The reason I do this work is because I am passionate about learning, which is at the heart of everything we do. I’ve been facilitating people to learn for as long as I can remember. My role is to inspire people to be who they are, to believe in themselves, and then go out and do their best work with their clients.


Background

Dr Alison Hodge has been supervising executive coaches (both internal and external) and OD/HR consultants, in Australia, South East Asia, the United States, Europe and the UK, both individually and in groups, since 2000.

Her approach to supervision is integrative, informed by the psychology of relationship, adult learning and change theories, including Gestalt, TA, psychosynthesis, NLP and systems psychodynamic models and approaches. She has extensive experience and skills in group facilitation and development.

The relationship

Alison is especially interested in the impact of the relationship in coaching and supervision, and how this informs the change process.

‘I draw on the parallel process of what goes on in supervision to explore what may be happening in the organisational client system. Creative tools such as cards and drawing, plus the use of metaphor, are all hugely effective in giving fresh insights into what is happening with the client and their organisation, or between the coach and client.’

Teaching work

As an associate lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, Alison has delivered workshop sessions on the four-day Coaching Supervision Module on their MSc in Coaching and Mentoring.

Alison is also a faculty member of the Coaching Supervision Academy (CSA). She facilitates modules and teleforums on the CSA Coaching Supervision Diploma Training Programme. Her particular areas of interest include creative supervision, group supervision and ethical awareness.

Says Alison: ‘I also provide one-to-one supervision of the students as they develop their supervision practice.’

Professional development

Alison completed her MSc in Change Agent Skills and Strategies at Surrey University in 2000. She holds a Certificate (2004) and Diploma (2006) in the Theory and Principles of Supervision from Metanoia Institute, London.

She completed a Professional Doctorate in Coaching Supervision (2014) at Middlesex University. To her knowledge, this was only the third doctorate in the field in the world. The title of her project was: ‘An Action Research Inquiry into what goes on in Coaching Supervision to the end of enhancing the Coaching Profession’. Find her thesis online.

As an accredited executive coach and coaching supervisor, her practice is informed by the respective ethical codes of practice of both APECS and EMCC.