An exploration of an integrated counselling and coaching approach with distressed young people

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Flynn, Alan T., Sharp, Nicola L., Walsh, J. and Popovic, Nash 2017. An exploration of an integrated counselling and coaching approach with distressed young people. Counselling Psychology Quarterly. 31 (3), pp. 375 -396. https://doi.org/10.1080/09515070.2017.1319800
AuthorsFlynn, Alan T., Sharp, Nicola L., Walsh, J. and Popovic, Nash
Abstract

This mixed methods study explored the effectiveness and experience of an integrated counselling and coaching approach with young people. An effectiveness study allocated 80 young people aged between 13 and 25 years from four Youth Information Advice and Counselling Services centres in England to two groups: an integrated counselling and coaching group, based on the Personal Consultancy (PC) model, and a humanistic counselling group. Self-report measures of distress were administered at baseline and endpoint. Findings of the quantitative analysis showed that although baseline distress levels between groups were equivalent, post-intervention levels were significantly lower in the integrated group. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of qualitative experiences from five young people from the integrated group explored possible reasons for these results. Five master themes emerged: making sense of past, present and/or future, developing a sense of agency, management of affect, enhancing interpersonal relationships and development of self. Findings indicated that young people responded well to the integrated treatment; attending to intra-psychic issues alongside their developmental challenges seemed to have a beneficial effect on their sense of agency in particular. In conclusion, PC may be an effective means of reducing distress in young people.

Keywordscounselling; coaching; personal consultancy; psychological distress; young people
JournalCounselling Psychology Quarterly
Journal citation31 (3), pp. 375 -396
ISSN1469-3674
0951-5070
Year2017
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09515070.2017.1319800
Publication dates
Print05 May 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited23 May 2017
Accepted12 Apr 2017
Accepted12 Apr 2017
Copyright information© 2017 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Counselling Psychology Quarterly on 05/05/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09515070.2017.1319800.
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