Our Supervison Stories
"When I first heard about coaching supervision I had been coaching full time for 12 years and was always interested in learning new ways of working with clients. I believe the true path to happiness is to challenge myself and put time aside for life-long learning. I had recently been coaching in France and Germany where coaching supervision is the norm, so I had already hired a supervisor. Then I met three remarkable people - Edna Murdoch, Miriam Orriss and Fiona Adamson - who inspired me with their unique style as both coaches and coach supervisors.
When they set up CSA in 2007, I enrolled on the first course to learn more about their methods and to delve deeper into the world of coaching psychology. I have not regretted this decision at any time since and I know I am now a better coach as a result. In 2008 I joined the BBC coaching supervision group in London and also the group facilitated by Edna in Brighton. I am also a member of the European Growth Group who meet regularly in Europe. The leaders and members of all these groups have greatly enhanced my understanding, both of myself and how I work with my clients. I now apply clean language and voice dialogue to my supervision sessions and am enjoying the challenge!"
Jackie Arnold is an AOCS Ambassador on the south coast of England, and can be contacted via www.coach4executives.com
"When I was a very green coach, I applied for a couple of associate positions which both mentioned supervision and I did not know what this was. I didn't get these positions. A couple of years later I wanted a further development challenge, so I enrolled in CSA for their supervision course, again, not knowing too much about supervision.
The CSA course was a huge development curve for me as I was surrounded by a lot more knowledgeable people than me, but I persevered and by the end of the course, my own coaching had improved dramatically. My main learning was just to be myself, as I have experience in many areas that others don't.
During this course I was introduced to a supervision group run by Edna Murdoch, who’s presence was amazing. Even though Edna is now focusing elsewhere I would not miss these supervision sessions for the world. As coaches we will always be various shades of green, as we never get to the end of learning. This is what supervision is all about - developing ourselves so we can do a better job for our clients."
Neil Williams is a board member for AOCS and the regional coordinator for West Kent, and can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org and www.nvwsolutions.co.uk
"I attended a coaching forum that featured supervision, in the hope of learning more. During an engaging presentation by Edna Murdoch, I had a kind of revelation and began to see the missing connection between my coaching practice and my lovely clients. At the end I was first in the queue to present my business card and to ask her to come and talk to my business partner and some other local coaches with a view to forming a local supervision group - thankfully, she accepted!
I soon joined CSAs diploma in coach supervision programme and have never regretted it, despite the steep learning curve. I find that supervision feeds my continual thirst to enhance my coaching practice and, since the programme, have set up several supervision groups that meet regularly and I support approximately 30 professional coaches around the UK. I know that I would be a poorer coach without the insight and rich resources supervision has given me."
"Although supervision is strongly recommended and mandatory for therapists and counsellors, very few coaches were in supervision when I first started coaching in 2001. For the first few years of coaching, whenever I had a client challenge, I turned to one of my mentors for input. I was lucky - I had some great peer mentoring from all around the world.
Although I had experienced some supervision in my days of facilitating groups, I didn't have a real need for supervision in my work as a coach, or so I thought. It took until 2007 for me to discover how wrong I was and how I was missing out on the benefits of supervision.
What prompted me to introduce supervision into my own practice was being turned down as an associate by one of the top providers of coaching worldwide. In spite of my coming highly recommended and my other credentials, they were not at all impressed that I was coaching in the world without supervision. Peer mentoring didn't count at all. They saw coaching without supervision as downright unprofessional.
Both being professional and being seen as professional has always been important to me, so I tried out supervision to see if it was really worthwhile. Very quickly I saw how the multi-dimensional aspect of supervision was not only much more effective for the work I was doing with clients but was extraordinarily effective for my own personal development too. Today, I am converted to the value of supervision and I wouldn't want to be without it."
Karen Skehel was the founder of AOCS but is not actively involved now. She can be contacted via www.coachingsupervisor.co.uk