Open Program

Team Coaching

Develop your confidence and skills as a team coach.

This modular program will deepen your understanding and ability to intervene with teams and groups and hence increase the impact on your organizational clients.

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Workshop 1: 15-17 Nov 2017
Workshop 2: 21-23 Feb 2018
Workshop 3: 16-17 May 2018
Workshop 4: 12-13 Sep 2018

Program Overview

This highly interactive program will introduce ways of thinking about teams and groups and their development, which are underpinned by a relational orientation to team coaching. It will support you to contract flexibly and deeply with teams. Through the four workshops you will develop your awareness of group dynamics and your ability to intervene in teams in such a way that they enhance team members’ skills in working with each other and other teams. It is a stand-alone with an optional accreditation process or it can be part of a two year MSc postgraduate degree.

The program will also address ethical dilemmas and boundary issues that arise in coaching teams. You will be introduced to a range of psychological perspectives including systemic, Gestalt and psychodynamic approaches.

Content and Structure


Members of your tutor team are available for discussion and you will be sent materials to help you prepare.

Residential Phase

The program is designed around four workshops. Each workshop will provide a combination of experiential learning using the training group and input on theories and frameworks. During the workshops we also run application groups in which you and your fellow participants support each other in thinking about applying your learning in your work.

Throughout the program you will be encouraged to work on the team that you consult to as a ‘project’, to write a reflective journal to enhance your learning and to consciously experiment with new interventions between workshops.

During the residential phase of the program you will:

  • Gain a sound understanding of the roles and challenges of being a team coach
  • Integrate theory on team coaching into your practice
  • Deepen your awareness and insight into group process and group development
  • Learn to recognise and appreciate derailment and underperformance in teams, be aware of the impact and meaning of various forms of  ‘scapegoating’, and find ways to respond to and contain such ‘dark side dynamics’ in teams
  • Develop your ability to make judgments about when and how to intervene in a team

Each workshop includes skills practice, live supervision and plenty of group feedback.

Workshop 1: Contracting with teams and their context

  • What is a group or team?
  • Contracting with teams
  • Research into effective teams
  • Team coaching methodology
  • Core principles of working with teams

Workshop 2:Systemic and psychological views on team coaching

  • Experiences in groups
  • Negotiating roles and tasks
  • Conflict in teams
  • Systemic and analytic perspectives

Workshop 3: Board coaching and dynamic

  • Power relations and politics
  • Individual and social dynamics
  • Contracting with the top teams
  • ‘Shadow sides’ of top teams

Workshop 4: Professionalism in the team coaching relationship

  • Inter-group and intra-group relations
  • Ethics and professional practice in teams
  • Differences and diversity in teams
  • Coaching virtual teams

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Program fee

What is included in your open program fee?

If you would like to book accommodation for the Sunday night before the program starts, we can offer discounted rates of £88 for bed and breakfast and £112 for dinner, bed and breakfast.

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Who is it for?

You are an experienced organizational consultant or executive coach who consults to, facilitates and develops teams or groups. Your background may be as an internal or external coach or organization development consultant, learning & development professional, leadership professional or HR business partner.

The program focuses on experiential and applied learning. You need to be working with at least two groups or leadership teams during the course.

Benefits to you and your organization

You will:

  • Develop your confidence, authority and credibility to work as a team coach
  • Learn to understand and work with systemic group dynamics
  • Explore ways of thinking about the individual within the group
  • Get familiar with a range of interventions that will help to develop the output and effectiveness of teams and groups
  • Gain insight into the emotional life of the team
  • Deepen your self-awareness and insight into how you both participate in and influence teams and groups

It is our intention to offer you a formal academic qualification and accreditation as Team Coach after completing the workshops of this program.

Faculty Team

Erik de Haan

Erik de Haan

MSc, MA, PhD

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Charlotte Sills

Charlotte Sills

MA, MSc, PGCE, Teaching/Supervising Transactional Analyst (ITAA)

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Andrew Day

Andrew Day

BSc (Hons), MSc, D.Psych, D.C.Psych, C.Psychol

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Dorothee Stoffels

Dorothee Stoffels


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