Coaching Supervision
as part of continuing profession development (CPD)

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Coaching Supervision is a collaborative learning practice to continually build the capacity of the coach through reflective dialogue for the benefit of both
coaches and clients.

Coaching Supervision focuses on the development of the coach’s capacity through offering a richer and broader opportunity for support and development. Coaching Supervision creates a safe environment for the coach to share their successes and failures in becoming masterful in the way they work with
their clients.

ICF's Position on Coaching Supervision

ICF supports Coaching Supervision for professional coach practitioners as part of their portfolio of continuing professional development (CPD) activities designed to
keep them fit for purpose.

Coaching Supervision is sufficiently different from coaching, so training to provide t
he knowledge and opportunity to practice Coaching Supervision skills is needed.
As such, all Coaching Supervisors should receive Coaching Supervision training.

Coaching Supervision and Credentialing

ICF recognizes Coaching Supervision as an important element of a coach’s professional development, learning and growth.

ICF Credential-holders may submit up to 10 hours of Coaching Supervision (delivering or receiving) as Core Competency Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units toward their credential renewal.

Coaching Supervision may include:

  • Exploring the coach’s internal process through reflective practice

  • Reviewing the coaching agreement and any other psychological or physical contacts, both implicit and explicit

  • Uncovering blind spots

  • Ethical issues

  • Ensuring the coach is “fit for purpose” and perhaps offering accountability

  • Looking at all aspects of the coach and client’s environment for opportunities for growth in the system

Coaching Supervision and Mentor Coaching

Discover the difference between mentor coaching and coaching supervision with the help of our ICF Coaching Supervision Community of Practice Co-Leaders, Leen Lambrechts-Noel, MCC, and Kathryn M. Downing, PCC. In this conversation Kathryn and Leen describe the overlap and distinctions between these two forms of reflective practice. To learn more about our ICF Coaching Supervision, please visit the Learning Portal Coaching Supervision Community Page.

Coaching Supervision Resources

+ ICF Research on Coaching Supervision
+ Virtual Learning
+ Communities of Practice in Coaching Supervision and ICF Bangkok Supervision Series
+ One-page Coaching Supervision Resource


ICF Research on Coaching Supervision

An increasing number of books and academic articles on the topic of Coaching Supervision are being published. ICF is actively contributing to this growing body of research, including its recent publication in International Coaching Psychology Review, (Volume 12, No. 1, March 2017), which identified key benefits for coaches who receive Coaching Supervision. These benefits include:

  • Increased self-awareness

  • Greater confidence

  • Increased objectivity

  • Heightened sense of belonging

  • Reduced feelings of isolation

  • Increased resourcefulness

Supervision Literature Review

Virtual Learning

Visit the ICF Learning Portal to access virtual learning offered by ICF on the topic of Coaching Supervision.

Coaching Supervision Communities of Practice

The ICF Coaching Supervision Community of Practice will be a great resource for learning and connecting with peers on the subject. Visit the Communities of Practice page to learn more about this and all of our communities of practice.

ICF Bangkok Superivision Series

One-page Resource

ICF has created a downloadable, one-page resource that outlines our position on Coaching Supervision and highlights our research on this professional development modality. We encourage members of the ICF community to download this resource and share it with key stakeholders in their own communities.

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ICF Coaching Supervision Update

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