Supervision according to the EMCC
The interaction that takes places when a mentor or coach presents their experience from their mentoring or coaching work to a supervisor in order to obtain support and engage in a reflective dialogue and learn from that cooperation. In this way, the mentor or coach develops and they, their clients and organisation benefit.
What is supervision in mentoring?
Mentors get supervision in order to obtain substantive support in their work with clients. During a 60-minute session, they can examine their work with a specific client in a specific session, or work on deepening one or more of the 8 EMCC competences, e.g. contracting or process evaluation. Often, subjects are touched on that relate to dilemmas mentors face, their individual working style, planning professional development, ethical questions, or expanding the range of tools and techniques they can use. It is worth remember that supervision is not consultation. A supervisory session is more reminiscent of a mentoring session: it has its own dynamics, requires a high level of engagement by the mentor, and openness and courage in bringing up issues with which they are currently grappling, wish to examine, or have decided to take care of.
Three main function of supervision
Supervision in coaching has three main functions:
(after: Hawkins, P. And Smith, N. 2013: Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consultancy: Supervision and Development. 2nd edition. Maidenhead: Open University Press)
- Qualitative – by connecting the work of a coach with a code of ethics and rules of professional conduct
- Developmental – by providing the person subject to supervision with feedback in order to develop their skills, enhance their knowledge and instil in them a professional approach
- Refreshing – by listening in an atmosphere of trust and good will, the supervisor gives the coach an opportunity to air important matters, obtain support, confront issues of which they may not always be consciously aware, and deal with their personal attitudes, doubts and moments of uncertainty.
All in an effort to increase the coach’s feeling of being responsible for themselves, their work with clients and the influence they have on the system (company or organisation).
For professional mentors, ‘industrial hygiene’ allows them to remain vigilant about clients and their needs, to look at their work or a given problem from different perspectives, to benefit from appropriate interventions, and to identify their strengths as a mentor as well as areas for development. Supervision is also an opportunity to benefit from the experience of the supervisor, to receive feedback about their work, and to ask for suggestions or advice. At the Foundation and Practitioner levels, the EMCC requires candidates to undergo 1 hour of supervision every quarter.
By undergoing regular supervision:
- you enhance your credibility as a professional
- you work in accordance with the highest international standards
- you show that you take continual care to develop your skills
- you make faster progress and protect yourself against making mistakes
- you show that in your work you care about professional ethics.
Supervision with elements of consultation – preparing for EIA EMCC
When you purchase supervision, you can also prepare for further levels of EIA accreditation in the EMCC. During sessions, you can: decide which route to accreditation is best for you, obtain support in writing your self-reflection, or verify documents you have completed.
- Supervisory sessions last 60 min. They can take place f2f in Warsaw (recommended) or by telephone or Skype.
- It is possible to purchase individual FLB sessions or packages (3 sessions) with the same supervisor for participants in School of Business Mentoring trainings – to be used within a 9-month period. Remember, the time interval between sessions should not exceed 3 months (in accordance with EMCC guidelines).
- It is possible to cancel a reserved date without incurring any costs up to 24 hours before a session.