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.

Reflective Supervision and Building Resilience
Reflective supervision and building resilience

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.

—Viktor E. Frankl

Introduction

This chapter begins with an overview of compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction, including outlining the protection and risk factors associated with both. The role of supervision in supporting SW students and professionals in reducing compassion fatigue and increasing compassion satisfaction through professional self-care is discussed. Exercises provide opportunities for students to discuss the content in the chapter with reference to their lived experiences. Voices from the field provide both insight into the role of supervisors in purposefully supporting SW students and social workers achieve work-life balance.

Smullens (2016, p. 8) maintains that burnout ‘is a completely understandable human response ...

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