What is Coaching Supervision?
Coaching supervision is a formal and protected time for facilitating in-‐depth reflection for coaches to discuss their work with someone who is experienced as a Coach. Supervision offers a confidential framework within a collaborative working relationship in which the practice, tasks, process and challenges of the coaching work can be explored. The primary aim of supervision is to enable the coach to gain in ethical competency, confidence and creativity so as to ensure best possible service to the coaching client, (individuals, organisations, professional associations). Supervision is not a ‘policing’ role, but rather a trusting and collegial professional relationship.
Why Coaching Supervision is essential for the practising coach
“Having supervision is a fundamental aspect of continuing personal development for coaches, mentors, organisational consultants and supervisors, providing a protected and disciplined space in which we can reflect on particular client situations and relationships, the reactivity and patterns they evoke in us and by transforming these live, in supervision, profoundly benefit our clients.”
‐ Hawkins & Smith (2006), Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consultancy, Supervision and Development.
Competent practice with regular monitoring and reviewing of one’s work is essential to maintain and sustain good practice. Supervision is an opportunity to recognise the ‘human element’ and subsequent demands of the coaching work on the coach, to ensure we monitor and uphold non-‐ exploitative relationships with clients and to recognise our limits and work within them. It is a place to expand emotional intelligence, gain support, relate practice to theory, develop new learning, and evolve coaching practice. Overall, coaching supervision is essential both to develop the coach’s professional skills and to maintain excellent standards of coaching.
The Benefits of Coaching Supervision
The primary purpose of the Coaching Supervisor is to ensure that the coach is addressing the needs of the client as well as monitoring the relationship between the coach and client to maximise its effectiveness. In addition, coach supervision is a way of ensuring that ethical standards are adhered to throughout the coaching process.
Expand, gain, develop & evolve
through Coaching Supervision.
The key benefits are summarised as follows:
Accountability and Protection
- ensuring the best interests of the client are being upheld
- for the organisation purchasing services; and
- for the coach; this can include looking at gaps in training, blind spots, and vulnerabilities.
- providing an opportunity to monitor client work and develop existing/new skills in a supportive environment
- responding constructively to feedback helps to advance practice
- learning to learn; may include looking at coach’s model/mind maps; developing reflexivity; and
- opportunity for coach’s personal development.
- responding to the effect of the client’s emotions; listening, supporting and challenging; and
- exploring new ways of working.
- to ensure that the coaching work is applied ethically and effectively; and
- recognise ethical diversity by considering values, principles and personal qualities.