Internal Coaching Community of Practice - Coaching Supervision
Coach Supervision is becoming a worldwide phenomenon within the coaching profession. Very similar to the supervision that professionals in the helping professions get in terms of practicing their crafts, it provides a safe place for the coach to talk about issues that are coming up for them when coaching clients, such as in terms of ethics, enmeshment with a client’s behavior or story, dealing with the coach’s reaction and triggers, and many others developing matters. Additionally, the U.S. Federal government has become involved in the examination around the issue of supervision for internal coaches.
Alan Myers, PCC discusses some of the contextual challenges that the internal Federal coach has to face from time to time and some strategies that will be employed in the coming months. Also, we take a look at the role of the mentor coach and supervisor … are they really different?
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ICF Global - Aug. 2016
1 Resource Development
from January 01, 2017
Alan Lee Myers presently works for the Food and Drug Administration in the Center for Food Safety and Nutrition’s Staff College as a Senior Instructional Systems Specialist. He is working on implementing a behavioral and systems thinking approach to training Federal, state, and tribal food safety investigators and inspectors, as part of the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Before his present position, Alan worked at the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Secretary serving as a leadership development, organization development, and leadership coaching program manager. He designed, developed and conducted two (2) cohorts of the HHS Internal Coach Boot Camp, which later became the Federal Internal Coaching Boot Camp (now the Federal Internal Coach Training Program). He serves this initiative, which is part of the Federal Coach Network, as the Program Director. The first Federal-wide “Boot Camp” had approximately 30 mentor/support coaches and instructors providing support to 80 participants starting out; Sixty-five participants successfully completed all of the requirements for graduating. The “Boot Camp” tied for first place as the “2014 Best Leadership Development Program” by the HCMG Conference. It also received International Coach Federation approval as an “Approved Coach Specific Training Hours” provider for 136 coach training hours.
Alan has over 27 years as an internal consultant, trainer, coach, and has several years of experience as a manager. He started his Federal career at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and subsequently worked for the Federal Communications Commission and the US Office of Personnel Management, and then on to HHS at the Indian Health Service, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Food and Drug Administration and then Office of the Secretary, and then back to the FDA. In these roles, he developed numerous executive, management, supervisory, and non-supervisory leadership programs, provided management and organization development consulting, and leadership coaching and coach training.
Alan earned two Master of Arts degrees in counseling psychology and in instructional systems development. Presently, he is a candidate for a doctorate in leadership and management, and he has done additional graduate work in conflict management and theology. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Religion. Alan holds certifications in hypnosis/hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and Time Line Therapy® techniques. Alan holds a coach credential provided by the International Coach Federation as a “Professional Certified Coach.” He resides in New Market, MD.
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