Shift-it Coach Newsletter
Volume 11, Issue 22,  November 13, 2015


It's dreary and wet today in Victoria, British Columbia ... the rain bouncing off the street outside. A good day to be cozy inside, drinking tea and writing.

As I reflect back on these last weeks, in order to sum it up for this 'Note from Christina' I'm struck with appreciation at the range and power of things that are happening.

The fall online version of Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals is going strong. Participants have this week off from classes in order to focus on their Graphic Facilitation assignment --- creating (and hopefully using) their first visual template with a group.

Last weekend saw the launch of my brand new course Practical Energy Work. For the next 14 weeks (with a break in between for the holidays) this special cohort explores powerful right-brain methods to tap into our fuller being and wisdom. Not too late to join us if you want to get in on the transformation ... next offering won't be for a full year.

On another note, earlier this morning I had the treat of a private PEAT session via Skype with Vladamir Stojakovic.

Vlad is a teacher and skilled practitioner of this fascinating meridian based technology, one of several that I showcase in the new course.

It was a challenging session (involving many polarity pairs) that ended in a beautiful experience of unity and 'oneness'. Very moving!

And, last but not least, I'm pleased to announce our first 2015 graduate of Visual Coach Certification ... Jo Hobson an Organizational Psychologist from Cape Town, South Africa is first through the gate this year with her merry band of fellow coaches hot on her heels. Congratulations Jo on your accomplishment!

Given Jo's Exit Exam is fresh in my mind I've decided to write today's article on the final phase of the Visual Coach credentialing process, for those of you who are gearing up to join us in 2016. Get your markers ready!

Yours in SHIFTing IT,
Christina Merkley, the SHIFT-IT Coach and Visual Mentor

The SHIFT-IT Coach
& Process Skills Mentor

In Your Words: Organizational Psychologist Jo Hobson's Testimonial For Visual Coach Certification


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Jo Hobson
Organizational Psychologist
Cape Town, South Africa

"I'd been admiring Christina's work for a long time before I took the plunge and made the investment in Visual Coach Certification. It has been a GREAT decision in SO many ways:

  • My clients absolutely LOVE working with the new Visual Maps;
  • My Graphic Facilitation and Coaching skills were taken to my next level;
  • Perfect combination of sufficient stretch with loads of learning, yet also a safe and encouraging environment that made it easy to practise my visuals and the technology;
  • Rich in great material, practice opportunities, generous feedback and connections with other Visual-Coaches-in-Training from across the globe;
  • Christina's approach is both deeply authentic and highly professional. I was a little intimidated by the high standard set for homework and the Exam, but that has ultimately made this Certification that much more valuable;
  • Administrative support is first-class;

The best way to start my day on a positive note now is with Visual Coaching - whether it's creating my own maps, prepping SHIFT-IT tools for a client, or just practising my visual techniques - this work has become my happy space!"

Jo Hobson
Organizational Psychologist
Cape Town, South Africa

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One of the programs I host each year is Visual Coach Certification. One cohort a year beginning in April and going through to the end of the year.

This program teaches the ins and outs of working visually to coaches, therapists, counselors, financial advisors, disability consultants, job/career specialists, personal growth leaders etc. ... a diversity of Process Professionals from around the English speaking world who are already ethically enabled to work with individuals in some capacity or other.

I'm not teaching them process work with individuals from the ground up per se ... as most already have practices with particular niches or are concurrently in training to do so. What I do is teach them how to smartly apply 'interactive-visuals' to what they already do and empower them to use my growing suite of ready-made Visual Coaching Maps with their own clientele.

Coming Down to the Finish Line:
The 2015 Visual Coach cohort, which started back in April, is steadily fulfilling their visual coaching hours with clients (24 hours total) and readying their Final Package submissions for my perusal.

They have until the very end of year to do this, however the keeners come in early. Which I appreciate as it spreads things out rather than getting slammed all at once right after the deadline.

Our first keener of the year, our first from South Africa ever, is Jo Hobson, an Organizational Psychologist from Cape Town. She recently submitted her Final Package and did a fabulous job in organization and presentation! Tidy, professional, completely in the order requested and delivered electronically in a smooth manner.

Not the easiest thing when you are handling multiple visual files which can be large and unwieldy.

Well done Jo!

Visual Coach Exam Process:
After submitting their package (roster of hours, client testimonials, client maps and their own maps) the Visual Coach enters the Exam Phase which occurs in two parts. The first part is a ...


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