Edna Murdoch and Miriam Orriss began their working careers in Education, Senior Management, Clinical and Managerial Supervision, Business Development and Psychotherapy – contexts which required supervision as part of professional practice.
On becoming coaches in 1999, they discovered that if there were coach supervisors around, they couldn’t find them. This led Edna Murdoch to begin to develop supervision for coaches, and she established the successful Supervision-on-Call, offering individual and group coaching to coaches at all levels. Supervision- on-Call was the forerunner of the Coaching Supervision Academy.
Following a period of feedback and consultation with senor coaches in the UK, Edna established the core concepts and practices of the Coaching Supervision Academy, and later invited experienced supervisors Fiona Adamson and Miriam Orriss to join her in creating a first class supervsion training for executive coaches. This programme now trains coaches in UK, France, Sweden, and Australia.
CSA delivered presentations on Coaching Supervision to coaching groups and to organisations keen to learn more about the emerging form of coaching CPD that was to become known as ‘supervision’.
CSA grew and blossomed, running many supervision groups. We began working with executive coaches inside organisations, and ran the first Supervision Skills Course for Internal Coaches who wished to peer-supervise – this pioneering early development was to become one of our signature offerings.
Following the success of CSA’s supervision groups – and the great response to the Supervision Skills courses for coaches – we decided to offer full supervision training for executive coaches, and the first diploma course was launched in 2006.
Our Diploma course developed, becoming highly regarded in the coaching community. And in 2009 we were delighted when the course obtained ICF-approved provider status; it’s just one of only a handful in the UK . We also became a limited company.
Meanwhile, a sister course was set up in Sweden by two CSA Graduates – this programme is also ICF approved. The first cohort in Sweden completed their course in 2010.
Following a great year in 2009, CSA is looking to the future.
We are continuing our expansion, presenting at conferences, and offering new courses, including long and short coaching supervision courses, Adv CPD courses for coaches and the Diploma in Supervision planned for France, USA, Ireland, and Singapore.
Currently (2012) the seventh cohort of the Diploma Programme is gathering and CSA Community of accredited coach supervisors, now numbers in excess of 130. Our programmes are now accredited by EMCC.
As our work in Coaching Supervision has grown, we have experts from the fields of Gestalt, Time to Think, NLP, TA, Systems theory, Transpersonal Perspectives, Field Theory and Quantum Physics, making contributions to our courses and marrying contemporary insights with classic supervision theory and practice. Our supervision models and our understanding of supervision practice grow as the field of coaching is growing. Currently, there are 15 Coach Supervisors on the CSA training team – meet them here.
When we look to the future, we’re excited. Technology allows new freedoms and possibilities that just five years ago would have seemed impossible. From virtual supervision to face to face supervision, we’re looking forward to finding more ways to support coaches world-wide.