Christina Gates pictured bottom right, is stepping back from her Membership Lead role for now, due to changing personal circumstances. We wish Christina well and look forward to welcoming her back into the volunteer team should that be possible at some stage in the not to distant future. We will welcome Theodora Fitzsimmons to take up the Membership Lead role in April, together with up to three team members. We have recruited one of these, and we are looking for two more. Please let us know if you are interested in joining the Memberships Team as a volunteer.
In the meantime, we continue the work that Christina has already made a tangible impact upon.
Our membership enquires and payment queries will continue to be dealt with swiftly and separately by membership secretary, Sam Fremantle, of our Membership team. She has been working with us for some years and performs a huge amount of work each month, pulling things together and getting the important things done in the background.
Continuing with our introductions: Clare Beckett-McInroy is the co-lead on Outreach and Research, consolidating AoCS existing work in this area and co-creating systemic awareness and knowledge-share. Benita Stafford-Smith is co-lead with Clare Beckett-McInroy for the Outreach and Research portfolio. Benita is a passionate Supervisor excited to raise awareness of this amazing gift of Supervision through AoCS. Experienced Accredited Members of AOCS willing to volunteer with Outreach by giving a presentation, workshop or demonstration of Supervision on behalf of AOCS, as we get requests, please email either Benita or Clare and we will be in touch.
Further Vacancies are mentioned elsewhere in this News Update.
AOCS Regional Coordinators Creative Collaboration
FOMO? CALLING ALL OUR REGIONAL COORDINATORS
(Formerly known as AMBASSADORS)
Regional Coordinators (Formerly Ambassadors) for AOCS are an important part of our global strategy. We would like to encourage as many of you as possible to attend, which would make for a really vibrant meeting of supervision minds and an exciting collaboration to shape our future. The focus of this session will build on the previous discussions, offering our volunteer coordinators a further opportunity to clarify their roles with AoCS and to share their thoughts and experiences on how they would like to ‘promoting, engaging and developing’ supervision in their geographies. We would love to hear what you feel you need in your role so we can support your outreach work better going forward. We look forward to connecting again and ‘joining hands’ in this capacity. Contact Joanne to register your attendance.
AoCS sponsored the International Coaching Supervision Conference:
Learning in a Global Community
It was a difficult decision whether to go ahead. However, if ever there was a time to attend to our own self-awareness, deepen our ability to connect human-to-human, and engage in learning within a multi-cultural context… then this is it! Each playing our part in creating a just world – no single person able to solve the world’s problems but together making a difference. Jo Birch
"This Conference provided the strongest sense of being a global community that I have ever experienced. It was like being in an atmospheric layer encircling the globe with supervisors learning together for ways to make positive impacts on many different challenges with brighter insight and fuller compassion – all of this amidst war and other challenges. Great care was taken to accomplish this by Jo Birch and her organiser team.
Fitting all participants and providing language interpreters (which AoCS helped sponsor) created strong collective learning experiences. With no barriers the information was easy to understand and have meaningful relevant discussions. The space between sessions filled with amazing lingering conversations in various languages as interpreters brought discussions to a close to rejoin the larger group where a solid presence prevailed for ‘sitting’ together. Even as a large group, participants listened through language specific dialog as the topics were synthesized through feedback.
Vibrant sessions with various supervisory topics of contracting, self-centering, supervision groups, creative supervision were complimented with a panel discussion on ways that enhance coaching competence. There were approaches of engaging with love, silence in action, Ubuntu, biography, ancestors, shadows, and cultural bereavement. Applications included using Lego, regenerative thinking, leader supervision, levels of supervision in organisations, the Holo Shift, the Golden Age, and the importance of music. I hope that you can watch some of these recorded sessions to refresh yourself with connection and learning.
Experience this global gathering for yourself at your own pace. Take part through recordings of these sessions and embrace these thought-provoking insights. The importance of music was a surprise for me in learning valuable things I never knew, and music is forever changed for myself and using with clients. CCE’s are also available for sessions attended for your CPD records.
Which session will be a surprise for you?
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION REFLECTIVE CIRCLE Join our next circle on 18th March 2022 @ UK Noon / 8pm SGT / 4pm UAE
At the International Coaching Supervision Conference held on 1st and 2nd March, I was privileged to present a session on “Supervision supported by our ancestors" in Chinese. I participated and learned alongside colleagues in their first language (English, Chinese, Russian, Romanian). Regardless of what is happening in the world and where we sit, there is always an opportunity for us to hold ourselves and another with care and stay connected. The consciousness of what needs to change is important and the actual impact is felt when we choose to respond and behave inclusively this very moment. May we all be well.
Come along to the next Reflective Circle and lend your voice on D&I on 18th March 2022 at UK Noon / 8pm SGT / 4pm UAE.
The next 2022Co-Supervision Spacesession with Michelle Lucas and Yvette Elcock will be on 1st April 2022 from 11.00-12.30pm UK (BST). This session will concentrate on Experience Sharing of using techniques from the Eclectic, Existential and Gestalt approaches.
Come and take the opportunity to practice existing or new approaches to coaching supervision in a great learning community. You will be able to book an individual or multiple sessions depending on your planning preference.
Click here for free tickets for members and our free membership offer to those attending three sessions at the non-member rate.
Here are the 2022 dates for your schedules all of which will be held at 11.00-13.00 GMT/UK unless stated below:
6th May 2022
27th May 2022
1st July 2022
29th July 2022 - 90 minute session, 11.00-12.30 UK (BST)
2nd September 2022
7th October 2022
4th November 2022
2nd December 2022 - 90 minute session 11.00-12.30 UK (GMT)
Our new Regional Co-ordinator Gillian Walter has published a rather beautiful book: Choir of Brave Voices: Creative Reflection for a Seasonal Journey of Self-Discovery which we would like to share with you. This gorgeous resource is laid out as a journal filled with visual and poetic inspirations.
Have a look, your eyes, heart and soul will thank you!
This leads us nicely into the BOOK EXCHANGE and another VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Who loves books and enjoys talking with other professionals about books?
Want to enhance your membership by getting more involved?
Do you have a small amount of time (~3 hours a month, 9 months a year) to arrange and facilitate a new Book Exchange (separate from our existing Book Club which is focussed upon reviewing books). Support will be given.
The Book Exchange could interest all levels of membership, in sharing about the reading you are / should be doing for curiosity, or for study, for updating or for inspiration! The notion is to work on our community feel and banish isolation, whilst creating an enjoyable professional network focused on learning and continued professional development. Contact Lorenza if you could volunteer a regular time each month for this and a small amount of time for the relevant arrangements.