Coaching Supervision and Mentoring
I provide Individual and Group Coaching Supervision as well as Mentoring for coaches going for ICF accreditation and SAKO certification
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UK ICF Definition of Coach Supervision.
The purpose of Coach supervision is to support the coach's professional, personal and coaching practice health and well being. In doing so, it is to ensure that the clients of the supervisee are also well supported and receive the best possible coaching experience The coach supervision process supports the supervisee's reflective practice. This stimulates the supervisee's ongoing learning and development and helps to maintain and raise quality standards across the profession.
It is 'peer to peer' relationship that provides a place for continual professional development. This is by using the supervisee's own experiences as one method on reflecting on skills, competencies (including the ICF Core Competencies and Code of Ethics) and behaviours and through this to support the supervisee to develop their own 'internal supervisor'.
Coach supervisors, although peers, are typically more experienced coaches and therefore can provide mentoring and training as part of supervision which is a way of supporting supervisee to be continually developing themselves professionally.
Coach supervision provides a place to review and uncover potential ethical issues and therefore ensure the supervisee's clients are well supported and served. It also provides a safe and confidential space for the supervisee to explore their coaching and to uncover any unconscious behaviours or biases that may get in the way of being the best you can possibly be for your client.
Coach supervisors are trained in the skill of supervising coaches
EMCC Statement on Coaching Supervision.
The EMCC Code refers to a supervisor assessing competence and supporting development. A more detailed way of defining the nature of supervision can be based on an idea by Procter (1986):
- normative - the supervisor accepts (or more accurately shares with the supervisee) responsibility for ensuring that the supervisee's work is professional and ethical, operating within whatever codes, laws and organisational norms apply
- formative - the supervisor acts to provide feedback or direction that will enable the supervisee to develop the skills, theoretical knowledge, personal attributes and so on that will mean the supervisee becomes an increasingly competent practitioner
- restorative (supportive) - supervisor is there to listen, support, confront the supervisee when the inevitable personal issues, doubts and insecurities arise - and when client issues are 'picked up' by the supervisee