Family coaching: An emerging family science field

Kimberly Allen, Nichole L. Huff

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Although there is a rich history of collaboration and distinction among family practitioners, to remain progressive, the domains of family practice must continue to evolve based on the current practices of family professionals. Recently, family coaching (FC) has captured the professional attention of practitioners as another collaborative yet distinct field in family science. FC seeks to foster the achievement of family-identified goals through a process-driven relationshipbetween a family and professional coach. In this article, the authors introduce FC and explore it as an extension to the domains of family practice model. In addition, the authors offer results from a nationwide sample of family practitioners (N=180) regarding their experiences and opinions of FC to further substantiate the field's progression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-582
Number of pages14
JournalFamily Relations
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

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© 2014 National Council on Family Relations.


  • Coaching psychology
  • Domains of family practice
  • Family case management
  • Family coaching
  • Family life education
  • Family therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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