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Coaching for complexity of mind: using adult development theory to deepen your coaching practice

Format Seminar/Presentation
Presenters Dr Jennifer Garvey Berger
Description Theories of adult development can fill in the gap between our intuition and our practice.

Coaches often understand there is a difference between those who get wiser with experience and those who simply get older. We may well aspire to helping our clients - and even ourselves - reach towards wisdom, but often our felt understanding doesn't translate into a firm theory or practice base. We can see wisdom, and we can see its lack, but our work to help inspire it can often feel hit-or-miss.

Theories of adult development - especially theories that describe both the stages of growth and also the process by which growth occurs - can offer new maps to our understanding of the mysterious terrain of human sense-making, shedding light on the internal logic of our clients - and ourselves.

These maps can help us listen differently to what our clients say, ask different questions about the way they understand the world, and have a more compassionate outlook about what each of us can do today and the potential for new capacities in the future.

In this interactive session, Jennifer will provide a rich overview of adult developmental theory and its connection to coaching practices.
You will learn:

 the basic structure of the growth of complexity of mind which is one of the most fully articulated and useful of the theories of adult growth and sense-making (most specifically drawing from the theory of Robert Kegan)

 the pictures of what sense-making looks like along the developmental trajectory, and how to begin to recognise where your clients might be in their developmental journey

 the process of growth that lends itself into a quick translation into practice-enabling coaching sessions to be more focused and intentionally transformational

 the practical applications of this theory to coaching practice
About the presenter(s) Dr. Jennifer Garvey Berger is a writer, teacher, consultant and coach. She helps individuals and teams to transform themselves and their organisations, to see bigger perspectives, to think in more creative ways about their problems, and to collaborate more joyfully and productively. A partner at Cultivating Leadership, Jennifer has worked with organisations in the US, Europe and Australasia and also teaches coaches around the world about complexity of mind and leadership, and the use of advanced listening and questioning techniques to better understand and support their clients.

Jennifer blogs about leadership development for the Centre for Public Leadership at Harvard University where she also offers occasional leadership workshops. She has published articles and books on leadership, coaching, adult development, and individual and organisational change. Her latest book is Changing on the job: Developing leaders for a complex world (Stanford University Press, 2012), which is based in adult development principles and argues for a more thoughtful way of supporting the growth of wisdom at work. A former Associate Professor at George Mason University, Jennifer guest lectures at universities internationally.

Jennifer, who has a masters and a doctorate from Harvard University, learned about deep change in 2006 when she moved from Washington DC to a seaside New Zealand village with her family. Jennifer loves that her life is a blend of watching the sun set over the Tasman sea and supporting clients on both sides of the Pacific.
Location VIC Metro, Australia
Venue Jasper Hotel
489 Elizabeth Street Melbourne, close to Vic Market, Melbourne

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 20 Oct 2012
Time 8:30 for 9:00 am start - 4:30 pm (morning and afternoon tea provided and BYO lunch)
Cost Students $100; CPIG Members $170; APS & ICF Members $185; Non Members $220
Organiser IG - Coaching Psychology Interest Group (IGCP) (Vic)
Contact Name Kath McCarthy
Telephone 0431580767
Email kath.mccarthy@optusnet.com.au
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