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PSYO8963 – Coaching and Positive Psychology

2021 – Session 1, Intensive attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Lecturer
Monique Crane
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4 First Walk, Level 5, Room 509
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Lecturer
Samantha Falon
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4 First Walk, Level 4, Room 403
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Lecturer
Gavin Hazel
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4 First Walk, Level 4, Room 424
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Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MClinPsych or MOrgPsych or MProfPsych
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
Coaching is a relatively new and rapidly expanding approach to achieving rapid and lasting change. It has been enthusiastically embraced by practitioners, organisations and individuals and is used by coaching, organisational, clinical, health and counselling psychologists. This unit introduces students to the key theories and research underpinning coaching and positive psychology. It differentiates coaching from counselling, therapy and mentoring. Topics covered include the basics of motivational interviewing, the developmental pipeline, coaching micro-skills, ethical issues as they relate to coaching, the use of positive psychology in coaching, and coaching throughout the career span. Students interested in vocational counselling, leadership coaching, or employee coaching would find this unit useful.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Demonstrate the ability to identify at which stage of the developmental pipeline a coaching client is restricted.
  • ULO2: Demonstrate the ability to develop a coaching plan for a coachee.
  • ULO3: Explain the role of coaching across the employee lifecycle.
  • ULO4: Use critical analysis skills to determine the relevance of particular coaching approaches to different clients.
  • ULO5: Demonstrate the interpersonal and communication skills necessary for coaching.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Mini Coaching Session 50% No 23/04/2021
Coaching across the career span 50% No 11/06/2021

Mini Coaching Session

Assessment Type 1: Practice-based task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 44 hours
Due: 23/04/2021
Weighting: 50%

Audio recording of an initial real-life coaching session with clients – 15 minutes


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify at which stage of the developmental pipeline a coaching client is restricted.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop a coaching plan for a coachee.
  • Demonstrate the interpersonal and communication skills necessary for coaching.

Coaching across the career span

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 44 hours
Due: 11/06/2021
Weighting: 50%

Analysis of four vignettes including the details of clients at different career stages – 1500 words


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify at which stage of the developmental pipeline a coaching client is restricted.
  • Explain the role of coaching across the employee lifecycle.
  • Use critical analysis skills to determine the relevance of particular coaching approaches to different clients.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

This unit will involve: online lectures, online activities, weekly reading and face-to-face workshops

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