Extraordinary Meridians!

British Conference of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

13-15 September 2019
De Vere Staverton Estate,

Isobel Cosgrove & Sally Blades

Workshop title

The importance of me: supporting ourselves through mentoring and supervision

Workshop times


Workshop description

As healers we routinely offer support to others but how do we support ourselves?

Supervision and mentoring is more than a process that looks at ‘difficult’ issues. In supervision, you’ll be continually developing as a practitioner, whilst increasing your confidence, your self-esteem and your communication and practice skills. This enables you to build a successful and enjoyable practice.

Join us in discovering how you can gain a greater understanding of yourself to work through any difficult issues and move forward.

Join us in learning how to create the working life you want by receiving support through a level relationship.

Join us in knowing that you are not alone and that in this safe place you can say the unsayable.

Join us in continual development.

Speaker biography

About Isobel Cosgrove

Isobel Cosgrove BA MLitt MA (Oxon) MAc, taught human ecology at Newcastle and Oxford Universities in the 1960s and ‘70s. During a sabbatical year in Canada she studied yoga and Tibetan medicine, and then did a three-year course in acupuncture in the UK. She started practice in 1981, completed five years postgrad study, and taught and directed acupuncture programmes in the UK and North America until the mid-1990s.

Always committed to high standards of practice and professional ethics, she has grown a supervision and mentoring network for acupuncture practitioners in the UK over the past 25 years. She started trainings in supervisory skills in 1998, and now shares this work with Sally Blades and other colleagues. In 2015 she helped set up the BAcC Register of Supervisors and Mentors which she continues to support.

For 20 years she worked with Stanley Keleman whose work in formative psychology provided a framework for how she has grown her professional life, as both a practitioner and supervisor/mentor. She now runs a practice at Spectrum in North London.

More recently she has served on the Governing Board of the BAcC, and on education and ethics committees. Isobel is a fellow of the BAcC, is married to Tim Davis, has two daughters, and four grandchildren.

About Sally Blades

Sally’s early work was with children and families and she is a qualified social worker. It was here that she had her first experience of supervision, which was supportive and nurturing.

She has been in practice since 1984, having graduated from the College of Traditional Acupuncture (CTA) Leamington. In 1991, she undertook a two-year TCM integration and clinical training with John and Angela Hicks; she studied in hospitals in China in 2002 and 2004. From 1993 to 2000 she was a faculty member at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM). She qualified as a professional coach in 2002 and has a diverse coaching practice; in the main working with people who work in service of others and/or the good of the planet.

In 1998 she participated in the first supervision training run by Isobel Cosgrove and now leads the course alongside Isobel, Mina Haeri and Caitlin Allen. She supervises acupuncturists, other health practitioners and coaches, individually and in groups. Always committed to growing and supporting both practitioners and the profession she was delighted by the formation of the BAcC Supervision and Mentoring Register in 2015.

Sally lives in Devon, has three daughters. She loves her work, walks in the wilderness, working outdoors and being a (newish) grandmother

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