Group supervision offers you something different to one to one supervision. Here you are in a supportive atmosphere of peers where you can receive the input, reflections and feedback from your coaching colleagues as well as the supervisor. This can give a rich session with varying perspectives and experiences to learn from.
Each group I work with is set up and run based on its own requirements and dynamic. Group sizes are usually between 4 and 6 coaches and we spend between 2 and 3 hours together in each session. Longer sessions may be set up for CPD, where you may want to practice and experiment with new approaches and ideas.
We can meet in person or virtually depending on the location and needs of the group. For many, virtual groups work well as coaches can be located anywhere in the UK or abroad. Groups usually meet between 4 and 6 times a year.
My role in the group
My role in the group is to provide you with a supportive, creative, challenging and confidential space where you can explore your coaching topics as well as offer your own insights and reflections to your colleagues.
The limitations of group supervision
Whilst group coaching brings the richness of variety and differing perspectives, it does have limitations. In particular, the time you are able to have on your own coaching topic or issues. Within the group time management is key to ensuring everyone has an opportunity to have time on the topic or issue they are bringing. This inevitably means you will have less time on your topic than you would in a dedicated 1:1 session. It is important, therefore, if group supervision is your only supervision, you carefully consider the frequency of your sessions to ensure you are getting sufficient personal time.