The European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) defines coaching supervision as:
The interaction that occurs when a coach brings their coaching work experiences to a supervisor in order to be supported and to engage in reflective dialogue and collaborative learning for the development and benefit of the coach, their clients, and their organizations.
According to the International Coach Federation, “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.”
Coaching supervision differs from coaching and mentoring. Coaching is designed to help clients achieve their objectives through self-awareness, goal setting, and action planning. Mentor Coaching for a coach credential is focused on developing the core competencies and skills required for coaching. Coaching supervision includes creating a safe space for the coach and supervisor to reflect on the overall system to support the coach’s growth and improved client outcomes.
Supervision can be done in a one-on-one setting or in groups. Coaching supervision is fundamentally a reflective process. Coaching supervisors create a confidential, safe space for coaches to explore their own thought processes and the dynamics present in client engagements. This often includes:
We draw upon industry-leading best practices for supervision leveraged from other helping professions including organization development, human development, systems theory, adult learning, transactional analysis, humanistic psychology, psychodynamic theory, psychological type, social psychology, and others.
We are experts in the use of the Seven-Eyed Model created by Peter Hawkins and Robin Shohet. This model examines the client-coach-supervisor system from seven different perspectives. These include: (1) the client’s context, (2) the coach’s interventions, (3) the relationship between the coach and the client, (4) the coach’s self-awareness, (5) the relationship between the coach and supervisor including parallel processes, (6) supervisor’s reactions and reflections, and (7) the wider context and system. Using the Seven-Eyed Model, the supervisor and supervisee engage in rich dialogue and reflection resulting in insights that can expose blind spots, deepen self-awareness, and open possibilities for new client interventions.
The Coaching Supervision Certification is target for experienced coaches with at least 500 hours of experience and a credential (preferred, not mandatory) from a coaching association: ICF, EMCC or AC. Participants will be trained as individual and group supervisors and by the end of the program they will be eligible to apply for a credential with the European and Mentoring and Coaching Alliance (EMCC). This training program has received the ESQA, EMCC European Supervision Quality Award and provides 150 CCE units(ICF Coaching Continue Education Units)
This program aligns its contents very closely to the competency model developed by EMCC and motivates graduates to apply for the EMCC Supervisory Credential as a way to strengthen the Coaching Supervision Practice Worldwide.
Coaching supervision is a reflective space and the coach supervisor should demonstrate competencies at providing a safe environment for the coaches to work on themselves for their own benefit as well as for their clients.
The program follows EMCC core competencies model and support coaching supervisors to develop skills to build a foundation for the coach/supervisor relationship, to navigate ethical dilemmas, to provide emotional support and to offer techniques, models and theories to support coach´s work.
Coaching Supervision is a partnership and the supervisor may apply their creativity to provide learning opportunities for the coach, including use of pictures, bodywork, magic box, metaphors, etc.
Coaching Supervisors may apply the 7-eyed Model of Hawkins and psychodynamic distinctions such as transference and countertransference in the work with coaches and be effective at intervening at individual as well as group level.
The objective of the program is to train coach supervisors to provide individual and group coaching supervision, following the EMCC coaching supervision competency model.
By the end of the program participants will be able to:
The program is very interactive and experiential with an emphasis in application and reflective practice. After distinctions, models, and theories are presented, participants apply concepts in exercises and practices with their colleagues. Participants need to receive supervision as supervisees as part of the program, practice in triads with colleagues from the program and practice with supervisees outside the program.
The program takes place over 9 months, which includes 36 weeks alternating webinars, demonstrations with guest supervisors and triad practice.
Weekly webinars for 2.5 hours for 20 weeks present the program content. It is a requirement to participate in 75% of sessions (may miss up to 5 sessions).
Dates: Thursdays at 7:00 AM PST, 10:00 AM EST, 16 hrs. CET(Europe), 19 30 hrs. India. Content Covered at each module:
There are 8 coaching supervision demonstrations of 2 hours each where experienced supervisors work with a participant. After the demonstration there will be a session debrief. We will also discuss the readings from the books. You can miss up to 25% of sessions (two sessions). Same days and hours of webinars (alternating).
Participants will work with at least 6 supervisees (6 sessions each throughout the course of 6 months, for a total of 36 hours). While Coach Source will attempt to help finding coaches to volunteer as supervisees, this is not guaranteed. Each coach is responsible to find his/her own supervisees.
Participants will work with 6 monthly sessions with an experienced coach supervisor to explore your supervision practice (one hour each). A supervisor is assigned to each person. The supervisors for the program are:
Participants will meet monthly for 8, 2.5-hour sessions in supervision practice triads throughout the course (20 hours). Same days and hours of webinars (alternating).
The evaluation of the course consists of submitting a recording of a coaching supervision session to be assessed by a different coach supervisor along with a self-evaluation and reflection to be shared with the class (2000 words).
Reading from course book list (5 books) 22 hrs. (approx. 4 hrs. per book). The first two books need to be read before the program starts and a brief report should be submitted the Friday before the program starts.
1) Michael Carroll and Maria Gilbert, On Being a Supervisee, Vukani, 2005.
2) T Bachkirova, Jackson, Clutterbuck, Coaching and Mentoring Supervision, McGraw Hill, 2011.
3) Julie Hay, Reflective Practice and Supervision for Coaches, OUP 2007.
4) N. Kline, More Time to Think, Fisher King Publisher, 2009
5) Paul and Virginia Brown. Neuropsychology for Coaches, Understanding the basics. McGraw Hill, 2012.
Dr. Damian Goldvarg is a Master Certified Coach (MCC), a Certified Speaker Professional (CSP), an Accredited Coach Supervisor (ESIA), and the Past Global President of the International Coach Federation (2013-2014). He has twenty years of experience in leadership development training, executive assessment and coaching, talent management, facilitation, strategic planning, and team building services. Originally from Argentina, he has worked with individuals and organizations in over fifty countries, including the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia, offering services in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Through his work with multinational Fortune 100 companies, governments and community based organizations.
Dr. Goldvarg trains executive coaches, mentor coaches and coach supervisors worldwide. His areas of expertise include: coaching, cultural competence, emotional intelligence, communication, behavioral interviewing, and 360 feedback. He has presented his work at national and international conferences and published three books on personal development and coaching competencies. He is currently working on this fourth book on Coaching Supervision.
The program cost is $4,800 plus fees for the supervisor $1,200 (total $6,000). Can be paid in four installments.
For more information contact: Damian@goldvargconsulting.com.
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