Free webinars and resources for supervisors to support their professional development
Extra support during the Covid-19 pandemic

The Global Supervisors’ Network (GSN) is unique.  It is the first, free, participative network for supervisors across the world who are working in coaching, mentoring and consultancy to provide each other with, and receive, Continuing Personal and Professional Development virtually.  While it collaborates with all the coaching, mentoring and supervision professional bodies, it is not affiliated to any one body.

It was set up by Eve Turner in early 2016 and the criteria for joining are that members are qualified and experienced supervisors of coaches, mentors and/or consultants.  There are webinars at least monthly, where 220+ members from around the world provide each other with excellent learning opportunities on a range of diverse subjects broadly related to supervision and/or personal development.  Recordings and other materials, such as slides, are made available for members of the network.  This is all done at no cost to members to join or attend the webinars with the sole aim of supporting best practice.

GNS members include supervisors working in countries such as India, the USA, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Vietnam, Oman and Turkey, as well as throughout Europe such as Spain, Poland, Portugal, France, Finland, Hungary, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland and the UK.  The GSN has established a community that brings together some of the leading thinkers in the field.  To date there have been 120+ webinars.

In March 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic spread further around the world, causing lockdowns in multiple countries, the GSN started running special sessions on “Supervision and the Coronavirus” looking at supervising at a time of crisis.  Fortnightly sessions to share ideas and provide mutual support were arranged from Monday March 23rd, for different time zones, and all supervisors who are members are welcome to attend.  These sessions have become monthly from July at 0830 and 1800 UK time, next dates: 21st September, 19th October, 16th November, 14th December.  Please contact Fiona Benton ([email protected]) for more details.

Members can also choose to be involved in working groups and research projects and they have participated in research on ethics, contracting, the role generational differences may play in supervision,  dealing with bereavement in coaching and supervision and supervision of supervision (led by Julia Menaul).  The pioneering research into supervision of supervision began in Autumn 2017 and initial findings were reported in the AC’s Global Perspectives magazine, pages 39-41, in late 2017 and at the EMCC research conference in 2018.  The most recent working group is on ‘Supervision and Reflective Practice In The Face of a Climate and Ecological Emergency’ and is co-led by Dr Alison Whybrow and Hellen Hettinga.  Members are also involved in running aspects of the GSN, including an active events group with members Anne Calleja, Jeff Matthews, Elspeth Campbell, Veronica Wantenaar and Fiona Benton.

Further publications have followed throughout 2019 involving members such as Michel, Moral, Jo Birch, Damian Goldvarg and Eve Turner.  This includes a chapter written by Michel Moral and Eve Turner in a 2019 EMCC book on supervision edited by Jo Birch and Peter Welch.  Members also discussed the state of coaching supervision globally in two sessions in December 2018, chaired by Professor Peter Hawkins.  The results were written up by members Carol Whitaker and Kristina Crabbe: Whitaker, C. and Crabbe, K. (2019).  The global challenges of coaching supervision, in Coaching at Work Vol 14 (2), pp13-16.  They were also the subject of a conference presentation in May 2019 with Carol, Kristina and Peter Hawkins at the 8th international coaching supervision conference held at Oxford Brookes University.

The Global Supervisors’ Network is also proud to have offered to partner with EthicalCoach, the philanthropic arm of WBECS, to support aspiring coaches in Africa with supervision.  Trained in coaching by Professor David Clutterbuck, GSN members have given their time, voluntarily, to supervise the coaches since spring 2018, and continue to do so.  The aim of this phase of EthicalCoach is to support NGO leaders from Ethiopian non-government/civil society organizations committed to tackling humanitarian and environmental challenges,  so aiming to transform the lives of children and families in need.  More details of the initiative can be found on the EthicalCoach website.

Please contact Eve Turner ([email protected]) or the Administrator to the GSN, Fiona Benton ([email protected]) for more details on the GSN.  Virtual sessions are held at both 1900 on Thursdays and 0800 on Fridays (UK time) to accomodate time zones, at least monthly.



CPD webinar schedule for 2020-2021

9 January 2020 – Global Coaching Supervision:  A Study of Perceptions and Practices Around the World.  Kimcee McAnally and Lilian Abrams

This session will present and explore the data underlying the 2019 Global Coaching Supervision study*.  This research, undertaken by four (4) U.S. coach supervisor colleagues, received responses from almost 1300 coaches and coach supervisors worldwide, which captured global information about various aspects of coaching supervision.  Kimcee and Lilian will discuss the data, including how supervisees report finding their supervisors, the types of supervision undertook, fees for supervision, what supervision assists them with, and other data.  This work contributes a broader baseline of data than has yet been captured before on coaching supervision, and also contributes a new, especially larger representation of U.S. and Americas respondents.

*Authors:  McAnally, K; Abrams, L; Asmus, M; & Hildebrandt, T (2019) Global Coaching Supervision: A Study of the Perceptions and Practices Around the World.

13/14 February – Resilience: When is Yours Tested as a Supervisor?  Dr Carole Pemberton

As coaches our clients bring their resilience loss issues to us: sometimes they use the word, often as we listen, we recognise that their resources are being impacted by the demands on them and their responses to those demands.  But what about us as supervisors? How do we recognise our own needs?   If supervision is about restoration as well as development, then there are times our needs are restorative as we are impacted by client work that does not go well, by being sucked in by the coach’s own emotions, by dry periods of work or by being overstretched by demands.  This session will look at resilience through the lens of how supervisors can manage their own needs. It will provide a space for input through breakout rooms, sharing of experience and co-coaching on resilience loss needs.

5/6 March – “We are one, they are us” – staying in dialogue about ethics in supervision and coaching. Kees de Vries

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s much quoted phrase: ‘we are one, they are us’ in the aftermath of the Christchurch killings in 2019 spoke to all of us. It underpinned something that felt ethically important and underlined how ethics is part of our daily lives. On one of the days we meet, March 5th, there is a call for a “Climate Coaching Action Day” by Coaching at Work magazine, another example of ethics in action. In this exploration of ethics, we hope to collectively share how we dialogue about ethics in supervision and stay in relationship in the here-and-now and what approaches are successful in understanding ethics in ourselves and others.

MONDAY 23rd March 2020 GSN SPECIAL – repeating FORTNIGHTLY (6, 20 April, 4, 18 May, 1, 15, 29 June):

The Coronavirus pandemic and supervision – what is the impact of Covid-19 on our practice and ourselves?  

In this special for GSN members, facilitators from around the world, including Lily Seto in Canada, Louise Schubert in Spain,  Lise Lewis, Carol Whitaker, Lynne Cooper, Anne Calleja and Colleen Harding in England, Sonja Vlaar in the Netherlands, Leanne Lowish and Nancy Tylim in the USA and Hellen Hettinga in France, will facilitate a space for reflection, discussion and sharing among members as we all face this pandemic together.  They will use breakout rooms.

2/3 April – How do highly experienced supervisors develop throughout their careers?  Natalia de Estevan-Ubeda. 

This session aims to extend our understanding of the development of coaching supervisors beyond their formative years.  Natalia will present the results of her Master’s research where she interviewed highly experienced (*) coach supervisors. There were fascinating subtleties and apparent paradoxes which brought about an insightful perspective of developmental sources.  An example is a connection between the development of the supervisor and the supervisee, and the co-existence of spontaneous and systematic decisions when considering new development. This is a practical session which will encourage us to think about our own development and to consider how we may want to broaden our choices. The session will wrap up with a debate over a couple of interestingly controversial issues that came up throughout the research: power and making supervision mandatory.

(*) Highly experienced supervisors criteria included: scholar practitioners, individuals who have developed the coaching profession through the creation of knowledge and publish their work, authors and with over ten years’ experience.

16/17 April – Supervising the self-care of mental health and fitness coaches. A professional imperative?  Anne Archer. 

As an advocate of mental health, Anne’s work spans crisis through to thriving. This session will ask:

  • How are you taking care of your mental fitness?
  • What is our role as advocates and supervisors, in raising the bar?
  • Is self-care a professional imperative?
  • How do we ensure the right balance is struck between a coach enabling someone to take a step forward and someone ill equipped to spot the signs of someone who is unwell and where coaching may not be the right option?

We will explore our red, amber and green flags to enable us to be serving the mental health agenda well.

21/22 May – Supervision of organisational coaching: where are we? Dr Michel Moral

Organizational coaching (OC) is a growing area in several countries. A key challenge for supervisors is that the object “Organizational Coaching” is not precisely delimited by professional bodies. Also, approaches for such a supervision are almost unexplored. State of the art will be looked at during the session.

28/20 May – The Discomfort of Uncertainty.  Dr Carole Pemberton and Anne Archer

As the COVID story unfolds it is becoming clearer that uncertainty will be a continuing feature of our lives and those we work with.  There is no clear end point and no clear answers to how our lives and our livelihoods will be.

This participative session will offer a thinking space for supervisors who are experiencing a sense of discomfort around this uncertainty. We plan to use the framework of Otto Scharmer’s Theory U. Prior to the session we will provide a reminder of the framework.  Participants can explore their feelings whilst being supported to access the resources from which they can ‘let come’ their adaptability and creativity. In offering this space for supervisors, the session will also be offering a framework that can be used with clients.

11/12 June –  Don’t mangle the metaphors: a practical yet effective way of utilising a Clean approach to supervision.  Lynne Cooper

Metaphors are fundamental to language, offering a shorthand way of describing something in terms of another thing or experience. This session focusses on how to work with supervisees’ metaphors, how to elicit metaphors, and how not to ‘mangle’ others’ metaphors.  You’ll practise tuning your ear for metaphor, eliciting metaphors or symbols and you’ll hear some suggestions about what not to do when one appears – all to support your client to access their unconscious thinking, quickly and easily.

9/10 July – Supervising internal coaches.  Jenny Mitchell
We’ll talk about the challenges, risks and delights of supervision and CPD within organisations who run an internal coach network, including

  • Building alignment with other processes e.g. strategic objective setting and leadership development
  • Skills development across an internal group – keeping consistency and setting standards
  • Managers who coach – the directive default

6/7 August.  Appreciative Inquiry – let’s play with making magic by using AI to inform our individual and group supervision.  Elspeth Campbell.

Appreciative Inquiry is about stories of success, of struggle to create success and the magic we can engender through listening to these.  Using the 6-stage method of Appreciative Inquiry, an expanded version of the original 4 stage process from Cooperrider and Whitney 2005, to evoke transformational change. This experiential session will enable you:

  • to invite curiosity through asking “what’s critical?” and systemic, circular questioning
  • to create alchemy through transformative listening
  • to generate a shared vision of “what’s possible”
  • to shift yourself and supervisees out of stuckness
  • to discover the difference between Appreciative Inquiry and an appreciative approach

24 September (THURSDAY ONLY).  Dr Damian Goldvarg and Eve Turner.  Advantages, disadvantages and top tips for virtual coaching supervision.

The global pandemic has necessitated professionals to offer their services virtually. In this session,  Damian Goldvarg and Eve Turner will present the findings of their survey – with thanks to the many GSN participants – on the advantages and disadvantages of working virtually from the perspective of  both supervisees as well as supervisors. They will also share strategies and tips on how to work virtually and draws on insights from those taking part.

25th September (FRIDAY ONLY).  Supervision in a Thinking Environment.  Anne Hathaway and Eve Turner.

In this session Anne and Eve will be drawing from Nancy Kline’s Thinking Environment©, which creates a space for reflection where attention and listening skills are paramount.  How does this approach, where the supervisee seeks input when they want it, rather than when we as the supervisor think they need it, sit with each of us?  We will use breakout rooms to practice this approach, so we request that you bring a case for supervision

 8/9 October.  Adult learning and how this impacts our coaching and supervision.  Nick Smith.  

Nick will be using the ‘transformative dimension of adult learning’ developed by Jack Mezirow, in order to look at how we best learn and unlearn as adults. What are the ground conditions we need to create that allow higher levels of learning (ie Bateson Learning Levels)? We will also explore the link between new learning and new meaning creation. Without an active use of these elements in our coaching and supervision, we will be trying to shift what we know without addressing the resistant power of our old assumptions to maintain old views. 

12/13 November.  Global Practice: The Generative Impact of Diversity in Coaching and Coaching Supervision.  Bev Paulin.  

Executive coaching and coaching supervision are global practices that are growing across geographical, cultural, social, political and socio-economic borders. Virtual coaching and supervision have enabled the possibility of global or diverse practice no matter where we live and work in the world.  And the expansion of coaching beyond leaders is reaching a broader and potentially more diverse group of employees. As practitioners and researchers, this global and expanded practice allows us to look again at our practice and ask ourselves different questions. Where do our frames of practice and research arise? How is diversity present or absent in our practice and research? What are we noticing or learning from the diversity we encounter in clients, teams and systems? How might the diversity we encounter be generative or developmental? This session will explore our experiences with diversity in coaching and supervision contexts, individual and collective learning, and potential implications for coaching and supervision practice and research.  

10/11 December.   2020: a review of ‘That was the year that was’!  Anne Calleja.

In this session we invite you to be creative and bring your stories of your experience, learnings and discoveries through 2020. You will have the opportunity to share in small groups and reflect on ‘the year that was’. Bring along a picture, cake, model, song, poem, constellation, story, metaphor etc.  that reflects the year for them.

28/29 January 2021.  Supervision as spiritual practice. Robin Shohet

There is no spiritual being who can be so useful as a good supervisor. (Rowan, J. The Reality Game).  I often quote Wilfred Bion who suggests going into a session without memory, desire or understanding.  We will unpack this statement together, but basically it amounts to being in the here and now. We will look at some of the beliefs, introjects, conditioning and scripts that might stop this from happening, working towards the idea that when we are open, the answers can come through us.  We get out of the way and move towards what is called in Zen, Beginner’s Mind.

Congratulations to GSN members who are 2019 EMCC Global Supervision Award Winners

Many congratulations to GSN members Dr Damian Goldvarg, Dr Lise Lewis and Dr Michel Moral who have been announced as 2019 EMCC Global Supervision Award winners.

“As EMCC we define the purpose of supervision to enhance the wellbeing, and develop the practice of coaches and/or mentors of all levels of experience, and we consider supervision as a powerful vehicle for deep learning in a systemic way. I’m so proud that all three winners of EMCC 2019 supervision awards are distinguished practitioners doing excellent work extending the reach of best practice in supervision not only in Europe but also in the Americas, Africa, and French speaking countries. It is not only their contributions in terms of raising the professional standards but also their pro bono work that makes a great impact on the future of coaching and mentoring. I should also extend my special thanks to our distinguished jury members for their diligent work in selecting such high calibre winners.”
Dr Riza Kadilar, EMCC President

The full EMCC announcement can be read here.

Congratulations to GSN members at the Coaching at Work awards (July 2019)

Several GSN members were shortlisted for these prestigious annual Coaching at Work magazine annual awards, which is in itself a huge achievement. Some were also highly commended or won awards at the ceremony in London on 3 July 2019.

External Coaching/Mentoring Champion:

Highly commended: Lise Lewis

Comments: “Remarkable energy, championing mentoring and coaching internationally…There are few people who have given as much of themselves to the profession with such huge gnerosity, intelligence and humour!”

Contributions to Coaching Supervision:

Winner: Peter Welch, co-founder of the Association of Coaching Supervisors, now in its 10th year

Comments: “Peter deserves to be recognised in this special year (tenth anniversary of AoCS) for the huge amount of voluntary hours he puts into his roles, with such great passion and vigour.”

Highly commended: Jo Birch

Comments: “Major advocate and promoter of coach supervision and for raising standards…rare global perspective.”

Lise Lewis and Benita Treanor (with Claire Palmer)

Comments: “Far-reaching impact e.g. raising standards & developing supervision in the various bodies, and collaborative multi-stakeholder ventures…their work continues to reverberate a decade on.”

and Elaine Patterson (with Karyn Prentice)

Comments: “Karyn and Elaine have been the most incredibly generous, kind, supportive and amazing women” (Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Trust)

Shortlisted: Carol Whitaker

Best Article/article series:

Joint winners: Jonathan Passmore and Eve Turner for their two part series (with Marta Filipiak) on their research on how coach supervisors respond to ethical dilemmas and tricky issues, research supported by GSN members.

Comments: “Global span…a thought provoking, challenging and important series.

Highly commended: Elaine Patterson and the 7Cs

Comments: “Inspiring and practical”

Shortlisted: David Clutterbuck Coaching teams of teams; Eve Turner and Peter Hawkins’ on how to use recordings in supervision; Eve Turner’s Tried and Tested on her Halo and Horns model.

(Occasional) Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: Fiona Adamson

Comments: “Authentic, unsung hero, humble, wise. Utter delight…one of the people the field of coaching supervision owes a debt to.”

David Gray was also posthumously given this Award.

Congratulations to GSN members Tatiana Bachkirova, Angela Wright and Eve Turner at the EMCC 2018 supervision awards (January 2019)

GSN members Professor Tatiana Bachkirova and Eve Turner and Angela Wright, jointly won the 2018 Supervision Award at the EMCC January 2019 Coaching, Mentoring, and Supervision Awards.

Eve says: “I am thrilled, surprised, honoured, and humbled to have received the EMCC Supervision Award, and I am really grateful to those who took the time to make nominations, to the judges for their time, and to the EMCC for highlighting the importance of supervision.  In the decade since my supervision training, I’ve been fortunate to work with the most amazing, supportive people as supervisor, writer, and researcher. When I set up the Global Supervisors’ Network (GSN) to provide CPD for trained and qualified supervisors I had no idea it would grow to the current 150 members globally. By January 2019 we’ve run 80 webinars at no cost to members to join or attend. Volunteering has also provided wonderful opportunities, with the EMCC, and on important humanitarian projects as a volunteer supervisor, like CoachActivism with refugees, and most recently through the GSN as a supervision partner to EthicalCoach for charities and non-profit organisations. Thank you so much for this encouragement.”

Tatiana says: “Thank  you  very  much,  EMCC!  It  is  lovely  to  receive  such  recognition  in  the  professional area that is so close to my heart. Long live coaching supervision for the benefit of the whole coaching field!”

Angela says: “I feel honoured and humbled to receive this award from such a highly regarded organisation as EMCC, whose purpose and vision are so closely aligned with my own. On a personal level, this feels like a milestone in my own journey from a lawyer to coach and coach supervisor , which started over 10 years ago. As a very small lever in this huge system of which we are all a part, I acknowledge those who have supported and motivated me in my work, including my amazing supervisors and supervisees, the wonderful members of our supervision groups, and the enthusiastic coaches who participated in the recent coaching supervision research project. Your openness and generosity provide the impetus and energy for this work. I believe that we are at a pivotal moment in the evolution of coaching supervision, particularly in the USA. It is a privilege to be able to play, even a small part, in its co-creation and emergence in what I hope is a positive and powerful way. Thank you doesn’t even come close to describing the gratitude I feel towards my teachers, mentors, colleagues, and friends at the University of Sydney, who opened up this world to me, and inspire me to be more, and do more, every day. Finally, I’d like to thank my teachers and ‘my tribe’ and Oxford Brookes University in the UK , whose wisdom, guidance (and humour) I cherish.”



Congratulations to GSN members at the Coaching at Work awards (July 2018)

Quite a few GSN members were nominated and highly commended or won awards at the Coaching at Work magazine annual awards in London on 4 July 2018.

Contributions to External Coaching

Winner: Anne Hathaway – for her work on Time To Think over many years.  Anne is co-leading the August 2018 session on Supervision and Time To Think.

Highly Commended: Jackee Holder – for a range of work including around reflective writing and journaling and her work in diverse practice.  Jackee ran the January 2017 GSN session.

Best Article/Series

Winner: Louise Sheppard – for her work on supervisee-led supervision.  This formed a number of excellent articles for the magazine and was the basis of her February 2018 GSN sessions.

Highly commended: Eve Turner and Jonathan Passmore – for research (involving many GSN members) on ethics & supervision and development of their ethical decision-making model.

Contributions to Supervision

Winner: Eve Turner – for GSN, voluntary work, writing and research. Co-leading a GSN session in August.

Nominees: Peter Welch – who co-founded and helps lead the Association of Coaching Supervisors and is involved in a project looking at ethics for the AC/AOCS.  Peter co-led a GSN session in June.

Nominees: Louise Sheppard – for her work on research and supervision presented in part in February for the GSN.

Nominees: Michelle Lucas and Carol Whitaker – who have written two highly rated books on supervision.  Both very active, Michelle leads on supervision for the Association for Coaching and Carol presented the April 2018 GSN session with Angela Dunbar.  Together they have produced a report on “How different kinds of supervision affect experience” which was circulated to GSN members earlier this week.

Congratulations to them all!

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