Preparing your path

Your session: structure and content

As well as fresh teaching from John, excercises, practice time and international guest trainers, each participant will be required to prepare a 70 to 90 minute session which should be designed to engage the group though a mixture of context setting and ‘theoretical’ input and, for the majority of the time, practical experiential learning activities.

This page is designed to catalyse your thinking about content and an engaging way of bringing it to life. You will be supported in this as part of the supervision process. NOTEPlease do not be limited by the suggestions on this page – only the time is limited!

Session Structure

A suggested structure for your session:
An introduction to your topic and areas for application (target time: 15 minutes):

  • A verbal and/or visual introduction to your session
    • Why you find this area interesting and how you are exploring application.
  • The underpinning principles of your subject
    • The underlying systemic understanding, ‘theory’ or principles you are exploring / sharing

Experiential learning (target time: 55 minutes):

  • An exercise facilitated by you, or
  • A constellation facilitated by you built on the framework or perspective being shared, or
  • An exercise that you model and then invite the group to practice in pairs or small groups

Summary, questions and feedback (target time 15 – 20 minutes)

  • A time for questions, feedback and discussion about application

This page is designed only to catalyse your thinking about content and structure. You are encouraged to innovate and take yourself and your fellow travellers to a new learning edge.

You can be supported in all this as part of the supervision process if required.

Session Content

The subject of your session needs to inform, educate and engage, furthering the learning of all. The following are initial examples, to stimulate your own thinking:

Bring a systemic book you enjoy to life
    Through sharing and exercises bring a book to life. For example the book you reviewed on Practitioner, or one that you have read since. Bring it to life with, for example, an engaging and interactive summary plus a mix of experiential exercise(s) that embed the learnings.

Share a context specific application
    Through description and facilitated exercises share a particular way that you apply the stance, principles and practices. Perhaps, for example, you’ve been using them in a unique combination and so can bring that to life in a way that others can learn from and apply themselves.

  • Support clients integrate feedback from a 360 process
  • Develop higher levels of Emotional Intelligence in a team
  • Designing Coaching programmes with a commissioning client
  • Including a boss’s feedback in a coaching session
  • Welcome a new member into a team
  • Highlight the origins of conflict
  • Clarify and separate entangled systems
  • Systemic supervision
  • Influence organisational design

Bring the systemic stance to life
   Share how you have developed your own inner systemic stance and then facilitate an exercise to support the same in other group members, or

  • Share how your own journey into your Peacocks Tail of belongings, resources and entanglements has led you to greater clarity and facilitate an exercise with the group so that others can benefit in similar ways.

Bringing a systemic principle to life
    The organising principles of systems

  • Share how you have taught leaders the systemic principles and then facilitate an exercise that brings that to life so that others can do it too.

Bringing a systemic practice or process to life
    Through sharing and experiential learning bring a systemic practice or process to life through a guided exercise or constellation showing the key featureless and benefits in such a way that others can learn and apply themselves.

  • For example:
    • One-to-one application
      • A particular aspect of 1-2-1 application you’ve developed that you can share with the group and they can practice
    • Group application
      • A particular aspect of team or group application that you can share with the group
    • Sentences
      • A fresh understanding about the origins and application of the sentences and their impact
    • Conceptual
      • The integration of this approach with NLP, MBTI or other
    • Through sharing how you combine the stance, principles and practices when contracting with a client, group or team and designing an exercise framework in which the other group members can explore and develop your approach

    Through sharing and experiential learning conduct an experiment within established parameters

  • For example you may want to explore a particular theme or application and, through a structured but experiential approach, explore this with the group in such a way that everyone learns and benefits.

Note: There will be many alternatives to the initial suggestions above. You are free to follow your own energy and interest and develop a session that informs, involves and engages. You will be invited to share your approach prior to the start of the training so as to ensure the highest quality mix of subjects and sharing methodologies.

“Happiness in this life does not consist of the absence but in the mastery of your passion.”

Alfred Lord Tennyson