Edna Murdoch and Jackie Arnold’s book, Full Spectrum Supervision, takes the reader into the heart of reflective practice and provides fascinating insights into the complexities of this transformative work. The book, subtitled, Who You Are Is How You Supervise, offers the reader a unique view of what actually happens in supervision and shares many practical exercises; these can be used by a wide range of professionals and adapted to make your practice stronger.
My chapter explores the ethical issues surrounding coaching supervision. I look at the types of incidents which arise during a wide range of coaching assignments, and explore why they happen, the role of the different stakeholders in coaching alliances, and how supervision can support coaches in managing themselves professionally and ethically.
Writing in the introduction, Edna Murdoch says: ‘This book is for anyone who is interested in the practice of supervision. It is for coaches, coach supervisors, mentors and those who employ coaches and supervisors. However, much of what is written in these chapters is relevant to any session in which one professional is in conversation with another with the express purpose of creating a reflective space for learning, support and development. It is for anyone who wants to know what happens in supervision and how it brings a rigorous, ongoing developmental process to professionals at all levels.’
The case studies throughout the book illuminate key skills that have emerged from mature practice. Through exploring the Full Spectrum Model in these chapters, the reader will take away new ways of relating to and developing people. The book is generous, offering many new perspectives on supervision, new interventions, new maps and models which demonstrate the authors’ original thinking and their commitment to best practice.
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