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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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ELIZABETH KÜBLER-ROSS AND CHANGE

The more unexpected and brutal the career challenge, the more the client will benefit from understanding the typical psychological responses to change and transition. There are two classic theories: Elizabeth Kübler Ross’s ideas about loss and bereavement and William Bridges’s framework about transition.

Kübler-Ross developed her theory in the mid-1960s out of work with people who had terminal illnesses (1960/1997). Initially it was also used to negotiate bereavement, but is now just as valuable in exploring any change that involves loss—which most changes do, even those that are eagerly sought. Now sometimes referred to as the change cycle, it’s a repeating pattern with stages that may be short or prolonged. ...

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