What is Coaching Supervision?
Why do coaches need supervision?
In a crowded coaching market, regular supervision helps a coach stand out. It shows commitment to regularly updating your skills (long after qualification) by reflecting on you and your practise with an experienced coach and supervisor. It ensures you are operating safely within the current ethical guidelines of the major coaching bodies. This shows to clients that they are safe with you and you with them. And if the worst should happen you have back up and support.
The Global Code of Ethics of the AC and EMCC says about On-going supervision:
4.3 To support their learning and on-going professional development, members will engage in regular reflective practice.
4.4 Members will engage in supervision with a suitably qualified supervisor or peer supervision group with a level of frequency that is appropriate to their coaching or mentoring practice, the requirements of their professional body and the level of their accreditation.
4.5 Members need to ensure that any other existing relationship with the supervisor does not interfere with the quality of the supervision provided.
4.6 Members will discuss any ethical dilemmas and potential, or actual, breaches of this code with their supervisor or peer supervision group for support/guidance.
What do you talk about in supervision?
The focus is very much driven by the coach (supervisee) and is different depending on where the coach is in their journey. The table below shows that journey in supervision.
Hawkins and Smith 2006
Topics can be about how to handle tricky coachees or their situations, dealing with contracting issues, the coaches own habitual patterns of behaviour, business development, accreditation, emotional well being, exploring “hot buttons”, handling commissioning clients, overlapping boundaries, being an internal coach etc.
Julia can discuss with you how much supervision is most appropriate depending on your level of budget and time. Skype and phone supervision is very cost effective. An initial commitment to 3 hours of supervision initially will help you decide if the fit is right. After that, contracting can work with your own specific and personal needs based on your level of work and other factors such as future accreditations or tenders that may require a formal statement of supervisor arrangements. A minimum would be once a quarter but ideally once every 4-6 weeks.
A Group Coaching Supervision session in Manchester
Julia runs a supervision group once a quarter in Manchester which is also an ideal way of meeting supervision needs while sharing and networking with other like-minded coaches. Check out upcoming and past events here: Spark Events.
Why choose Julia as your supervisor?
- A learning and development professional with an in depth knowledge of helping people to learn and change.
- A coach and supervisor with a psychology background that helps with the reading of relationships and/organisational systems.
- A coach with a corporate background who understands the politics, complexity and ambiguity of organisational life.
- A coach with a pragmatic approach to coaching grounded in real life experiences who works alongside her coaches in equal partnership.
- Someone with the highest levels of ethical and professional standards so that supervisees get the ultimate in sensitive support whilst being challenged and stretched to attain mastery as a coach.
- Someone who has had many years of supervision and coaching herself and is a lifelong learner; being in touch with developments in the field of coaching and with current coaching training.