THE IMPORTANCE OF SUPERVISION IN SOCIAL WORK
Supervision plays a critical role in enabling professional curiosity and learning conversations. Yet agency requirements, coupled with managing the complex situations that social workers routinely encounter, often lead to formulaic supervision sessions with limited opportunity for true reflection, support and analysis. Attend this session to:
- Understand the importance of reflective supervision in social work:
- Its main functions.
- Associated models and outcomes.
- Consider how the concepts and reality of professional supervision in social work can be more closely aligned.
- Examine research on the early career development of social workers:
- The content of supervision and the supervisory experiences of social work students on placement.
- The supervision and development of supervisors and assessors of newly qualified social workers.
- Explore what more social work students, social workers, supervisors and managers can do to promote effective and reflective supervision.
Cathie Jasper, senior lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University