Annual Supervision Conference

CSTD London's 4th Annual Conference -  Friday 6th July 2018
What is this business of supervision?  What does it mean to us and our profession?  
This year, our fourth annual conference, we will be hosting as a *Symposium where we join together with our questions about supervision.  We invite you to send in your questions; we will post them on the website along with ours and also come with them on the day.  Here are two of our questions.

Joan: How does our cultural counter transference affect our supervisory relationships and how do we get access to what we are unconscious of?  (Definition of cultural counter transference - a set of beliefs, worldview, traditions prescribed by our ethnicity, nationality, religion, age, gender, etc).  'We see the world, not as it is, but as we are - or, as we are conditioned to see it.' Stephen Covey.    'A fish is the last one to know what water is'.  Chinese proverb.   
Robin: 'Who would you be without your story?'  Byron Katie.  

We will meet together as a community at the beginning of the day to share our questions and thoughts and go from there. We look forward to seeing you.

*symposium, noun, an occasion at which people who have great knowledge of a particular subject meet in order to discuss a matter of interest.

Arrive 9.30am for registration, coffee and croissants
Morning Session 10am - 1pm
Lunch 1 - 2pm
Afternoon session 2.15 - 4.15pm
Post group plenary 4.15 - 5pm

Cost:  £40 - to include teas and coffees  To book a place
Venue:  Beauchamp Lodge, London Paddington 

CSTD London's 3rd Annual Conference -  Thursday 6th July 2017

Exploring the Dynamics of Complaints - From Complaint to Commitment
Click here - For Self and Society article by Robin Shohet
Venue:  Beauchamp Lodge, London Paddington  9.30 am for coffee for 10am start - 4.30 pm, Thursday 6 July 2017
Cost:  £60 - to include teas and coffees
Complaints contain a transformative seed.  People don’t generally complain about something they don’t care about.  Beneath the surface torrent of complaining lies a hidden river of our caring. Treat them as a doorway to deeper commitments. The language of complaints tells us what we can’t stand. The language of commitment tells us what we stand for. (Kegan and Lahey. Immunity to Change 2009)

On this one-day event, our aim is to understand the forces at work in us, in our professions and in society as a whole when relationships break down.  What are the unconscious dynamics at work?  What might be the feelings, unmet needs and values that have not had a voice? How can we embrace uncertainty, humility and being human in a way that will help us to move towards a more compassionate, systemic view in the face of inevitable challenges?

Organisers/facilitators:  The event is the third CSTDLondon annual supervision conference ( This year we will have contributions from CCPE ( Peaceful Solutions ( and AMED (
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. (Rumi)

ISN - Independent Supervisors' Network

The tutors at CSTD London would like to thank everyone who attended the conference in July.   It was a stimulating and thought provoking event, and very nourishing to see the breadth of experience and the different ways that supervision is being used.
As a continuation of the afternoon, we are keen to create a community for supervision practitioners, whatever form that takes - i.e. ISN (Independent Supervisors' Network) or some other network. With this in mind, and following on from the conference, Joseph Wilmot has offered to be the contact person. Anyone who is starting a peer group or peer relationship and would like to be part of the emerging network can get in touch with Joseph.  CSTD sees itself having a role and supporting the network, but is not attached to how this role unfolds and any contributions and ideas are welcome.  We want to see the practice of supervision being held in a wider context of community and practice.  So, for example, we are planning to have a space on our website which lists supervision groups, contact details, their focus and whether they are currently looking for members. 
Please contact Alison if you would be interested in attending future meetings.

CSTD London's 2nd Annual Conference
Monday 11 July 2016

10am - 5pm - venue: CCPE Beauchamp Lodge, Warwick Crescent, London W2 6NE

The title this year is 'You are your Accreditation' - Stepping into your own Authority - from 10am - 1pm and 'Setting up the Independent Supervisors' Network' from 2-5pm.  Cost £30
To book

The forum is a yearly event where we can gather as supervisors, supervisees and fellow explorers on the journey of personal professional reflection, create a space of unlearning and play in the field of paradox and not knowing.  An Appreciative Inquiry Approach to reflecting on our profession and ourselves.

The day will start with setting up a constellation to inquire into supervision.  To look at how and where does it sit in the world of work; to wonder about such questions as, ‘What is it’? ; Why do we do it? ;  Whom is it for? ; What experience/training do we need?

We will then dive into our own (supervisory) relationships as the place of enquiry using live supervision.

In the afternoon we will look at the collective, the community of supervisors and supervision and explore how we are held and hold ourselves or not, whether that be by institutions, networks or qualifications.  We will hear from members of the Independent Practitioners Network (IPN) about how they created a network as their way of supporting practitioners.  We will look at the viability of and the enthusiasm for creating an equivalent network for supervisors (ISN) at this time in the emergence of supervision.

To start the inquiry from now I, (Joan), have written below some definitions of supervision, inquiry and conversation that have caught my imagination and would welcome any from you that we can add to the conference web page. You can e-mail your thoughts here and they will be added to this page or you can comment on our facebook page.

The three P’s:  Poetry, Policing and Plumbing. J. Smith

It is in a relationship, on a relationship, about relationship. P. Hawkins

The kind of conversation I’m interested in is one in which you start with a willingness to emerge a slightly different person … it is always an experiment whose results are never guaranteed.  It involves risk.  
Theodore Zeldin, Conversation quoted in Open Tribe. Susan Goss

We need to stop the old conversation.  David Whyte

Only when we allow ourselves to see how we play the roles of predator and victim in our own lives, in our own bodies and conversations, and how little true inquiry and intimacy playing such roles permit, do we become motivated to engage in the work and play of exercising mutual Eros/Power…..

….We hold this work as being in the service of the emancipation, or liberation of our human creativity in ways that create personal integrity, relational mutuality and systemic sustainability.  Hilary Bradbury & William Torbert Eros/Power.  Love in the Spirit of Inquiry.


CSTD London

THE FIRST ANNUAL SUPERVISION FORUM took place on Monday 13 July 2015 10am - 5.30pm

With the CSTDLondon team, Robin Shohet and Joan Wilmot and Associates Ben Fuchs and Joseph Wilmot.

The intention was to have this as a yearly event where we can gather as supervisors, supervisees and fellow explorers on the journey of personal, professional and spiritual development; create a space of unlearning explore ‘mistakes’ and play in the field of paradox.


John Wilson interviewed us (Robin and Joan) and then others from Australia, New Zealand and California on the value of supervision.