What is supervision?

Supervision is the professional consulting method for all professional challenges of individuals, teams or groups and organizations.

The supervisor supports you in designing professional actions in a goal-oriented, efficient and successful way. The aim of supervision is to reflect on professional situations in one-on-one consultations, in a team or in a group and to enable the participants to constructively master the associated problems and challenges, to solve conflicts and to actively manage change processes.
Supervision offers:

  •     Reflection and support in decision making
  •     Support in challenging or stressful work situations and conflicts
  •     Clarification and design of tasks, assignments, functions and roles
  •     Support during change processes
  •     Innovative solutions for new challenges
  •     Work place bullying and burnout prophylaxis

Supervision helps both the individual and the group/team to discover new dimensions and possibilities. Through targeted lateral thinking and often surprising questions, the supervisor initiates new answers and solutions.


Supervision is a specific form of counselling that is used to accompany and support people in professional matters. Under the guidance of a supervisor, questions and issues arising from the demands of the profession are reflected upon, clarified and alternative future courses of action are developed.


(cf.  Austrian Association for Supervision and Coaching, oevs.or.at, last accessed August 2020)