Reflecting on our actions and learning from it is the most important single activity for trainers, coaches, consultants and supervisors. Interestingly enough, this cannot be done in solitude or in splendid isolation. We need others to discover different perspectives and give new interpretations to what we experience.
Supervision is in my opinion the shared process of finding new and exciting ways of seeing who we are and what we are doing. It is a co-creative process that is instructive for the practitioner just as much as for the supervisor.
Working on deeper levels with your clients, understanding yourself better, be more effective in using your qualities and more adequate in handling your shortcomings, finding space and time to step back from the strain of the daily routines: just some of the most important motives to engage in supervision.
Contrary to coaching, which is broad as life itself, supervision focuses exclusively on the way you relate to your practice. Supervision is not goal-oriented as coaching or training usually are, it is exploratory and developmental. These constraints and characteristics explain the strength of supervision: no quick fix, no direct actions, instead a mindful, gradual and comprehensive development as coach or trainer.
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Oxford Brookes University Coaching Supervision Course in 2016
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