The benefits of supervision to the coach/mentor are that it
  • Offers protection of the client.
  • Provides a reflective space to analyse their work and identify patterns.
  • Provides an opportunity to identify personal strengths and areas of development.
  • Provides an opportunity to learn from peers.
  • Offers a space for developing options for responding.
  • Offers the coach/mentor protection especially if supervised by a (clinically) trained supervisor who also has business knowledge, in dealing with "challenging" cases.
  • Helps process necessary referrals.
  • Can access business, organisational or other specific disciplinary needs.
  • Provides an opportunity for the coach/mentor to receive emotional support.
  • Provides an opportunity for the coach/mentor to get practical ideas and suggestions.
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Supervision Policy Statement

COMENSA is committed to establish coaching as a profession of excellence where it is seen as a service that is capable of getting results and maintaining standards. Professional supervision is viewed by COMENSA as a means by which practitioners can ensure that they keep abreast of best practice, remain accountable to professional standards and defined competencies, and receive psychological support. Supervision offers quality management for the coach, the client and the organization. This position is supported by the COMENSA Code of Ethics and Conduct, which advocates supervision in accordance with the COMENSA comprehensive Supervision Policy.

The purpose of the policy is to convey COMENSA’s official stance on supervision. Supervision is a forum for reflection and learning in the service of personal and professional development and the support of ethical and quality practice,

The intention of Supervision is to build and develop the profession, the person of the coach/ supervisee and the supervisee’s business.

Definition: Supervision is an inter active dialogue between at least two people, one of whom is a supervisor. It provides the forum wherein practitioners can critically engage with their practice, reflect on their actions, review their decisions and learn. It is not about complying to ensure that the rules are followed, rather it is the application of professional skills, knowledge and principles with the different forms of professional coaching practice.

The Policy applies to the Professional Coach, the Coaching Supervisor and the Coach Training Providers.

A: Coach
Supervision is regarded as necessary for ethical and quality practice as well as to provide psychological support and continuous professional development. It therefore applies to all practicing coaches, and those who may not be actively coaching but intend to do so in the future.

COMENSA recommends a minimum of monthly supervision (group or individual) to coaching. Regular, monthly supervision, irrespective of hours of coaching, is regarded as necessary to remain “fit” to practice; to maintain professional development and quality standards of practice. For credentialed coaches, supervision will be mandatory and form part of the CPD allocation.

It is likely that the form of supervision may vary depending on the nature of coaching being undertaken. For instance, an independent executive coach working with a strong business focus may have different supervision needs to a life coach who focuses on personal/interpersonal skills and themes, and both may vary from the needs of a coach who is working in interventions with complex contracting and systemic issues and organizational outcomes.

B: Registered Coaching Supervisor
A COMENSA Registered Coaching Supervisor needs to:

  • have met the professional requirements of a recognized coach qualification;
  • have at least 5 years of coaching experience and be actively coaching;
  • have a qualification as a coach supervisor, with a minimum of 28 hours of coaching supervision given and a minimum of 20 hours supervision received in the previous two years. Or, if not formally trained, demonstrates appropriate experience as a supervisor with a minimum of 28 hours of supervision experience and evidence of being supervised for the requisite 20 hours in the previous two years.
  • The supervisor will be bound by the requirements of confidentiality referred to in the COMENSA Code of Ethics and Conduct.
The supervisor is required to be receiving their own ongoing supervision on their supervision.

C: Coach Training Providers
To be registered and recognised by COMENSA, Coach Training providers need to include supervision as a necessary component of their training. This includes input on what supervision is, as well as ensuring students have an experience of supervision and recommending supervision as a key component of a professional practice.

Click here to download the Coach Supervision Comprehensive Policy Document

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