Coaching Supervision

Coaching Supervision helps you gain perspective as a coach and take a broader view of your coaching practice. This deeper level of reflection on what is working for you and what is not is what helps you to develop your practice and hone your craft as a coach.

Coaching Supervision provides a safe environment for coaches to be supported in all aspect of their coaching needs. This concept is not new and the idea of support and supervision with it’s broadest definition is recognised in many other professions including psychology, social work and mental health.

I am an experienced executive and leadership coach with more than 2000 hours of coaching experience. I work as a Coach with several Australian and global coaching organisations and coach across Government, the corporate sector and Not for Profits.

Why coaches need coaches to help them create a safe and heathy coaching practice?

According to the Association for Coaching, 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.”
Association for Coaching

Regular coach supervision is a clear indication of quality.  It demonstrates to your clients and your peers that you value regular reflection and questioning of our work.

Coaching Supervision is about reflecting on your coaching practice and habits, about looking for areas to grow and experiment.

Different Types of Coach Supervision

One-to One Supervision

In one-to-one supervision an appropriately experienced coach supervisor will use a range of tools and models to work with you on the coaching issues or challenges that you choose discuss. The aim of one-to-one supervision is to develop your competence, capability and capacity as a coach.

Group Coach Supervision

Professional group supervision is about reflective practice. In a 60-90 minute session with 6-8 other coaches a coach supervisor will uses different techniques to examine and discuss the issue brought to the table by participants

What does the ‘right’ coach supervisor for me look like?

Finding the ‘right’ supervisor is similar to the way a coachee finds the ‘right’ coach, in that the relationship is critical.

The ICF have suggested the following minimum requirements for coaching supervisors:

• Be an ICF member which implies that the Coaching Supervisor is familiar with and abides by the ICF Ethics and Standards and

• Not be under any sanctions from the ICF Independent Review Board for violations of ethical conduct and

• Be an experienced, mature, preferably credentialed coach – at least 3 years FTE practice and

• Has continued expanding exposure to and knowledge of coaching approaches beyond their original coach training.

Coaching Supervision for ICF Credential Renewal

The purpose of coaching supervision is to generate coach insights through guided reflective enquiry that will improve the quality of your coaching; and hence expand your coaching capability and confidence. For this reason, the ICF allow you to count up to 10 hours of Coaching Supervision toward the 40 hours of Continuing Coach Education (CCE) you require for credential renewal.

Further information about Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – including information about what can be counted as Core Competencies and what is counted as Resource Development – is available on the ICF website which can be found at https://coachingfederation.org.