Presence Does Most of the Work – Edna Murdoch


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Murdoch E & Wilson J (2017). Presence Does Most of the Work. [ONLINE] Available at: [Last Accessed 05/04/2017].

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Advanced Dialogue Process for coaches, leaders, mentors, counsellors and supervisors.

"Don't gobblefunk around with words." Roald Dahl, The BFG

This event was part 2 of the introduction to the work of Edna Murdoch.

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Our work is carried through the medium of words - and through the silences between words. We connect through words. Healthy, successful professional and business relationships depend on our ability to be in dialogue – to use the ‘best words in the best order’.

That is why we need to become Dialogue Artists. Dialogue allows each person in the conversation to think and share clearly – allowing the right words to emerge at the right moment. It ensures that the best ideas and solutions emerge naturally out of collective reflection, imagination and cognition. Respect for the others’ thinking and the capacity to be in the flow of exchange appropriately, are key ingredients in skillful dialogue processes.

We will use the work of Bohm, Issacs and Buber to establish key ideas about dialogue including exploration of the political and ontological basis of Buber’s thought. His ‘I-Thou’ is as relevant to our well-being as practitioners, as it is to providing a necessary counterpoint to the contemporary political and spiritual climate in which we all work.

We will frame the focus on dialogue with reference to ‘who you are is how you work’, to the relational skills required for us to be dialogue artists at work and to the effects of digitisation on our minds.

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Book Details


This book is written by qualified, experienced professional supervisors; their wisdom and skill is evident in every chapter. Full Spectrum Supervision takes the reader into the heart of reflective practice and provides fascinating insights into the complexities of this transformative work.

The book offers the reader a unique view of what actually happens in supervision and shares many new and practical exercises; these can be used by a wide range of professionals and adapted to make your practice stronger. The case studies illuminate key skills that have emerged from mature practice. Through exploring the Full Spectrum Model in these chapters, the reader will take away new ways of relating to and developing people. If you work with people and want to build your professional skills and your capacity to engage staff or clients, then this is the book for you.

The book is generous, offering many new perspectives on supervision, new interventions, new maps and models which demonstrate the authors’ original thinking and their commitment to best practice. “Who you are, is how you supervise”.

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About Edna Murdoch


Edna Murdoch

Edna Murdoch has been working internationally with individuals and groups for over 30 years. She is an experienced coach, coach supervisor, stress management consultant, workshop leader, and author. In these contexts, Edna has worked with a wide range of individuals and groups.  Companies and organisations that she has worked for include DBM, Hanover Foundations, Sussex Police, Channel 4, Microsoft, NTL, PSNI, and the Pellin Institute, Italy. Edna has special interest and expertise in working with clients in the mid-life transition and with those moving towards retirement.

In 2001, Edna pioneered the first Supervision-on-Call Service for coaches in the UK and she is the Founder and Director of The Coaching Supervision Academy (CSA).

CSA was established in 2001 and it provides CPD for coaches and trains Executive coaches and leaders in Coaching Supervision. CSA has trained over 400 executive coaches and leaders worldwide and currently runs an EMCC accredited/ICF approved coach supervision programme in UK, US, Singapore, Hong Kong, France, and Australia. In her role as Course Director for CSA’s supervision programme, Edna creates course content, supervises students, and mentors CSA’s international faculty.

Edna is an accrediteded coach supervisor with APECS. She trained for one year in psychodynamic supervision and for two years in creative supervision at the Centre for Transpersonal Psychology, London and has supervised psychotherapists, coaches, and leaders since 1991. She is now a global leader in the field of supervision and an ambassador for it. Her influence and in the early development of coaching supervision is considerable and she has had a key roles in shaping the practices and ensuring the standards of practice in supervision. CSA’s diploma in supervision is a unique and powerful learning experience and is a standard bearer for supervision training worldwide.  Edna’s extensive background in education, psychotherapy, and coaching has had a huge influence on this successful programme.

Her passion for learning and development is supplemented by a great sense of  joy in creating learning experiences with those she supervsies. Humour is never far away in her work and that light touch in supervision sessions often enables supervisees to share their work more truly and freely, and it enables them to enter fully into a dialogue where profound learning can occur.