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Different Types of Supervision
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In One-on-One Supervision, a coach works with a supervisor, whose role is to assist the coach in reflecting on their practice. This reflection is designed to:

 

  • develop insight into beneficial and problematic patterns in the coach’s approach to coaching; 
  • understand difficult issues in the coaching engagement; 
  • formulate effective responses to those issues; and 
  • assist the coach in developing and maintaining professional practice, so that the interests of the client, coach and the coaching industry are served.


The focused nature of One-on-One Supervision is useful for developing and working on insights that emerge over time. The supervision relationship developed here is often able to support significant personal reflection at a deep level, and best suited to dealing with patterns of meaning making in the coach.

 


 

In Peer Supervision, two or more coaches seek to assist each other in reflecting on their practice including both case specific and coach specific reflection. The broad aims of Peer Supervision are similar to those found in One-on-One Supervision. However, Peer Supervision is most effective when coaches are able to bring a variety of perspectives to the Supervision. Hence it is more suited to very experienced coaches than coaches starting out in their careers, those transitioning from other roles, or those who don't have several years direct coaching experience. Even when experienced and qualified coaches are involved, Peer Supervision needs to be well structured and disciplined to be effective. 

 



Group Supervision offers a more formal approach to Peer Supervision using an experienced supervisor to act as a guide and resource to the group. Group Supervision typically involves a mix of peer-to-peer dialogue and supervisor guided reflection. The value of this form of Supervision compared to one-on-one supervision is the opportunity it provides for multiple perspectives on the issue under discussion. The value over Peer Supervision is the expert guidance from a qualified supervisor. The opportunities afforded by a qualified supervisor enhance learning through direct observation and expert instruction coupled with peer dialogue.

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