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.

Challenges and Opportunities in Supervision: Examples from Multiple Practice Contexts
Challenges and opportunities in supervision: Examples from multiple practice contexts

Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible—the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.

—Virginia Satir

Introduction

In this chapter, readers will learn of the many challenges and opportunities, which social workers encounter in their day-to-day practice. We will explore challenges and opportunities in supervision from different practice context, and voices from the field in the areas of child protection, working with refugees and domestic and family violence will highlight the importance of supervision, providing a unique lens to approach both supervision and practice. Our ‘voices from the ...

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