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WHICH ARE THE PRIORITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR COACH SUPERVISION?

The 8th International Conference in Coaching Supervision, 11 May, Oxford Having a clear definition of coaching supervision, sharing best practice, embedding supervision into coach training, and researching the impact of supervision on both coaches and wider stakeholders- these are the key challenges and priorities for the field of coaching supervision. This was the consensus around priorities for challenges and next steps among some 40 coach supervisor delegates at a session held at the 8th International Conference on Coaching Supervision held at Oxford Brookes University on 11 May. The delegates were invited by Peter Hawkins, Carol Whitaker and Kristina Crabbe to […]

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NEWS RESEARCH: THE GLOBAL CHALLENGES OF COACHING SUPERVISION

Coaching supervision is on the rise globally but regions share similar challenges in ensuring it reaches its potential. Carol Whitaker and Kristina Crabbe report   Prominent figures in coaching supervision from all over the world took part in a collaborative enquiry into the global state of coaching supervision, organised by the Global Supervisors’ Network (GSN) and chaired by Professor Peter Hawkins. The dialogue, which involved facilitated sessions on 6 and 7 December 2018, was set up to celebrate the GSN’s third birthday the following month [January 2019]. In addition to the ‘inner circle’ of invited speakers, there was an ‘outer […]

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PEER AND TRADITIONAL SUPERVISION: THE BALANCE OF POWER

How is power experienced in traditional and peer supervision, and how can we best work with power dynamics? Carola Hieker reports By Carola Hieker While the large number of publications about supervision over the past three to five years confirms a growing interest in supervision, most focus on what we call ‘traditional supervision’ within a setting where the certified supervisor gets paid by the coach to supervise his/her practice. Little is written around peer supervision, and little is written about the presence of power in both peer and traditional supervision. Kassan (2010), who defines peer supervision as two or more […]

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COMING OF AGE: THE DEVELOPMENT OF COACHING SUPERVISION 2006-2014

By Eve Turner and Peter Hawkins Coaching supervision is a relatively new phenomenon, arriving later than supervision in many of the other people professions and even new in relation to the short history of coaching itself. However, the past nine years have seen an exponential growth in the field. This growth includes: the number and percentage of coaches regularly having supervision; the development of supervision training in many parts of the world, most prominently in the UK, but also in Sweden, France, Singapore, Australia and North America; and numerous books and articles (eg, Hawkins and Smith, 2006, 2013; Hawkins, 2006; […]

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Play your part

In a previous issue of Coaching at Work, Tatiana Bachkirova argued that supervision should be our professional conscience in practice and be non-mandatory. Experienced coach supervisor Nicola Haskins disagrees Not enough coaches are coming into supervision – and it’s something the industry is, rightly, concerned about. The recent explosive growth in supervisor training programmes and publications on coaching supervision, will certainly increase the pool of supervisors and heighten general awareness of it. But I don’t believe this will be enough to get coaches into supervision. What is needed is a three-pronged strategy to: demonstrate the benefits of coaching supervision mandate […]

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