Coaching Constellations was founded by John Whittington who, before becoming a coach and trainer was a creative director, entrepreneur and leader in the brand expression industry. Following a personal and professional transition period he launched, in 2002, a coaching practice focused on working with entrepreneurs, leaders and teams at the point where personal, professional and organisational system dynamics overlap and entangle. His coaching focusses on the combination of insights that emerge when we explore both what we are born with (innate personality type as illuminated by MBTI) and what we are born into (family of origin dynamics as illuminated by Hellinger’s family constellations). This combined focus and his application of both conventional and systemic coaching established his reputation and attracted a wide portfolio of clients in the UK, Europe and USA. In 2009 John was asked by other professional coaches to share the principles and practices of systemic coaching. This led to an informal learning circle which grew, over four years, to become an accredited international training in systemic coaching with constellations.
Sensitive, safe and very respectful of our challenging questions. John’s knowledge is embodied and doesn’t fill the room – creating an open spaciousness and powerful learning experience.
In 2011 John was invited to join the visiting team at the Henley Business School – Centre for Coaching and Facilitation – teaching systemic coaching and constellations to students on Henley’s MSc in Coaching and Behavioural change programme. This working relationship has since expanded and developed.
Alongside the teaching and facilitation of the trainings John is a developmental coach with a portfolio of clients that include leaders and teams in global corporates, who he works with through Business Constellations; entrepreneurs in the design, fashion and media sector through his company The Riverbank Partnership as well as working with private individuals leading a public life thorough his personal coaching company Personal Brands. All his work is underpinned by the stance, understandings and practices of systemic coaching.
Through 2014 John continues to facilitate, with support from a growing team of associates, regular trainings in the fundamentals of systemic coaching and constellations, for leadership and team coaches, coaching managers and organisational consultants. The certificate training is offered across the world, initiated by invitation and co-creation.
In 2012 John’s book, ‘Systemic Coaching and Constellations. An introduction to the principles, practices and application.’ was published. It is available to order on AMAZON (.co.uk. for UK) and Amazon (.com for US & ROW).
In 2013 John began the first of a new series of trainings for coaches who have completed a basic training. For more information about the 2015/16 Practitioner training or to apply please follow the links.
He was also involved, as a founder and facilitator, in the not-for-profit personal issues workshops which he co-founded with three others in 2007 to provide a low cost gateway into this way of working for individuals searching for clarity around challenging or stuck personal issues.
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During the 2012/13 period the Coaching Constellations team expanded to accommodate the wide range of requests we get for trainings, workshops and more from across the world. Following extensive training and experience in systemic constellations and systemic coaching we are delighted to welcome Patrizia, Richard, David and Jake to the facilitation team. Patrizia who is fluent in several languages including Italian and French co-facilitated the Paris, spring 2013 training with John after working with him – and translating – in Italy in 2012. She will assist John on the 2014/15 Practitioner training. Richard co-facilitated our spring 2013 training in London. Jake worked alongside John on the 2013 Oxford training. In addition we have two people who manage all aspects of the administration for our programmes. Husband and wife team Steve (Office Manager for all general enquiries, bookings and finances) and Sue (special projects, events and retreats) are at your service and able to answer any questions you may have.
Contact Steve here:steve(at) coachingconstellations.com
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The history to date
In January the 2013/14 Practitioner training concluded. The next entry for this bi-annual training is in September 2015. For details please see our diary page. In February, John facilitated the final module of our Fundamentals training in
As well as our regular introductory workshops in London that provide a ‘taster’ of this way of working we were also invited to facilitate bespoke sessions in systemic supervision at Henley Business School, following the success of our annual teaching input on their Coaching and Behavioural Change MSc programme. In addition several of our six-day ‘fundamentals’ trainings began in Paris, Oxford, London, Seattle and Prague. John was also invited to facilitate a three day programme for leaders within the coaching businesses of the Czech Republic, three days of exploration, illumination and place making. This was at the invitation of Zdeneck Stepanek who hosted the workshop in his academy near Prague: Akademie Libchavy.
This training has offered me a personal development journey which has fundamentally changed my understanding of coaching and my place in all the systems in which I have belonged.
John facilitated workshops at the INFOSYON 2013 conference ‘Flying The Kites’ in Amsterdam in April, at the invitation of The Institute of Facilitators and Kinharvie, Glasgow in October, and facilitated a masterclass in systemic coaching and constellations at the EMCC conference, Athens, in November. He was also invited to facilitate our fundamentals training in SEATTLE, USA. In May 2013 ‘Systemic Coaching & Constellations’ was translated and published in Polish and launched at an introductory workshop at The Akademia Leona Kozminskiego (Kozminski University) in WARSAW, Poland.
We also facilitated our six-day ‘fundamentals’ trainings in LONDON, PRAGUE, BRISTOL and OXFORD together with a short taster of ‘supervision with the system in mind’ using constellations at the Oxford Brookes Supervision Conference. The invitation to offer a two-day introductory workshop in late July, in St. PETERSBURG, led to a rich learning experience for all and our first work in Russia. This was followed by a workshop in Helsinki, Finland and invitations to work in the Asia Pacific market in 2014.
The publication of our first Facebook page and the launch of our new Practitioner Training have made 2013 a busy year for John and the growing team.
A number of introductory workshops in London provided a ‘taster’ of this way of working in a one-day workshop format. Founder John Whittington also facilitated a number of experiential conference sessions and CPD workshops throughout 2012 as well as several in-house corporate workshops.
I have been able to apply what I learnt in so many aspects of my life and work in most unexpected ways.
In June 2012 his first book ‘Systemic Coaching and Constellations’ was published by Kogan Page and made record sales in the first month. He also had a feature article published in Coaching at Work Magazine and enjoyed facilitating sessions beyond the London trainings including at Oxford Brookes Supervision Conference and at other Oxford based learning circles. As a result of the success of the book and the learning circles invitations to co-create learning circles across Europe, north and south America were explored and developed for 2013.
The focus on experiential learning creates a rich, trusting group dynamic and learning experience. Insights and unexpected resolutions flow, creating a depth of personal and professional resource.
A number of introductory workshops in London provided a ‘taster’ of this way of working in a one-day workshop format. John also facilitated a number of experiential conference sessions and CPD workshops throughout 2011 as well as several in-house corporate workshops. In the spring of 2011 John facilitated a joint session with the board of The ICF and the board of The EMCC in southern Europe. This workshop was designed to clarify and enhance the levels of understanding and collaboration between these two global coaching organisations. A case study which describes the workshop is included in John’s new book – Systemic Coaching and Constellations – now available on AMAZON.
His annual trainings were available for those looking for a training in the fundamentals of systemic coaching and constellations in the UK and Europe. Other workshops, consulting assignments, learning circles and experiential presentations (for coaches, in-house coaches, leaders and/or executive teams) were arranged by invitation and co-creation, internationally.
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Regular Coaching Constellations workshops in London (for coaches and coaches with clients) in February, May and October. In 2010 John facilitated his annual coaching constellations learning circle in London, a coaching supervision group in Luxembourg, and demonstrated constellations at a number of coaching events.
A very stimulating and thought provoking session which set
off alarm bells about standard coach training, coaching and leadership interventions
In 2010 John worked as a systemic consultant to the global board of the The International Coaching Federation (ICF). This work gave the board a fresh perspective on the issues facing them and a new language with which to speak about challenging and previously hidden issues. The consulting project resulted in John being invited to facilitate an introduction to constellations at the ICF Dallas Fort Worth conference. This workshop session, in October 2010, was supplemented by an article in the ICF magazine and a teleclass for ICF members.
His client work, across multiple industry sectors, took him from London to Hong Kong, San Fransisco, Atlanta, Dubai and Los Angeles.
John’s commitment to his own personal and professional development continued in 2010 within an international training in Holland, over 15 days, with Jan Jacob Stam at the Dutch Bert Hellinger Institute.
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November 2009, Amsterdam
Even though I’ve experienced constellations before this was inspiring, excellent and very helpful.
The European Mentoring and Coaching Council annual conference, November 2009. John facilitated a session in which the underlying principles of this approach were explained and then bought to life through exercises and a full constellation around an issue brought by a delegate.
September 2009, Bristol
John’s delivery and facilitation was confident, inclusive and relaxed with a great respect and honouring of the comments and observations.
The Euro Coach annual conference, Bristol. John introduced the principles and practice behind ‘Coaching Constellations’ and worked with a live issue brought by a delegate – showing the benefits of a systemic coaching stance and the application of constellations methodology in a challenging coach/client relationship.
May 2009, Milton Keynes
Both Simon and John showed great insight and skill.
The British Association for Psychological Type annual conference. Simon Loveday and John Whittington facilitated an experiential session exploring questions of MBTI personality type clarity using constellations.
For more information or enquiries about workshops, conferences or dates in 2014/2015, please contact administration and bookings manager, Steve, via our contact page.
John Whittington is a member of The European Mentoring and Coaching Council, the International Coach Federation, the British Association of Psychological Type and The International Systemic Constellations Association.