The supervisor needs to show evidence that the following tasks, behaviours and attitudes underpinning their behaviours are present:
Prepares for the session, clearing any thoughts, ideas from previous work, and coming into quiet mind and body.
1. Contracting phase
- Clarifies parties to the contract and facilitates the design co-creatively.
- Builds effective working relationships
- Attends to appropriate boundaries concerning confidentiality
- Speaks confidently
- Listens and enquires appreciatively
2. Process and flow of the session
- Is present to self and the client authentically
- Listens with their body, attending so that they are aware of the energy field in the relationship
- Attends to the flow of the relationship, offering process comments where appropriate, especially where unconscious material may be present
Pitches the work at the appropriate developmental stage of the coach
- Attends supportively to any concerns the coach may have about being in supervision per se.
- Supports and encourages open reflections on the work
- Holds the intention to see the coach as resourceful and creative and demonstrates this in their approach
- Offers feedback graciously
- Receives feedback graciously
- Willing to stretch and challenge the coach appropriately
- Able to adapt own learning style to that of the coach while encouraging a wider range of the coach
- Holds a systemic view of the whole process and able to switch to and from different parts of the system appropriately
- Reviews the learning at the close of the session
- Takes occasional ‘soundings’ as to the contract, open and willing to change it as and when required
3. Use of knowledge
- Shares insights sparingly while encouraging the coach to reflect and gain their own.
- Suggests reading material and/or may teach new ideas that arise out of the material under discussion and that supports the development needs of the coach
© Fiona Adamson CSA Team 2006