Executive Report 2017 – The State of Play in European Coaching & Mentoring: Reflective practice and supervision

Jonathan Passmore, Hazel Brown, Zoltan Csigas et al

We’d love to share with you some of the finding from the research commissioned by EMCC and undertaken by a team of researchers in 50 countries across Europe.

Passmore, J, Brown, H, Csigas, Z & the European Coaching and Mentoring Research Consortium (2017) The State of Play in European Coaching & Mentoring – Executive Report. Henley-on-Thames: Henley Business School and EMCC International ISBN 978-1-912473-00-7

What is reflective practice?

Reflective practice is widely accepted as an effective method for learning and continuous professional development. How this is achieved has been widely debated and this debate continues, reflecting different traditions within coaching and mentoring. We believe reflective practice is an essential part of professional development. This can be fulfilled in different ways.

What is supervision?

One popular method drawn from counselling and clinical environments is coaching supervision. This can be one to one (or one to a few) involving a facilitator (supervisor) who supports, guides and encourages the participant (a coach) in a reflective process. Coaching supervision may be defined as:

The process that occurs when a mentor or coach brings their work to a supervisor in order to be supported, reflective and engage in collaborative learning for their personal development for the benefit of themself, their clients and their organisational clients.


Respondents in this section were coaches. The coaches most commonly used self-reflection, typically spending 60-90 minutes per week on this activity. In terms of more formal reflection, such as supervision, rates were lower than rates for coaching clients.

Methods of Self Reflection

Personal reflection time (per week)

Fees paid for reflective practice (per hour)