A New Model of Educational Supervision
You picked up this book because you have an interest in educational supervision—teaching interns in field practica, training staff, or assisting the ongoing professional development of social work clinicians. If you are like many staff supervisors, field instructors, and clinical consultants, you are looking for a book that helps you do supervision. Much literature on this subject provides helpful theoretical principles of effective supervision but gives little direction about how to apply them in practice. Additionally, because these principles often address different aspects of the encounter, it can be challenging to work them into a coherent model of supervisory practice. The lack of comprehensive educational supervision models further complicates this endeavor.
This lack provides the central rationale for this book, which presents the Task-Centered Model for Educational Supervision (TCS). As you will see, TCS offers strategies and steps for “how to do” educational supervision. It systematically puts principles of effective supervision into practice. In particular, TCS outlines an ordered series of discrete activities that occur within and between supervision meetings, for the continuous attainment of learning and practice objectives.
The first section of the book, chapters 2 through 6, presents an overview of the nature, history, and principles of educational supervision. These chapters provide the context and foundation for understanding and implementing the model. At the center of the supervisory process is the relationship between the supervisor and the supervisee. Strategies for building and maintaining productive and open relationships are reviewed. The supervisor