International Coaching Week 2018

Last year in International Coaching Week, I co-created this wonderful animated story about Helen’s journey towards supervision.

This year, I am talking at the International Coach Federation UK conference about when to use coach mentoring and when to use supervision.

International Coaching Week provides a great opportunity to experience coaching and raise its profile and I’m really looking forward to speaking at the UK conference. Here are some extracts from that talk that might be useful to you.

Mentor Coaching focuses on the development of coaching skills. The mentor coach observes or listens, assesses, and provides feedback.

Coaching Supervision offers the coach broader opportunity for support and development. The coach is invited to focus much more on what is going on in their own process, and where the personal may be intruding on the professional.

 The differences:

Mentor Coaching Supervision
Focus: Skills based,  professional development Formative, normative (following ethical practices), restorative (recharging energy, working on emotional aspects)*
Content: Coaching skills application  as measured by the ICF 11 Core Competencies Anything that impacts on coaching delivery
Context: Mentor as teacher Supervisor as external observer and reflective partner
Purpose: Building competency Enhanced capacity
Regularity: 10 hours to credential or re-credential; and whenever the coach wishes to sharpen their edge On going

I believe that mentor coaching and supervision are THE most individually tailored and therefore
THE most high impact continuous professional development opportunities.  

So here’s when to use each one:

Mentor Coaching Supervision
When you want to sharpen your competency edge When you want to stay safe, ethically

When you want to reflect on your relationship with a client(s)

When you want to restore your own energy

When you want to look at patterns of behaviour (yours and theirs)

When you are working towards an ICF credential or re-credential AND

Whenever you wish to sharpen your edge

When the personal intrudes on the professional

Coaching Circle



What’s your experience of mentor coaching and supervision?

If you are interested in having a conversation about one or both, please email me at

I run group mentor coaching “Lock-ins” in the New Forest, and offer virtual 1-1 mentor coaching.

I also run supervision groups, face-to-face, virtual, and 1-1s.