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Michel Moral & Julia Menual

Supervision of supervision of coaches – state of the art

Theme: Context
Area: Supervision of supervision
Type: Research (completed)
Keywords: Supervision of supervision, wordwide survey, studies

Session on Wednesday, Jul 11th, 13:50
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We are only just getting to grips with supervision so why are we now considering supervision of supervision? In recent years many of the professional bodies have advocated supervision – the Global Code of Ethics states: ‘Members will engage in supervision with a suitably qualified supervisor or peer supervision group with a level of frequency that is appropriate to their coaching or mentoring practice’. While this position is not universal, the ICF, the largest coaching body, recently strengthened its position on coaching supervision, actively recommending it (ICF 2017), with a further commitment to undertake regular research in the field. In its ‘Supervision Guidelines’ (EMCC 2016) the EMCC recommends selecting a supervisor who is themself supervised.

There are more and more supervisors in the field because there is an increasing demand for supervision. Recent research suggests a large increase in the percentage of coaches who receive supervision though with significant geographical differences (Hawkins & Turner, 2017). Many of these supervisors also seek supervision as a reflective space to review their supervision work. It can take the form of individual or group sessions.

The session will review our understanding of what is needed to supervise supervisors.


Dr Michel Moral has spent most of his career in an international environment as a manager and executive. At that time his activities were covering Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa i.e. 124 countries. This helped him to become an intercultural specialist. In 2003 he created a coaching and supervision practice and now he coaches executives, executive teams and organisations. He also trains coaches on team coaching in several French Universities, supervises coaches and trains supervisors. He also participates in a Post Master Collective Intelligence curriculum at the French University of Cergy-Pontoise.

He is the EMCC International ESIA (European Supervision Individual Accreditation) WorkGroup leader and participates in may activities related to supervision and research. He holds a Master degree in Science & Technology and a PhD in Clinical Psychology. He has published ten books related to management,
coaching and supervision.

Julia Menaul is an Executive Coach, Coaching Supervisor and Trainer. After a Joint Honours degree in Biology/Psychology, she followed her passion for people development and was a training manager for 10 years within areas as diverse as retail, charity, electronics and the criminal justice system. She followed the path of a Learning & Development professional with a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Development before qualifying as an executive coach with Peter Bluckert Coaching in 2000.

Julia has 1,500 hours coaching experience and 850 supervision hours logged. She has coaching supervision qualifications from the Bath Consultancy Group and the Coaching Supervision Academy. She has been running her own coaching practice since 2001 and supervises many independent coaches (1 -1, group, virtual) as well as internal coaching pools in larger organisations such as Housing Associations, Local Authorities, NHS and the Prison Service. She supervises supervisors. She is a Fellow of CIPD and a member of both the British Psychological Society and the EMCC. Julia is based in Stafford, UK.

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