In coaching supervision, an experienced coach (usually external) meets regularly with a group of internal coaches to review case studies and issues from their practices. (The coaching agreement protects client confidentiality.) Peer coaches offer questions and feedback to the presenting coach, while the coach-supervisor facilitates the call and provides subject matter expertise. Internal coaches express a strong preference for working with a qualified external coach-supervisor (rather than a boss or other employee) in order to gain perspectives from outside the organization and increase their own feelings of safety.
ICF either requires or recommends that its members get mentor coaching at all three levels of credential (ACC, PCC, MCC). Supervision is not required as a condition of ICF membership, as it is in professional psychology and counseling associations. That may soon change.
Not only is coaching supervision encouraged in Europe and other parts of the world; it is required by many hiring organizations. Says a coach in a multinational CCOE, “We work in the U.K. with the retail giant Marks & Spencer, several banks, and civil service organizations that all have internal coaching programs similar to ours. Coach mentoring and coaching supervision are both part of the mix.”Download Article 500 Club