has published over 225 articles.