Overview: Reflective Supervision: A Closer Look Clip 1

Overview: Reflective Supervision: A Closer Look Clip 1

Dathan Rush, associate director of the Family, Infant, and Preschool Program in Morganton, NC, talks about the differences between coaching, mentoring, and supervision.

Reflection Questions:

  1. Reflect on the differences between mentoring, supervision, and coaching. When might you use each one in your program? Think of an example of each.
    • Supervision is ongoing, regular, and predictable. The supervisor supports the supervisee throughout the home-visiting process and addresses issues across the spectrum.
    • Coaching is usually time limited and addresses a specific issue or issues.
    • An example might be coaching to enhance the home visitor's skills around joint planning or engaging challenging parents in home visits.
    • Mentoring is usually done by a more experienced person to support someone who is new. It often takes place over a period of time.
    • A mentor and supervisor can use coaching as a strategy.

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