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Technology and Coaching

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The increasing interest in the use of technology in coaching is rooted in the large-scale availability of technical capabilities, rapid technological advancement, and the multiple advantages associated with the new technological developments. For example, in 2016 almost half of the global population had access to internet, with “millennial” internet users spending around 3 h a day surfing the internet on mobile devices (Statista, 2016). Similarly, the smartphone technology is developing rapidly, the smartphone market being projected to almost double from 2014 to 2019. The use of technology is not limited to a specific approach in coaching. However, cognitive-behavioral approach has been considered especially suited for being delivered based on technology in the therapeutic (cognitive behavioral therapy; CBT) field and its characteristics might be extended to the cognitive behavioral coaching (CBC) field. Rational emotive behavioral coaching (REBC), as a specific CBC approach, is suited for being offered through technological means due to its structured, directive and active approach and the fact that its theory and interventions for promoting well-being and adjustment were already tested. For example, it is now demonstrated that face to face cognitive-behavioral interventions can be as effective as online or computer-based interventions (Przeworski & Newman, 2006). Moreover, a recent meta-analysis (Jones et al., 2015) has showed similar effectiveness for online vs. face-to-face coaching or blended formats. We present state of the art knowledge related to REBC based on remote coaching technologies (online, phone and mobile technologies), simulated environments and robotic agents.

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David, O.A., Şoflău, R., Matu, S. (2018). Technology and Coaching. In: Bernard, M., David, O. (eds) Coaching for Rational Living. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74067-6_10

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