Coach Supervision is a natural ally of ethical coaching practice
Ethical Practice can’t be maintained by rules and regulations. Many ethical situations are fraught with complexity requiring further careful exploration rather than simple answers. Supervision provides a forum for all parties to increase their ethical maturity. 
The need for, and benefits of, coaching supervision are generally recognised in theory, yet it seems that the use of coaching supervision in practice is not widespread. This is due to:
In the last few years much has been developed and written about in the way of models or theories of coaching supervision. And still, most of what we know about supervision comes from social work, psychology and psychotherapy and, until recently with the increase in coach supervision training offerings, most coaching supervisors came from psychology backgrounds where supervision models and theories are well established.
Coaching supervision fulfils three main functions and benefits:
When choosing supervision, a coach should go through the same process they that they would recommend a client does when choosing a coach: personal recommendation, check out credentials, try out more than one, until they feel comfortable and can trust their supervisor, be able to build a relationship and feel they are learning and developing as a coach.
The options for supervision are individual, group and/or peer. Peer supervision is complementary to individual or group supervision with a trained/experienced supervisor and is not generally seen as a substitute for either.
Group supervision holds several benefits over individual supervision:
Supervision for Corporate Coaches
Organisational Supervision provides another function for an organisation which has invested in a coaching programme:
My goal as a supervisor is to build a reputable profession. Choosing supervision is an essential part of investing in ourselves as coaches and in our practices. It is about developing our professional reputation and above all our impact as coaches.
Joanne is an executive coach and coach supervisor. She has a background as a Chartered Accountant and Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist registered with the UKCP. She is a Master Coach with the IMCSA and a Master Practitioner with COMENSA and a member of AoCS.
Article authored by Joanne Searle: [email protected]
 Coaching Supervision: Maximising the Potential of Coaching by CIPD (UK) 2006
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