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CSA Newsletter, May 2012

Welcome to our latest newsletter!  Inside you will find free articles, CSA news and information about our supervision programmes in UK, France and Australia. 


Book Award for Amanda Ridings: ‘Pause for Breath’.

CSA Diploma dates in UK, France and Australia – booking now.

Free Article:  ‘Three Keys to Mindful Leadership’

New Article by Lisa Rosetti:  ‘The Role of Supervision in developing resilience in coaches’.  

Working with Horses – Northamptonshire

Second International Supervision conference held at Oxford Brookes

Beyond Partnership programme


CSA Graduate Wins Award for Book

CSA graduate and executive coach Amanda Ridings has received a Nautilus Silver Award in the ‘conscious business and leadership’ category for her book Pause for Breath: bringing the practices of mindfulness and dialogue to leadership conversations.

Based in the USA, the Nautilus awards recognise writing that promotes conscious living and growth, while stimulating the imagination and offering the reader new possibilities for a better life and a better world. Nautilus look for distinguished literary and heartfelt contributions to responsible leadership and positive social change, alongside contributions to the worlds of art, creativity and inspirational reading for young people.

Nautilus award winners are carefully selected in a unique three-tier judging process by experienced teams of book reviewers, librarians, authors, editors, book store owners, and leaders in the publishing industry.

A former Director of Finance in the NHS, Amanda was inspired to write her book when her work as an executive coach and her experiences as a t’ai chi practitioner sparked her curiosity about frustrating conversations in the workplace. Making connections between principles and tools from approaches to dialogue, the way energy is redirected in martial arts and the steadying practice of mindfulness, Amanda began to work with leaders to support them to connect more deeply to their body and spirit and to understand how these factors influence the conversations they have. Pause for Breath sets out some of this work in a conversational way and invites the reader to become deeply curious about themselves, in a kind and reflective way.

The book was made possible by a fresh approach from small publisher Live-It Publications. As a first-time author, without a profile and writing about atypical matters, Amanda was unable to attract attention from a mainstream publisher. Live-It use advances in technology such as print-on-demand publishing to enable books such as Pause for Breath to be published.

Praise for the Pause for Breath comes from Edna Murdoch, founder of the Coaching Supervision Academy: ‘Amanda’s authentic voice offers us a compelling conversation, one that encourages centred, embodied, conscious dialogue – dialogue that will hugely increase our collective intelligence.’

Amanda is delighted by the recognition the award confers and hopes that it will help extend the reach of work such as her own, adding ‘I want my book to inspire leaders, coaches and other practitioners to develop their full potential and to more often inhabit their finest leadership spirit. I hope to contribute to stimulating change in organisations, one leadership conversation at a time.’

Further information

The Nautilus Book Awards are named for the mollusc whose beautiful,
pearl-lined shell contains chambers of increasing size which the sea creature
constructs for itself as it grows. The nautilus symbolizes both ancient wisdom
and expanding horizons; both the elegance of nature and a continual growth
of understanding and awareness.

About the book:

About the author:

NEW  – ICF Approved Diploma in Coaching Supervision in Sydney

Huge Interest in the FIRST Australian Coaching Supervision Training Programme – starting October 2012 in Sydney

We launched the CSA Coaching Supervision Training Programme with a highly successful Taster Workshop in Sydney in April.   Alison Hodge was joined by 16 coaches from States across Australia.  Together we explored the whole subject of coaching supervision and its relevance in supporting coaches, particularly in our current, turbulent economic and political climate.  It seems that many of the issues faced by the coaches in Australia are similar to those in the UK and beyond.   After two live demonstrations, working with creative cards, we then discussed the training programme.

“It was great to be at the Workshop – it really whetted my appetite for learning more!  I am definitely keen to take up the Diploma course.  I’m just waiting on final costing, dates etc” Lisa Taylor-Forder, Executive Coach,Sydney

“Thank you for your generosity of time and spirit – for showing us your well honed craft and for inspiring in us the desire to choose supervision as a magical part of our calling.   I do sincerely hope to be able to join the “chosen few” for the course later in the year. Can we discuss the “how” to make this possible, so I can find a way to get my ducks in a row”  Pete Barr, MCC, Brisbane.

The new Coaching Supervision Training Programme, which is ICF recognised, and which Alison will be co-facilitating with Leanne Lowish, starts in October.   Already we have received a lot of interest from those who came to the workshop.   Click here for more details on the programme…….

Australia is ready for its first Coaching Supervision Training, and we are delighted that this established course is attracting interest across Australasia.  Please feel free to share our contact details anyone who might like a conversation with us about the training.   If  it interests you, then do let us know, and we can arrange a Skype conversation where you can get to know more about this very successful programme.

CSA Goes French

As you probably know, CSA, in partnership with Formation Evolution et Synergie,  is offering  the  ICF Approved Coaching Supervision Diploma in Farance.  The course begins in September this year, and booking for the course is going well.  If you are interested , or know anybody who would be interested, please pass on the details of this course.  For more information click here.

2nd International Conference in Coaching Supervision 2012

Oxford Brookes University is hosting this conference on the 23 June 2012 building on excellent feedback received from all participants of the 1st International conference in coaching supervision last summer.

We hope you can join us for an exiting programme with a number of international speakers and fascinating workshop topics to explore and experiment with:

Three Keys to Mindful Leadership Coaching by Douglas Riddle

There are countless executive coaches I would never hire for myself, no matter how wise, insightful, dynamic or experienced. Admittedly, I’m a hard guy to please, so what I require might not be a good guide for others. However, if a coach can’t create an environment that dissolves the limitations of history, expectation, and assumption, I’m not interested.

How does a coach do that? By creating in the conversation with the coachee a sense of open, reflective exploration. The coaches who expand my mind, emotions and performance come to the coaching relationship from a place of inner calm. They have quiet minds. They are not beguiled by fancy techniques or elegant coaching models. They are midwives for the narrow, messy emergence into a larger world – and they rely on habits of mindfulness to accomplish that.

As you may have noticed, there’s been an explosion of information in recent years on neuroscience and how the brain handles change – and it’s fueling an interest in mindfulness. If you are a coach or are searching for one to boost your performance, remember this rule: mindful coaching is better coaching. And mindfulness practices have shown benefits for clients in health, decision-making and leadership.    Read on……….

The Role of Supervision in Developing Resilience in Coaches by Lisa Rosettie.    

Here’s a taster:…….

 “A person who intuits the ways of the heart stands a better chance of living well.” (Lewis, Amini & Lannon. 2001)

Resilience is a topical issue in learning and development these days. But should we also be considering resilience skills as vital developmental for coaches, as well as for business managers and leaders?  Supervision may prove to be the best tool in a coach’s toolbox to develop these skills.

Whilst the client organisation will naturally be interested in the quality assurance that supervision brings to coaching provision, this article explores the part that supervision has to play in developing resilience in coaches and why this is important.

Coaching supervision is a best practice process with three main functions: developmental, qualitative and resourcing (or restorative). Whilst its focus is primarily in service to the client and client organisational needs, it also supports the coach’s performance and wellbeing.  Supervision provides a regular space for the supervisees to reflect upon the content and process of their work, ensuring their performance is effective, and their work ethical. A vital aspect of supervision is therefore to examine coaching relationships, ensuring they are healthy and uncompromised.

Most people readily agree that these difficult economic times are placing unprecedented demands on our business leaders. Coaches can be equally affected by the prevailing tough climate, and face similar challenges and even the possibility of burnout.  Of course, this is not necessarily entirely negative; fiercer competition and client demands may mean coaches must develop a more critical awareness of their work and more professional practices, such as demonstrating ROI. They must also pay attention to their own self-care.

Relationships are clearly under strain in the current workplace. This affects coaches no less than incumbent staff as coaching work is primarily relational. Many coaches will be facing more stressed clients than ever before. This can sap a coach’s inner resources and undermine their resilience in the face of such pressure.

Click here for full article…..

Want to work with horses??  Read on!

“Leading with Impact” “Connecting to the Wisdom of your Body”

Tuesday 22nd May 2012 9.30am – 5.00pm

The Old Dairy, Bunkers Hill Farm, Moulton Road, Pitsford, Northamptonshire NN69BB

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man” – Winston Churchill

Horses for Courses® and Aurora 4 Success are showcasing our unique approach to developing impactful leaders.

For full details please see:

Beyond Partnership Programme

NLP & Neuroscience with Dr Andrew Curran and Marie Faire, 7 June 2012, Wiltshire

Working with Somatic Intelligence with Paul King, 9/10 June 2012, Wiltshire

Leadership Lessons from Horse Whispering with Marie Faire & Hilary Miles, 19/20 June 2012, Sussex

For full details of these and other workshops please visit:

AOCS  Edinburgh June Workshop with Robin Shohet.

The Use of Parallel Process in Supervision   –  getting to the heart of supervision

An exclusive AOCS workshop

It’s possible that many coaches and coach supervisors are aware of the concepts of transference and parallel process from their training, but probably do not actually use them regularly in 1‐1 or group work. We probably have all advised our clients at some point that ‘knowing is not doing’, but I wonder if we are just as culpable ourselves?

There are huge benefits to be gained from the application of these concepts in real‐time so, in this workshop, we will start with an overview of Hawkins and Shohet’s 7 eyed model as described in ‘Supervision in the Helping Professions’.

In the second session we will focus more specifically on modes 5 and 6 which refer to parallel process. An understanding of parallel process can be seen as at the heart of supervision of any kind. It uses the reactions of the supervisor or the group in the ‘here and now’ as a guide to what is happening to the client or the system being presented. In the third session we will apply what we have learnt to a group setting.

Finally we will look at applications in your work.

Session 1: The seven modes of supervision ‐ an overview
Session 2: Parallel Process ‐ accessing modes 5 and 6
Session 3: Modes 5 and 6 in group supervision
Session 4: Applications in supervision work; feedback and review

This workshop is designed with experienced and recently qualified supervisors in mind.

Our workshop leader is Robin Shohet – experienced author and supervisor, and AOCS Honorary Member. Robin has supervised for over thirty years and was co‐founder of the Centre for Supervision and Team Development in 1979. He divides his time between London and the spiritual community at Findhorn. Robin has kindly donated his time and expertise to run this workshop for the AOCS Scotland group as a fund‐raiser. This will help us be on a more secure financial platform and will help us meet our goal of promoting the value of supervision in our profession.

Workshop details: Monday 11th June, 2012

Venue: Relationships Scotland, 18 York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EP
Timings: 10.00 to 16.00; arrive from 9.30 for coffee, registration and networking
Cost: special workshop fee for AOCS members is £50; £60 for non‐members.
EARLY BIRD BOOKING fee £45 for AOCS members and £55 for non‐members, if you book by Friday 4 May!
Payment via BACS (details provided on registration)
Workshop size: limited to 15 participants/minimum 8 participants.

How to book: email to receive booking form and joining instructions


New – Workshop in July – by Miriam Orriss

Learning more about Energy Management and the Field, and how to use it when working with your clients.

One day workshop in Seaford or Brighton – depending on numbers

Date to be agreed with participants, but sometime in July

Cost £105

Numbers –  8-10 max

Following CSA’s popular one day workshop last year on Presence Under Pressure in which Energy management was a central theme, by request Miriam Orriss is running one day workshop working with Energy.

In this Workshop we will work with and examine;

  • how we interact with the Field and how the Field affects us,
  • what happens energetically in  the relationship between us and our clients and how that  is carried in the Field,
  • how the Field is affected by our intention and focus,
  • how we can hold a clean energetic space and work effectively with our clients
For more details contact