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 12: Making the Most of Supervision: Quality Matters
Quality is not an act. It is a habit.
—Aristotle (384 BC–322 BC)
As this is the final chapter of our book, we have intentionally taken a more practical approach to embrace the idea of nurturing supervision and making the most of supervision. In this chapter, we consider the role of the supervisor as a collaborator, case consultant, mentor and teacher, who is working side by side the supervisee. Being in the right relationship means that the supervisor needs to communicate effectively first and foremost so that the supervisor and supervisee understand each other. Effective communication and mutual understanding is foundational to intentional helpfulness, which is the mantra explored in this chapter.