Supervision began in the therapeutic world to give therapists a space to offload their cases by talking through them with supervisors. Supervision is now increasingly popular within the coaching profession as a way to deepen a coach's practice and awareness. You may work with a supervisor on a one-to-one basis or within a group in order to step back, reflect on how you work and get support on the more challenging situations you face.
Supervision offers a way to allow a coach to break through the illusions, delusions and collusions that can happen in coaching. A supervisor may also take on a mentoring role with you to guide your professional development and practice-building. Supervision is not the same as coaching, yet a coaching supervisor is an experienced coach who provides the space for you to reflect and gain insights.
To find a qualified coaching supervisor, ask around other coaches you know for personal recommendations or contact the coaching bodies mentioned earlier in this chapter.
Peter Hawkins and Robin Shohet created the seven-eyed coaching model, one of the classic models of supervision, so named because it addresses coaching from seven perspectives. This model examines the relationship in coaching between the various elements, from what happens in the actual sessions through the coach's unspoken experience, interpretation, the actual ...