Motivational Interviewing (adaptation) and Psychoanalytic Thought as Executive Coaching Technique
By: Lisa Lukianoff, Psy.D.
Executive coaching is an area of practice within the APA Division 13, Society of Consulting Psychology, (http://www.apadivisions.org/division-13/). Coaching has become an effective strategy for professional development and goal attainment among business professionals and individuals.
The practice of consulting psychology as an executive coach employs theoretical approaches and relevant models drawing from multiple disciplines within the field of clinical psychology, psychotherapy, counseling, organizational psychology, behavioral psychology and management.
This discussion will introduce how to work with an adaptation of motivational interviewing (MI) in the context of a coaching intervention technique and how psychoanalytic thought influences these techniques.
This is not a full examination and research into these subjects, rather it is a brief discussion about a few of the ideas presented in two articles. It is the intention of this author to provide a brief but skillful integration of an adaptation of MI and psychoanalytic thought in the professional practice of executive coaching.
Most of these examples and citations in this discussion demonstrate an inextricable link between the use and understanding of psychoanalytic thought and executive coaching. And while there are similarities in constructing the framework of techniques and interventions, the primary focus of executive coaching remains grounded in assisting a client in modifying (current) behaviors to attain a desirable outcome or goal in their professional or personal lives.
Harakas, Peter. (2013). Resistance, Motivational Interviewing, and Executive Coaching. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research. American Psychological Association, 2013, Vol. 65, No. 2, pp. 108–127 1065-9293/13/DOI: 10.1037/a0033196.
Kilburg, R. & Levinson, H. (2008). Executive dilemmas: Coaching and the professional perspectives of Harry Levinson. Consulting Psychology Journal Practice and Research. Vol. 60, No. 1, pp. 7-32. DOI:10.1037/1065-9222.214.171.124.
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