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Coaching Today

Coaching Today is the BACP’s Journal for all things coaching related.

Coaching Today is the quarterly professional journal for counsellors and psychotherapists involved in the field of coaching. It is published by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.

It provides a platform for education, debate and sharing of best practice for those working in the diverse field of coaching. Readers range from private practitioners, line managers, peers, mentors, trainer and educators. Coaching Today is making a key contribution to this rapidly expanding and varied profession.

Some readers are counselling and psychotherapy professionals who are retraining and practising as coaches, either in addition or as an alternative to their current therapy practices. Others are coaches from a diverse range of backgrounds including management and human resources.

Coaching Today is distributed to members of BACP Coaching in January, April, July and October. Membership of BACP Coaching is £20 per year for individuals and £50 for organisations. It is subject to being a member (individual or organisational) of BACP.

Non members can subscribe at a cost of £25 per year for four issues. Please contact customer services.

Feel free to read the sample article from the issues below.

You can email the Coaching Today editor, Diane Parker, at (please include your name, address, daytime telephone number and email address, if available).

Contributor guidelines:

We welcome articles offering new perspectives on current thinking; debate on practical or professional issues; theory discussions; shared experience and best practice.

Articles selected for publication are likely to be:

  • Original, insightful and authoritative
  • Of genuine interest to the majority of practitioners, or a sizeable group
  • Well-written, using clear, non-technical language
  • Backed up by any available research

We are looking for pieces that inform, challenge and inspire the reader.

Article construct – some advice

Before you start, have a clear idea of the concepts and information you want to convey and why they matter. Consider the readership in order to inform your article and make it relevant.

If you are writing about research, please do not write an academic essay – convert your introduction, method, results and conclusions into a narrative format and pay particular attention to the opening paragraphs of your article, to engage the reader. If you are wondering how to bring your article to life, you may wish to include brief case studies, graphs or charts to illustrate it. Please ensure you have obtained any relevant copyright or other permission (see submission requirements, below).

Submission requirements

• Word count – articles should not exceed 2,500 words without references, or 2,750 with references, unless otherwise specified by the editor.

• Case studies – they make interesting and valuable reading. Authors submitting a case study within their article are required to state in writing that either the case study is fictitious; or a composite (such that a client could not recognise him/herself if they read the article); or, if an actual case study, that the client has given informed consent, and that their identity has been anonymised. Ideally, the client’s consent should be provided in writing.

If your article includes material about individuals (clients, colleagues or participants) in any research or study, please supply written confirmation that you have permission from all concerned to publish the material and that all identifying details have been anonymised. Any information obtained privately, eg in conversation, correspondence or discussion with third parties, must be permissioned by the individuals concerned, and referenced.

• Copyright – the author is responsible for obtaining permission to use written or visual material from a third party and must provide evidence that this has been obtained. This includes, for example, any pictures, tables, diagrams or extracts. Copyright for the article is retained by BACP unless otherwise agreed with the editor.

• References – should be provided in Vancouver style. This means that references are numbered in the text in the order in which they appear. Numbers appear in the text in superscript. They are then collected together in numerical order at the end of the article. References in the end list should be formatted  as follows:

Book: Clutterbuck D, Megginson D. Making coaching work: creating a coaching culture. London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; 2005.
Chapter in book: Lambert MJ. Implications of outcome research for psychotherapy integrations. In: Norcross JC, Goldstein MR (eds). Handbook of psychotherapy integration. New York: Basic Books; 1992 (ppxx–yy).
Journal: Gavin B. A sense of Irishness. Psychodynamic Practice 2001; 7(1): 83–102.

• Author statement – the author should confirm that the manuscript has not been submitted elsewhere, or been accepted by any other publication, and should send a declaration that the article is their own work.

• Please include no more than 50 words of biographical information including current work, relevant qualifications, research interests etc, and confirm if you would like your email address published.

How to submit an article

Please contact the editor, Diane Parker, at: [email protected].
Please include with your submission your name, address, daytime telephone number and email address, if available.

July 2017 

Mapping the territory: navigating the journey into coaching: Carolyn Mumby
A compass point in the wilderness: coaching with personality type: Jenny Rogers
The heroine’s journey: working with women through integrated practice: Diane Parker

Regulars, including
Message from the Chair
Meet the team: BACP Coaching’s Executive Specialist for Training, Carolyn Mumby
On the bookshelf: What you’re reading
Opinion: On the aesthetics of coaching: the importance of environment: John Rowan

April 2017

Navigating client diversity - why coaching needs formulation: Sarah Corrie and Louise Kovacs
Transformational change: applying coaching concepts to work with intimate partner violence: Dr Mark Farrall
The upward spiral: resilience: training for medics: James Butcher and Nic Malcolmson
A tall order? The relational approach to coaching executives: Bill Critchley and Charlotte Sills

Regulars, including
On the bookshelf: What you're reading
Message from the Chair

January 2017

Coaching for health - why the time is now: Jenny Rogers
Spirituality in the boardroom: the highest intelligence? Louise Leadbetter, Liz Oliver and Paul Wielgus
The sports coach meets the executive coach II: what can we learn from sports coaching? Erik de Haan and Pat McCarry
Scribo ergo cogito: writing as thinking: Liz Cox

Regulars, including
On the bookshelf: What you’re reading
Opinion: Neuro-linguistic programming:the power of beliefs: Ian Henderson and Martin Eldon

October 2016

The sports coach meets the executive coach: what can we learn from sports coaching? Erik de Haan and Pat McCarry
Creating our reality: appreciative coaching: Nick Wright
Overload and collapse: Dr Chris Johnstone

Regulars, including
Around the table:‘How do your clients find you?’ Compiled by Eve Menezes Cunningham
Why I became a coach: Tasha Colbert
On the bookshelf: What you’re reading
Meet the team: Sally Brown, Executive Specialist for Communication

July 2016

Personal consultancy: a grand design: Carolyn Mumby
The spirit of coaching: Jackee Holder
Between two worlds: coaching employees on international assignment: Phil Renshaw, Michael Dickmann and Deryn Holland

Regulars, including
New Series: Around the table: ‘What should I call myself? And how much should I charge?’ Compiled by Eve Menezes Cunningham
Why I became a coach: Michèle Down
On the bookshelf: What you’re reading
Meet the team: Steve Page, Executive Specialist for Supervision
Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions: Dr Susan Dale
Network round-up

April 2016


Facilitators of integration finding a place of zero: Margaret Chapman-Clarke
The bridge between two selves: Simon Western
Identity crisis? Working with identity in coaching:Nick Bolton
Learning to stay in relationship with our clients through our own ups and downs: Ann Knights

Regulars, including

Opinion: Coaching has a vital role to play in eating disorder recovery: Gill Fennings-Monkman
On the bookshelf: What you’re reading
New Series: Meet the team: Becky Wright – Executive Specialist for the Promotion of Therapists who Coach (TWC)
Network round-up


January 2016


  • Working with the leadership shadow:Erik de HaanParadigm therapy: a new approach inthe treatment of post-traumatic stress: Julie T Davies
  • An effecticient intervention: working with children and young people: Eleanor Patrick
  • Foibles and all: Ann Knights
  • Mentoring children and young people:a solution-focused approach: Denise Yusuf and Evan George

Regulars, including

  • Opinion: Vive la résistance!: debunking the myth of ‘resistance to change’: Alex Swarbrick
  • On the bookshelf: What you’re reading
  • Network round-up

October 2015


  • 'The coach will see you now...' developing doctors as coaches in an acute hospital setting: Dr Debra King and Nicola Forshaw
  • Beyond performance management: preparing the coachee for better breakthroughs: Jason Rawlings
  • Who are we and what do we do? A survey of BACP members who coach: Veronica Lysaght
  • Impact and presence: the Feldenkrais Method as an aid to coaching practice: Garet Newell and Paul Ogden
  • We can work it out: helping young women into work: Dr Carole Easton

Regulars including:

  • Opinion: online training for coaching in education: an alternative to face to face? Dr Andrea Giraldez
  • Why I became a coach: self-care vs client care: learning the hard way: Hilary Martin
  • Network round-up

July 2015


  • The stories we tell: a narrative approach to coaching: Sue MacMillan
  • Shining a light: opening up to the unknown in supervision: Steve page
  • A reflection on integration: Nash Popovic
  • Developing people who develop people: coaching, mentor coaching and supervision: Peter Wrycza
  • Me, myself and I: how to use self to maximum effect in coaching: Julie J Allan

Regulars, including:

  • New series: Opinion: diagnostic tools in executive coaching - more harm than good? Erik de Haan and Carine Metselaar
  • New series: Why I became a coach: green shoots through concrete: Diane Parker
  • Network round-up


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  • There’s no ‘I’ in team: the dynamics of team coaching: Nick Wright
  • Brief Coaching with Children and Young People: Denise Yusuf
  • Diving deep, reaching high: how to develop yourself as a supervisor: Sarah Corrie and Jo Birch
  • All work and no play? Dr Sandi Mann
  • Promoting your coaching practice: Ruth Clowes
  • Wild adventures: a personal reflection on uncertainty and change: Francis Briers

Regulars, including:

  • Message from the Chair
  • Network round-up

January 2015


  • In transition: the benefits of maternity coaching: Kathy Cotter
  • A place of safety. Geting the most out of supervision: Jo Birch & Sarah Corrie
  • Working the web: a coach’s guide to social media and online marketing: Emer O’Leary
  • The first step: empowering people with disabilities: Rachel Waddington
  • Ask Kathleen: Kathleen Daymond explains BACP’s Ask Kathleen guidance and information service

Regulars, including:

  • Coach journeys: coach, author and broadcaster Nick Williams in conversation with Eve Menezes Cunningham
  • Network round-up

October 2014


  • Changing the game of change-making: Louie Gardiner
  • Thinking global: making a difference with our difference: Jackee Holder
  • Coach and horses: Lisa Brice
  • Fit for purpose- getting the best supervision for your practice Sarah Corrie and Jo Birch
  • Become a BACP adjudicator: John O’ Dowd
  • New framework for supervisor training: Helen Coles

Regulars, including:

  • A day in the life: management consultant and NLP trainer Marilyn Devonish
  • Coach journeys: author of Compassionate Coaching and Practical Magic, Arielle Essex, in conversation with Eve Menezes Cunningham

July 2014


  • The body knows: the pathway to implicit knowledge Tsafi Lederman & Jenny Stacey
  • Thinking global: at home in the world: from change to deep transformation Peter Wrycza
  • Supervisors speak: what do we do, how do we do it - and why? Amanda Larcombe & Michelle Lucas
  • Are you on the Register? Dr Hadyn Williams explains the process for joining the BACP Register

Regulars, including:

  • A day in the life: personal consultant, author and university lecturer, Nash Popovic
  • New series - Coach journeys: Coaching Academy founder, Jonathan Jay, in conversation with Eve Menezes Cunningham

April 2014


  • Uniquely you: selling ourselves in a crowded workplace by Jo Birch and Sarah Corrie
  • From the beginning: tracing our history
  • Not just personal: the meaning of moods
  • A day in the life: helping clients to thrive
  • Rewind: audio playback in supervision

January 2014


  • A mature approach: Meeting the needs of the over 50s through integrated practice by Keren Smedley
  • Thinking global: Culture as a positive resource in coaching by George MacDonald
  • STOPGO: a new paradigm of therapeutic coaching by Frances Masters
  • The write stuff: Creative writing for coaches by Jackee Holder

October 2013


  • Closing the spaces between us: Towards integrative practice by Dr Christian van Nieuwerburgh and Dr Aneta Tunariu
  • Thinking global: Transformation and change by Jo Birch
  • Coaching for compassionate leadership in medicine by Lis Paice

July 2013


  • The bigger picture: Spirituality in coaching by Nick Wright
  • Practical yet profound: a third way for existential coaching by Nick Bolton
  • Thinking Global: Coaching and international development by Jennifer McCanna

April 2013


  • Deepening awareness: a Gestalt approach to coaching by Christine Partridge and Juliann Spoth
  • Empathy at work by Dr Anne Brockbank
  • Adaptive capacity: looking at human systems dynamics by Louie Gardiner

Regulars including:

  • On the coach: John Whittington in conversation with Linda Aspey
  • A day in the life: Equine guided coach Laira Gold
  • In focus: spotlight on online technologies by Special Advisor to the Executive on Online Coaching, Kate Anthony

January 2013


  • The reflections of a surprised supervisor by Michelle Lucas
  • Lying on the 'couch': where coaching and counselling meet by Sue Houghton
  • Thinking global: Crossing cultures: using our bodies as a doorway to wisdom by Karen White

Regulars including:

  • On the coach: Gladeana McMahon in conversation with Linda Aspey
  • A day in the life: Embodiment specialist coach and trainer Mark Walsh
  • In focus: Stepping into the future: Chair of BACP Coaching, Jo Birch

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