We're delighted to introduce our new Winter School. Several workshops will be offered over four days around the theme of 'change and transition': resistance; illusions; beliefs; stories; liminality; future focus; push and pull; what makes it effective and how do individuals and organisations grow through it? As usual, you can expect these sessions to be immersive and experiential. They're for those of you who wish to learn new approaches, meet colleagues, build your CCE's, or give yourself an early learning Christmas present!  See further details below and come and join us for as many days as you'd like...

Morning of 21st November
Ideals, illusions and stories: Push and pull in the coaching process - with Colin Brett

This 3-hour workshop focuses on the features of the ideal self, and then presents the concept of intentional change. We discuss how the coach can contain the client’s natural anxiety when journeying towards change, and how the coach can co-create conditions for change to happen. The workshop indicates the importance of developing rites and rituals as milestones on the journey and investigates some illusions and distractions which can get in the client’s way of success.

Afternoon of 21st November
What can coaching learn from leadership? -  with Colin Brett

Normally the focus is on how coaching can benefit leaders. However, this workshop brings models and concepts from the world of leadership which can expand and enrich the practice of coaching. The ideas will be taken mainly from Positive Leadership, comparing features of the leader - follower relationship with the coach - client relationship, and Positive Communication (Everest goals, the styles of communicating, active positive responding, etc.).

22nd November
Coaching for Change or Coaching through Transition - with Sandra Wilson

What brings our clients to us? Often an event, a change in their lives, a desire to be different, internal or external pressure. Turbulence in some shape or form. We will explore the concept of change for a systemic perspective and consider how a change in one part of the system forces change in other parts of the same system and the subsequent human reaction to change. 

In this workshop Sandra will present her thinking on the difference between change and transition, change being an event and transition being a psychological experience. Participants will be invited to consider their work using this frame of reference considering how we engage our clients in psychological transition in pursuit of insight, choice, decision and action. We will look at how we can reframe change to work as peaceful ambassadors of transition.

23rd November
Working with beliefs to enable effective transition and positive change - with Tracy Sinclair

Our beliefs and belief structures underpin and inform everything we do, be they helpful or otherwise. Even empowering beliefs may become outdated or not be useful or appropriate in certain contexts.

In this one day workshop, we will look at how and why beliefs are formed and structured. We will work practically to identify core beliefs and the influence they have over our mind and body, and perhaps even our soul, or at least our sense of identity. We will also experiment with a belief change process and finally consider how this work can positively inform our own thinking and mindset when it comes to change, as well as enable our clients to navigate their own life transitions and changes more effectively.

Morning of 24th November
Resistance to creating new habits as a barrier to change - with Dino Laudato

What is it about change?  Getting fitter may mean going to the gym 3 nights a week and eating healthily. Then comes the lure of Friday night. Been a tough week, wouldn’t a glass or three of wine be nice to decompress ready for the weekend. Wine? Well, must have some cheese and maybe a nice meal. Oh dear, what is it about this change that makes it so difficult, after all you really want this!

Change is complex. It may appear easy to the rational mind, after all wanting to scale 6 flights of stairs and remain fresh faced seems a reasonable goal and yet, when you're not looking, something undermines your plans. 
How can we create new habits and stay on track to succeed with change? In this session we will explore how the  rational minds’ weaknesses can be overcome by appealing to the emotional part and give ourselves and our clients the best chance of success.

Afternoon of 24th November
Liminality: staying future focused on the edge - with Barry Joinson

In coaching, we often face situations where clients feel stuck, afraid and unable to cross the line between what “was” and what “could be”.
Through supervision and the development and reflection of my own practise, I’ve learned that I am sometimes lured into liminality – a trap of uncertainty and anxiety about the future that leaves both coach and coachee paralysed, going around in circles.
In this 3-hour workshop we will consider our role as coach, as our client stands at the threshold between what was and what might become. We will explore the concept of liminality, how to acknowledge and respect the fear and anticipation associated with the presenting unknown, and how to create trust and safety to let the answers come.

The workshop will be highly interactive and experiential, inviting you to explore liminality from your own perspective and to gain an appreciation of how to help clients with theirs, thus enabling the work to remain future focused during moments of uncertainty.

Trainer Bios

Colin Brett BA (Hons), MA, MSc, MA, MAPPCP, TSTA(O), PCC, BACP Senior PractitionerColin Brett

Colin is the Founder and Director of Coaching Development, one of the UK’s foremost providers of accredited coach training. He has been instrumental in many coaches achieving their credentials. He also offers credentialed coaches workshops in continuing professional development, particularly in supervision, transactional analysis and team coaching.

Among other accreditations Colin is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst in Organisations (one of six in the UK), an NLP coach and a Senior Practitioner with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. He is a Lego Serious Play Facilitator and is currently learning (for the fourth time) about organisational and family constellations. He has just qualified as a Credentialing Specialist.

His interest focuses in on the mind of the organisation, developing positive leadership and the value of emotional intelligence in the workplace.

Barry Joinson PCC

Barry is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF). He is also a trainer, facilitator and mediator. With over 20 years’ experience in international human resources and leadership development, Barry’s interest now lies in supporting people to make learning their own. With a focus on enabling individuals to understand the value of their unique contribution and style, he works with emerging and established leadership teams to assist them in realising the collective potential.

During his career he has worked across varied sectors including professional and financial services, NGO’s, security and defence, media and aviation. This broad range of experience equips him with an approach that is insightful, provocative and usefully challenging. Barry has mentored and observed on many occasions for Coaching Development on the Part I Diploma. He believes that coaching is a hugely powerful intervention for positive change.

Dino Laudato PCC

Dino is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF). He is also a business coach, facilitator and accomplished business leader, supporting emerging leaders to find their voice. 

Dino discovered coaching as part of his leadership journey and noticed that, like his 7-year-old, people are a lot more effective, resilient and energised when doing what they choose to do!  Noticing how coaching has had a profound effect on the way he built relationships with customers and team members, and on the engagement and productivity of his teams, he went on to qualify as an accredited coach. Dino enjoys working with others to unlock the untapped potential in them and ultimately deliver value for organisations. 

He has spent many years in multi-national organisations working to drive efficiencies and enable high productivity as a means of achieving a competitive business advantage. His work in organisational change, predominantly in the IT arena, focuses on how IT can be leveraged as the catalyst for culture change.  Drawing on his experiences of living in Europe, Middle East and N. America Dino believes success is achieved in the synergy of engaging the talents of people, process and technology.

Tracy Sinclair PCC

Tracy is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is also a trained Coaching Supervisor, Mentor Coach and an ICF Assessor.

She works as an international Corporate Executive and Board Level Coach, a leadership development designer and facilitator, working with a wide range of organisations. Tracy also specialises in working with organisations to support them to develop a coaching culture.

She currently sits on various UK, EMEA and Global ICF working groups to promote and enhance professional coaching. Tracy was the President of the UK ICF from 2013-2014 and has been a ICF Global Board Director since 2016, serving as Treasurer in 2017, Global Chair in 2018 and currently holding the position of Immediate Past Global Chair.

Dr Sandra Wilson (DProf Coaching Psychology), MProf, MA, BA, MCC Dr Sandra Wilson

Sandra is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF). Sandra was awarded a Professional Masters Equivalent in Coaching, in 2009, based on recognition and accreditation of learning. She has recently been awarded a Doctorate.  The research subject being “The impact of the coach’s unconscious mind on the coaching process”.

She is also internationally accredited to teach and supervise others in the organisational application of Transactional Analysis (TA). Sandra uses TA to develop her client's understanding of the unique role the unconscious plays in how human beings interact, communicate and build relationships. She teaches TA to Coaches to support the development of a philosophy based approach to building their coaching framework.

Sandra defines coaching as “An insight and action-oriented development intervention focussed on increasing the coachee’s effectiveness in his or her operating environment”. 


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