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SUPERVISION: A GLOBAL VIEW

This new column series, curated and authored by members of the Association of Coaching Supervisors (AOCS) puts coaching supervision under the spotlight. This issue: Peter Welch and Jo Birch take the pulse of coaching supervision today.   Let’s begin by stepping down from the balcony, where the global perspective on coaching supervision has been recently explored (Global Supervisors’ Network, 2017; Hawkins &Turner, 2017; McAnally et al, 2019) and take the pulse on the ‘dancefloor’. For this article, we asked those in our network two simple questions: What are you noticing about coaching supervision in your region? What needs to happen […]

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A BRAND NEW BEAT: A PROFILE OF PETER WELCH

Peter Welch, award-winning co-founder of the Association of Coach Supervisors, has a passion for self-directed learning. It’s shaping his latest multi-agency venture – creating ethical guidelines for coaching supervisors. Liz Hall reports   One wet Tuesday in Sussex more than a decade ago, self-directed learning advocate Peter Welch was in a coach networking session listening to an Irish woman talking about coaching supervision. Suddenly the penny dropped – coaching supervision was the missing link. Looking back at that lightbulb moment, Welch says, “People talk glibly about aha moments. Well, I did have one. Boom! I suddenly saw the link! There’s […]

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AICTP conference: interest in integration between and around coaching and therapy

By Mark Farrall Working with trauma, supervision, and neurological models based on animal paradigms were among the topics covered by keynote speakers at the 3rd Annual Conference of the Association of Integrative Coach-Therapist Professionals (AICTP) on 9 February, which highlighted continuing interest in ‘integration’ between and around coaching and therapy. Julia Vaughan Smith defined trauma as the ‘lasting impact’ on the networks of our internal systems and – more importantly its effects on how we feel, experience and respond to others. She discussed trauma as encompassing and affecting every aspect of human experience, including the somatic or physiological, and not […]

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LOCKED-IN LEARNING: SUPERVISION SPECIAL REPORT

Struggling to meet the requirements for coach accreditation or feel you’ve lost your edge? Clare Norman reports on a ‘lock-in’ weekend retreat she’s developed to boost CPD   Does the following describe where you’re at? It’s been some time since you attended your original coach training. You fear you’ve lost your razor sharpness, but you can’t see your own blind spots1. You know being unconsciously competent2 isn’t good enough for your own sense of satisfaction nor is it in your clients’ best interests. You are looking for CPD to sharpen your coaching edge, harness your creativity and bring more innovation […]

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COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE, LONDON, UK, 4 JULY 2018 – SUPERVISEES NEED WAYS TO ENHANCE SUPERVISION

by Molly Hall Supervision is one of the most important aspects of a coach’s development, but not seeing ourselves as an equal partner to our supervisor, lack of agency, anxiety, fear of judgement and shame, and habits we employ can get in the way of us benefitting from good supervision, said Louise Sheppard and Graham Lee. There is much more that supervisees can do to empower themselves to get more out of their supervision, they told delegates at the conference. Drawing from doctoral research by Sheppard as well as her own supervision work, and from Lee’s supervision work, they suggested […]

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TROUBLESHOOTER: WHERE ARE MY LOYALTIES?

An internal coach discloses in supervision, client reports of bullying. She must take a stand but also she wants to leave. How can supervision help? The issue Beth is a highly qualified, experienced internal coach in a global organisation. She has been working with you, her supervisor, for six months, and is normally very upbeat when she comes to sessions. Today she’s come to her supervision with a frown on her face and her energy feels very different. She tells you that she’s been hearing in her coaching, and through her employee engagement role, stories about some disturbing behaviours. She’s […]

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NEWS TRENDS: ARE YOU ON TOP OF YOUR GAME?

As we move further into 2018, we asked prominent industry leaders and thinkers to share their vision for what lies ahead. Part 2: trends and challenges in coaching supervision, coach training and mentoring   Coaching supervision For many practitioners in 2018, tightening time constraints in our full-on working world and squeezed budgets mean it will be a stretch to commit to supervision this year. Yet getting quality supervision is becoming increasingly important as a way for discerning organisations and for practitioners to show they’re on top of their game. In addition, as more and more coaches work with teams, supervision […]

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FEAR, POWER AND LEARNING

In this three-part series, Louise Sheppard shares her research on the supervisee perspective in coaching supervision, which has implications for all involved. Part 2: providing supervisee-led supervision   Following on from the first in our series last issue on how supervisees can get the most from coaching supervision, here we argue that supervisors need to provide supervisee-led supervision.   Causal mechanisms In my doctoral research, I identified three causal mechanisms that affect human nature and might explain supervisees’ experiences: fear, power relations and our natural tendency to learn. It is important that supervisors and supervisees are aware of these significant […]

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HELP OR HINDRANCE?

In this three-part series, Louise Sheppard shares her research on the supervisee perspective in coaching supervision, which has implications for all involved. Part 1: how supervisees inhibit and enable their supervision   There has been little research into the supervisee perspective in coaching supervision even though it is more challenging and exposing to be a supervisee than a supervisor and the supervisee is at least as important for the success of supervision (de Haan, 2012). Supervisor training courses focus on the role of the supervisor and most of the professional bodies representing coaches in the UK do not provide clear […]

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RESEARCH MATTERS: SELF-DECEPTION – WHO ARE WE KIDDING?

Tatiana Bachkirova, professor of coaching psychology and director of the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies at Oxford Brookes University, discusses her research on self-deception in coaches I have been fascinated with the phenomenon of self-deception for a long time since noticing that I am quite capable of deceiving myself. It is also impossible to imagine that self-deception would not influence, at least in some way, the coaching process. Observant coaches may notice our clients sometimes deceive themselves, for example, about their status and prospects in the organisation, not noticing ‘the bad news’ to stay in the comfort zone. […]

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