The aim of this unit is to give students an understanding of key socio-cognitive issues related to coaching and behaviour change The focus of the unit is on critical appraisal of theory and the relation of theory to practice and research. Topics covered in this unit include models of self-regulated behaviour, personality, emotional intelligence, developmental coaching, mindfulness, learned optimism, mindset theory, systems theory, attentional pricesses, rehearsal and imagery. The unit seeks to critically evaluate contemporary understandings and theories that have application to coaching. Issues associated with reliability and validity in measuring psychological variables are also examined. Each weekly seminar has a lecture component and an experiential learning component. The experiential learning component requires students to evaluate each topic in relation to their own personal life/work experience and to participate in group discussion or coaching. This unit is run in a block teaching format.
Four day-long seminars with some evening tutorials (Block Teaching).
In-semester assessment(s) (80%), Exam (20%)
PSYC4721 and PSYC4722