Free webinars and resources for supervisors to support their professional development

The Global Supervisors’ Network is unique.  It is the first, free, participative network for supervisors across the world working in coaching, mentoring and consultancy to provide each other with, and receive, Continuing Personal and Professional Development virtually.

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 around 140 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, as Eve pays the costs, 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, Vietnam, Oman and Turkey, as well as throughout Europe such as Spain, Poland, Portugal, France, The Netherlands, Belgium and the UK.  The GSN has established a community that brings together some of the leading thinkers in the field.  Seventy-five webinars were provided between 2016 and 2018.

Members can also choose to be involved in working groups and research projects and have participated in research on ethics, contracting and supervision of supervision.  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.  Further publications will follow in 2019 involving members such as Michel, Moral, Jo Birch, Damian Goldvarg and Eve Turner.  This includes a chapter in a 2019 EMCC book on supervision written by Michel Moral and Eve Turner.

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, ten GSN members have given their time, voluntarily, to supervise the coaches since spring 2018, and will continue to do so at least until the end of 2019.  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 ( or the Virtual Assistant to the GSN, Fiona Benton ( for more details on the GSN.  Virtual sessions are held 1900 on Thursdays and 0800 on Fridays (UK time), at least monthly.



CPD webinar schedule for 2019

New members receive links to all previous recordings, and to slides, where available.

6/7 December – The state of supervision globally: a discussion chaired by Professor Peter Hawkins

This webinar will bring in GSN members from around the globe.  Taking account of time zones, Thursday evening will highlight the Americas, and the Friday morning the rest of the world.

10/11 January 2019 – The Importance of Not Being Earnest: the role of humour in coaching and coach supervision: Paula Wilson

Humour is a natural element of dialogue so how aware are we of its role in our work? Humour and laughter can help even the most ‘stuck’ clients and supervisees make beneficial change. It can be illuminating, enlightening, raise awareness rather than trying to fix and catalyses the learning process. Humour can also be provocative and evocative; laughter could even signpost potential collusion or an attempt to disguise or discount a deeply held view. A tool to help us name and explore ‘what’s in the room’, it can tell us something about what is really going on, and help the client to shift. Join Paula as she facilitates an exploration into the role of humour in our work.

14/15 February 2019 – How conscious of our purpose and intention are we when we intervene with our clients?  Benita Treanor

We will consider, discuss and raise our awareness of how we intervene with our supervisees and clients through the lens of John Heron’s Six Categories of Intervention. The framework firstly places helping into two categories – either “authoritative” or “facilitative”, each of which is further divided into three different types of intervention. All are of equal importance within a given context, but we may all favour some at the expense of others.  We will explore the different types of interventions and how being aware of our intention as a supervisor is at the heart of how we decide on what intervention we chose to offer our supervisees.   We will consider what our preferred approach is and how this may enable or inhibit our work. In raising our consciousness of how we intervene we have an opportunity to discern and flex our style to meet the current circumstance as its arises.

7/8 March 2019 – Using the ‘unconscious’ as a resource for coaching supervision: Dr Lise Lewis

Defining the ‘unconscious’ changes as new understandings emerge.  However, we appear to find what we believe emerges form the ‘unconscious’ impacts on our relationships and our worldview.  This session presents latest research into the unconscious and encourages a dialogue to explore experiences of using the unconscious as a resource in the supervision conversation.

4/5 April 2019 – Coaching and Supervising through bereavement: Maggie Joao and Julia Menaul

As relational beings sooner or later we will go through bereavement in our lives, regardless of it being related to the death of a family member, a friend, someone we admire or a pet. In this session we will talk through the implications of bereavement in the coaching session, namely the coach’s preparation, the coach’s emotional regulation, what competencies need paying attention to and a few exercises that can help the client. As supervisors, bereavement is more and more a topic that comes up. We will discuss some of the doubts that coaches might bring to supervision and how supervisors can help them overcome these as well as the practical and ethical considerations when supervisors too, cease their practice (voluntarily or unexpectedly).

16/17 May 2019 – Embracing the future and future trends: Dr Damian Goldvarg

Embracing the future and future trends.  In this webinar we will explore the STEEP elements of foresight (social, technological, economical, environmental and political) and the role of the supervisors and coaches in bringing awareness to their clients so they can make decisions today taking into account signals from the future.

30/31 May 2019 – How will artificial intelligence affect supervision?  Professor David Clutterbuck

Algorithms can already do much of what basic level coaches do — and their competence is increasing rapidly. But coach-AI partnerships will allow coaches, who can adapt to the new ways of working and who bring more mature approaches to their practice, to add more value to their clients. In this webinar, we will explore:

  • What can and can’t AI do?
  • Who is under threat and why?
  • What does an effective coach-AI partnership look like?
  • What will an effective supervisor-AI look like?

27/28 June 2019 – Nature as dynamic co-partner: Catherine Gorham

Many of us find ourselves moving outdoors with our clients without necessarily thinking about what this means for us as practitioner, for our clients and the working container we co-create – what is different about this? This webinar is an invitation to develop our awareness in how to optimise  nature as a co-dynamic partner in our supervision/coaching practice, to use contracting to hold containment in an uncontained space to ensure psychological safety and accelerate somatic processing. There will be some theory to explain why nature is such a powerful gift for our work and practical guidance including when working outdoors may not be appropriate. An experiential exercise will also inquire as to how nature can be invited in even when working virtually.

11/12 July – Coaching and Supervison with the Body: Elspeth Campbell

This approach assists the Supervisor and Coach practitioner to work with whole beings in the room and to use embodied relational wisdom to engage body, feelings, mind and spirit. It draws on the tradition of Yoga and Psychosynthesis Psychology and fits with the essence of the webinars run previously by Fiona Adamson for GSN. We will explore the use of meditative pause, body postures, regulated breath, movement metaphors and philosophical threads.

8/9 August – Use of self: A Transactional Analysis (TA) perspective on working positively with the parallel process in supervision: Karen Pratt

This webinar will offer opportunities to interactively explore 3 TA models (OK-OK communication, Drama triangle and Winners circle) and discuss how these frameworks can provide useful self awareness for the supervisor to notice a potential unconscious negative parallel process between supervisor and coach, and either proactively name it and work with it, or role model a positive parallel process with the coach. Such reflection and/or modelling has the potential to impact the whole system in which the coach is involved.

19/20 September – Return on Investment in Supervision – Who Cares? – and How to Measure It: Colin Wilson

When in conversations with potential buyers of Supervision, they may need to hear justifications for buying, and different buyers will need to hear different things. Some will ask about ROI (return on investment). What do they need, and how do we respond/proact? This session explores a case of how we might demonstrate the value of supervision in concrete or even financial terms, in advance of doing the work and afterwards. It is hoped this will help participants consider and prepare for gaining more good supervision work.

3/4 October – Supervising coaches one-to-one — how many people are really in the room? Dr. Paul Lawrence

This session will expand on the paper “A narrative approach to coaching multiple selves” and consider its implications for coaching supervision. According to many philosophers and psychologists, we are each not one, but many. The origins of multiplicity theory will be very briefly outlined before we get into some practical work, exploring the nature and origins of some of our own selves, before considering how we can best manage the complex group dynamics involved in working with people one-to-one!

14/15 November – Virtual Small Group Supervision – building a safe container: Kathryn Downing.

Kathryn will share key learnings from her research on 5 virtual groups engaged for 12 months in small group supervision.

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!