Free webinars and resources for supervisors to support their professional development
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. It also supports research in the field of supervision, and has working groups for example in internal supervision, research, supervision of supervision and in supervision and the climate and ecological emergency. While it collaborates with all the coaching, mentoring and supervision professional bodies, it is not affiliated to any one body. The guiding principles are outlined at the bottom of this section.
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 more than 280 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 the USA, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, India, Oman, Qatar and Turkey, as well as throughout Europe such as Spain, Poland, Portugal, France, Finland, Hungary, Germany, Austria, 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 170+ 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 and held twice monthly up to cover global time zones, up to December 2020.
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 innovative research into supervision of supervision, through the workgroup, 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. Jo Birch presented further [personal findings through an autoethnographical study at the Oxford Brookes’ 10th annual international supervision conference in May 2022.
Three more working groups were set up in 2020. The first is on ‘Supervision and Reflective Practice In The Face of a Climate and Ecological Emergency’ and has a core team of Hellen Hettinga, Anna Casas, Andra Morosi, Rebecca Stevens, Colin Wilson and Dr Alison Whybrow. There is a group looking at supervising internal coaches, co-led by Cheryl Cooper and Jenny Mitchell and the most recent, a working group that will actively support research into supervision, co-led by Dr Colleen Harding and Dr Michel Moral and with sub-groups looking at different research topics such as the impact and benefits of supervision, team coaching, and ethical practice.
Members are also involved in running aspects of the GSN, including an active Content group with members Anne Calleja, Veronica Wantenaar, Sam Farmer, Benita Stafford-Smith, Larissa Thurlow, Fiona Benton and Eve Turner, setting up sessions. There is also a coordinating group which includes Jane Cox, Hellen Hettinga, Jenny Mitchell, Sophie Bruas, Jeanine Bailey, Michel Moral and Colleen Harding, and a group developing a bespoke GSN website with Alex van Oostveen, Amanda Horne, Emilia Piera, Angela Dunbar and Fiona Benton.
Publications and conference presentations have involved members such as Michel, Moral, Jo Birch, Carole Whitaker, Kristina Crabbe, Peter Hawkins, Damian Goldvarg and Eve Turner. This includes a chapter written by Michel Moral and Eve Turner on supervision of supervision in a 2019 EMCC book on supervision edited by Jo Birch and Peter Welch. Jo Birch has also written an article for Coaching Today (October 2020) based on her experience of supervision of supervision, through a GSN research group.
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. Following coach training for the coaches by Professor David Clutterbuck, GSN members have given their time, voluntarily, to supervise the coaches since spring 2018, ending in spring 2021. The aim of this phase of EthicalCoach has been 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.
A community for experienced and qualified coaching/mentoring supervisors who have done 50+ hours delivering supervision
No particular affiliation to any one body or organisation, but open to all members of all bodies and other individuals provided they meet the joining requirements
A continued commitment to free monthly webinars and free membership for all
A learning community that supports development in the field so is actively involved in research, writing and pro bono work in coaching, mentoring and supervision
To be accessible from anywhere in the world, and offering webinars in different time zones each month to facilitate this
Respecting each other’s copyright therefore being able to share materials with trust
Not advertising to each other, but promoting, for example, conferences in supervision.
16/17 June 2022 – What happens when mental health issues or signs of trauma present in the room? What is our role as a Supervisor? An open discussion to learn from each other – bring along your dilemmas, concerns or issues.Anne Calleja and Angela Dunbar.
This session has been created by request to follow the Trauma Informed session presented in June 2021.
Looking after our psychological health and well being is becoming higher on the agenda for organisations and individuals. With one in five people experiencing some form of depression in early 2021 and one in six adults having symptoms at any time, it is likely that coaches and supervisors are going to come across some form of mental health issue. How does this therefore impact on ourselves, those we supervise and what our clients bring into the coaching forum? This facilitated session will enable you to share your thoughts, concerns, and bring your examples to the group. It is a practical session so be prepared to discuss your own experiences.
28/29 July 2022 – Working across the divide – Supervision of multi portfolio practitioners (clinician, internal coach & therapist) or practitioners/professionals who are not ‘Coaches’. Mandy Larcombe and Sam Farmer.
This is an invitation to explore, engage and share experiences of supervising practitioners who either have two or more distinct practitioner / professional hats or wear a completely different hat to yours: in other words, they are not a ‘coach’. How can we ethically and effectively cross the divide? Is this something you do? What enables you to do so? Or is this a form of supervision you consciously step away from? What does it look and feel like in practice? What are the challenges and potential pitfalls? How can these be overcome? How would you decide if these could not be overcome? What are the opportunities for practice and skill development?
18/19 August 2022 – How self awareness and coach development can be applied in coaching supervision. Julia Carden
This session will provide participants with a greater understanding of what the construct of self-awareness is, how it differs to self-consciousness and self-knowledge. It will also offer a conceptual model for the role it plays in coach development and will provide the opportunity to explore how the model might be used in coaching supervision.
22/23 September 2022 – Exploring BIPOC SuperVision Group. Lily Seto and others tbc.
In this session, we will explore what is important to acknowledge and recognize about working with coaches who are people of colour or from marginalized groups. How does being a person of colour impact our coaching?
27/28 October 2022 – Gestalt Supervision. John Leary-Joyce. Unlimited. 90 mins
An insight into how Gestalt can create learning and insight for the Supervisor as well as the Supervisee.
10/11 November 2022 – “What you are seeking is seeking you” Rumi – Reflect to Create! Radical Invitations for your own Self Care, re-Sourcing and re-Vitalisation. Elaine Patterson.
Provocative! Philosophical! Playful! Pragmatic! Join Elaine for this experiential webinar where you are invited to explore your love affair (or not and the many shades in-between!) with reflection and reflective practice. You will also discover how reflection’s radical invitations and generous hospitality can nurture, re-Source and re-Vitalise you and your super-Vision practice. Please come with an open mind and an open heart!
8/9 December 2022 – Supervision across Cultures. Panel chaired by Robert Stephenson.
A panel will explore Supervision across Cultures with a panel of Supervisors bringing a vast array of experience working in different countries and often very different National cultures. Our panels share their experience from Africa, South Korea, United Arab Emirates as well as Europe. Come join us for insights that may help you see your supervisees from different cultural backgrounds with a broader perspective.
20/21 January 2022 – How would we supervise if supervision didn’t exist? Ant Mitchell
A collaborative exploration of what we find to be fundamental in our work through which we can help each other renew our thinking and focus. The aim of the session is to try and free ourselves – to the extent that we ever can – from existing concepts and constraints of what it is we think supervision is, and to help each other explore what else it might also be and become. Less from an abstract or academic perspective of “the profession as a whole” and more from relating to our own lived experience of supervisory work. What takes place, how, and why…and what can we distil from reflection on our experience in developing our own unique approaches to supervising.
17/18 February 2022 – Ethics as a way of navigating novel issues for supervisors. David Lane
An opportunity to consider where ethics sits in our thinking about our purpose, the perspectives we bring and our process for undertaking supervision. Ethics will be considered not as an external code but as a relational encounter.
17/18 March 2022 – Creative supervision – popping out of the box. Jo Birch and Shirley Smith
This experimental and participatory session will explore different ways of bringing a supervision topic and facilitating supervision through a creative approach. (Jo and Shirley have been working together on Creative Supervision over the last two years, providing workshops, articles and input to programmes.)
28/29 April 2022 – A framework for supervising team coaches. David Clutterbuck and Craig McKenzie
What, if anything, are the major differences in the supervision skills and knowledge required to supervise coaches working with individuals and this working with teams. In 2021, a small team of supervisors working increasingly in the team coaching space designed a dual purpose programme: to support supervisors in developing their own practice in this area and to work collaboratively with the supervisors to map out good practice.
Unsurprisingly, this was a massive learning journey for all of us — and one we are pleased to share with a view to stimulating even more progress in this complex role.
A collaborative exploration of what we find to be fundamental in our work through which we can help each other renew our thinking and focus.
19/20 May 2022 – What wisdom is mine to learn from my supervisees? Jeanine Bailey.
Jeanine has partnered with – coached, trained, mentored and supervised – coaches who come from all around the world including indigenous to parts of the Middle East, Africa, New Zealand, Pacifica and Canada, as well as people who live and work in places and spaces where they convey they don’t feel they belong. Jeanine will share her personal learning from her supervision (and other) work, which supports the supervisory work she is passionate about and invite people to try on the perspectives, questions, learnings for themselves during the session.
Contribution to Climate: Highly Commended – Zoe Cohen.
Best Article Award: Winners – Clare Norman, Michelle Lucas (with Sebastian Fox).
Supervision Award: Highly Commended – Michelle Lucas, Henry Campion and Jackee Holder.
The Coaching Supervision award went to Lorenza Clifford who has been again, focusing on the role of supervision in the context of our climate and ecological crisis and dedicating a good portion of her time to the Climate Coaching Alliance local community she skilfully leads.
Lifetime Achievement Award: David Lane for services to coaching and coaching supervision – our presenter in February 2022.
Many congratulations to GSN members Tom Battye, Professor Peter Hawkins and Lily Seto who have been announced as 2020 EMCC Global Supervision Award winners.
Dr Riza Kadilar, EMCC Global President, said of the award winners ‘EMCC exists to develop, promote, and set the expectation of best practice in supervision (as well as coaching and mentoring) globally for the benefit of society. I’m proud to see that the winners of 2020 EMCC supervision awards at both individual and institutional level are exemplary role models in line with our purpose statement. I should also extend my special thanks to our distinguished awards panel members for their diligent work in selecting such inspiring 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
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.
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.”
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.
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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