Ken Smith
Accredited Coaching Supervisor
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Ken Smith

Accredited Coaching Supervisor

Professional Qualifications

  • Coaching body accreditation
  • Coaching qualifications
  • Member of a coaching body
  • Supervision body accreditation
  • Supervision qualifications

About Ken

My own coaching practice has benefited immeasurably from supervision and I am a keen advocate of it. I provide supervision both to individuals and in groups.

At the heart of my supervision practice is the aim of creating a collaboration which builds the coach's own capacity for reflection, on how they coach and who they are when they coach. The nature of this collaboration depends closely on the stage the coach has reached in their professional development, so that the coach can experience a balance of support, challenge and guidance, of direction and reflection that works best for them.

This means that supervision agendas can vary widely and include:

• practical and ethical matters around contracting
• learning about or signposting towards new techniques and tools
• working with what arises in the direct experience of being with a client
• the way in which the organisational system impacts on the work the coach is doing with their client.

I have a particular interest in supervision for internal coaches, where the impact of the wider system and the coach's unspoken role as representing the organisation may add an extra layer of complexity to the coach-client relationship.

With regard to my own development as a coach and a supervisor, I take an eclectic approach drawing on a wide variety of perspectives, with Clean Language sitting at the heart of my work.

The power of coaching is often said to lie in the relationship between coach and client. The same can be said of supervision, where the supervisor walks alongside the coach inviting them to look into their own practice with the benefit of the supervisor’s presence. As a supervisor, I seek to bring a presence containing humility, curiosity, some knowledge and a measure of creative vulnerability, so that I can place myself in service of my supervisees, their clients and the coaching profession.

Rates

Supervision Rate £130 per session
Group Supervision Rate £360 per session, max of 6 per group in organisations - £65 per person for open groups
Telephone Supervision Rate £130 per session
Other Rate Travel and room hire may be charged additionally

Services

Supervisor of coaching

Supervisor of supervisors

Methods

Face-to-face

Group supervision

Telephone and/or virtual

Qualifications

- M.Ed (distinction) in Training and Development;
- Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching; Diploma in Coaching Supervision;
- Postgraduate Certificate in HRD;
- Certificated Practitioner in Clean Language;
- Association for Coaching Accredited Executive Coach;
- ILM registered tutor in coaching supervision

Testimonials

“Ken has been an excellent supervisor to me over the past few months. Thoughtful, insightful, wise - so helpful to the development of my own coaching practice. And a joy to work with! I recommend him highly.”
(Leigh J., hired Ken as a coach supervisor)

“Ken has provided invaluable support to UKBA coaches by providing excellent and professional coaching supervision. During supervision groups Ken has not only shown that he is knowledgable and experienced in coaching processes and the supervision approach but has also displayed his own coaching expertise through his interaction with the group.”
(2011)

“As lead coach in Civil Service Resourcing's Career Transition Service I commissioned Ken to provide group supervision sessions for a team of 8 coaches. Ken did not disappoint providing wisdom and a calm reflective space to support of us grappling with some of the dilemmas facing us in a newly set up service working with many staff under stress from a number of clients departments under each with a differing expectations and requirements from the coaching.”
(S.N. – Executive Coach and Change Manager)

“Ken has provided invaluable support to our internal coaches by providing excellent and professional coaching supervision. During supervision groups Ken has not only shown that he is knowledgeable and experienced in coaching processes and the supervision approach but has also displayed his own coaching expertise through his interaction with the group.”
(K.S. – Leadership and Capability Lead)

“Having supervision conversations with Ken has encouraged me to have supervision conversations with myself. Reflecting on the questions that Ken might ask enables me to reflect on my approach in specific situations - rather like having a 'virtual' Ken. I have also adopted his habit of scheduling time after coaching sessions to reflect on the process and outcomes. By doing this promptly I can ensure that the next coaching session with that client is better informed. It also encourages better practice, as any areas for improvement or change are captured and applied.

I have also added a number of powerful questions to my toolkit and broadened my knowledge through Ken's recommended reading and his own professional experience. Ken's supervision has been instrumental in building my confidence by helping me access a greater range of resources - both within myself and externally. Coaching without this support can feel isolated and, when faced with a challenge, supervision has been invaluable.”
(S C - Coach and Staff Engagement Manager)

My Publications on AOCS

Untangling

with a Clean Language approach to supervision

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Location & Catchment

Based in: Colchester, UK

United Kingdom

Travel & Catchment

I will travel up to 40 km (25 miles)

Happy to travel further, e.g. where public transport in available. Travel expenses will be charged but may be negotiable depending on supervisee's circumstances, e.g. self-funding internal coaches.

Languages I speak

English, German

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