Supervision

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For coaches, supervision is recognised as an important developmental tool (Lawrence and Whyte, 2014).

Coaching supervision involves a process of exploring through experience, reflection, inquiry and/or action, any personal, relational, professional and contextual issues arising from coaching practice (Geddes and Armstrong, 2009). As Geddes and Armstrong explain, supervision extends coaches' skills, expands their professional self-awareness as well as their whole system appreciation of the coaching relationship (Armstrong and Geddes, 2009), and it provides:


Coaches engaged in supervision identify numerous personal benefits of supervision (Butwell, 2005), and experence it as:


Importantly, for clients, supervision is recognised as an effective means of quality control. This recognition has become so widespread that "coaching supervision is regarded as essential practice in Europe" (Lawrence and Whyte, 2014), and it is fast becoming a recommended component of coaching standards around the world.

ReciproCoach provides two types of supervision:

  1. Peer supervision

  2. Supervisor-led supervision

In peer supervision, a facilitating coach guides the collective learning of the group, while a qualified coaching supervisor leads the supervisor-led supervision sessions. Peer supervision aims to provide a space for coaches to share their experience in their coaching practice and get other coaches' perspectives on it, and while supervisor-led supervision does the same thing, its major focus is on gaining new perspectives through a deeper individual reflective process and supervisor input, rather than others coaches' perspectives.

In both forms of supervision, discussions predominantly revolve around challenging scenarios coaches experience in their coaching practice and exploring the myriad of ways such a situation may be handled. Questions about coaching process, theory, practice and ethics are asked and discussed, and resources, strategies and tools are shared.

ReciproCoach supervision sessions generally last for one hour and typically occur over a minimum of three months. Take a look at our upcoming supervision rounds to find one that suits your schedule, or if you're still not sure, take a look at past participants' testimonials.

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References:

Armstrong, H., Geddes, M., & y,. (2009). Developing Coaching Supervision Practice: an Australian case study. International Journal Of Evidence Based Coaching And Mentoring, 7(2).

Butwell, J. (2014). Group supervision for coaches: is it worthwhile? A study of the process in a major professional organisation. International Journal Of Evidence Based Coaching And Mentoring, 4(2), 43-53.

Lawrence, P., & Whyte, A. (2014). What is coaching and why is it important?. Coaching: An International Journal Of Theory, Research And Practice, 7(1), 39-55.

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