Global Forum on Coaching Supervision


The International Coach Federation – Vancouver Island Chapter, hosted a global forum on an emerging trend in the field of coaching called “Coaching Supervision”. Globally, it is becoming a recognized practice for coaches at every stage in their coaching practice to improve their personal mastery through continuous development; both personally in terms of deepening their coaching presence and awareness, and professionally in terms of competencies, ethics and standards. One of the growing trends internationally for such development is engaging in the practice of ‘coaching supervision’; similar in concept to the supervision which supports many behavioral science professions. We were very excited to host this forum here on Vancouver Island, drawing international attention and global participation.

Watch the Coaching Supervision Video. Hear from this amazing panel: Damian Goldvarg, Hilary Oliver, Felicia Lauw, and Edna Murdoch as they share their insights on Coaching Supervision.


What is Coaching Supervision? Coaching Supervision is described as engaging in reflective practice in order to further develop personal efficacy. It is an opportunity for coaches and facilitators to, in partnership, reflect, increase awareness of what their patterns are, clarify and explore the Coach’s approach, process, energy, beliefs and in turn, the impact that these elements have on their coaching, in service of the client. The practice of Coaching Supervision focuses solely on you the Coach and provides you with many benefits including but not limited to expansion of your coaching competencies, ethics and standards, identification of personal development edges, presence, confidence and an increase in your overall effectiveness as Coach.

Who Did We Invite To This Global Conversation on Coaching Supervision? All of our ICF Chapter and other interested coaches. For most of you, coaching isn’t just a profession, it’s a calling. Passionate about your clients and the results they produce you are keenly aware that your own development and self-awareness runs synonymous with those you work with. This topic aligns well for those committed to continuous self-development and expanding the way of working with clients.  Just like with our own clients, as coaches we always have blind spots. This Coaching Supervision forum provided discussion in all these areas and offered possible next steps in our Coaching evolution. There has been a lot of hot chatter on the ICF Global website on this topic.

For those that attended, registration included:

  • Conversations and sessions with international guests who are globally recognized as experts in the field of Coaching Supervision
  • The opportunity to hear an expert panel of coaching supervisors weigh in on the benefits of this emerging practice and answer questions on how supervision is used in other parts of the world
  • The opportunity to collectively explore, express, question and reflect on the topic of “Coaching Supervision”
  • Multiple Networking opportunities with your peers and fellow coaches from around the world
  • Breakout sessions designed to provide you with experiential practice in “Coaching Supervision”
  • Increased understanding and experience how Coaching Supervision can expand your coaching services, increase your client pool and provide you with more opportunities to thrive in your practice
  • Access to ICF Global task force on Coaching Supervision
  • One ticket to our VIP Event Wine & Cheese
  • CCEUs for ICF Re-Credentialing purposes

Why was this event important to us? Why did we host it? We had an opportunity to engage in the discussion on the relevancy of coaching supervision to our practice. Royal Roads sponsored the event venue.

The following  joined us and graciously donated their time and travel as presenters or panelists:

  • Pat Marum, PCC, Past Charter President (Arizona)
  • Janet Harvey, MCC, Past President, ICF Global (Seattle)
  • Damian Goldvarg, MCC, Past President, ICF Global (Los Angeles)
  • Colin Brett, PCC, Owner of Coaching Development and Coaching Changes (Britain)

It was a successful event, attended by many from Vancouver Island and beyond.

Coaching Supervision Forum – A Review by Heather Beaton

On July 4 and 5, 2015 I was fortunate to attend the Coaching Supervision Forum: Igniting the Conversation hosted by the Vancouver Island ICF Charter Chapter. The forum was held at Royal Roads University and the setting was beautiful with above average temperatures and a view that was breathtaking.

If you were to ask me why I originally registered I would say it was threefold: (1) I saw it as an occasion to connect with leaders in the coaching community – an opportunity to spend two days with inspirational members of the coaching community and colleagues that I rarely see due to the fact that coaching is often an isolating profession; (2) it was an opportunity to earn some CCEU’s; and (3) I was curious about this Coaching Supervision thing – what was it really?

So off I went for two days to have fun, learn with like-minded professionals and gain an understanding of what this Coaching Supervision was. It was a wonderfully positive event, and without a doubt I got way more out of it than I ever expected I would. I was open to learning about Coaching Supervision and I was curious too because I had heard varied opinions about it, some positive some not so positive, and I am always curious when there seems to be energy brewing in different camps as this topic seemed to generate.

What I can tell you is that after two days of learning and experiencing Coaching Supervision in action I was pumped!! Coaching Supervision now makes sense to me – I walked away clearly understanding how this is a means for me as a professional coach to strengthen my coaching impact by being willing to be vulnerable about my ‘work’ as a professional coach; ultimately seeking professional supervision (from trained professionals) to understand where I may be stumped in my ability to move past barriers as a coach.

Years ago someone I admired deeply in another field of business told me that the six most important words were: “I don’t know, and I need help”. That has always stayed with me and it popped into my mind as I witnessed a Coaching Supervision session between a Coach Supervisor and a professional coach. It was magical and enlightening to witness the professional coach recognize his/her own blind spots and identify how these were barriers to coaching successfully in the given situation.

We cannot coach what we ourselves cannot see!

On July 4th I had some assumptions about what Coaching Supervision might be but I had no knowledge or understanding of how it might benefit me and my professional practice. Today I clearly understand how Coaching Supervision can provide a mirror so I – a qualified professional coach – can see what I am not able to see on my own.

Thank you to all who participated because without you the event would not have happened. My sincere thanks to the VI Chapter team who had the courage to bring this interesting and powerful work to our coaching community. We were indeed privileged to have so many Coaching Supervision experts from across the globe to share with us their knowledge and experience.

Heather Beaton