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Social Work Supervision
Contexts and Concepts

  • Ming-sum Tsui - Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University


June 2004 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Social work supervision has been identified as one of the most important factors in determining the job satisfaction levels of social workers and the quality of service to clients. As an indirect but vital factor in the social work process, it is surprising that supervision has not received as much attention as other components of social work practice, such as social work research or administration. A book on social work supervision is desperately needed to bridge the gap between the demands of the field and the absence of literature. Social Work Supervision: Contexts and Concepts aims to provide readers with basic knowledge of theories, research, and practice of supervision. The book will address the needs of social work supervisors, frontline practitioners, students, and educators.

The book is ideally suited as a text for graduate courses on social work supervision, as it contains a comprehensive literature review of the historical development, theories and models, and empirical research studies of the subject. Equally important, this is a book from practice experience in supervision that enhances the competence of supervisory practice. It will help social workers, supervisors, and administrators to realize and revitalize their "mission" in social work, that is, to benefit clients.

Key Features:

* Presents social work supervision as a rational, effective, and interactive process focusing on the whole person of the social worker
* Discusses the history, the nature and definitions, and the theoretical models of social work supervision
* Explores the major functions of social work supervision—administrative, educational, and supportive
* Addresses the specific format and structure of supervision sessions


 
PREFACE
 
CHAPTER 1: THE HISTORY, NATURE, AND DEFINITION OF SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISION
THE HISTORY OF SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISION

 
THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISION

 
DEFINITIONS OF SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISION

 
PERSONAL SUPERVISION, PROFESSIONAL SUPERVISION, AND ORGANIZATIONAL SUPERVISION

 
OBJECTIVES OF SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISION

 
 
CHAPTER 2: THEORETICAL MODELS OF SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISION
MODELS OF SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISION

 
THE STATE OF THE ART OF SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISION

 
 
CHAPTER 3: CONSTRUCTING A COMPREHENSIVE MODEL OF SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISION
PHILOSOPHY AND PRINCIPLES

 
THE SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP

 
CULTURE AS THE CONTEXT FOR SUPERVISION

 
IMPLICATIONS FOR SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISION

 
 
CHAPTER 4: THE CONTEXTS FOR SUPERVISION
THE PHYSICAL CONTEXT

 
INTERPERSONAL CONTEXT

 
THE CULTURAL CONTEXT

 
THE PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTEXT

 
A HOLISTIC CONTEXT FOR SUPERVISION

 
 
CHAPTER 5: ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS
JOB PERFORMANCE

 
STAFF PERFORMANCE

 
QUALITY OF PERFORMANCE

 
QUALITY OF SERVICE

 
ORGANIZATIONAL PERFORMANCE

 
THE SUPERVISOR AS MANAGER

 
THE TRANSITION FROM FRONTLINE WORKER TO SUPERVISOR

 
 
CHAPTER 6: EDUCATIONAL AND SUPPORTIVE FUNCTIONS
THE CHARACTERISTICS OF EDUCATIONAL SUPERVISION

 
GIVING FEEDBACK

 
SUPPORTIVE SUPERVISION

 
STRESS AND BURNOUT OF SUPERVISORS AND SUPERVISEES

 
GENDER: WORKING WITH MALE AND FEMALE SUPERVISORS

 
DIVERSITY ISSUES IN CROSS-CULTURAL SUPERVISION

 
 
CHAPTER 7: POWER ISSUES BETWEEN SUPERVISORS AND SUPERVISEES
THE NATURE OF POWER AND AUTHORITY

 
THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN POWER AND AUTHORITY

 
THE SOURCES OF POWER AND AUTHORITY

 
THE ART OF USING POWER AND AUTHORITY

 
SUPERVISOR'S AND SUPERVISEE'S POWER GAMES

 
 
CHAPTER 8: STAGES AND SKILLS OF SUPERVISION
THE STAGES OF SUPERVISION PROCESS

 
THE DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES OF SUPERVISOR

 
THE DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES OF SUPERVISEE

 
THE DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES OF SUPERVISORY PROCESS

 
THE RELAITONSHIP BETWEEN SUPERVISOR AND NSUPERVISEE: a TRANSACTIONAL ANALYSIS

 
GROUP SUPERVISION

 
 
CHAPTER 9: PLANNING AND PREPARATION OF SUPERVISION SESSIONS
THE PHYSICAL SETTING

 
CONTRACT

 
AGENDAS AND RECORDS

 
DURATION AND DISCUSSION

 
THE CONTENT OF DISCUSSIO/N

 
CONSIDERAITONS AND CONSTRAINTS

 
 
CHAPTER 10: THE STATE OF THE ART OF RESEARCH ON SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISION
A REVIEW OF RESEARCH STUDIES

 
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING EMPERICAL RESEARCH LITERATURE

 
CRITQUE OF EXISTING RESEARCH LITERATURE ON SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISION

 
RELEVANCE TO THEORY BUILDING

 
RESEARCH AGENDA FOR THE FUTURE

 
FROM THE REALITY TO THE IDEAL

 
SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISION: A PERSONAL REFLECTION

 
 
APPENDIX I: A LIST OF EMPIRICAL RESEARCH ON SUPERVISION FOR SOCIAL WORKERS
 
REFERENCES
 
NAME INDEX
 
SUBJECT INDEX
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

This had some interesting points and used as additional text for supervision

Ms Ikedola Animashaun
Social Work Department, Brunel University
March 11, 2015

Some social work students are unaware of 'supervision' related themes and issues. Practice educators and social work students will find this book a much needed resource particularly in light of social work reform changes to practice and social work education.

Mrs Beverley Murray
Dept of Health,Wellbeing & the family, Canterbury Christ Church University
September 24, 2012

An excellent and helpful source of useful ideas

Thomas Considine
Criminal and Community Justice, Huddersfield University
August 17, 2012

This is a helpful introductory text to supervision which engages well with students on a practical 'how to do level' as well as introducing them to some critical perspectives.

Mr Simon Rogerson
Social Work , Central Lancashire University
June 27, 2011
Key features
  • Concise: Short and sharp
  • Action oriented: A guide book for supervisors
  • Reader friendly: Easy to read and understand
  • Clear: Concepts are explained and expressed in specific terms

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