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Foundations of Professional Coaching

Foundations of Professional Coaching (with HKPropel Access) is the essential guide to developing coaching skills and creating influential coaching relationships. Offering foundational concepts and underlying principles of coaching, this text will help all types of coaches cultivate a growth environment that encourages lasting change and maximizes each client’s potential in their personal and professional lives.

What People Are Saying

"...An extremely comprehensive, useful and well written text that is first and foremost a book for practitioners. The author advises working through the text from the beginning through to the end in order to gain an understanding of the evolution of the profession and then an understanding of the essential models, principles, competences and skills that comprise the foundations of the field. That said, however, I can see that this is not just a book for novice coaches, it is a book for all. I found every chapter most stimulating and there was something new to learn in each."

– Elaine Cox, Oxford Brookes University

Selected Publications

Gavin, J. (2022). The Foundations of Professional Coaching: Models, Methods and Core Competencies.
Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Press.

Gavin, J. & Mcbrearty, M. (2018). Lifestyle Wellness Coaching: Practice Based Competencies for Promoting Lasting Change. (3rd edition). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Press.

Gavin, J. & Mcbrearty, M. (2013) Lifestyle Wellness Coaching (2nd Edition).
Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Gavin, J. (2005) Lifestyle Fitness Coaching: Guiding Client Development Through Active Living. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Tschannen-Moran, B. & Gavin, J. (2024). Skills and performance coaching. In E. Cox, T. Bachkirova, & D. Clutterbuck, The Complete Handbook of Coaching, (4th Edition). Sage Publications. 

Gavin, J. & Bernardi, N. (2023). Are Certain Types of Coaching More Beneficial within Different Organizational Cultures? The Coach’s Perspective. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching & Mentoring, 21(1), 50-66.


Abravanel, M., & Gavin, J. (2021). An integral quadrants perspective of coaching presence: A qualitative study of professional coaches. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching & Mentoring, 19(2), 38-53.

Abravanel, M., & Gavin, J. (2017). Exploring coaching through the lens of innovation. International Journal of evidence based mentoring and coaching, 15(1), 24-41.

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