International Coach Federation Deutschland

The Supervision of Coaches by Supervisors who Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness in coaching remains under researched as does coaching supervision which is a relatively new field of practice. Since 2006 there have been improvements and confidence in the use, acceptance and recognition of the importance of supervision in coaching organizations and by coaches in the UK and elsewhere. However, barriers such as cost and supervisor availability still appear to hamper greater uptake of supervision. Today there is still not much research available on coaching supervision and less so on coaching supervisors who practice mindfulness.

The focus of the lecture is coach supervisors who use mindfulness within the context of coaching supervision. The lecture seeks to cover the following:

• It aims to explain what constitutes coaching supervision and the use of mindfulness in the practice of supervision;

• It helps to clarify the underlying constituents or concepts of mindfulness in coaching supervision;

• It examines the contributions in supervision in terms of impact on the supervisee and the supervisors themselves;

• It proposes a framework for the interaction between the coach supervisor, supervisee and mindfulness.


Speaker: Ben van den Assem


Ben van den Assem PhD,DBA is a coach, consultant and reseacher. He has over three decades of experience in public sector administration and management in health, social services, criminal justice and the regulation of the professions. This includes executive and senior management positions with the Governments of Canada and the Canadian Arctic Territory of Nunavut. During the past 12 years he has studied and conducted research at the Henley Business School and the University of Oxford in evidence based health care, trust in health care professionals, and mindfulness in coaching.


Benefits for the participants

  • Learn about how coach supervisors think about and use mindfulness in practice
  • Learn about the benefits coach supervisors see in using mindfulness in practice
  • Learn about the difficulties coach supervisors have in defining mindfulness in practice
  • Learn why coach supervisors are reluctant to openly say to clients when they are using mindfulness in practice


More information

1.Brown, K.W., & Ryan, R.M. (2003). The benefits of being present: Mindfulness and its role in psychological well-being. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84(4), 822–848.

2.Hawkins, P., & Shohet, R. (2012). Supervision in the helping professions (4th ed.). Maidenhead, Berkshire: McGraw Hill/Open University Press.

3.Kabat-Zinn, J. (1994). Wherever you go, there you are: Mindfulness meditation in everyday life. New York: Hyperion.

4. Langer, E. J. (2000). Mindful learning. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 9(6), 220-223.

5. Nilsson, H., & Kazemi, A. (2016). Reconciling and thematizing definitions of mindfulness: The big five of mindfulness. Review of General Psychology, 20(2), 183–193.



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Tue, November 23, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CET



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