The demand for coaching supervision has been growing for some years now, with interest coming from both organisations and the coaches themselves. The former need to ensure quality in their coaching setup while the latter want to share best practice.
Supervision is already well established in professions, such as psychology and social work where it has been recognised that working with people necessitates quality control. So when an organisation decides to engage with supervisors to help its coaches to help themselves, it’s making a conscious decision to maintain standards, with the coach developing competencies aligned with what the organisation needs, increasing ROI from coaching in the process. Coaching supervision from this viewpoint is the key to quality assurance and to managing the risks inherent in coaching conversations. Most coaching is done one-to one, so the sponsoring employer needs to know that the coach is working ethically and competently.
For coaches too there is a desire for supervision. High-level coaching is extremely difficult to sustain in isolation. All coaches, no matter how experienced they are, will have issues and challenges that they struggle to define for themselves. When the coaches open their work to scrutiny the quality of what they do can only be improved. Supervision helps them become aware of their own personal areas for development. Supervisors have a responsibility not only to make sure that their clients do work that falls within appropriate standards, but that the coach benefits from the process. A good supervisor helps a supervisee to understand and develop his or her capabilities through the reflection and exploration of work with his or her clients. Supervision also provides much-needed emotional support – sometimes coaches will of course become greatly affected through their dealings with certain clients or in difficult ethical situations.
Sheridan Resolutions knows all about coaching supervision. It brings extensive experience, knowledge of techniques and fresh perspectives for coaches. We supervise coaches on panels, including on Henley Business School’s MSc Coaching and Behavioural Change programme, as well as peer-to-peer and open supervision groups. We work with both UK and international coaches from countries across Europe, Asia and Africa.