Supervision and Coaching in Europe
Interview with Sandra Lace
De CIC (Commissie Internationale Contacten) start een nieuwe rubriek in de Nieuwsbrief: Supervision and Coaching in Europe. Wij gaan collega’s supervisoren en coaches in verschillende bij ANSE aangesloten landen dezelfde vragen m.b.t. ons beroep voorleggen. Zo hopen we een beeld te krijgen van hoe dwars door Europa heen gedacht wordt over ons vak en de ontwikkelingen daarvan. Daarnaast krijgen we ook een kijkje in de verschillen en overeenkomsten als het gaat om opleiding, ervaring en werkveld. De interviews zullen in het Engels uitgevoerd en weergegeven worden. Ons idee is om uiteindelijk een bundel samen te stellen van deze interviews die internationaal (via ANSE) zijn weg (terug) zal vinden naar onze collega's.

Sandra Lacis lives in Riga, Latvia. She worked, more than 25 years, almost all her professional life, in adult education. She has her own private practice for supervision since the year 2011 and for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from 2014 onwards (

Supervisor in Europe…..

How long have you been working as a supervisor/coach?
I am a supervisor since the year 2010, right from the start of my study in supervision.

What was/is meaningful to you in your education as a supervisor/coach?
As a student I experienced from the start the high ethical, working culture and standards of the work of a supervisor. It gave me a professional level of guidance on which to aim as a supervisor, which I want to maintain as high as possible. Therefore, I reflect on myself, I speak with colleagues, network and learn during the ANSE Summer University. I benefit greatly from my intervision group, I read a lot, and continuously learn from my supervisees. So, I can say – my education continues, and I enjoy that a lot!

What is your theoretical frame of reference from which you work as a supervisor/coach?
My first teacher in supervision originated from the Gestalt and Family Therapy field. I was influenced by that therapy “frame”. Besides that, my intervision group colleagues have added elements of other therapy schools to my insight and vision as a supervisor. Whilst I am Cognitive Behavioural therapist myself, I therefore use CBT approaches. In addition to that, mindfulness is more and more an integral part of the supervision sessions.

If you are familiar with the ECVision glossary and matrix: how does it influence or enhance your work as a supervisor/coach?
I am happy to use the ECVision glossary as a framework. I can say – it is like a mirror in which I look at myself and also to encourage my supervisees, who are still within the training process, to do the same. I feel comfortable with the glossary because of the strong focus on its contents during my study years. I am thankful to my teachers, who did a great job teaching me about the competences and the meaning of supervision.

Can you mention three criteria of which you believe a EU-supervisor/coach should comply?
  • Ethical and work culture standards
  • Continuous education and self-reflection
  • Open-minded and mindful personality

How would you like to see supervision/coaching to develop in Europe?

I am an active member of local Association of supervisors and a supervision teacher for new professionals. My passion is to support the high quality education of supervisors, to help to develop a reflective, friendly and self-development oriented culture inside supervisors’ network. I believe this is the way supervision and supervisors in Europe should develop continuously; and never stop :).

Interview by: Gerian Dijkhuizen, Amersfoort 2018