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CSA: The Story

Founders: Edna Murdoch established her coaching business in 1999 and soon recognised the need for coaching profession to be supported by the reflective practice of supervision. She had experienced the benefits of supervision throughout her business and professional life and at the time (2001), there were only a very few coach supervisors working in the UK. So, Edna began to develop a supervision practice fit for coaches.

Following a yearlong period of consultation and feedback with senior coaches in the UK, Edna established the core concepts and practices of the Coaching Supervision Academy (CSA). She also established the successful Supervision-on-Call, offering individual and group coaching to coaches at all levels and at the same time, refined supervision tools, models and practices in response to feedback. Supervision-on-Call was the forerunner of the work of the CSA. Edna later invited experienced executive coaches and supervisors Fiona Adamson and Miriam Orriss, to join her in creating first-class supervision training.

After pioneering the 9-month Diploma supervision training in London 2005, Edna and Miriam took this work forward, increasing the conceptual basis of CSA’s work and ensuring that coaching supervision kept in step with developments in coaching and in related professions. Edna Murdoch and Miriam Orriss, have extensive professional and business backgrounds – Education, Senior Management, Clinical and Managerial Supervision, Business Development and Psychotherapy. They have worked in large and small organisations and have introduced coaching supervision to the public sector, changed the professional lives of countless individuals across the world and have done pioneering work in supervision including introducing concepts from Field Theory, Dialogue Process and Quantum Physics to Coaching Supervision. Given the range of their expertise, Edna and Miriam were well-placed to shape the emerging form of reflective practice and CPD for coaches, that became known as ‘coaching supervision’.


Recent International Faculty meeting in France.

They also built and mentored a brilliant – and constantly expanding – training team and made CSA into a global brand, known for its excellent supervision training and for offering first class supervision services to coaches, mentors, HR, OD, Educators and leaders.

Through CSA they created the popular Supervision Skills Course for Internal Coaches who wished to peer-supervise – this pioneering programme has become one of CSA’s signature offerings. (click here to find out more about our Diploma in Coaching Supervision)

The CSA Diploma programme is now accredited by EMCC and   CSA is an approved provider of CPD supervision training for ICF.


CSA International Today

CSA continues to learn and to grow: our global team of trainers and tutors increases each year and new additions bring fresh insight and skill to our endeavours. (you can meet them all here) The team continues to be mentored by CSA Senior Faculty on a regular basis. Members of our team frequently present at international coaching and supervision conferences.


International Faculty Meeting

Our supervision models and our understanding of supervision practice grow as the field of coaching and leadership changes. In response to the ever-widening range of theoretical underpinnings in coaching, CSA has gathered experts from the fields of Systems Theory, Resilience work, Gestalt, Time to Think, Somatic Learning, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Transactional Analysis, Adult Learning, Transpersonal Perspectives, Mindfulness, Neuroscience, Field Theory and Quantum Physics- all making contributions to our courses which uniquely marries ancient wisdom, and contemporary insights with classic supervision theory and practice. All of this is underpinned by our trademark philosophy “WHO you are is HOW you coach, supervise or work” and our bespoke Full Spectrum Map of Supervision (click here to find out more [link to our article and course content]

Our book, ‘Full Spectrum Supervision’ was published in 2013, was well received and has found its pace among the current literature on supervision.

Currently (2015), the tenth annual UK cohort of the Diploma Programme has been launched and the CSA international community of accredited coach supervisors, now numbers in excess of 400.  To date the 9-month Diploma has been delivered 19 times in different countries across the world.

When we look to the future, we’re excited and passionate about bringing the riches of supervision to wider audiences in the fields of coaching, education, leadership, Organisational Development and Human Resources. Technology allows new freedoms and possibilities to reach people across the world that just five years ago would have seemed impossible. …..From virtual supervision to face to face supervision and executive reflection , we’re looking forward to finding more ways to support coaches, leaders and people professionals world-wide.