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Mentoring & Supervision

To ensure optimum learning and development, both the Academy’s ICF ACTP Diploma trainings have an important mentoring component.

Coaching and Mentoring

People sometimes wonder, what is the relationship between coaching and mentoring? How are they similar? How do they differ?

If we think of coaching as the art of helping others change, learn, and grow, a good coach does not need to be an expert in the field of the person he or she is coaching. The coach needs to be an expert in helping the client come into a more creative and positive relationship with his or her own field of expertise. Typically, this means helping the client enhance performance through deeper alignment with what he or she is doing.

Where we are accompanying someone and drawing on our expertise in a particular field – such as business or leadership – to help the client develop knowledge and skills in the same area, it is better to talk about mentoring. A junior executive may receive guidance and support from a more senior peer, who is his or her ‘mentor’ in the art of business leadership. for instance.

Coach Mentoring

In a similar way, a coach-mentor is typically a more experienced coach who is engaged in helping a less-experienced coach refine his or her coaching skills. The coach-mentor is not only coaching the novice coach, but doing so in a way that draws on his or her expertise in the art of coaching.

Coach Mentoring helps coaches enhance their skills by providing feedback on their coaching and positive input on best practice as a coach.

Coach Mentoring is thus an integral part of both our Diploma in Deep Transformational Coaching, both within the days of live training and subsequently, as the novice coach practices with real clients.

Observed Coaching

Typically, where the coach mentoring is focused on the mentor directly observing the new coach in action, or even watching or listening to a recording of the new coach’s work, we can speak of  ‘observed coaching’. Observed coaching is in effect a particular form or element of coach mentoring.

Coach Mentoring in the Academy

The Academy has its own holistic approach to Coach Mentoring, oriented towards developing Deep Transformational Coaching Skills and the  ICF core competencies in a natural organic way, as the new coach’s skills and expertise grows. Our approach to mentoring evolves as the new coach matures.

Our approach to Coach Mentoring is taught to, and practised by, Academy Coach Mentors. Currently we offer a 3-day training in Coach Mentoring and  Supervision, which is open to suitably qualified coaches. For details of next training.

From Mentoring to Supervision

As the new coach’s skills, confidence, and experience grow towards mastery, the need for Mentoring decreases and another quality of relationship develops. Whereas Coaching Mentoring is focused on the development  of skills, Coaching Supervision creates a context of reflection for the Coach to continue growing and developing. Coaching Supervision helps the experienced coach deal with the wider relational issues that emerge in coaching and have a context to digest, process, and integrate what has been arising in his or her practice to open new horizons, develop as a human being and a coach, and integrate and ground that growth both personally and professionally.

Peter has trained in Coaching Supervision with the Coaching Supervision Academy (CSA), and connected their holistic approach with the integrative models of our Academy’s approach to Deep Transformation and Awakening.