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What is supervision?

Supervision is the formal opportunity for coaches and mentors to share their caseload in confidence on a one-to-one or group basis.

What are the benefits?

Why is Supervision important?
As coaches and mentors, we aspire to be the best we can possibly be at our chosen vocation.

The ABM aims to support our members as they grow knowledge and skills with continuous learning, development and qualifications, all within a professional framework and guided by the UK and Ireland Professional Code of Conduct for Business Mentors and Business Mentoring.

Through this, we are supporting the UK and Ireland economy and business community by helping business owners find a trusted and qualified professional business mentor. Supervision is one method of how coaches and mentors can stay at the peak of their game.

How does Supervision help me be a better mentor?
There are various areas supervision can support you on your mentoring journey.

The ABM follows the framework of Proctor & Inskipp (1993) for the Supervision Programme, which breaks the functions of Supervision down into three key components: Formative, normative and restorative

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Supervision Functions

The Restorative Function
The restorative function is concerned with supporting the mentor to come back to themselves after long hours working with and being absorbed within client emotional situations.

Mentoring is a profession that immerses us in other people's challenges, struggles and limitations. We get deeply under their skins and into their emotions. And quite often this can create an impact on our own ability to be able to support our client.

The restorative function is a kind of release valve to support the mentor to handle the leftovers of such challenging emotions caused by client conversations. It allows the mentor to let go of these feelings and help them share those with their supervisor.

The Formative Function
The formative function tackles the skills, knowledge and practise of mentoring with the objective to support the mentor to be more effective and skilled at their work.

However, the supervisory style in the helping the professional is markedly different from managerial supervision or even mentoring. Far from being a teacher-student relationship, the supervisory relationship is one of explanation and discovery. It's about sharing of ideas and considerations of the possibilities rather than the didactic lessons in how to be a better coach or mentor.

The Normative Function
This final function is the quality function.

This introduces the issues of professional standards into the supervision conversation. In other words, what is OK and what's not okay within the boundaries of the profession. ABM Supervisors hereby employ the Professional Standards as part of theABM Professional Framework (link to web page).

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What to expect when working with an ABM Supervisor?

The ABM supervision services are generally supplied as online interactions. They can be provided one-to-one or as group and both provide the opportunity for the member to be supported by a supervisor and peers.

Supervision is at the heart of our coaching and mentoring development provision and supports the pastoral support that is sometimes required by our members and done so in a safe and positive space.

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Available Supervisors