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Supervision and Professional Development in Social Work Practice

Supervision and Professional Development in Social Work Practice

December 2019 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Supervision and Professional Development in Social Work Practice aims to familiarize its readers with the current state of supervision in social work, provide them a common platform for reflection and action and thereby promote excellence in their respective learning, research and professional practice areas. It incorporates contributions by scholars, practitioners and students from various backgrounds, professional disciplines and countries. The ideas, concepts and practice frameworks discussed in this book are useful in any human service context. However, they need to be adapted with cultural sensitivity and appropriate levels of consultation and guidance to effectively challenge prevalent practice frameworks and support the embracing of new ideas to enhance professional and authentic engagement. The book utilizes several research studies, views, experiences and reflections, and includes numerous Voices from the Field, which provide diverse perspectives and viewpoints as well as practical help.

This book will prove indispensable for academicians, practitioners, supervisors and supervisees as well as postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students of social work, counselling, psychology and education.


Foreword by Lambert K. Engelbrecht
Introduction to Supervision: Concepts, Contexts and Issues
Supervision in Social Work
Theoretical Perspectives in Supervision
Models of Supervision
Strength-based Approaches to Supervision in Social Work
Professional Development for Growth
How to Work with Diversity in Supervision
Challenges and Opportunities in Supervision: Examples from Multiple Practice Contexts
Use of Technology in Supervision
Practice of Compassion in Supervision
Reflective Supervision and Building Resilience
Making the Most of Supervision: Quality Matters
Key features

• This book is research-informed, with sound theoretical foundations and practical applications for guidance in supervision at all levels.

• Opportunities for personal reflections are highlighted to encourage deeper levels of learning, compassion and self-care.

• The book has a special focus on shifting the lens from a pathology-based approach to strength-based practices in social work.

• Strategies and programmes in promoting resilience and well-being of supervisors and supervisees are discussed extensively.

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ISBN: 9789353286514