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Barbara Moyes

Purpose and Methods: It is an interesting paradox that although coaches are expected to have supervision, little is known about coaching supervision. Coaching supervision has its roots in supervision in the therapeutic disciplines. The aim of this paper is to explore some of the key themes in the literature on supervision in those disciplines, and to discuss the limited research that has been conducted into coaching supervision within this context. Particular attention is paid to social work supervision, as two major proponents of coaching supervision, Peter Hawkins and Peter Bluckert, were originally social workers.

Results: The paper shows the influence of therapeutic concepts and process on coaching supervision, and identifies some of the benefits and limitations of using a therapeutic model in coaching supervision. Coaches and purchasing organisations want different things from supervision. Themes in the therapeutic literature concerning the transition from practitioner to supervisor are highlighted, suggesting that coaches making this transition need to learn to think like a supervisor, and find ways to manage the power inherent in the role.

Conclusion: More research into coaching supervision is needed to find out what is happening in practice.

Keywords: coaching, coaching supervision, therapeutic model, power.

Full article: Volume 4, Issue 2 pages 162 - 173

  

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