2020 All Texas Virtual Retreat & Conference: Priming for Connection by Cultivating an Atmosphere of Trust and Safety

  • September 15, 2020
  • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Zoom Webinar (Note: Two-step registration process)


Registration is closed

Program Description:

When does the coaching relationship begin? We suggest it starts when client and coach trust each other. When the client trusts you, they can sense your coaching presence, notice you listening attentively to who they are, and accept the invitation of your powerful questions. How does your trust for the client show up in this mutually respectful partnership?  We believe it begins with holding the client as naturally creative, resourceful, and whole. You demonstrate this through the words you choose, questions you ask, silence you offer, empathy you express, and support you extend, the keys to cultivating a safe and trusting relationship. 

In this webinar we will explore the importance of Cultivating Trust and Safety as a foundation of the coaching relationship and provide practical ways to do this. The importance of safety and trust-building in group experiences will also be explored as we apply this updated competency to the work of co-creating our virtual community of conference participants. Come prepared to share your experiences around trust and safety, specifically as a coach and more broadly as a person navigating a variety of life experiences. Through interactive exercises, we will gather the wisdom of the group to expand and enrich our understanding of this competency.

Since we are inviting participants to share professional and personal experiences as we explore the updated definition, this session will be meaningful. It will also be fun. And as an interactive experience, it is designed to be relevant and useful to coaches at all levels of learning and experience. 

Core Competencies:

In the updated core competencies, Creating Trust and Intimacy has been revised to Cultivating Trust and Safety. The new definition is more clearly focused on things we can do as coaches to foster a strong connection with our clients in order to build trust. Knowing what helps clients feel safe so they can develop trust is essential for coaches. Experiencing what helps you feel safe so you can develop trust with others will bring that knowledge alive.

You will receive 1.5 Core Competency CCEUs for attending this session.

About the Presenters:

Stephen Coxsey, MA, Professional Certified Coach, is a coach trainer, mentor, and assessor. He taught an introductory coaching course for an ACTP for over five years and served on a two-person team updating the course curriculum. He is currently developing a master class for that ACTP on integrating social and emotional intelligence skills with positive psychology. Steve has mentored dozens of coaches preparing for their oral exams through two ACTPs and is a PCC markers assessor for both. He is a lifelong learner and is especially interested in learning about discoveries in the fields of positive psychology and neuroscience.

Steve is an executive and leadership development coach with twelve years’ experience coaching small business owners and ten years’ experience coaching senior managers and emerging leaders in business and government organizations. His approach to coaching promotes improved performance, greater success, and more fulfillment and satisfaction through the integration of skills and applied research from the fields of human development, positive psychology, and neuroscience. Steve sees coaching as a process of thought partnership that supports the client in gaining clarity and identifying inner resources for motivation and resilience. In the near term this promotes performance and achievement. Over time it increases self-awareness and develops strengths and competencies for personal growth.

Steve’s background has uniquely prepared him to be an advocate of principled leadership and lifelong growth and development. His Psychology master’s program included consultative support to leadership, program evaluation, and motivational interventions. Working in school systems early in his career showed him how collaborative relationships among experts can benefit all parties. Experience as a psychotherapist taught him the complexity of human relationships and the challenges of change. Co-owning and managing a business helped him understand a leader’s challenges managing staff and working with clients and their concerns. His educational and career experience informs his understanding of the challenges his clients face.

Steve’s coaching and training business Thriving Edge promotes leadership development through applied positive psychology. He helps his clients thrive by developing and expressing their strengths, talents, values, and natural way of being to create success and fulfillment. He partners with leaders on creating a culture of thriving by encouraging those they lead to develop themselves to create success and fulfillment.