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Post Graduate Diploma in Organisational Supervision

Course Description

Become an accredited supervisor and an expert in coaching supervision.

While coaching is about you as a person, supervision explores the nature of your relationship with the people you coach and your developing practice.

Supervision makes an important contribution to the professional development and quality assurance of consultants and executive coaches. It can be a key differentiator in the marketplace and is increasingly central to many formal consulting and coaching qualifications.

This programme offers experienced O.D. consultants and executive coaches an opportunity to be supervised on any aspect of their work, individually and in a group of equally experienced coaches, and to learn how to be a supervisor of other consultants and coaches.

Similar to our philosophy on the Ashridge Masters programmes in Executive Coaching and Organisation Change, this programme takes a relational perspective.

About the programme

This is a two year part-time programme that has been developed by experienced practitioners who have a combination of supervision, research, psychological and organisation development experience.

The qualification will give you the skills, credibility and confidence to offer a new service to your clients. It is designed to build your status as a senior practitioner and supervisor of coaches and consultants.

Aimed at experienced OD consultants and executive coaches, this is an opportunity to be supervised on any aspect of your work, individually and as part of a group of equally experienced coaches. You will learn how to supervise other consultants and consultants effectively.

As with all Ashridge coaching programmes, this programme takes a relational perspective. It develops your theoretical knowledge of the psychological underpinnings of supervision and your critical evaluation of supervision models and theories.

Ashridge approach to Supervision

The Ashridge perspective on coaching and consulting supervision has been the subject of a number of articles and publications. We also run Coaching Supervision sessions which either form part of the qualification or can be purchased individually.

Ashridge sees supervision as an essential quality assurance process for coaches and consultants. It ensures that the client benefits from a professional consultant who is equipped with the insight and personal resourcefulness to make a difference.

We believe that the power and effectiveness of supervision stems from the possibility for new scrutiny and fresh perspectives.

We take a broadly relational perspective on supervision, based on personal experience of effective coaching and the themes and issues at the core of the process.

This is based on the following core principles:
• Human beings are deeply motivated to be in relationships with others, so part of what we (consultant and supervisor) hope to get from this relationship is to repeat our previous relational patterns and through awareness of these, create better patterns both inside and outside the coaching space
• All content of supervision can be seen as relational, i.e. supervisees are continually, even if subliminally, linking relationships elsewhere (real and imagined) to this one
• This supervisory relationship is worth constantly exploring because of the rich learning it can offer
• The supervisee's experience of the supervisory relationship is worth enhancing

Course Structure:

The course is structured around three modules. The first two are based on a series of eight intensive workshops, spread across two years - each lasting one or two days. The third is the accreditation module.

Benefits to you:

If you run your own consulting practice, you will benefit by:
• Being able to offer supervision as well as finely-tuned coaching skills to individuals and organisations
• Having the Ashridge accreditation quality stamp to give clients the added reassurance that you can offer high-level supervision
• Having more confidence in your abilities and being able to introduce new knowledge and skills in your daily work.

If you work for an organisation, it will benefit from:
• The new practices that you can share with colleagues and/or your organisations clients
• Your supervision work - a useful differentiator for the business
• Added credibility thanks to your Ashridge accreditation
• Your increased self-awareness, knowledge and network could make you a candidate for senior level positions in the organisation

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(Student Profile)

Robert Watkins

Why did you decide to do the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Coaching and Organisation Development Supervision programme?

I had already completed the MSc in Executive Coaching and wanted to offer supervision as well. I knew I would need to extend my skills and theoretical base in order to do this well, and I wanted a programme where the teaching and learning would be of the same high standard, the approach would be congruent, and the cohort as supportive as I had experienced before. Ashridge was the obvious choice for me.

Did you have any reservations before starting?

Not really. I trust the Ashridge approach, and I knew that it would provide the right mix of challenge and support for me.

What did you learn from the programme?

I learnt about the differences between coaching and supervision, about my own style and strengths, about how to apply these to supervision, and how to establish my own confidence as a supervisor as well as a coach.

How have you applied this to your work and organisation?

I now offer supervision as well as coaching to individuals and organisations. It’s work I enjoy, and I now have the accreditation to reassure clients that I do it to a really high standard.

What would you say to someone considering joining this programme?

Talk to someone from the team, or to someone who has done the programme. It may not suit your learning style (especially if you prefer to learn from books). But if you thrive in an environment where you learn by experience, by pushing yourself, and by reflecting on your practice in the company of others you won’t find a better option.


Entry Requirements

First degree or an equivalent academic award. Award of coaching accreditation by a recognised institution or a Masters degree in (preferably O.D.) consulting. At least three years' full-time experience in an organisational consulting or coaching role. Substantial professional experience in a purely coaching role: at least 100 hours of coaching in the last two years of being supervised as a coach or Ashridge/EMCC accreditation at postgraduate level. Motivation to participate in a peer learning community. Ability to reflect on and learn from own actions and from feedback from a deep awareness of own emotional and behavioural process. English language proficiency.

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