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.

Supervision in Social Work
Supervision in social work

In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.

—Abraham Maslow

Introduction

In Chapter 1, we introduced supervision in general. In this chapter, we will discuss what SW supervision is, the functions and roles of supervision and the requirement for supervision in Australia. It is important to note that supervision is considered as an integral part of social education and practice worldwide. The way supervision is practised and promoted is different in different cultural contexts. You will learn about the uniqueness of supervision in SW practice and how it differs from the other helping professions. Some of the contemporary challenges and debates in supervision are identified and critically examined. Two ...

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