Supervision for coaches

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 (2009) explain, supervision extends coaches' skills, expands their professional self-awareness as well as their whole system appreciation of the coaching relationship , 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 offers coaches ongoing opportunities to participate in group supervision, wherein a group of coaches come together to learn by engaging in any or all of the following:

"Supervision provides a way to support [coaches] and to address clients' needs while, at the same time upholding the professional practice of [coaching] around the globe." Although this definition was adapted from a supervision training manual for counsellors, published by Family Health International (2005), it comes from a field (counselling/therapy) that has been engaging in supervision for several decades and therefore provides a clear explanation of what supervision is to coaches who may be coming to supervision for the first time.

You can gain a deeper understanding of the process and professional benefits of supervision in coaching, by reading the following research reviews:

Keeping coaches honest

Quality control for coaches

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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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