Member of ANSE

Professional association for coaching, supervision and organisational consultancy

Office: Schwarztorstrasse 22, CH - 3007 Bern
Fon: + 41- 31 - 382 44 82
Fax: + 41- 31 - 382 44 39
Contact for QM-System:  
Susanne Fasel

Foundation 1976
bso was founded in 1976 as professional association for supervision and practice teaching.
Today its name is Berufsverband für Coaching, Supervision und Organisationsberatung bso, i.e. Professional association for coaching, supervision and organisational consultancy bso.

Number of members
About 1300 individual members and 16 training institutes, having an institutional membership.

bso is an association according to Article 60 ff of the Swiss Civil Code.
The main decisive bodies are:

  • General assembly.
  • Board consisting of four members and the chair, responsible for the strategic management of the association.
  • bso-office with director for the operational affairs.
  • Permanent committees for:
    • Registration of new members and accreditation of training institutes
    • Editorial staff for the bso-Journal (a quarterly)
    • Professional policy
    • Quality development

Concept of supervision
Coaching is aimed at the successful accomplishment of tasks and challenges, the expansion of the spectrum of activity as well as personal reflection. Coaching focuses on the individual, his positions, roles and role acting.
Supervision, as defined in the BSO mission statement, is a special form of work-orientated consultancy for individuals, groups and work teams.
It helps to improve professional and personal skills optimising the quality of the professional activities.
Organisational Consultancy is a form of planned change that includes the entire organisation or its sectors, involving all levels of hierarchy and all individuals in it.

Target groups
Qualified professionals in the profit and non-profit sector.

Training of supervisors
The bso certifies at present 23 training programs offering a diploma in either coaching in supervision or in organisational constultancy. A few training institutes offer combined programs, demanding a longer duration of the program.
The programs are based on different methods and they accentuate various fields of application. The trainees of these programs qualify for a trainee membership of bso, becoming a full member after having successfully completed their training.

The main targets have been put down in a 10-point program in the bso mission statement, the latter containing also a code of ethics.
The main issues of the association in short terms:

  • Safeguarding, furthering and representation of interests related to the profession
  • Promotion of understanding of supervision/ organisational counselling / coaching
  • Furthering of quality assurance (e.g. by forming control and intervision groups)
  • Realisation of protection of title
  • Establishing of ties between supervision, organisational counselling, organisational development and coaching
  • Creating of guidelines for questions related to the profession (certification, fees, contracts)
  • Observation of socio-political and market-economical trends
  • Promotion of professional exchange
  • Contacts and exchange with related associations
  • Promotion of development of an international network


  • Information and consultation by telephone on coaching, supervision and organisational constultancy
  • Publication of a register of bso-accredited consultants
  • Offering recommendation model for contracts
  • Service of ombudsperson
  • Collaboration in collegial professional groups
  • Furthering intervision groups.
  • Bourse for continuous training
  • Professional conferences
  • Publishing bso-Journal quarterly