Not only do you discover something of the entanglements and deep resources in your own systems, but you develop your ability to be of real use to others. That’s what makes the Practitioner Training potentially life-changing.
I’ve visited many teachers and practitioners of constellations across Europe. John is outstanding in his gentle and non dogmatic approach. I enjoy his humor as well as the safety he creates.
This is unequivocally the best training I have participated in in the past twenty years.
This truly systemic approach to coaching takes one far beyond the boundaries of ‘training’ and into ‘transformation’. John’s extensive knowledge combined with his calming and respectful presence is highly effective.
I have been learning all the time from John’s great modelling of what it means to work, think and be systemic as a practitioner.
“As Morpheus says to Neo: ‘You take the blue pill, the story ends. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.’ This training takes you deep.”
This training offers a fantastic insight to the felt sense that clears the mind to take action.”
“John is a master facilitator and expert at getting to the nub of presenting issues, using the constellations methodology to tackle issues I would have never imagined possible.”
“John holds the space that connects and honours the needs of the system with the inquiry of the client. He is the stance of systemic work personified.”
“This has given me confidence to embed the systemic approach.”
“This a clear process to work with complex issues.“
“This is an enlightening programme, excellently facilitated.”
“John has a depth of experience and ability to speak to what emerges from the field with the ease and familiarity of practical mastery.”
“Part I was simply superb! It enabled real experiential learning and generated insights that I believe will be transformative in my coaching practice.”
“This training is more profound than anything else I’ve encountered, professionally or personally.”
“This far exceeded my expectations. Well worth travelling across the globe for this experience.”
“In Fundamentals Part II the penny drops and gives you a much greater depth of understanding.”
“I applied what we learnt on Part I and it helped my client understand the dynamics of her team in a completely new way!”
“A powerful way to get ‘out of your head’ and experience the issue at a deeper level.”
“I recommend this course very highly.”
“The quality of John’s facilitation and teaching is very high and deeply respectful. Inspiring!”
“Thank you for an inspiring insight into a whole new way to coach.”
“I was looking for someone new to learn from and I soon knew I’d made the right decision.”
Systemic Coaching and Constellations
The learning journey
Whether you choose to integrate this perspective and methodology into your individual coaching practice or prefer to focus on group and team facilitation, you are welcome to begin your journey of discovery on our 2-day experiential training, the Fundamentals Part I. Please see the detailed description below.
Having learnt the essentials of the stance, principles and practices and started to apply them in your work, you may feel ready to complete the 3-day Fundamentals Part II training. This level, facilitated by founder and coach John Whittington, resources you to go deeper and extend your understanding and application in individual work, supervision, with teams, groups and whole systems. In Fundamentals Part II you will have facilitated group constellations and so be able to apply the approach in multiple settings. For those who want to bring the stance, principles and practices into the core of their practice as a coach, facilitator, consultant or trainer our annual ‘Practitioner‘ training is then available.
Each of these three incremental levels of experiential training is available in London, UK and by invitation worldwide. Both Fundamentals Part II and Practitioner level are facilitated by John Whittington author of ‘Systemic Coaching & Constellations‘ and the facilitation team. Please note that this is not a training in coaching but a journey into systemic coaching for those already practising as a coach or in a similar facilitation, learning, HR or leadership/organisational development role.
We limit the size of our training groups to maximise learning.
They are often fully booked several weeks in advance, so please note that we work on a ‘first come first served’ basis and that payment secures your place.
An overview of each level of training is given below.
Fundamentals Part I
In our introductory two-day training (formerly known as ‘The Essentials of Systemic Coaching’) the group explores the practical application of constellations in personal, professional and team development coaching. The experiential training is built around a core curriculum of systemic exercises, constellations and dialectic teaching to introduce the understanding and application into each individual’s repertoire. As part of this programme there are also opportunities to practise application in one-to-one coaching as this is often the most effective place to build your understanding and confidence before progressing to application with teams or groups.
The Fundamentals Part I curriculum includes: the organising principles that sustain and limit systems; application in one-to-one settings; two exercises to use with teams, an introduction to the use of movement and sentences. The training provides opportunities for participants to bring their personal, professional and client issues for exploration through constellations. It is often through the illumination of current pressing issues that we learn most and from where some of the richest teaching emerges.
Many participants have identified this mix of teaching and facilitated experiential learning through constellations as one from which they gain in many ways. The training is often described by participants as a personal as much as a professional development learning experience as exploring your own systemic resources and entanglements is key to building the inner stance of this approach. This aspect can be challenging and emotional. However the integration of the learning goes on to form the essential underpinning of the inner attitude towards system dynamics that is so central to the application of this way of working.
For the next Fundamentals Part I training please check our DIARY page.
Training participants are encouraged to read at least the FAQs, together with the first chapter of ‘Systemic Coaching & Constellations’ before attending this experiential training. This will significantly enhance the learning and ability to apply it in practice.
This Fundamentals Part I training awards 12 hours CPD, ICF CCEUs and a certificate in ‘The Fundamentals of Systemic Coaching and Constellations – Part I’. Completion of Part II will award further CPD and ICF CCEUs together with a certificate in ‘The Fundamentals of Systemic Coaching and Constellations – Part II’.
Fundamentals Part II
Fundamentals Part II, facilitated by founder and author John Whittington, offers a deeper journey into the application of this applied philosophy and is for coaches, facilitators and organisational consultants who have completed the Fundamentals Part I training and who want to deepen their understanding and develop their application in one-to-one, team and group settings. This level of the training journey includes more exercises to use with teams, how to use systemic questioning in coaching and organisational consulting, further insights into the meaning and impact of personal and systemic conscience and the hidden loyalties that emerge. It also goes deeper into the use of ‘systemic sentences’ that name truths and illuminate possibilities, as well as resourcing and integration constellation forms that support personal and professional development that underpin the stance of this work.
As well as illuminating issues and questions brought by group members, you will explore the application of structural forms including Tetralemma constellations. These can be useful when working with people who are new to the approach, whether individuals or teams.
At the Fundamentals Part II level the group explores the conditions required to allow whole system organisational health to emerge, their role in supporting its emergence and how to begin to develop qualities of systemic leadership in their clients whether individuals, teams or whole systems. This three-day training has proved to be a turning point for many coaches as they learn to embody and apply the principles and practices underpinning this profound methodology.
Like all our trainings it invites you to explore the ‘Peacock’s tail’ behind you so that you are able to access the resources within it.
For the next Fundamentals Part II training please check our DIARY page.
Training participants are required to read at least the first and last chapter of ‘Systemic Coaching & Constellations’ before attending this experiential training. This will significantly enhance the learning and ability to apply it in practice.
This Fundamentals Part II training awards 18 hours CPD, ICF CCEUs and a certificate in ‘The Fundamentals of Systemic Coaching and Constellations – Part II’.
Our 10-day ‘Practitioner’ training journey is for those who have completed both parts of our Fundamentals training and who wish to integrate this approach more deeply into their work and life. (You may apply as soon as you have completed Fundamentals Part I and booked a place on Fundamentals Part II.)
The learning journey begins with a residential module in a European retreat and includes a refresh of the learning to date plus a mix of practice, fresh learning, illumination of issues and questions that arise in the group as well as the introduction and practice of new applications and facilitation techniques.
The group explores the integration of the principles and practices alongside other ways of looking and working, professional and personal issues brought by group members and their clients and the place of abstracts in systems including our relationships with money and purpose. Please review the dedicated Practitioner page in the link below for more details.
Our first Practitioner training began in the autumn of 2012 with a residential in the south of France and two further modules in London ending in the spring of 2013. This group still meets regularly to deepen and develop their practice. The second Practitioner group began their journey in September 2015 and completed in January 2016. They meet regularly in peer practice groups internationally. Practitioner III began in Italy in September 2016 and created a vibrant community of learning and practice. Practitioner IV began in our new home for this training in Spain, overlooking The Mediterranean in April 2017 and completed in July 2017.
For details of our next training, ‘Practitioner V’ starting in April 2018, in the same venue in Andalusia, please see HERE.
Participants are required to read ‘Systemic Coaching & Constellations’ before attending this training. This significantly enhances the learning and ability to apply it in practice.
This Practitioner training awards 60 CPD hours and ICF CCEUs .
Professional Practice Groups
We offer a two-day workshop each year for past and present students of Coaching Constellations in an informal learning environment which provides opportunities to practise in different configurations and contexts. John offers supervision on facilitation in one-to-one, team and group settings, as well as the content and themes of the issues brought by participants. Informal teaching emerging from the constellations and group exercises will be offered along with time to process, develop new applications and network with others with a similar level of experience and practice. These informal learning workshops, which may include guest clients, provide great ways to stay connected with this way of working, to practise and to meet others on a similar learning journey. For more information please click here.
Several times a year we are invited to facilitate workshops where those who are new to this way of working have an opportunity to experience a ‘taster’ of the stance, principles and practices that underpin this approach. These workshops are designed for executive and developmental coaches, L&OD / HR professionals as well as executives and organisational leaders and provide an introductory experiential learning. As part of the session there are several opportunities to learn about and experience the methodology – both in the exercises offered and in the constellations themselves. There is no need to decide if you want to explore your own issue or come as an observer or representative before the workshop. Issues and questions that come up for you can be addressed in the moment, and as it feels appropriate for you. For dates of workshops and taster sessions, see our diary page.
behind them, like a Peacock’s tail…”
belonged, like a Peacocks tail just behind you…”
take some time to understand our own belonging in systems…”