The Social Work Supervisor: Supervision in Community, Day Care, and Residential Settings

The Social Work Supervisor: Supervision in Community, Day Care, and Residential Settings

The Social Work Supervisor: Supervision in Community, Day Care, and Residential Settings

The Social Work Supervisor: Supervision in Community, Day Care, and Residential Settings

Synopsis

The Social Work Supervisor is the first comprehensive British text on supervision of staff in social work, community care and social welfare settings. It examines the changing social work scene of the 1990s, and breaks new ground in areas such as:

• anti-oppressive supervision

• supervision of post-traumatic stress

• group supervision

The Social Work Supervisor is a comprehensive text for the social work supervisor, and for all supervisors in social welfare and community care settings. It includes new material not found in other books on supervision. The authors emphasise the importance of the supervisory relationship, regular skilled supervision and a clear value base in the provision of good quality services.

This book provides a clear theoretical framework, bringing theory and practice together through numerous practical examples of supervision in action. One major chapter examines a range of typical supervision situations, and provides suggestions for possible supervisor responses.

The Social Work Supervisor will be invaluable reading for new and experienced supervisors; practice-teachers supervising students; trainers of supervisors; and social work managers.

Excerpt

As an introduction to this series we would like to start with a story about the legendary Sufi 'wise fool' Mulla Nasrudin that concerns the time he was asked why he had never married and if he had ever come close to doing so:

'Indeed yes,' he replied, 'When I was young I was very keen to marry the
perfect wife. I travelled through many lands looking for her. In France
I met a beautiful dancer, who was joyful and carefree, but alas had no
sense of the spiritual. In Egypt I met a princess who was both beautiful
and wise, but sadly we could not communicate.
Then finally in India after much searching I found her. She was beautiful,
wise and her charm captured the hearts of everybody she met. 1 felt that
I had found the perfect wife.'
The Mulla paused with a long sigh. So one of the audience eagerly asked:
'Then did you not marry her, Mulla?'
'Alas,' sighed the Mulla, 'she was waiting for the perfect husband.'

In all the helping professions there are many who are waiting for the perfect supervisor. The person who will make the confusion clear, the complex understandable, absolve the guilt, rebuild our self-worth and magically remove the pain and distress. Inevitably there is much disappointment, for such supervisors do not exist. Instead it is necessary that all helping organisations are clear about the nature of 'good-enough supervision' and the training necessary to achieve it. To train, equip and support good-enough supervisors, there is a real need for well constructed books written by those from within each of the helping professions. It is with that need in mind that we are launching this new series, of which this is the first book.

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