If social work students are to flourish in their careers, and go beyond a basic sense of ‘competence’ in practice, it is essential to develop a sense of Professional Self. This book will help students develop critical understanding of their own social work practice, and the tools and skills required to become a professional social worker.

Understanding and using Supervision in Social Work

Marion Bogo

Understanding and using Supervision in Social Work

Understanding and using supervision in social work
Marion Bogo


A substantial body of practice literature about professional development of social workers through supervision has emerged over the past century. The focus is twofold: field education or practice learning for students and supervision of staff. In contrast the empirical literature to support concepts and principles is more limited. In this chapter concepts and principles for staff supervision are identified, drawing on selections from the conceptual, empirical and practice literature, largely developed in North America and the United Kingdom. The aim is to illuminate the essential features for an integrated approach to staff supervision that can be used in contemporary practice settings.

Supervision in Social Work: Definitions

Historically in social work, supervision ...

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