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Coaching for Social Justice and Equity: Decoloniality as a Systemic Lens

Course creator & Facilitator:

Charmaine Roche, an Association for Coaching (AC) accredited executive coach and trained supervisor who has been working in the field for over 20 years and offers critically developmental, reflective spaces as a coach and supervisor. She brings a combination of radical compassion and critical consciousness to the work of challenging the norms and assumptions that create exclusion and sustain oppressive practices. Her mission is to provide coach training and CPD approaches that have social justice at their core. She is PhD researcher at Leeds Beckett university. Her latest publications Decolonising Coaching and Racial Justice, Equity and Belonging in Coaching are contributing to a defining conversation around the purpose of coaching in our turbulent times.

 

Co-facilitator – Sid Hamid. Sid’s 15 years of experience as a holistic occupational therapist, business networking leader, social impact start-up founder plus tending & befriending his trauma, has grounded him to coach with compassion. He’s also known as the radically inclusive ‘chameleon’ coach who has accompanied diverse people (including those who identify as neurodivergent) to bring their whole selves to life for sustainable change & growth.

Presently, Sid is an internationally sought-after coach with people at all levels across various cultures, industries and organisations such as HSBC, The Coca Cola Company, SCB, A+E Networks etc. Sid offers a psychologically safe partnering that explores “whole self, whole systems” and stretches people to true transformation. He believes, harnessing the power of ‘resonance’ in ourselves and in with others, results in fresh, enduring solutions with forward momentum flowing in & through us and the relationship systems that we’re nested in.  

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Course Description

What it means to coach and supervise ethically has gone through a seismic shift during 2020. The global pandemic and heighted awareness of a number of interdependent existential crises has caused many coaches and supervisors to ask new questions about what purposes we are being called to serve in the world.  Social movements against systemic racism, ecocide, and gender inequality are the tip of an iceberg of a deep unease about what it means to live and work with integrity.

This course is built on the first three years of research for my PhD which is exploring the question: What are the ethics of coaching for social change in oppressive contexts? It begins from the premise that we all, in some respect, experience a loss of power and agency when faced with the complex web or issues we live our lives and professional activity enmeshed with.

We and our clients may be experiencing the performative pressures of modern social relations, the patterns of inequality and injustices and relations with our planet as oppressive, distressing and disabling. We are looking for the spaces within our global system to find the agency we need to identify, challenge, and transform the things that constrain us and our clients from living with a sense of meaning, freedom, and empowerment. We seek a way of being more aligned with social justice aspirations.

The course takes decoloniality as a systemic lens by exploring Modernity* and its relationship to Coloniality*. Decoloniality is a way of Knowing, conceiving of and using Power, and a way of Being which works to disrupt and reimaging a world other than that which has become defined by the coloniality Knowledge, Power and Being that underpins modern systems.

We will explore through case study examples, coaching triads and group supervision practice what it means to coach and supervise with the systemic lens of decoloniality.

The course invites you to reflect deeply about your own way of being in the world and creates a nurturing and compassionate space for organic growth.

Course Aims

  • To explore what we need to learn, unlearn, relearn in order to coach with a social justice intent.

Course Objectives

Participants will:

  • Understand decoloniality as a way of Knowing and Being in coaching and supervision.
  • Understand how some of the normative assumptions in coaching, mentoring and supervision affect the power dynamics within working relationships.
  • Understand how our own socialisation may limit our systemic awareness.
  • Learn how to use social justice intent ethically, and with compassion, within the working relationship.

This is a holistic, highly reflexive and interactive course integrating key readings and listening from episodes of Charmaine’s Podcast, Speak Up, Speak Out: Ethics Matter. Journaling is also encouraged as a tool for integrating whole body processing.

Key questions

  • What does decoloniality look like in coaching philosophy and practice?
  • What is the place of intentionality over neutrality in coaching?

Why this course?

You will be attracted to this course because you wish to expand the way that you work to understand how to actively work from a social justice intent without compromising client autonomy or agency. Many coaches struggle with the fear that they are bound by neutrality from working from their values. This course provides the space to examine the assumptions we have trained to accept from the perspective of decoloniality and reframes the focus from neutrality to equity, justice and eco-sanity.  

If you have an interest in justice, equity and ethics and want coaching to make a difference in this space as a coach, mentor, supervisor or EDI specialist this course is for you.

On completion you will receive a certificate of recognition of your 15 hrs of CPD and  AC  credits

Course Dates 

Once you have made your payment you will be redirected to a google form to select cohort dates and provide information that will help tailor the course to your needs.

2022 Dates

Cohort 1 – Doctors Without Borders April 2022. (FULLY BOOKED)

Cohort 2 –  May 31st/June 7/9 (FULLY BOOKED)  PDT/EDT time zones. 

Cohort 3 – Monday 19th/26th September & 3rd October 9.30-14.30 GMT Due to popular demand the cohort size has been extended. There are now a further 3 places available. Apply by email. info@lifeflowbalance.co.uk

2023 Dates

Cohort 1 – March 13th, 20th, 27th, 2023 9:30am- 2:30pm GMT

Cohort 2 – October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 2023 9:30am – 2:30pm GMT

Core Course Content

 Day One

  • Centring, connecting and feedback on reading and journaling
  • Building the container for 3 days of self-work, reflection and building systemic awareness
  • exploring your BEING as a coach, mentor or supervisor
  • Coaching for Social Equity Framework
  • Key concepts of Decoloniality
  • Case Study – applying theory to practice
  • Intersessional task for day 2

Day Two 

  • Centring, reconnecting and feedback on reading and journaling
  • Coaching for Social Equity Framework revisited
  • Neutrality in coaching, mentoring or supervision – what does it mean?
  • The role of professional agency & values.
  • Coaching/Mentoring Triad-Radical Compassion
  • Introduction to Critically Reflective Action Learning Set process for Supervision – Round 1
  • Intersessional task for day 3

Day Three 

Core content 

  • Centring and reconnecting and feedback on reading and journaling
  • Exploring oppression and the empathy gap
  • Conscientization as a process in coaching strengths & limitations
  • Ethics as Critical Practice within The Coaching for Social Justice Framework
  • Critically Reflective Action Learning Set Process for Supervision – Round 2

Future Dates

News will  appear  on this page of future dates. Sign up for our Newsletter to keep in touch. Email to go on the wait list for up coming course dates.

Other Time Zones

If you would like this course to be run at a time other than GMT please email: charmaine@lifeflowbalance.co.uk

Course Fee: £500 – Please see payment options below. Pay online or by BACs. For BACs apply by email to be invoiced: info@lifeflowbalance.co.uk.

Once you have made your payment you will be redirected to a google form to select cohort dates and provide information that will help tailor the course to your needs.

Testimonials

"This training is an eye opener about what our role as coaches can and should be. It gets us one step further towards being the coaches Medecins Sans Frontieres needs today."
"It opened up my eyes and heart, even though I was already opening up to this realisation, though too slow ... having a professional coach helping us to use most of the same coaching tools but with a different lens is a powerful addition. It allows us to contribute to a better workplace beyond our individual coachees, eventually. We can play that role, and once you know, how can you not play it? the final choices and steps to take remain those of the person you coach."
"A great opportunity to learn something so important and relevant - beyond coaching."
This course was first run for the Coaching & Mentoring Hub of Medecins Sans Frontieres in November & December 2021.

Interested in Group Supervision with Charmaine?

Following the end of the course there will be an opportunity to establish a Critically Reflective Action Learning Set for ongoing integration and learning.

Apply for one of the three places made available for September 19/26/3rd October by email info@lifeflowbalance.co.uk

Option 1 (includes PayPal Fee) Early Bird (Expires) December 31st 2022

Option 2 BACs

£450 Early Bird

£500 Standard fee after December 31st
Email info@lifeflowbalance.co.uk for invoice

Payments by instalments available on request with 5% admin fee added to standard or early bird fee