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.

Theoretical Perspectives in Supervision
Theoretical perspectives in supervision

When you educate one person you can change a life, when you educate many you can change the world.

—Shai Reshef

Introduction

Supervisors have their theoretical orientations that guide their practices with clients and this is usually the same theory that guides their work with supervisees. This chapter familiarizes the reader with the nature and importance of different theoretical orientations employed in supervision. While no one theory is comprehensive enough to explain all facets of human behaviours, each theory may have something unique to offer. Understanding the purpose and meaning of different theoretical approaches, supervisors work within their preferred theoretical orientation(s) (e.g., anti-oppressive theories, rights-based approaches, strengths-based approaches, problem-solving theories, Adlerian therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, reality therapy, solution focused brief ...

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