Coach Mentoring or Coaching Supervision?
Coach Mentor or Coach Supervisor - what to expect: - A Mentor Coach shares observations and feedback while focusing on capabilities, the how and what of coaching (skills and tools to improve knowledge) - A Coach Supervisor provides a safe space to encourage reflection while shifting perspectives from how to do coaching (skills and tools) to how to be a coach (presence and self as instrument)
Looking to acquire an ICF credential and need more hours to complete the mentoring requirement? Look no further. I am an ICF-PCC Coach Mentor having completed studies in coach mentoring through ReciproCoach (www.reciprocoach.com).
As per the ICF definition, Mentor Coaching for an ICF Credential consists of coaching and feedback in a collaborative, appreciative and dialogued process based on an observed or recorded coaching session to increase the coach’s capability in coaching, in alignment with the ICF Core Competencies. Mentoring provides professional assistance in achieving and demonstrating the levels of coaching competency and capability demanded by the desired credential level. https://coachfederation.org/mentor-coaching
A testimonial: Maureen partnered with me for the assessment of my core competencies during my PCC certification journey. Her mentoring style was very curious, reflective, collaborative, demanding, persuasive, and encouraging. She has done the real magic, giving gentle pushes, moral support, sending positive vibes when I got stuck and kept me moving and motivated on my journey. Her feedback and tips helped me grow as a coach (Amit obtained his PCC in 2022)
Coaching Supervision: individual and group Supervision is an invitation to reflect, redefine, expand, and develop yourself through self-awareness, and other-awareness while shifting perspectives to further develop your practice as a coach.
As Coaches, we invite our coaching clients to reflect on different perspectives of a situation.
How do you reflect on your coaching sessions?
“The coach and supervisor explore what the coach wishes to bring. This could be a challenge with a client, a pattern of behavior they’ve noticed in themselves, a general ennui with their work, questions around who they are as a coach and much, much more besides. The conversation could equally explore how the coach was left feeling, what influences were shaping the coaching, the nature of the relationship between coach and client, the choice of coaching approach and even how the supervisor experienced the session.
The supervisor is not “senior” but someone who can resonate with the human response throughout the system and who can use themselves as an instrument to bring out greater awareness of self, system and practice”
- Nick Bolton
The word « supervision » has a connotation of surveillance or superiority hence my choice of Super-Inter-Vision. For me, Coaching Super-inter-vision is an alliance that enables the coach to gain in ethical competency, confidence, and creativity so as to give the best possible service to clients. (Adapted from Inskipp and Proctor, 1993)
Why Super-Inter-Vision ?
ICF states that Coaching Supervision is a collaborative learning practice to continually build the capacity of the coach through reflective dialogue for the benefit of both coaches and clients. Coaching Supervision focuses on the development of the coach’s capacity through offering a richer and broader opportunity for support and development. Coaching Supervision creates a safe environment for the coach to share their successes and failures in becoming masterful in the way they work with their clients.
EMCC Global’s definition of supervision is a safe space for reflective dialogue with a practicing supervisor, supporting the supervisee’s practice, development, and well-being.
The purpose of supervision is
What is Group Supervision? What will we achieve together during our sessions?
In Group Supervision, 4 – 6 experienced coaches meet every 3 – 4 weeks in a psychologically safe space to explore coaching cases, themes, and situations. They reflect on what went well with the case they present, and what could have been done differently.
Together the coaches (supervisees) share their experience of how the case study was presented (see 8-eyed model below) under the guidance of a trained supervisor. The group enhances the inter-relational perspectives of the case brought to super-inter-vision.