Supervision, Mentorship and Group Coaching Sessions

Ram Ramanathan  •  Dec 14, 2017  •  3 min read

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Supervision, Mentorship and Group Coaching Sessions

Training with Coacharya doesn’t stop when you receive your certificate. Our commitment to you is for the extent of your coaching journey. That’s why we created the Coacharya Coaching Colloquium (see upcoming webinars) and why we started our next endeavour – a monthly session on mentoring, supervision and team coaching.

This webinar is open exclusively to Coacharya alumni and current learners and it takes place on the second Wednesday of each month, for one hour, at 9pm IST / 9:30am CST3:30pm UTC.

To those who need them, we shall issue core competency CCEUs on an accumulated basis once every six months.

Mentoring, supervision and team coaching are necessary skills to reach mastery in coaching. These are also important to acquire additional credentials from EMCC. If you’re a current learner or an alumnus, please contact us to register. If you’re new to coaching, please contact us for more information about joining our training programs.

Why Supervision?

Current learners and Coacharya alumni already know that mentoring and group coaching are two important tenets of Coacharya’s programs, but what about supervision?

Supervision to coaching is what coaching is to a client.

Supervision is about creating awareness in the practicing coach through reflective exploration towards enhancement of one’s coaching capabilities and resolution of issues, if any. This is similar to what the coach would create in a client to reach a desired outcome.

Supervision is not about honing one’s competencies. This is the space of the mentor coach to help the coach progress towards mastery in coaching. If one studies the European Mentoring & Coaching Council’s (EMCC) competency statements in its ESIA credentialing program, they are about applying coaching competencies to help the coach reflect, become aware how the coaching process is working for both coach and client, and use this understanding to evolve as a coach.

Supervision in coaching is still under-recognized. In many similar professions such as counseling and psychological guidance, supervision is mandatory. EMCC requires minimum numbers of supervision in addition to coaching hours. International coaching Federation (ICF) is yet to formulate clear policies and guidelines that distinguish between mentoring and supervision.

 

Seven modes of supervision
Diagram credit: Peter Hawkins and Robin Shohet

 

In my own experience of supervising coaches trained at Coacharya, I find it a learning experience for myself as a supervisor in addition to the value it adds to the coach being supervised. As the 7 mode model depicted above denotes, supervision relates the content and context, and the coach to the client and the client’s situation and the client’s world. In a typical coaching conversation exploration of the client’s mind may preclude creation of awareness of the worldview of the client.

In this context, supervision is valuable in a team setting. It becomes essential in understanding the relationship between stakeholders in a team and the relationship between the team and individuals on the one hand, and the team and the institution on the other. Given the growing importance of systemic team coaching in institutional settings, supervision needs to be a mandatory process in coaching. We’re excited to be able to provide this new monthly webinar to support that effort for Coacharya’s community of coaches.

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Ram Ramanathan

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Ram is the Founder and a Principal at Coacharya. As the resident Master and mentor coach, Ram oversees and conducts all aspects of coaching and training services offered under the Coacharya banner.

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