My background prior to entering the coaching profession has been in adult learning, especially in communications skills and cross-cultural training.
After gaining accreditation in 2003, I have since worked across a broad range of sectors and contexts which range from NGOs, banking, insurance, education and health. I've been most inspired by opportunities to support transformational learning and change, whether in individuals and teams, and hold strong personal values about supporting individuals or organisations to find and express their full potential and values.
Supervision values and approach:
I take the same attitude into my supervision because I believe that most coaches do what they do because they seek to be the change they want to see - they do what they do because they have a sense of vocation and purpose which is a lifelong journey of exploration.
My model of supervision is described in my chapter 'The Self in Supervision' in the forthcoming Coaching and Mentoring Supervision: Theory and Practice by Bachkirova, Jackson and Clutterbuck, and describes a person-centred, holistic and non-prescriptive approach which places particular emphasis on the self as instrument, as well as the self-care and reflective practices which coaches need to develop for themselves in order to keep their practice well oxygenated, life-giving, grounded and connected to their source.
I like to encourage my supervision clients to be curious about their practice, and to dig deeper into the themes which emerge from their practice. For myself this has involved exploring, writing and running workshops around use of metaphor and whole body intelligence, as well as the spiritual dimension to our work as coaches. I am in the process of developing as a Focusing practitioner, a somatic approach developed by Gene Gendlin, colleague to Carl Rogers.
Standards and Accreditation:
Whilst I hold an approach to supervision which is about developing the coach's own authentic practice, I believe this also means being accountable to professional ethics and standards. I'm personally accredited to EMCC's Master practitioner EIA (European Individual Accreditation), and am an EMCC assessor and consultant for EIA, and EQA.
In 2010 I completed The OCM's Advanced Certificate in Coach-Mentoring Supervision with distinction, and Oxford Brooke's Masters in Coaching and Mentoring Supervision. My supervisees are often in the process of completing various accreditations for themselves, and this can form part of the supervision content if relevant.
Building Internal Supervision Capacity:
In addition, I design and deliver supervision programmes through the OCM, where I act as their Director of Qualifications. We currently offer an advanced certificate, as well as a programme designed to support internal coaches in building effective 121 and group supervision skills. I have a keen interest in supporting organisations to develop their own internal supervision practices as a way of keeping their coaching cultures healthy and effective, and recently completed a piece of research to uncover key trends regarding supervision in organisations ('Supervision and the Internal Coach; findings from an action research project' Coach and Mentor Journal Issue 11, 2011).
Building Standards within Supervision:
I'm committed to supporting the development of best practice within supervision, and was honoured to run a workshop at the 1st Conference of Coaching and Mentoring Supervision held at Oxford Brookes. I am also currently working with a youth mentoring charity in growing their supervision practice so that they can become a centre of excellence to other similar charities - it's disturbing but true that in many cases youth mentors receive no supervision.
Formats for Supervision:
I believe that supervision works best when it comes in a range of formats, i.e. regular 121, ad hoc 'emergency', group, online etc and I believe it's important for me to work harmoniously with the other supports which a coach may already have in place. I see my role as being part of the bigger picture of a coach's overall development, offering a truly safe space to examine themselves and their practice to bring about the shifts they need to serve more effectively, flexibly and with ease and enjoyment.
I therefore offer both individual and group supervision, face to face and on Skype. I aim to create packages which are tailored to the individual or group of coach's specific needs, availability and finances. I like to make sure that before entering an agreement that the coach(s) gain a clear sense of how I will work, and whether it will be compatible to their needs. After all - it's all about a good working relationship.
Katherine is an active contributor to AOCS's Strategy Group, co-created and ran our first supervision unconference, and became our Chair in November, 2015.
|Supervision Rate||£175.00 per 1.5 hr session (£50 - 75.00 per session for not for profit sector), plus travel.|
|Group Supervision Rate||£100.00 per coach based on a minimum group size of 4 + travel|
|Telephone Supervision Rate||£125.00 per session (£50.00 per session for not for profit sector) + ad hoc support at same rate, logged and invoiced quarterly.|
Accredited to EMCC's Master practitioner EIA (European Individual Accreditation); am an EMCC assessor and consultant for EIA, and EQA. OCM's Advanced Certificate in Coach-Mentoring Supervision with distinction; Oxford Brooke's Masters in Coaching and Mentoring
"I have benefited immensely from the work I have done with Katherine as my professional coaching supervisor. Meetings with her both build my confidence and self-belief, and challenge me to think more deeply and experiment more boldly in my coaching. She provides a tremendously safe space in which to explore the challenges of my coaching work, much of which is carried out in complex organisational settings. She listens acutely and attentively, and is a curious, and where necessary, insistent questioner. Her style combines stillness with warmth, and she models a creative, flexible and responsive coaching style which has enabled me to benefit both personally and professionally."
(JG, independent coach)
"I have enjoyed a coaching relationship with Katherine for some time and I have found her to be the most valuable supervisor for my varied coaching practice (working in different contexts and settings). Katherine holds a truly safe space for me to empty my head and through her sophisticated approach and challenge she helps me to make sense of my experiences, thoughts and feelings so that I can develop and shape my learning. Apart from my personal experience and good fortune of having Katherine as my supervisor, I am also fully aware of her broader work in the areas of coaching supervision where I see her acting as both ambassador and guardian of good supervisory practice."
(AW, independent coach)
"Without question, Katherine is one of the reasons I′ve remained committed to finishing my coaching qualification, which has come at one of the most challenging points in my life. Katherine has a quiet, unassuming style that is both supportive and empowering. I would always feel intact, valued for my effort and inspired to try again. She has also been incredibly patient whilst I′ve wrestled with the concept of there not being a right way to do things and has encouraged me to see other perspectives in a situation. She remains true to her wish to be present and offer a safe space, and always role-modeled this in our sessions. Katherine has made some quiet observations which have been some of the best feedback I have ever received - for being timely, relevant and non-judgemental. Her encouragement over the last few weeks has given me an incredible lift."
(MS, independent coach)
"Just two lines to tell you that my team coaching went very well. Owing to our conversation, I felt calm, serene and at the same time full of enthusiasm in the perspective of exchanging experience and learning's with other people. Usually, I open the day by sending a tornado of energy that can wake up a "mummy" but that can also been experienced as very harsh and intrusive. This time, I introduced myself and the programme with a gentle, easy going approach. I think it transmitted my positive energy and genuine "pleasure/interest" for working with them during the day. I feel I had the quality of presence that is more in line with the person I am today. I was not looking as I used to for feedback of approval but I felt 'ok' with bringing the value of " who I am" and my difference. So you see, that I immediately put in practice the outcome of our supervision."
(SM internal coach)
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