Join our ecosystems supervision group beginning in October

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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

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Supervision is a means of providing just such reflective space. It’s considered normal best practice for professional coaches to have regular contact with a supervisor to review their work, their practice and their sense of being in the world. In complex and fast-moving organisational settings, where corner-cutting and groupthink can lead to questionable practices, supervision provides a space to find one’s ethical ground.

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What is ecosystems supervision? An explainer

By Martin Vogel and Hetty Einzig

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Ecosystems supervision is a collaborative and experimental approach which explores coaching practice within the context of wider societal and environmental considerations. It combines enquiry in depth into who we are as individuals and as professionals with exploration in breadth of the systems and networks within which – and which shape how – we operate. 

This article explains our approach and what it is like to experience ecosystems supervision. It is by nature a work in progress as we employ an action learning approach in our work, adapting and developing as we learn with participants in our groups. 

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Who comes for supervision? Good question. Women, it would seem. At least that is the case for the flavour of supervision that I have been offering with my colleague, Hetty Einzig, for the past year.

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Join our ecosystems supervision group beginning in January

Martin Vogel and Hetty Einzig are opening a new round of ecosystems supervision focussed on supporting practitioners as society’s response to the pandemic enters a new phase. If you are a coach or practitioner whose work involves supporting people, we invite you to join this programme of group supervision sessions. Depending on circumstances we plan to offer a blended model of online and 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.

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If you are a coach or practitioner whose work involves supporting people, we invite you to join this online programme of group supervision sessions.

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By Martin Vogel

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I’m excited to be offering a group supervision programme in collaboration with Hetty Einzig next year. If you are a coach, please join what promises to be an exciting and innovative approach to supervision, starting February 2020. The group will meet monthly for six months in central London. What we are calling Eco-Supervision is a values-based, collaborative and experimental model which explores coaching practice within the context of wider societal and environmental considerations. It is rooted in the models of Analytic-Network Coaching and Eco-Leadership created by Simon Western. We have his agreement to refer to his frameworks. We will draw also on our backgrounds in Transpersonal Coaching, bodywork, creative practices and mindfulness. 

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