Self-determination theory: a theoretical framework for group supervision with internal coaches

Alan Wingrove, Yi-Ling Lai, Stephen Palmer, Stephen Williams

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    Within the literature on coaching supervision, most studies relate to supervision for full-time coaching practitioners. This paper presents the results of an integrated literature review into coaching supervision for internal coaches who have coaching in addition to their technical role. As well as answering specific research questions, emergent data showed internal coaches using group supervision for competence, relatedness and whether they have autonomy; purposes synonymous with the psychological needs within Self-determination theory (SDT). This paper proposes SDT as an evidence-based theoretical framework for supervisors to understand these areas in group supervision with internal coaches, whilst also making suggestions for further research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages14
    JournalInternational Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2020


    • Internal coaching
    • Coaching supervision
    • group coaching supervision
    • self-determination theory
    • positive psychology coaching


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