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
Marjorie is an experienced coach and coach supervisor with extensive experience developing individuals and teams in organisations in the UK, US and Canada. Her early interest in supervision came from her first career as a mental health clinician where supervision was always a reflective space which offered challenge, support and new learning. Marjorie obtained her coach supervision training through the AoEC and Bath Consultancy Group and her supervision style is underpinned by systemic, Gestalt and psychodynamic thinking.

Marjorie has undertaken advanced Gestalt training in the UK and the USA including The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and The Gestalt International Study Center in Cape Cod. Marjorie is a Programme Director for the Psychology of Coaching Gestalt Coaching and Supervision programmes at the AoEC. She is an APECS accredited coach and coach supervisor.

Upcoming Course Details

Gestalt Coaching Skills Workshop
09 – 10 Oct 2018
Bonhill House, London

Gestalt Coaching Skills Workshop, 09 Oct 2018

Gestalt Coaching Skills Workshop, 10 Oct 2018

1-3 Bonhill Street, London EC2A 4BX United Kingdom

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