Transdisciplinary was not a word I felt in my bones when I entered the D.Prof programme in 2016. Although a lifelong learner, I was intimidated…
“Over 18 months of doctoral research with five North American-based supervision groups, I found virtual small group supervision is effective.” Kathryn M. Downing
Insight Take a Deep, Clear Look at How You Coach™
“If self-awareness is a journey, insights are the “aha” moments along the way.” -Tasha Eurich
Supervision is a place for reflective practice in which we can pause and consider who and how we are as a practitioner.
My thesis opens the doors and windows to the virtual rooms in which small supervision groups convened, adding to the collective knowledge about the artful craft and challenges of supervising; the development of the supervisory relationships; the groups’ processes and learning over a year; and the complexities that were present in virtual small group work.
Key findings include:
- Supervisory relationships are the most important qualities and conditions that create enough safety in the supervision relationships within a group to enable self disclosure, reflection and learning.
- There are three distinct levels of contracting which contribute to the cocreation of safe and trusted space within the group.
- The safe and trusted space is a living organism that fluctuates for individuals (including the supervisor) and for the group. It requires stewardship.
- It was shaped and reshaped by experiences: individual narratives and circumstances prior to and within the group; interactions, content and processes within the session; length of time together and the influence of societal, national and global developments.
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As a supervisor she works with small groups and individual coaches. To learn more about her coaching and supervision, visit galileocoaching.com. In finishing her doctoral studies, she has gained fresh perspectives and ways of being a supervisor. She invites you to learn with her.
“honoring our wholeness of however we show up… I feel seen, I feel heard, I feel taken care of, and I feel in relationship with each of you individually and collectively”
“The supervisory relationships were the most important ingredients that contributed to a meaningful supervision experience.”
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“The supervisor has the responsibilities to notice the abundance of nuance, complexity, multi-dimensionality and emergence within the field and tend to them in the service of reflective practice and the personal and professional development of the coaches.”
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“Just as it takes time for the garden to develop, and its’ development cannot be rushed, such was the situation in small group supervision. The groups learned and developed through the year together; they claimed the significance of that time. They articulated that with the laughter, learning, exposure, and creativity came stronger relationships. They knew more about each other, about the life challenges, and the coaching challenges, they knew more about the supervisor and had a stronger relationship with her.”
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“Coaches in supervision had many opportunities to learn, cultivate and deepen their ability to observe their self. This ability was an essential capacity to engage in considering our work; one could not reflect unless one could see one’s self in the prior interactions.”
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