Gestalt Coaching Skills Workshop

This two day workshop covers:

  • The nature of sensory and emotional awareness
  • Using observations of what you see, hear and feel in client systems
  • The Gestalt Cycle of Experience as a dynamic model to understand individual and group development
  • The paradoxical nature of change
  • Working with resistance in coaching practice

Reasons to enrol

As a result of attending you will:

  • Understand how to work in the present
  • Experience the importance of the coaching relationship as a vehicle for change
  • Know how to use yourself in the relationship to powerful effect
  • Be able to work with the current experience of the client, ie phenomenologically
  • Understand and work with resistance in the change process

The workshop is designed to be highly experiential as a prerequisite to theoretical understanding, with opportunities for ‘in the moment’ learning from personal and group experience. Gestalt theory and practice is a very effective and empowering change process for working with individuals, teams and organisations, bringing greater understanding and awareness of how people communicate and relate with each other. As an approach to human functioning it offers an understanding of what it is to be alive and human, and was influenced by such diverse areas of study as eastern philosophy, field theory, philosophy, psychoanalysis and Gestalt psychology.

A Gestalt framework offers a way of being, of developing presence so that the coach acts as a powerful role model in his/her work. It focuses on how beliefs, values and attitude affect people’s relationships, how they respond to change and therefore the impact on business targets. It promotes clarity and discovery where more rational approaches no longer offer the solution.

Gestalt based coaching is underpinned by a number of interconnected concepts:

    • Present centred awareness: awareness is seen as curative and growth producing. The coaching process follows the client’s experience, staying with what is present and aware.
    • Emphasis on the unique experience of the individual: individual experience comprises emotions, perceptions, behaviour and body sensations as well as memories and ideas and is honoured and respected as being true for each individual
    • Creative experimentation: the collaborative efforts of the client and coach promote growth and discovery through experimental methodology in which the coach‘tests’out hunches against the client’s experience and modifies accordingly.
    • Relationship: Relationality is central to the change process. Presence, dialogue and the visibility of the coach characterise the co-created relationship of client and coach

Who is this course for?

Practicing coaches of all levels.

Course Faculty

Marjorie Shackleton
Marjorie ShackletonExperienced Coach and Coach Supervisor
With experience of developing individuals and teams in the US, Canada and the UK, Marjorie thrives on the diversity of her practice which includes coaching, coach supervision and coach development. Her current executive coach practice is with senior executives and high potential managers in a wide range of sectors including professional services, finance and consumer goods, who use the reflective space offered to explore the dimensions of leadership. She is particularly interested in the duality of business and personal objectives as a means to bring about sustainable organisational change.

Marjorie’s was introduced to Gestalt in the early days of her career and over the years has undertaken Gestalt training in the UK and the USA including The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and The Gestalt International Study Center in Cape Cod. As a model of ‘being’ rather than ‘doing’, she continues to be drawn to it’s focus on immediacy, optimism and high quality interpersonal contact. Marjorie is also a trained Coach Supervisor working with experienced external coaches and internal coaches in organisations.

Marjorie has designed and led AoEC Diploma Programmes in The Pyschology of Coaching, and Gestalt Coaching and has been faculty on the Practitioner and Advanced Programmes. Marjorie has held Visiting Faculty positions on the at Henley Business School MSc In Behavioural Coaching) and the University of Portsmouth (MSc in Coaching and Mentoring).

Kay Young
Kay YoungExperienced Coach and Faculty
Based in Edinburgh, Kay is a gestalt orientated leadership coach and consultant with public and private sector clients. She has 15 years senior management experience, including: working at NHS Board Director level; developing high profile executive coaching and leadership development programmes; working internationally; and tutoring for 15 years on a range of MBA programmes.

Kay is a highly experienced, professional, and accredited coach and coaching supervisor. She also practices as a gestalt therapist. She has gained the Diploma in Advanced Executive Coaching and the Master Coach Practitioner Diploma with the AoEC; and completed her training in gestalt psychotherapy, with the Edinburgh Gestalt Institute. She is passionate about gestalt informed coaching and supervision practice; about learning and human growth; and in working with leaders, to enhance leadership, team and organisational effectiveness.

Upcoming Course Details

Gestalt Coaching Skills Workshop
12 – 13 Mar 2019
Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
Gestalt Coaching Skills Workshop
19 – 20 Jun 2019
Bonhill House, London

Gestalt Coaching Skills Workshop - Edinburgh, 12 Mar 2019

Gestalt Coaching Skills Workshop - Edinburgh, 13 Mar 2019

Gestalt Coaching Skills Workshop, 19 Jun 2019

Gestalt Coaching Skills Workshop, 20 Jun 2019

23-27 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3BH
1-3 Bonhill Street, London EC2A 4BX United Kingdom

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