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.
Chapter 5: Strengths-based Approaches to Supervision in Social Work*
The ‘blind spot’ may be regarded as a paradox for strengths. However, in this chapter, the ‘blind spot’ specifically refers not to typical deficits of supervisees, but to supervisees’ unawareness of their strengths that, given the right circumstances, can be recognized, facilitated and developed. When this awareness occurs, there is transformation within the supervisee as their strengths grow and develop. So rather than conceptualizing ‘recognizing of blind spots’ as a disabling or deficit concept, this chapter sees it is an enabling strategy that can assist in identifying strengths and skills, and in the supervision of practitioners and their interventions with clients.
This chapter is based on a discussion between a practitioner ...