The SGCP was formed as a result of lobbying by the Coaching Psychology Forum (CPF). CPF originally started as an internet based forum.
It was founded in 2002 in response to concerns about untrained or poorly trained coaches, and the related need to promote improved standards of practice for the benefit of the profession of coaching, coaches, their clients and the public at large. In February 2003 CPF formed a working group and petitioned for the British Psychological Society to set up a group that supported psychologists who were involved in coaching practice, to enable them to focus on deepening understanding and awareness of coaching psychology as an area of psychological practice.
After almost 2 years, on 15 December 2004, the Executive Committee of the SGCP was established at the inaugural Annual General Meeting of the Special Group in Coaching Psychology. Since the development of the SGCP, coaching psychology is developing a strong professional identity, with currently eight coaching psychology professional bodies in existence around Europe and Internationally.
A more indepth history of the SGCP is given in an article published in the first hard copy of The Coaching Psychologist in July 2005 (page 5).
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