Reflective Practice and Supervision for Coaches

Author(s) : Julie Hay

Reflective Practice and Supervision for Coaches

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  • Publisher : Open University Press
  • Published : January 2007
  • Cover : Paperback
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  • Catalogue No : 25336
  • ISBN 13 : 9780335220632
  • ISBN 10 : 0335220630
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Skilled craftspeople look after their tools and seek out new and improved versions. The tools for coaches are the coaches themselves - hence we need to pay attention to maintenance and to developing more advanced models of ourselves. Reflecting on our practice and getting professional support to develop our super-vision are powerful ways of ensuring we sort out any problems and continue to improve. This book will take you through a series of theoretical frameworks, illustrated with practical examples and translated into structured activities, that will provide you with models for analysing what you do. You will be guided through the processes of reflection - alone, with colleagues and with a formal supervisor - and will be encouraged to go ahead and 'expose' your weaknesses and gain the significant growth that follows.

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This practical book helps coaches to improve their practice through reflection and professional support in their work. It explains how these developments can be made alone, with colleagues or with a supervisor, utilising a range of tried and tested frameworks.

Starting with a section on the function of reflection and supervision in the coaching arena, the book moves on to discuss ways that the processes of reflection and supervision might be analyzed. Finally, the book addresses some specific models that coaches might like to try to improve their practice.

The book assumes that the reader has no prior knowledge of the theories used and contains concise summaries of them as well as giving references to further reading for those who are interested. It also contains activities which will help the reader to think carefully about how they are doing things in order to identify options for improvement.

"Reflective Practice and Supervision for Coaches" is a resource that can be used over time, with activities that can be repeated intermittently as needs arise. It provides key reading for professional coaches and supervisors as well as those who facilitate reflection upon working practices in the coaching profession.

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