Reflective Practitioner Coaches Community – RPCC

Why I’m starting the RPCC

In most simple terms: I need it and you might as well ;-)!

  • Even if we’ve been coaching for a long time, or may be especially then, we tend to develop unhelpful practices, behaviors, mindsets
  • By developing early on reflective practices and engaging with other like-minded practitioners, keeps us on a healthy development path
  • As we practice, we recognize areas that need sharpening. Observing others coach, helps us discover and learn.
  • I keep hearing from coaches 2 consistent requests:
    • 1. I want to observe more experienced coaches coach
    • 2. I want a space where I can continue to process/grow as a coach, but can’t commit to the intensity of an ICF mentor coaching group. I need something consistent, but not too frequent (and not too expensive).

 

What is the RPCC?

As coaches we provide a reflective process for our clients towards deeper or new awareness that results in change. Therefore we need to be engaged in our own reflective process about our self, as well as about our practice and mastery as a coach. Reflection is crucial.

Who you are is how you coach, or lead, or live!

The RPCC is a group of coach practitioners who are committed to their own development and growth towards more masterful coaching. The depth of our own growth and development impacts the depth and impact our coaching has with our clients.

Learning reflective practices for our own coaching and observing coaching are critical processes for our continued development towards mastery. This is the main purpose of the RPCC, providing a consistent process and space among colleagues. It does not replace mentor coaching or coaching supervision.

The ICF recently updated the core competencies model and added a new category related to the ‘being of the coach’, emphasizing the importance of a coach ‘embodying a coaching mindset’. 7 of the 8 sub-points relate directly to the coach’s work on themselves!

  • engages in ongoing learning and development as a coach
  • develops an ongoing reflective practice to enhance one’s coaching
  • remains aware of and open to the influence of context and culture on self and others
  • uses awareness of self and one’s intuition to benefit clients
  • develops and maintains the ability to regulate one’s emotions
  • mentally and emotionally prepares for sessions
  • seeks help from outside sources when necessary

The RPCC will provide a space and environment for this.

 

What you can expect:

Four (4) 2-hour calls in 1 year, starting March 2nd, 2020. The calls will take place 16:00-18:00 Budapest time (10am-12pm Eastern US time). The other calls are scheduled for June 1, September 7 and December 7.

The first hour of the call focuses on observing and then learning from a ~30-minute coaching demo. The coaching is modeled each time by an experienced coach. You will learn from different coaching styles.

The second hour is split into two parts: 

  1. Implementing effective reflective practices with a peer: you bring an issue from your current coaching and your peer helps you effectively reflect and gain awareness and action on your insight. Then you offer the same for your peer. 
  2. Developing reflective practices, best practices for coaching, sharing learning and a space for Q&A. Sharing and learning from our own reflective practices where you develop your own approach and practices that suit you and enhance your coaching.

Group size is not limited. If there is too much interest, I might offer two groups. I will do my best to accommodate more challenging time zones, but cannot promise. The suggested time for the call should be considered possible for you before you apply!

 

Costs?

  • $97.- for the year! Applicants from majority world countries or Central/Eastern European nationalities can inquire to receive a discount.
  • Commitment to come prepared
  • Commitment to engage in reflective practices and learning

 

It is for coaches who are:

  • Committed to not plateau
  • Committed to learn and to enhance their coaching
  • Committed to ask for support
  • Committed to contribute learning
  • Committed to develop and learn reflective practices
  • Committed to truly do what we say we do in service of our clients
  • Committed to reflecting on our human side and being professional
  • You are a new or experienced coach
  • You don’t have to be ICF credentialed
  • You need to be an active practitioner. This means you work 2-3 regular clients (who are not part of a coach training course) in regular work/life/ministry settings.

 

To apply, go here (please only apply, if you are able to make the suggested dates and time!)

Your application does not guarantee acceptance. There will be a selection process to ensure a good match for all applicants. You will receive a confirmation after the registration deadline in regards to your application. 

Application Deadline: February 7, 2020 (late applicants will be considered)

Participants agree to:

  • always coming prepared, having put everything else aside to be present when the group starts
  • bringing a topic where they are challenged in their own growth as a coach and want use reflective practices with a peer (diad) to strengthen their coaching
  • confidentiality as to what is shared during the 2-hour call
  • coming as a learner to contribute, to share learning, to support others, to be curious, to not dominate (even if you are a verbal processor), to give yourself a space after the RPCC call for reflection to capture your own learning, discoveries and implementation
  • inquiring constructively, focused on learning that benefits the group
  • receiving email and update information from ‘Coaching & Training’ (we do not sell or share your information with others)