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.