Educational Supervision in Social Work: A Task-Centered Model for Field Instruction and Staff Development

Educational Supervision in Social Work: A Task-Centered Model for Field Instruction and Staff Development

Educational Supervision in Social Work: A Task-Centered Model for Field Instruction and Staff Development

Educational Supervision in Social Work: A Task-Centered Model for Field Instruction and Staff Development

Synopsis

This book provides a comprehensive examination of instructional supervision and introduces the Task-Centered Model for Educational Supervision (TCS). It begins by reviewing the history of educational supervision in social work and principles of effective teaching practices in the field. While theories about the principles and purposes of educational supervision abound, it has proven difficult to translate these ideas into a coherent model of supervisory practice. Educational Supervision in Social Work answers that need, presenting in detail TCS, an ordered series of discrete activities that supervisors and supervisees follow during and between supervision meetings. Designed to promote the continuous attainment of learning and practice objectives, TCS accommodates new models of field instruction, addresses common accountability concerns in social work supervision, and teaches practitioners how to be self-initiating and evaluative. Focusing on the practical implementation of TCS, Caspi and Reed have included detailed case vignettes throughout the book that provide concrete examples of putting theory into practice. Both supervisors of interns and staff as well as supervisees will find TCS a helpful tool in the supervisory process.

Excerpt

This book puts forth a task-centered model for educational supervision, which we hope will be a useful contribution to supervision practices. It provides clear steps for systematic articulation and attainment of educational objectives. There is an abundance of information on principles associated with quality educational supervision in the literature. However, this body of knowledge is usually not organized into coherent models of supervision. The Task-Centered Model for Educational Supervision (TCS) incorporates these principles and systematically puts them into action.

Undergraduate and graduate programs in social work, education, psychology, and counseling have learning objectives that their students must achieve during their internships in order to successfully complete the degree. Although it seems as though most students do attain these goals, it is often unclear how. Supervision practices vary widely, occurring behind closed doors and out of the view of the school. Too often, supervision focuses on case dynamics without explicit links to learning. TCS methodically ties case considerations to educational goals. Program administrators, supervisors, and students appreciate knowing how educational objectives are to be assessed and achieved.

This book should be of primary interest to field instructors, agency supervisors, and field education directors. It may also be helpful to field interns, social workers in staff positions, and supervisors from other disciplines (e.g., counseling, education, psychology). In addition to presenting TCS, the book provides in-depth information about all aspects of educational supervi-

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