Gestalt Coaching Skills Virtual Workshop
This virtual workshop runs over four half days and is designed to be highly experiential as a prerequisite to theoretical understanding, with opportunities for ‘in the moment’ learning from personal and group experience. A Gestalt framework offers a way of being, of developing presence so that the coach acts as a powerful role model in their 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. Relational and creative, it promotes clarity and discovery where more rational approaches no longer offer the solution.
Originating in Germany and Austria in the early twentieth century, Gestalt is a school of psychology that is a highly effective and empowering change process for working with individuals, teams and organisations. Bringing greater awareness of how people communicate and relate to each other it provides a deeper understanding of what it is to be alive and human and offers those working in people development a powerful way of building relationships and effecting change.
What you will learn
About the nature of sensory and emotional awareness and paradoxical nature of change – the Gestalt approach integrates the cognitive, emotional and behavioural aspects of relationships and supports good communication and understanding.
How to better use observations of what you see, hear and feel in client systems and how people and events are systemically connected within organisations.
How to use the Gestalt Cycle of Experience as a dynamic model to understand individual and group development.
How to work effectively with resistance in the coaching practice by exploring the function of resistance and irrational behaviour.
How you learn
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.
The learning situation is viewed as a micro organisation, paralleling many of the interpersonal and team issues thrown up in the workplace. Therefore, attention is paid to the internal workings of the group and learning points are drawn from personal and group experience.
Your learning experience
Learning is shared through virtual faculty-led sessions and skills practise in small groups.
Your learning and development are always supported in a safe and comfortable environment to ensure you grow your confidence by working with your strengths and receiving personal and structured feedback from peers and supervision from faculty.
This workshop is approved for up to 12 CCEUs by the ICF.