Coaching Supervision

We currently have limited spaces available on the Professional Supervision Group, held monthly and commencing on a regular basis.  Please register your interest here.

What is Coaching Supervision?

Coaching Supervision is a process by which the supervisor helps the coach to “attend to better understanding both the client system and themselves … and transform their work.” Hawkins, P. & Smith, N. (Coaching, Mentoring and Organisational Consultancy, Supervision and Development, 2006)

Coaching supervision is a reflective space to bring your observations and questions about you and your work.

Coaching Supervision provides the coach with continuous professional improvement as “Supervision is about ‘learning from doing’ or, ‘becoming students of our own experience…sitting at the feet of our work”(p. 15. Carroll, M. and Gilbert, C. (2011). On Being a Supervisee (2nd ed.). Kew, Victoria: PsychOz Publications.)

"Coaching Supervision is the interaction that occurs when a coach periodically brings his or her coaching work experiences to a coaching supervisor in order to engage in reflective dialogue and collaborative learning for the development and benefit of the coach and his or her clients." Source: ICF Website

Coaching Supervision is distinct from Mentor Coaching for Credentialing. Mentor Coaching focuses on the development of coaching skills mainly in the context of initial development. Coaching Supervision offers the coach a richer and broader opportunity for support and development. In Coaching Supervision, the coach is invited to focus much more on what is going on in their process and where the personal may be intruding on the professional.

The purpose is to better understand and enhance both the way in which you as a coaching professional work and who you are within your work. Coaching supervision extends the opportunity for the coach’s growth.

Coaches can grow themselves to enhance the client experience. Coaching supervision is a learning opportunity that

  • Provides psychological safety,
  • Improves delivery and confidence,
  • Examines blind spots and coaching ‘best practices’.
  • Creates ‘learning environments’ and uncovers systemic issues, both in coaches and in the consultancies and organisations where coaching is offered.

The outcome is coaches develop a more in-depth self-awareness, enhancing both the coach’s and the client’s experience.

Organisational Coaching Supervision is concerned with the ongoing development of the organisational coach through a system of inquiry, evaluation and prescribed action.

“All coaches [within organisations] should be engaged in professional supervision,”

Source: ‘Standards Australia Guidelines for Coaching in Organisations’.

What topics are discussed in Coaching Supervision?

Central Tasks of Supervision

Who Benefits from Coaching Supervision?

The Centre offers both individual and group coaching supervision to individual coaches, HR coaching and/or coaching consultancies cohorts, coaching leaders and coach students.

“Through supervision I have found how to trust myself and my wisdom.” Senior Executive Coach, 10+ years experience

“I’ve learned to be authentic to myself, the work and that coaching is a practice of learning.” HR Business Partner, Masters of Coaching Psychology

“Supervision goes to the core of the problems and gives options, solutions or new direction to move to.” General Manager, People and Resources

“I enhanced my confidence as a coach, my ability to effectively contract at the beginning of a session, and my trust in my intuition.” Leadership Coach Associate, ICF PCC

ICF Credential Holders

For 2014 Credential renewals, individuals may use any form of supervision (paid/unpaid, group/individual) except peer supervision on an hour for hour basis for CCE units.  Renewal applicants will be asked to document the name/s of their Coaching Supervisors, contact email, date range, and total hours of Supervision. Supervision does NOT replace mentor coaching and/or qualify for mentor coaching hours as part of the ICF Credentialing Process. For more on ICF position on Coaching Supervision [click here].

For more information about Coaching Supervision please contact us.

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