So, we got off to a flying start in January where we explored three techniques from the Eclectic Chapter. Could we repeat it successfully in February with techniques from the Existential Chapter? A slightly smaller group this time of 18 people were equally engaged in the exploration.
As you can see from the poll below, there was a roughly even split on which technique the participants chose to practice:
Here’s how they felt as they left the session:
Looking at these words reassures me that we are achieving what we set out to do – the comments “such respect” and “courageous to experiment” leapt off the screen to me. Evidence (if you needed it) that this is a group of people who are prepared to work on their learning edge, and it speaks to the professionalism of all involved, that the community is experiencing the process as a respectful one. Once again, the feel good factor is present, participants report feeling “inspired” by experimenting with different approaches and that they feel “encouraged” and “practiced” as a result. The impact on energy was palpable, captured with words like “invigorated”, “self-assured”, “ready”.
And we feel rather encouraged about the comment “wanting more” …. In 90 minutes, there is a limit to how extensively we can practice the techniques. And so, we invite those who attend to reconvene with their triads for further practice. Since the January session, Yvette and I had fun developing a series of four short videos to help participants set themselves up for success. We offer tips for preparing for each of the three roles (Supervisor, Supervisee and Observer) plus one with more generic “hints and tips”. These are now all embedded on the AOCS website Co-Supervision Space. Our intention is to help you squeeze every bit of value from the practice time you have together.
If you want to know more about the techniques we worked with, then please follow the discussion on Linked In or join the LinkedIn Group set up for the book from which we took these techniques (101 Coaching Supervision Techniques, Approaches, Enquiries and Experiments): LinkedIn. Indeed, perhaps the biggest success from our perspective was that the February session went so smoothly, Yvette and I got to do some practice too! We will be sharing our experiences about the “Working with Shame” technique and hope you will join in the discussion.
If you would like to join us on 5th March (12:45 for a 13:00 start – GMT) we will be exploring the Gestalt chapter. Booking is now open, and you’ll need to be quick!! Members have already booked over half of the places already: Eventbrite
And remember, if you are a non-member, we have a great guest offer - Buy 3 x monthly sessions and receive FREE AOCS Membership.
(A quick reminder that if you are unable to attend, please give us as much notice as possible as we have plenty of people on the wait list who can fill your space. Many thanks.)
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