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 6: Professional Development for Growth
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
This chapter introduces the concept of professional development and explains why there is a significant expectation from both the professional accreditation bodies and from welfare organizations worldwide in embedding professional development in supervision. There are many reasons why employers advocate for professional development activities. Professional development provides general education regarding the impact of change and the opportunities it can bring, and providing opportunities to develop and nurture knowledge, understanding, skills and competencies in identifying and managing their response to change. It can be structured in a way that it builds and sustains relationships, reduces stress, enhances mental wellness, builds upon existing ...