Becoming ‘psychologically minded’ as a coach is a step towards deepening your own learning and development as an advanced practitioner. As coach trainers we often see this begin to develop once a coach has mastered the core principles associated with effective coaching. It is for this reason that this competence is one of the cornerstones of the 2nd year of our coach training programmes (Pgd Diploma in Coaching and Development and the EMCC Senior Practitioner Award).
This capacity enables us to develop the ability to notice in the moment, to observe ourselves, the coachee, our relationship, the system and to become more conscious of the interpersonal dynamics at play.
A principle for coaches becoming more psychologically-minded is learning the importance of identifying and working with these interpersonal dynamics through reflective practice. In order to take control of, not be over-influenced by or manage these processes effectively, we need to learn to disidentify from them but to do this we first need to identify what may be occurring between us and our coachee.
Our next webinar on 17 February 2014 at 14:00 (GMT) will help you to explore some of the common interpersonal and psychological dynamics that occur between coach and coachee. Our intention is to support you in
- recognising these dynamics
- identifying their source and relevance to the coaching conversation
- developing an understanding for working with them.
The key processes of projection, identification, transference, countertransference and parallel process will be discussed and we will look at how regular and active reflective practice including coaching supervision is an important tool for coach development and coach efficacy in the service of their clients.
The aims of the session are to:
- gain insight into psychological interpersonal dynamics present in coaching and the impact they make
- deepen your understanding of how you as the coach may unconsciously influence the coaching relationship
- reflect on a coachee and understand how to apply the principles of reflection and supervision to your practice.
This will be a reflective and interactive webinar delivered by two of our Faculty, Dr Andrew McDowell and Damion Wonfor. It will also include an experiential component so please prepare yourself for this session by reflecting upon a recent coaching experience where you felt challenged or curious about your reactions to your coachee or where you noticed a potentially deeper dynamic in the conversation that you did not expect and you became interested in after the session.