Supervision & Mentorship
Although the coaching industry is not currently regulated, we believe strongly in the integrity of our profession. Ongoing coaching supervision and mentoring is an important component in maintaining high standards. Our experienced and qualified coach supervisors will provide supervision and mentorship, either in a group or 1-2-1 setting. These sessions afford the opportunity for your coaches to explore client inter-personal relationship patterns and to explore how handle more challenging situations. We can facilitate peer group supervision as well as in a discrete 1-2-1 setting.
One model we use to explore the various dimensions of supervision, is the 7 Eyed Supervision model which was originally developed by Peter Hawkins. This is an extremely useful model as it takes into account 7 different ‘aspects’ or ‘systems’ simultaneously taking place in a coaching relationship.
The seven ‘eyes’ or ‘systems’ operating in a coaching relationship can be explained as follows:
- The Coach system and client situation
The focus here is on a specific coaching situation (as the coach perceives it) and the problem the coach wants help with. Discussion focuses on and how issues are presenting themselves to the coach.
- The Coach and chosen interventions
The focus is on what kinds of intervention the coach has made and his/her rationale for using them them. Discussion also explores what else could they have done. This system is very helpful for those who need to consolidate skills.
- The relationship between the Coach their client
The focus is on the dynamic between the coach and client, and explores what going on at both a conscious and an unconscious level. This can offer insightful information that can create a deeper understanding of underlying processes which may be affecting coaching outcomes. By paying attention to this part of the system, the coach can check their practice to ensure they true to the contract between coach and client, and the coach learns to tune into the underlying psychological systems at play.
- The Coach’s own experience
Here there is an opportunity for the coach to become more self aware, and so deepen their learning about how they are responding to a given situation. This system allows the coach and supervisor to explore what may be getting in the way of progress.
- The Parallel Process
The parallel process is a term used to describe how what it is like for the client to be in the coaching relationship. The wisdom gathered through exploring the parallel process adds another layer to the learning, and effectiveness of the coach.
- Supervisor self-reflections
The supervisor will offer personal reflections to open up different ways to view a situation and expand the coach’s understanding.
- The Wider Context
Supervision always takes place in within a context which could consist of many things e.g. ethical, organisational, contractual, social and cultural aspects.