Supervision as a key role of maintaining professional standards of coaching practice

I believe that in my profession, when I stop learning, I stop being effective. This is a short intro into the heart of the supervision definition and in the area of what mentoring, coaching and supervision have in common.

In the last years coaching supervision has increasingly been seen as a vital part of the repertoire for most of the helping professions, doctors, therapists, counsellors, coaches, leaders and related fields.

Coaching Supervision is a supportive relationship in which you can reflect in depth about your current work in order to do it better. When you experience supervision you allow yourself to look inwards to what is happening to you as you work and look outwards to how the work is being done. From these reflections it is possible to discover new things, learnings, which will be used to increase the effectiveness of your work as a leader or as a professional coach.

Supervision gives you an opportunity to improve your professional practice.

What is supervision?
Working under supervision means that a coach uses the services of a coach supervisor to review their coaching practice with clients.Supervision focuses on the interactions between supervisor, coach, client and context with the aim of promoting effective practice. Supervision aims to build on the strengths and successes of the coach and address any weaknesses. Coaching Supervision supports an individual’s organisational, professional and personal objectives including focusing on competency, accountable
practice, continuing professional development and personal support, confidentiality, and highly ethical practice.
Who is supervision available to?
Supervision is available to any practitioner working as a coach or within a helping profession in the Social Services sector.
How long does supervision run for?
Supervision should take place regularly with the same supervisor over a continuous period of time. The length of supervision should be negotiated clearly between the supervisor and supervisee.

What supervision, coaching and mentoring have in common is a desire to improve practice through some kind of reflection. They all offer us an opportunity for us to keep growing, to feel listened and understood, and challenged when we discover, maybe, some of our blind spots.

What do you think? Do you want to experience coaching supervision? Share your thoughts, knowledge, and experience in the comments below!


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