Coaching Psychology

About Us

The Australian Psychological Society created the Interest Group Coaching Psychology (IGCP) at its Annual Meeting in August 2002. The first National Committee met in January 2003 and has since sponsored state forums, panels and launches of the IGCP in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. There are over 630 members, with state and territory groups in Victoria, NSW, South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia and ACT.

The Interest Group in Coaching Psychology facilitates the theoretical, applied and professional development of Coaching Psychology as an emerging theoretical and applied sub-discipline of Psychology. Coaching Psychology, as an applied positive psychology, draws on and develops established psychological approaches, and can be understood as being the systematic application of behavioural science to the enhancement of life experience, work performance and wellbeing for individuals, groups and organisations who do not have clinically significant mental heath issues or abnormal levels of distress.

As a benchmark professional forum the Interest Group is theoretically inclusive, independent of external organisational influences, promotes rigorous critical thought and the development of applied coaching skills, and adheres to the highest levels of professional integrity and practice as reflected in Asthe APS Code of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines.

Terms of Reference

  1. To enhance the professional identity of Coaching Psychology within the Australian Psychological Society and to establish and maintain a linking mechanism for researchers and practitioners throughout Australia.
  2. To provide a forum for discussion and peer contact, and for information sharing between Interest Group and other APS members.
  3. To facilitate discussion around the definition and nature of coaching psychology.
  4. To promote development of appropriate ethical standards and guidelines for the practice of coaching psychology.
  5. To foster publications and research into Coaching Psychology.
  6. To organise and promote continuing education for APS members.
  7. To promote best practice professional development within the psychology profession for Coaching Psychology.
  8. To provide expert advice to the Australian Psychological Society Limited on issues relating to the nature and practice of Coaching Psychology.

Mission of the Coaching Psychology Interest Group

The Interest Group mission is to provide a forum for professional dialogue between APS members who are practicing as coaches in various settings. This dialogue includes members of APS Colleges such as the Organisational, Counselling, Clinical, Developmental, Health and Sports Colleges.

As set out in the terms of reference (see below) the Interest Group also seeks to promote research, professional development and publish papers in the area of coaching psychology, and to engage with the coaching industry generally in Australia. However, the first priority of IGCP is to enhance the professional theory and practice of APS psychology-coaches.

History of the Coaching Psychology Interest Group

For a detailed history of the Interest Group please download the following article by John Alder and Ray Elliott: