Join our ecosystems supervision group beginning in October

Ecosystem

Martin Vogel and Hetty Einzig are opening a new round of ecosystems supervision this autumn. Participants have found these groups to be particularly supportive and enriching during this time of global disruption, uncertainty and anxiety.

Stress is heightened by the enforced isolation of lockdown and social distancing precisely when we need contact with others to regulate our nervous system and remain present to ourselves and our clients. The groups answer this need while also challenging norms, assumptions and behaviours.

If you are a coach or practitioner whose work involves supporting people, we invite you to join us. The sessions will be held on Zoom. Depending on circumstances we may be able to offer some face-to-face sessions.

Our innovative approach fosters awareness of the ecosystems in which we are located and the influence we can bring to bear on them as individuals. It encourages an integration of our identities as people, practitioners and citizens.

The pandemic and the economic recession it has triggered, plus the ongoing pressures of the climate emergency and global social disruption provoke a range of often conflicting emotions. Sacrifices will be demanded of us and professional and personal choices will need to be made. Coaching professionals can play in important role in helping people navigate the choices ahead. But we will need to take care of ourselves and be adaptive. Old certainties have fallen away, new openings will emerge.

There is an imperative to find reflective space to support wise interventions, restraining the impulse to forge answers prematurely. We know that the intelligence of the group is greater than the intelligence of the smartest individual. So now is a time to come together as a community of practice, to support ourselves and our work in other communities beyond the group.

We are offering monthly sessions of three hours with a break in the middle. And we will respond flexibly to the group’s needs as situations unfold. The sessions address a mixture of thematic group content and supervision of individual practice issues.

Our approach is values-based, collaborative and experimental – exploring coaching practice within the context of wider societal and environmental considerations. At this time when all of humanity is simultaneously facing trauma at several levels, it could not be more timely. We draw also on our backgrounds in transpersonal coaching, bodywork, creative work, mindfulness, and psychodynamic theory and practice.

Hetty Einzig brings experience from a career encompassing psychotherapy, writing and journalism, and launching and directing a successful non-profit organisation. Her coaching and supervision is informed by ecological and systemic perspectives, psychology, art and literature.

Martin Vogel draws on a career as a former journalist and strategist turned coach and supervisor – integrating critical perspectives of society and politics alongside an interest in narrative and arts-based approaches.

We are both trained in Analytic-Network Coaching, which looks at the orientation of leaders in the networked society.

This group is for experienced practitioners wishing to deepen their connection and contribution through their work at this turbulent time.

For more information, read our explainer article:
What is ecosystems supervision?

Logistics

The size of the group will be no larger than eight participants. It will run for six sessions from October 2021 to April 2022, meeting from 14:00 to 17:00 on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 20 October 2021
  • Wednesday 24 November 2021
  • Wednesday 12 January 2022
  • Wednesday 9 February 2022
  • Wednesday 9 March 2022
  • Wednesday 6 April 2022

Participants must be able to commit to all six dates and, once committed, will hold responsibility for rescheduling any group meeting which they cannot attend.

Fees will be payable in advance of the commencement of the programme, at a rate you consider appropriate. For guidance we suggest:

  • You take into account the maximum fee which you charge your own clients and the frequency with which you work at this rate.
  • You may also like to consider what fee you would expect to earn for delivering a programme of a similar scale and nature to this supervision group.
  • If your financial circumstances are constrained, please do not feel inhibited from participating in the programme. Pay what you can reasonably afford.

If you would be interested in joining, please contact us to arrange a chat: ecosystems@vogelwakefield.com

Reflections on the emergency

By Martin Vogel

I’ve been writing about the COVID emergency at my new blog, The Unknowing Project. I began this as a space to develop thoughts around the question of unknowing as a stance for our times, which has since become the task of all of us as old certainties have collapsed. One of the themes that is emerging is about cultivating equanimity.

This is from a month ago:

“Fierce equanimity looks into a potential abyss and steps back into a grounded responsibility. We don’t know what the next weeks and months will hold. But we each have a part to play in mitigating the virus. That part entails apprehending it with due seriousness and changing our behaviour accordingly.”

Read the full post: The awakening.

And this is from today:

“A lot of what we’re feeling at the moment is grief. Some of the emotional response to the Prime Minister’s condition exemplifies this. The laying low of the nation’s leader symbolises not just the loss of our sense of security but an anticipatory grief about what lies ahead. That it should happen not just to our Prime Minister but to somebody as bumptious and boosterish as Boris Johnson pulls the rug from whatever lingering denial we may have been labouring under.”

Read the full post: Nobody knows anything.

Please be in touch if you have any reflections. At a time like this, it can be hard to find one’s moorings. We might respond in different ways: perhaps with a frenzy of productivity or perhaps berating ourselves for not being productive enough.

My blogpost on trauma has been getting a lot of traffic. We are collectively going through a traumatising experience and it’s important to know where you can get the right kind of help.

If you would like to talk, please get in touch.

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