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CO-MINDS – The Change Leaders

Supervision for Coaches

Supervision is a safe space for a reflective dialogue between coaches and a supervisor that supports the practice, development and well-being of the supervisee. We supervise in accordance with standards and ethical guidelines defined by EMCC.


The purpose of supervision is

  • To ensure that the supervisee adheres to appropriate professional standards

  • To promote the development of the professional practice of the supervisee

  • To support the well-being of the supervisee


Supervision is not limited to reflection on specific customer cases. Among other things, it can also be a forum in which the supervisees

  • Discuss ethical dilemmas

  • Reflect on personal strengths and areas for development within their professional competencies

  • Are supported to maintain their well-being and mental health

  • Address broader issues relating to the development of their competencies, skills and professional identity are addressed

  • Look at their practice from an outside perspective

  • Explore the direction in which they would like to develop their role and professional practice

  • Develop their skills as reflective practitioners

Experienced practicing coaches require at least four hours of individual supervision per year, evenly spread over twelve months, such as EMCC required. We also believe that the minimum practice to supervision ratio for experienced practicing coaches should be 35 hours of practice to 1 hour of supervision received.


In the event that the practicing coach carries out more than one form of work that requires supervision, we recommend that the minimum number of required supervision hours per year be increased from four to eight.


In other words, if someone is conducting a combination of coaching, mentoring, team coaching, supervision and/or organizational development activities, then the minimum number of hours of supervision required is eight hours, spread evenly over twelve months.

What types of supervision are there?

Individual supervision


In this process, a practicing supervisor meets with the supervisee on a 1:1 basis, in person or virtually.


When working towards accreditation, such as global individual accreditation(s), EMCC Global requires candidates to use this form of supervision as it guarantees individual attention.


Group supervision


Group supervision takes place when more than one supervisee takes part in the session and it is led by a practicing supervisor. An advantage of this format is that the supervisees benefit from each other's contributions as well as from those of the supervisor. The role of the supervisor is to use the collective intelligence of the group.


Peer supervision (groups)


In peer supervision, the group supervises itself. The process is not formally led by a specific supervisor. Peer supervision is most effective when participants also have some training in supervisory skills.

CO-MINDS – Supervision
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