Supervision for Coaches
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
Are you a practicing coach, who had training and now needs to acquire new skills?
Professionals dedicated to helping others cannot go without continuous self improvement. They must be able to give to themselves, what they are able to give to others. For coaches, this means regular access to supervision of their work. Only then, can they consistently maintain the high professional standard of their services.
The purpose of the supervision is to improve the coach’s performance, provide help in difficult situations in a safe environment including personal development, while expanding the coach’s self- reflection and addressing any emotions or stress. The results of supervision are usually very quick and efficient, and increase the coach’s confidence and desire to work.
Our experienced supervisors can also help coaches with very difficult cases, often within an incredibly short time period. Sometimes, only a fifteen minute discussion is all that is needed for the supervisor to discover the problem in a particular case that the coach is unable to identify. The results of supervision are extremely effective: In just one hour, a coach can make much bigger progress compared to months of work without supervision.
What is supervision?
Supervision is assistance in professional issues in a safe environment that:
- a) reveals personal issues in relation to the client
- b) develops and expands relevant skills
It is primarily a form of a support, not control.
Supervision has three aspects:
- formative (educational)
- supportive (offloading of emotional baggage)
- normative (managing – improving the quality of the work)
Supervision is managed in the same way as coaching. For example, a contract needs to be concluded. Sometimes agreeing the terms of the contract can become part of the supervision process.
During supervision, we can focus on the:
- a) coach
- b) client
- c) process
All this in a broader context.
It should be noted that when working with a client and therefore during supervision, the unconscious and subconscious process of our minds play an important role. Thus many other effects of supervision emerge later in practice.
A suitable topic for supervision is anything that can affect the quality of the coach’s work.