Coaches should not be supervised

This paper examines a coaching myth: the need for supervision. It approaches the issue from the perspectives of language, values and effectiveness. Asking what supervision is, if it is consistent with the values of coaching and if it works.It concludes that coaches should neither seek, nor provide, supervision, that the term does not describe what coaches need for development and quality assurance. The use of the term ‘supervision’ may be holding the domain back by implying a particular interaction which coaches may disagree with, and by discouraging coaches from seeking, developing and exploring methods of development with which they feel comfortable. Finally, it identifies serious, undisclosed conflicts of interest.


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