About AOCS
Our mission

About the Association of Coaching Supervisors

Background

We believe there is a need for an association purely focusing on supervision, as supervision is still at its pioneering stage and a platform is needed to enable coaches and buyers of coaching to understand supervision better. The leading associations and academies acknowledge that supervision has been on the back-burner for a while and has not been given wider exposure - we want to change that perception and give supervision greater publicity and a larger 'share of voice' in the coaching community.

There is frustration that a lot of coaches do not “get" supervision, whether this is the connotation of the word “supervision” or that coaches are nervous of the concept or, even more disturbingly, think that they don’t need it!

We are passionate about supervision and the benefits we know supervision brings. As clients benefit from a space to reflect, we believe coaches should too. As a member our collective voice will give added power to supervision.

Our Aims

  • Raise the profile of coaching supervisors amongst coaches and buyers of coaching
  • Inform and educate coaches and buyers of coaching about coaching supervision
  • Promote the value of coaching supervision to coaches and buyers of coaching services
  • Encourage all coaches to include coaching supervision as integral to their practise and development
  • Encourage buyers of coaching to include active supervision in their criteria when selecting coaches to work with (all are in regular supervision themselves so you can be re-assured of their ongoing CPD and quality)
  • Encourage all organisations using coaching skills and/or adopting a learning culture, to employ coaching supervisors to ensure best practise

AOCS is a not-for-profit organisation with a core of founding members who inform the organisation’s goals and direction. We also have a group of honorary members, advisors and volunteers who guide and mentor the development of AOCS, promote AOCS’s aims and lend their support and voice where necessary.

The aim is not to accredit supervisors, or to act as a training school, or to replace existing coaching bodies/associations, but to supplement current relationships and to provide a real focus on supervision.

AOCS Structure

In cooperation with our Board of Directors, we have created a regional network in the UK, available to provide face to face, telephone and group supervision to coaches. Regional Coordinators will organise local events and forums, and act as a focal point for enquiries from buyers of coach supervision.

We have Country Coordinators in the North America, Asia Pacific, China & Hong Kong, Spain, Holland, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Ireland/Northern Ireland, South Africa – and we are developing alliances and links in many developing countries. We continue striving to attract a range of buyers of coach supervision and we are able to quickly match their needs with locally sourced and qualified supervisors. All involved in AOCS are passionate about supervision and wish to ensure that coaches continue to improve their skills, and to help larger organisations provide effective and continuous in-house supervision to their internal coaches.

Research is a key component of monitoring trends and changes in this evolving field, and we are delighted to have top thinkers and researchers like David E. Gray (University of Greenwich), Erik de Haan (Ashridge Business School), David Clutterbuck (David Clutterbuck Partnership), and Eve Turner on our team as regular contributors.

Members are mainly qualified and accredited coaching supervisors in the UK and overseas, although a number of coaches and mentors have also joined to learn more about supervision.


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