Chapter 11Introducing Strengths-based Social Work Supervision
Chris ThomasHe Taonga TukuIho –A Gift Handed Down
Bicultural Strengths-based Supervision
IntroductionThis chapter will begin with a discussion of the literature of strengths-based
supervision and then consider the key principles and focus of strengths-based
supervision with references to current research about strengths-based supervision being undertaken by the author (Thomas 2004). The second part of the
chapter presents an example indigenous to Aotearoa/New Zealand and illustrates strengths-based supervision in action.
INTRODUCING STRENGTHS-BASED SOCIAL WORKWhen the literature around strengths-based practice is considered some key
principles and concepts emerge; these are at the heart of strengths-based
practice and have been clearly articulated by Saleebey (1997):
|1. ||A belief that all people and environments possess strengths that can
|2. ||People are experts on themselves.|
|3. ||Workers need to suspend their beliefs and assumptions in order to
truly hear clients and enable their strengths to be present in the work.|
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Book title: Social Work Theories in Action.
Contributors: Mary Nash - Editor, Robyn Munford - Editor, Kieran O'Donoghue - Editor.
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley.
Place of publication: London.
Publication year: 2005.
Page number: 189.
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