Enhance coaching capacity through


Coaching Supervision

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 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

Benefits of Coaching Supervision to coaches

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

Coaching Supervision vs. 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. 

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ICF publishes annual updates on the state of coaching supervision.

ICF Supervision Literature Reviews

Read ICF Literature Review of 2017-2019

Research of Supervision