Support to build your coaching skills and practice
As well as being a coach, I am a coach supervisor, and provide support to coaches, career advisers, career consultants and other career practitioners.
Coaching supervision creates an objective space for you to reflect on your work with clients, consider new ways to deal with the challenges which arise in coaching or careers work, and find ways to continue developing your practice.
What is coaching supervision?
Coaching supervision is a type of work which occurs across many of the helping professions, including coaching. Although the name might conjure images of a manager or more senior individual, supervision in this context is neither. It is a supportive role, to facilitate the development and effectiveness of the coach (or supervisee) they work with. Hawkins and McMahon (2020) define supervision as:
‘… A joint endeavour in which a practitioner, with the help of a supervisor, attends to their clients… and by so doing improves the quality of their work, transforms their client relationships, continuously develops themselves, their practice and the wider profession.’
Coaching professional bodies require coaches in practice to undertake supervision, due to the benefits not only to the coach, but also their clients and the profession. It is also increasingly encouraged for career practitioners by career development professional bodies including the Career Development Institute (CDI).
How could coaching supervision help me?
A coach or careers practitioner can bring specific examples of work with clients (anonymised) which they would appreciate a chance to discuss with another practitioner, for example:
- Challenges the client is facing, where both client and coach might feel ‘stuck’
- Uncertainty over the right strategies and interventions for this client
- Difficulties in the working dynamic between client and coach
- Managing situations where the coach is facing challenges of their own, which may impact on their work
- Working with wider systemic issues which are impacting on the work of the coach and the client, for example organisational settings.
- Responding to certain situations in a way which they would like to change
- Difficulties working with particular types of client
- Awareness of their own ‘inner game’ and how this might affect their work with clients
How does supervision work?
Much like coaching, supervision is a non-directive activity aimed at helping the coach or careers practitioner.
At the present time I work with coaching supervision clients on a 1:1 basis.
A typical session lasts for 60 minutes, and the frequency of sessions will depend on how many clients the practitioner works with, and how often the coach feels it would be helpful to be supervised. In addition to standalone supervision sessions, I offer a range of annual supervision plans to support practitioners based on their needs.
The process of supervision is similar in many ways to coaching, with use of open questions to encourage reflection and learning. I use a range of different frameworks to facilitate supervision sessions, including the Seven Eyed Model of Supervision by Hawkins and Shohet (2012).
How do I find out more?
If you are interested in being supervised and would like to have an initial conversation to explore this, please contact me.
Contact me about Coaching Supervision
If you would like to get some support with your current challenges, why not get in touch to arrange an initial conversation? We'll discuss the work you do with your clients, where you would appreciate some support, and how I could help if you wanted to take it further. It's completely free.