I passed my coaching qualification a few years ago and I’d like to stay up to date with recent developments – what CPD should I be doing, and where can I get the latest information on coaching and techniques?
It’s easy to slip into bad habits and become complacent about our coaching practice, so it is commendable that you are keen to continue your learning journey as a coach. There are many opportunities and options available. One important way of developing and rejuvenating is through supervision. The “s” word is often dismissed as a nice to have, but looking at your coaching practice with a more experienced coach, either one to one or in a supervision group, can help you develop new approaches, finesse your skills, explore ethical dilemmas and challenges and celebrate success and what is going well.
Alongside supervision there are numerous sources of CPD and it is worth thinking about how you most enjoy learning and what works best for you. Professional bodies are a great place to start – organisations such as the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC), International Coach Federation (ICF), Association for Coaching (AC) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) have national conferences as well as regular local forums and groups and masses of useful online information. They often offer short workshops and Master Classes on relevant coaching topics. The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) has an excellent website which includes really interesting cutting edge articles on coaching, mentoring and leadership development, as well as Edge and Inspire resources.
Networking with other coaches, peer coaching and participating in virtual forums are also great ways of finding out what is the latest thinking in coaching and what are the new ideas and applications. Enjoy your learning!