Free resources for supervisors to support their professional development

The Global Supervisors’ Network is unique.  It is a free, participative network for supervisors 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 130 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, Vietnam, Oman and Turkey, as well as throughout Europe in 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.  Members can also choose to be involved in working groups and research projects.

Members have taken part in pioneering research into supervision of supervision from Autumn 2017.  The initial findings were reported in the AC’s Global Perspectives magazine, pages 39-41, in late 2017.  Further publications, including a book chapter, will follow led by GSN members Michel Moral, Damian Goldvarg and Eve Turner.  Participants have also had the opportunity to partner with EthicalCoach the philanthropic arm of WBECS, to support aspiring coaches in Africa.

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.

“I believe supervision is the most undervalued part of our work and Eve’s focus on developing a community of learning across the supervision space so that we might develop and grow this capability I find inspirational.”
Coaching at Work magazine


CPD webinar schedule for 2018/19

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

14/15 December Resourcing – the neglected third ‘leg’ of supervision – Professor Peter Hawkins

What is the neglected third ‘leg’ of supervision and what does this mean for us as supervisors and coaches?

11/12 January and May 24/25 (due to demand) 2018 Attachment Theory and supervision – Dr Henry Campion

Attachment theory proposes that the way humans relate to the mother or primary care-giver in their first 2 years can affect the pattern of their relationships for the rest of their lives.  The aim of this discussion will be to examine the different patterns of attachment and explore their relevance and application to us, our clients and our supervision practice.

22/23 February Are you offering supervisee-led coaching supervision? – Dr Louise Sheppard

This session is based on recent research on the supervisee perspective in coaching supervision.  It will enable you to reflect upon how you get in your own way and enhance your learning during your own supervision and what you can do to support and stretch the coaches that you supervise.

8/9 March Supervising Groups – How do I show up? – Dr Alison Hodge

When we are working as supervisors in group supervision, often questions arise about the practice aspects of the size, format or frequency.  But what is going on for us psychologically?  How do we feel ourselves about being in a group?  What are our patterns and triggers and how do we manage ourselves when we are facilitating and supervising?  What roles do we take on and are projected onto us?  This is an experiential session exploring our processes and concerns about being in groups and how that may impact us and how we relate and in turn help us raise our clients’ self awareness.

5/6 April How different kinds of supervision affect the supervisee experience – Angela Dunbar and Carol Whitaker

We’ll discuss the different kinds of supervision that coaches can engage with, including one to one v group, peer v professional, in-person v virtual, and explore together three key questions in light of these different contexts:

  • What motivates us (consciously or unconsciously) to choose which kind of supervision we have?
  • How might people show up differently for each kind of supervision?
  • How do we create a safe space in each of these contexts?

3/4 May Drunk and Sober – Creativity in Coaching and Supervision – Patrick Hobbs and Kathleen Stinnett 

“Write drunk; edit sober” Ernest Hemingway seemingly said. Coaching and the supervision of coaching seek to create awareness, insight and change. What really is creativity, and what does it look like in coaching and supervision? When do we need to be ‘drunk’, when do we want to be ‘sober’? What are the relationships between imagination and restriction, between freedom and structure? How do dreaming, playing, wrestling, falling down and letting go work together in creating something meaningful and new?  This webinar will explore creativity in supervision offering a framework for making sense of the creative process, and how people create change and sharing some techniques for guiding supervision conversations, which allow clients to ‘play’ and circumvent logical thinking in their own exploration process.

17 May Mentor coaching – how it overlaps with and differs from supervision – Clare Norman

The ICF requires mentor coaching for coaches going for accreditation, to ensure that coaches are modelling the core competencies in service of their clients.  But it’s not just a tick-box exercise; mentor coaching takes you back to conscious competence, so that you bring your blind-spots into the light.  Nor is mentor coaching just about accreditation.  It’s a powerful continuous professional development intervention for experienced coaches too; particularly when they are feeling unconsciously competent.  Curiosity into their own practice makes the invisible visible; and this brings out their creativity.  In this session, Clare Norman will explore what mentor coaching is, how it overlaps with and differs from supervision, and how she does it.  She’ll discuss group mentor coaching and 1-1 mentor coaching using recordings.

7/8 June All we need for ethical decision-making is a professional body Code of Practice…right? – Anne Calleja, Marie Faire and Peter Welch

How do we show up in supervision? How do we navigate through ethical issues when they come into our supervision?  What criteria do we use?  We’ll facilitate a discussion on our guiding principles and what that means for our practice, drawing on recent research we’ve done.

12/13 July The Emperor’s New Clothes – Robin Shohet

I sat for ages thinking of a topic.  Nothing felt right until I realised that not knowing and not hiding that were the topics.  Feelings of being a fraud, shame, fear of getting it wrong, fear of failure, needing to impress tugged away at me as I sat there blankly.  At this stage of my career I can put on a good how, but if I have something to offer, it is to be able to sit and wait and not spin theories, techniques, insights.  so, come with your vulnerability and we can see what will emerge.

9/10 August Supervision in a Thinking Environment© – Wendy Oliver, Anne Hathaway and Eve Turner

This session will draw 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 please bring a case for supervision.

20/21 September – What can we learn about culture, and the impact of culture, in supervision? – Lilian Abrams, Jo Birch and Benita Stafford-Smith *NEW SESSION
In this session, you are invited to bring, share, and explore how culture overtly and covertly affects our supervision work. For example, when and how do we discuss, as an explicit topic, our cultural similarities and/or differences with our supervisees – either as supervisor/supervisee pairs, or for them as coaches with their clients? From another angle, when and how does our own cultural outlook show up in our supervision work of coaches? What works well, and what has been awkward? What best practices might we discover together? Beginning with our own sample case studies, Benita, Jo and Lilian will invite you to use your own, as we host a discussion on cultural diversity and the implications for us and our work.

 11/12 October Getting out of our Heads: Using Constellations in Supervision – Jane Cox

Jane will give a short introduction to using systemic constellations in the context of supervision, using a short demonstration.  She will then give attendees a change to practice for themselves by facilitating an individual activity.

8/9 November An existential approach to supervision – Angela Jopling

The webinar will start with some basic tenets of existential philosophy and how they show up in the supervision space for both supervisor and supervisee i.e. anxiety, meaninglessness, choice, responsibility paradox and authenticity. We will share ideas and questions we can use in supervision and ways of working with ourselves and our supervisees from an existential perspective.  The hope is this webinar will give you something practical to add to your supervision toolkit as well as broaden your understanding of how existential coaching and supervision can be easily integrated into your practice.

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.

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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