Social Work Theories in Action

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Chapter 11
Bicultural Strengths-based Supervision
Introducing Strengths-based Social Work Supervision
Chris ThomasHe Taonga TukuIho –A Gift Handed Down
Sharlene Davis
Introduction
This 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 WORK
SUPERVISION
When 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 be mobilized.
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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