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Supervision Engagement


What is Coaching Supervision?

Coaching supervision offers practicing coaches a space for reflection and growth. It involves working with a trained supervisor to examine your coaching practice and client interactions. The goal is to develop self-awareness, enhance your coaching skills, and ultimately provide more impactful coaching sessions. It’s important to note that supervision differs from mentor coaching and is not an evaluative process. Your supervisor is a peer providing specialized support.

Supervision vs. Mentor Coaching: What’s the Difference?

  • Mentor Coaching: Supports new and progressing coaches. It centers on developing core coaching competencies and practical skills (the “how” of coaching).
  • Coaching Supervision: Focuses on the “who” of the coach. It encourages deeper reflection on client dynamics, your personal approach, and ethical considerations. Supervision offers confidentiality to explore client scenarios and gain fresh perspectives. Group supervision adds the benefit of learning from fellow coaches.

The ICF’s Stance on Supervision

The revised ICF Competency Model (2021) emphasizes Embodies a Coaching Mindset. Several markers within this core competency can be honed through reflective supervision, including:

  • Ongoing professional development
  • Cultivating a strong reflective practice
  • Harnessing self-awareness and intuition for client sessions
  • Effective mental and emotional preparation
  • Seeking additional support when needed

Supervision, long embraced in Europe, is rising in popularity globally. While not explicitly mandated by the ICF, reflective practice is now crucial. Supervision offers a structured way to improve client relationships, grow as a coach, and deliver superior results.

Supervision & Team Coaching: The ACTC Connection

For coaches specializing in team coaching, supervision holds special significance. To earn and maintain the ICF Advanced Certification in Team Coaching (ACTC), coaches must complete a minimum of five (5) hours of coaching supervision under a qualified supervisor. This reinforces the value of continuous development for effective team coaching practice.