School Coaching – a New Role of the School Counselor or a New Profession?

Dorina Sălăvăstru

Emerged in the United States at the end of the 1990s and in France during the 1980s, coaching is a way to assist individual development, so that people exploit their potential and maximize their performances. Coaching has its roots in the field of sports; then it spread into the business world and private life. Over the last years, coaching entered school life as well. Less developed than business coaching, school coaching expresses the need for providing the student with individualized assistance in the context of the increase in school competition and in the context of goals-related pressure linked to performance. The present study aims to provide a comparative analysis of the roles of the coach and school counselor and brings up the possibility of the school counselor carrying out coaching. Also, a model of the fields of intervention for the school counselor is proposed.

coaching, school coaching, coach, school counselor

DORINA SĂLĂVĂSTRU – PhD, Professor, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi; e-mail:

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