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.

How to Work with Diversity in Supervision
How to work with diversity in supervision

We are cultural beings and our life experiences bring us certain values, beliefs and expectations. Each person's cultural background is unique. Even being raised in the same family results in two different individuals with different life experiences and with different ‘mini-cultures’.

—David R. Evans, Margaret T. Hearn, Max R. Uhlemann & Allen E. Ivey

Introduction

This chapter helps you think about the diversity challenges in supervision, with multicultural dimensions of supervision identified. Cultural awareness and sensitivity in the supervision process is considered as these have the potential to influence social workers’ relationships with their clients. The idea that we are all multicultural beings and that supervision involves areas of diversity is highlighted in the ...

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