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Division of Coaching Psychology

The Division of Coaching Psychology supports coaching psychologists, coaches, individual clients and organisations who are interested in learning more about coaching psychology and coaching services by providing them with a means of sharing research as well as practical experiences that relate to the psychology of coaching.

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The DoCP's definition of coaching psychology is 'the scientific study and application of behaviour, cognition and emotion to deepen our understanding of individuals’ and groups’ performance, achievement and wellbeing, and to enhance practice within coaching'.

    About the Division of Coaching Psychology

    Standards in Coaching Psychology

    The Standards for Coaching Psychology have been established by the society to set out the standards of knowledge, conduct and practice required by those wishing to gain Chartered status in Coaching Psychology and recognition as a Chartered Coaching Psychologist. 

    The key aim of these standards is to ensure Chartered Psychologists in coaching psychology will:

    • be effective, reflective, ethically sound, resourceful and informed practitioners able to work in a variety of contexts with a variety of individual, group and organisational clients
    • be able to make informed, autonomous judgements on complex issues, often in unpredictable environments and in the absence of complete data
    • embody the creative, interpretive, personal and innovative aspects of coaching psychology, including detailed understanding of applicable perspectives and techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry
    • demonstrate and commit to ongoing personal and professional development and inquiry, contributing substantially to the development of new techniques, ideas or approaches
    • understand, develop and apply models of psychological inquiry for the creation and interpretation of new knowledge and professional practice of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline and merit publication
    • appreciate the significance of the wider social, cultural and political domains in which coaching psychologists operate
    • adopt a questioning and evaluative approach to the philosophy, practice, research and theory that constitutes coaching psychology

    The standards are at doctoral level (level 8) which conforms to the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) D-level descriptors and describes the level of achievement which can be expected for doctoral level training. In order to ensure that successful applicants meet the level required, the doctoral level descriptors are embedded in the competencies which underpin the standards.

    These standards cover all of the competencies required for recognition as a Chartered Coaching Psychologist. They therefore incorporate the knowledge and skills required at Masters Level, as well as the additional knowledge and skills required at Doctoral level. The D level standards are embedded in the competencies where relevant.

    It is important to be aware that demonstration of alignment with these standards through the society’s professional recognition route will not result in the award of a doctorate. However, it will  demonstrate that you are operating at this level of competence.

    This will be demonstrated by your ability to conceptualise, design and carry out work that contributes significant new knowledge and/or understanding in coaching psychology and your ability to make informed judgements on complex issues in specialist fields and take an innovative approach to tackling and solving problems.

    The DoCP Committee

    The DoCP is formed of a main committee and supported by members who sit on Sub-Committees and working party groups. 

    The committee is made up of volunteers who are committed to the development of the profession, and to providing our members with numerous valuable benefits, including:

    • CPD events
    • Annual conference
    • Reduced rates at other events
    • Ethics advice
    • Two free publications
    • Peer Practice Groups


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