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AoCS August News Update 2021


Jackie Arnold and Lydia Stevens will be running a series of workshops to form links with other leaders in the field of coaching, coaching supervision and business from different sectors, locations and cultures. Add these dates to your diary:

MODULE 1: INVESTIGATE & NURTURE - 13th September 2021
09.30 – 11.30 BST/GMT+1; 15.30 – 17.30 BST/GMT+1

MODULE 2: SENSE & PAUSE - 27th September 2021
09.30 – 11.30 BST/GMT+1; 15.30 – 17.30 BST/GMT+1

MODULE 3: IGNITE, RESPOND & ENGAGE - 11th October 2021
09.30 – 11.30 BST/GMT+1; 15.30 – 17.30 BST/GMT+1

Come and bring climate conversations to our communities, clients and associates by joining our summit on 20th November 2021.  If you need further information on how to join this inspiring movement, do contact Jackie Arnold, our Chair.

We are building strong foundations for our association to flourish now and in the future. The Transition Team are working with an experienced lawyer to produce our memorandum of articles and to have this accepted by Companies House in late summer. Watch this space!


We are pleased to announce that Felicia Lauw is joining AoCS Leadership Team to lead the work we all need to engage with on Diversity and Inclusion. 
Felicia Lauw is excited and honored to serve as a voice for Diversity and Inclusion for AoCS globally. Felicia is born and bred in a multi-racial environment in Singapore, is of Chinese ethnicity and Peranakan (Straits Malayan) heritage. She started in life at the lowest echelon of the Maslow hierarchy and alongside the Singapore story as it grew and developed. 

She has worked globally across cultures in the last 30 years, for profit and not-for-profit organisations; and made enough blunders to humbly say that there is still a lot more to be discovered and learned. In this role, Felicia hopes to facilitate and equally, learn to build increased awareness to support our coaching and supervision profession to embrace, respect and forge partnerships with people; especially those voices that have not been in the traditional majority. 

A Chinese idiom that states “seeking common ground and allowing for differences”, 求同存(qiu tong cun yi)guides the intent for D&I. In doing so, the hope is to promote a professional community that develops a keen awareness of one’s values and edges, showing care and respect for others, building more connectedness and guided by a common focus to create a positive impact in the world. 

Ahead of this cross-profession Roundtable on Racism, we would like to hear from our members on the subject: Add your voices through our poll. We hope this will be the biggest response to an AoCS poll yet, as it was one of the big themes that came out of our previous Thought Provocation work with Yvette Elcock, which we are taking forward. Thank you in advance for your responses and support for Felicia as she grows into her new role with us.

For more information about Felicia, see her profiles on the AoCS and LinkedIn websites.


Just to remind you that Lifting the Lid on Supervision Podcast Series is active and the aims were to:
  • Encourage the active use of supervision as too many coaches are not making regular use of supervision
  • Explain some of the mysteries surrounding supervision and help coaches get the best out of a supervision session
History to date
  • 45 episodes released to August with another ten already recorded and ready for publication
  • Seven 5* ratings on Apple “Really enjoying this podcast Clare and Steve. Can’t tell you how much thinking and reflecting this has triggered for me as I listen to it and afterwards.” “Thank you for your honesty and insights!” - plus positive verbal and social media feedback
  • Hosted by Spreaker, distributed via Apple, Google, Spotify
  • Most episodes get around 70-90 downloads/listens, which is in the top 25% of podcasts
  • Has moved from conversations between Clare Norman and Steve Ridgley to a mix of these and triad conversations with guest speakers, including Julia Menaul.
  • The most popular pods have been:
    • Am I good enough as a coach?
    • How to bring your whole self into supervision, not just the client’s stuff
    • The hunt for the elusive killer question
    • Coaching the system
    • Bereavement in coaching and supervision
    • Story in coaching
  • Latest podcast 45 is here 
Also check out Tammy Turner’s new Podcast Series.

The next Co-Supervision Space session with Michelle Lucas and Yvette Elcock is on 3rd September 2021 from 13.00-15.00 BST. This session will concentrate on Systemic Approach. Come and take the opportunity to practice existing or new approaches to coaching supervision in a great learning community. Click here for tickets.

The next few dates remaining for 2021 are:
  • 1st October, 13:00 - 15:00 BST/UK
  • 5th November, 13:00 - 15:00 GMT/UK
  • 3rd December, 13:00 - 15:00 GMT/UK



Coaching at Work’s first Roundtable on Racism in Coaching is on 15th September 2021. We are delighted that the AC UK, AOCS, APECS, BPS SGCP, EMCC UK, UK ICF and ISCP will be joining us to share what they’re each doing so we can learn from each other and fruitfully collaborate. 
We hope to post a short report after 15th September..

A reminder that CAW's annual coaching conference will be on 23rd November 2021. The theme will be 'Languishing to flourishing: Enhancing resilience and wellbeing during adversity'. The conference will be held virtually using the Zoom platform. Speakers and sessions will soon be announced.

Would you like to connect with other coordinators?

We are proposing an online session (1.5 hrs) for all regional/country coordinators (and perhaps those who may be interested in becoming one?) to connect, explore and share our collective wisdom and best practice experiences on how we can promote and support supervision and related learning and development in our respective geographies. 

Paula Wilson, country coordinator for NI and Ireland will facilitate the session on Friday 24th September @ 11am- 12.30pm BST. Interested? Please confirm directly with Paula


DAY 1: Thursday 23rd September 2021, 12-4pm SGT/ 5-9am BST
DAY 2: Friday 24th September 2021, 8am-12pm SGT/ 1-5am BST

We are delighted to announce our Gathering for coaches and supervisors, although the timings have been matched to the Asia Pac region, Everyone is welcome! Sessions will be held in English and do check your individual time zone.

“As a New Zealander, Leanne Lowish would love to adopt the spirit of the Maori term, ‘Hui' for the meeting of our community. For her, this means people coming together to listen and be heard, to share and understand, and to be open to new wisdom. Let’s come together in the spirit of community and celebrate the wisdom in our region.”

The Gathering will be over two days, each will include workshops and experiences for a wide professional community. There will be a range of topics suitable for experienced practitioners and those new to supervision. All coaches and Supervisors welcome! The link to book via Eventbrite will be coming soon; contact Sam Fremantle to register your interest.
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