Maximizing The Potential of Coaching (*)
THE EMCC DEFINITION OF SUPERVISION
Supervision is the interaction that occurs when a mentor or coach brings their coaching or mentoring work experiences to a supervisor in order to be supported and to engage in reflective dialogue and collaborative learning for the development and benefit of the mentor or coach, their clients and their organisations.
The purpose of supervision is to enhance the wellbeing, and develop the practice of coaches and/or mentors of all levels of experience. Supervision is considered a powerful vehicle for deep learning: its benefits extend beyond the supervisee and include their clients and sponsoring organisations.
We recognise the functions of supervision described by Hawkins and Smith (2013) as follows:
1. The Developmental Function
Concerned with development of skills, understanding and capacities of the coach / mentor.
2. The Resourcing Function
Providing a supportive space for the coach / mentor to process the experiences they have had when working with clients.
3. The Qualitative Function
Concerned with quality, work standards and ethical integrity.
Individual & Group Supervision for Professional Coaches
Using both individual and group sessions optimises the benefits. Individual supervision gives coaches uninterrupted time to reflect on their coaching and explore their development needs. Personalised supervision lets the coach explore the dynamics of the coach–client relationship and the way they are working with the client.
Group sessions are more economical and assure
a consistent approach for all coaches. In addition, group participants can learn by presenting their clients or participating when someone else is presenting.