Supervising on the Axis
Advanced Training for Coaching Supervisors

1 April to 1 July 2023

  • Intensive session in-person with Professor Marc Kahn in Johannesburg 1-2 April 2023
  • Ongoing practicum till 30 June 2023 (minimum 6 hours of supervision practice)
  • Assessment session online with Prof Kahn 1 July 2023
  • Total advanced coaching supervisor training hours: 26
  • Total cost ZAR12,000 for participants living in Africa | US$1,200 for rest of world.

This remarkable programme, designed for a small group and run personally by Dr Marc Kahn, is an insightful learning journey into advanced coach supervision for experienced coaching supervisors. The programme, first run in 2022, supports supervisors in helping coaches work with their respective clients in managing the complexity of the organisational system in an ethical, value creating and effective way. The “Axis” speaks to the relationships between the parts as the place upon which to focus (as opposed to the individuals as separate entities). The programme has systems theory as a theoretical base as well as individual psychology and organisational theory.

Fully booked – including a small group of experienced professionals.

Key elements include

  • A systemic approach throughout, including exploring Who is the Client at multiple levels – individual, team, organisation and beyond.
  • Addressing power dynamics and how to fully empower the supervisee
  • Practical aspects of supervision including boundaries, ethics, contracting and more

There will be frequent practical peer supervision sessions in live “fishbowl” format during the weekend intensive to enable on-the-spot reflection and participative learning.

Pre-requisites: For experienced coaches and supervisors only. You must have experience supervising coaches and being supervised as a coach, prior to the beginning of the course.

Practical outline

There will be a weekend intensive live training session with Marc in person in Johannesburg on the weekend of 1-2 April 2023. Participation is compulsory as sessions are not recorded due to confidentiality. Prior experience, preparatory work and reading are required. Our venue will be Living Essence Mindfulness Studio in Craighall Park, Johannesburg and delicious vegetarian catering is included.

In addition, participants will need to conduct at least 6 hours of supervision throughout the following 3 month period. We expect participants to pair up and do at least half of these hours in peer supervision; you may also count professional supervision sessions you conduct during this period.

Participants will be provided with guidelines for reflection on these sessions and to prepare for the final assessment session.

During the online follow up assessment session on 1 July 2023, participants will share learning and identify their supervising model: Who I am as a supervisor, how that influences my supervision practice and the value I co-create with my supervisees. Prof Kahn and peers will provide feedback.

Professor Marc Kahn

Prof. Marc Kahn is a Chartered Business Coach (WABC), Master Business Coach (IMCSA), clinical psychologist (HPCSA & AHPRA) and Accredited Coach Supervisor (AOCS). He is visiting professor of people, organisation and strategy practices at Middlesex University. Marc is currently Chief Strategy Officer at Investec plc, a FTSE 250 company, where he chairs the company’s sustainability committee.

Why coach supervision training?

There is a new awakening of interest in powerful, collaborative examination of coaching practice based on a supervision model that benefits coaches, their direct clients and the larger systems they impact and belong to.

The ICF defines coaching supervision as:

“Coaching Supervision is a collaborative learning practice to continually build the capacity of the coach through reflective dialogue for the benefit of both coaches and clients.
Coaching Supervision focuses on the development of the coach’s capacity through offering a richer and broader opportunity for support and development. Coaching Supervision creates a safe environment for the coach to share their successes and failures in becoming masterful in the way they work with their clients.”

As from January 2023, the new ICF ACTC credential for team coaches has the following requirement:

candidates for the ICF Advanced Certification in Team Coaching are required to document completion of at least five (5) hours of coaching supervision or guided reflective practice with a coach who is trained in coaching supervision

The Association of Coaching Supervisors shares their perspective on coaching supervision:

“Coaches need supervision and increasingly corporate clients and procurement specialists are making evidence of regular supervision part of their quality assurance process. A supervisor is a more experienced coach who:
• Helps you benchmark your practice against best practice
• Works through ethical dilemmas with you
• Brings a perspective about the quality of the coaching practice

Coaching supervision draws on the best practice of psychotherapy and counselling supervision and places it within a coaching orientation. As such, it upholds the principles of coaching and mentoring and the coaching relationship”.

This is a bespoke and intensive programme for senior coaches with supervision experience and will be conducted in a small closed group.

Marc’s book Coaching on the Axis is required reading to join the classes.