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1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Social Work Supervision

ISBN 9780429285943
Published June 28, 2021 by Routledge
702 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This handbook provides a comprehensive overview of social work supervision internationally and presents an analytical review of social work supervision theory, practice, and research.

Presented in seven parts:

  • International perspectives
  • Supervision settings
  • Roles, responsibilities, and relationships
  • Models and approaches
  • The interactional process
  • Leading and managing supervision
  • Emerging areas

The book examines how supervision contributes to the well-being, development, and practice of social workers. It also sets the agenda for the future development of social work supervision internationally. Social work supervision is examined across countries, practice settings, and in terms of participants' roles, relationships, and responsibilities. Contributors show how and why social work supervision is integral to social work and the rich diversity of ways supervision can be practiced.

Bringing together an international team of social work supervision scholars, researchers, supervisors, and practitioners, this handbook is essential reading for social workers, supervisors, managers, policy advisors, and professional leaders.

Table of Contents

List of figures

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List of contributors

Introduction: Supervision in social work
Kieran O’Donoghue & Lambert Engelbrecht

Part 1 International Perspectives

1 Developing reflective models of supervision: the role of the United Kingdom professional association
Godfred Boahen, Luke Geoghegan, and Alistair Brown

2 A German Perspective on Supervision: Supervision between maintenance of, emancipation from or abnegation of the origins of social work?
Stefan Busse

3 External reflective supervision in Sweden
Staffan Höjer

4 Social work supervision in Western Canada
Glen Schmidt

5 Supervision of social workers within a social development paradigm: A South African perspective
Lambert Engelbrecht

6 Social Work Supervision in Singapore: Historical Development and The Way Forward
Peace Yuh Ju Wong

7 Social work supervision in Hong Kong
Agnes Kwok Tung Ng, Ming-sum Tsui, Charles Tong Lit Leung

8 The emergence of social work supervision in China
Kitty Yuen Han Mo

9 The evolution of social work supervision in Aotearoa New Zealand
Kieran O’Donoghue

10 Social work supervision in Australia
Ronnie Egan and Jane Wexler

Part 2 Supervision settings

11 Supervision of students in Field Education
Marion Bogo

12 Supervision of Newly Qualified Social Workers
Lambert Engelbrecht and Mpumelelo Ncube

13 Supervision in child and family settings
David Wilkins

14 Supervision in adult care settings
Sharon Lambley

15 Supervision in isolated and rural settings
Amanda Nickson

16 Supervision of Peer Support Workers
Keely Phillips

17 An indigenous eye glass on supervision in Aotearoa New Zealand
Moana Eruera and Leland Ruwhiu

Part 3 Roles, responsibilities and relationships

18 The supervisee’s learning journey
Kieran O’Donoghue

19 Becoming a supervisor
Frances Patterson

20 PEACE-Process-In-Context Supervisory Model for maintaining balance as dual role supervisor
Peace Yuh Ju Wong

21 External supervision in social work
Liz Beddoe

22 The spirit of peer supervision
Ksenija Napan

23 Social work group supervision
Mari Alschuler

24 Ethical Issues in Supervision: Essential Content
Frederic Reamer

Part 4 Models and approaches

25 The Comprehensive Model of Social Work Supervision
Ming-sum Tsui

26 The Integrated Supervision Model: the 4x4x4
Fiona Mainstone and Jane Wonnacott

27 Implementing Effective Supervision in Child Protection: An Integrative Australian Model
Lynne McPherson and Noel Macnamara

28 Thinking critically: a four-layered practice model in supervision
Matt Rankine

29 The PASE Supervision Model
Tracey Harris and Maddy Slattery

30 The SNAP Model of Supervision
Karen Sewell

31 Strengths-based supervision
Lambert Engelbrecht

32 Transformative supervision
Nicki Weld

33 Trauma Informed Supervision
Carolyn Knight

34 Ethical evidence-informed supervision
Kieran O’Donoghue

Part 5 The interactional process

35 Interactional supervision: Shifting the Guiding Paradigm
Lawrence Shulman

36 The supervision session
Kieran O’Donoghue

37 Emotionally Sensitive Supervision
Richard Ingram

38 Thinking aloud in supervision - an interactional process for critical reflection
Matt Rankine

39 Live practice observation and feedback
Allyson Davys and Liz Beddoe

40 Managing conflict and challenging processes in supervision
Carolyn Cousins

Part 6 Leading and managing supervision

41 Leadership and Supervision
John Lawler

42 ‘Riding the juggernault’: Tensions and opportunities in management supervision
Trish Hafford-Letchfield

43 Enhancing and managing performance through supervision
Lareen Cooper and Michael Dale

44 Facilitating flourishing through staff supervision
Beth R. Crisp

45 Effective Supervision and organizational culture
Abigail Ornellas and Lambert Engelbrecht

46 Strengths-Based Supervision: Supporting Effective Implementation of Family-Centered Practice in Child Welfare
Cynthia Lietz

47 Evaluating supervision
Allyson Davys

48 Developing professional supervision policies, standards and practices
Priscalia Khosa and Lambert Engelbrecht

Part 7 Emerging areas

49 Using Arts to Connect between Psychological and Social Theories in Social Work Supervision
Ephrat Huss

50 Supervision and service users voice
Sharon Lambley

51 Supervision and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Kitty Yuen Han Mo

52 Advancing the social work supervision research agenda
Kieran O’Donoghue


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Kieran O’Donoghue (PhD, RSW) is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Massey University, Aotearoa New Zealand. He has published extensively on social work supervision and been a practicing supervisor for over twenty-five years.

Lambert Engelbrecht (MA Cum Laude, DPhil in Social Work) is a Professor of Social Work and Chair of the Department of Social Work at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He started his professional career as a front-line social worker in 1986 and has extensive experience as a supervisor, manager, and academic in social work.