Journal Article

The Purpose and Duration of Supervision, and the Training and Discipline of Supervisors: What Social Workers Say They Need to Provide Effective Services

Heather J. Hair

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 43, issue 8, pages 1562-1588
Published in print December 2013 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online May 2012 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcs071
The Purpose and Duration of Supervision, and the Training and Discipline of Supervisors: What Social Workers Say They Need to Provide Effective Services

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The intent of this paper is to contribute to an emerging configuration of supervision that has the support of contemporary social workers. A concurrent mixed-model-nested research design was used to discover the post-degree supervision needs of social workers concerning the purpose and duration of supervision, and the training and discipline of supervisors. These four areas of supervision have been investigated and written about repeatedly without resolution. A mixed-methods web survey on supervision was completed by 636 social workers from a broad spectrum of social work practice settings and geographical locations in Ontario, Canada. Quantitative data and written responses from the three open-ended questions are presented as an integrated narrative. The results provide evidence of what social workers say they need as well as their suggestions that could bring ongoing debates closer to resolution. Future research is needed to continue shaping preferred configurations of supervision for effective social work practice.

Keywords: Social work supervision; mixed-methods research; purpose of supervision; duration of supervision; training and discipline of supervisors; needs assessment

Journal Article.  9251 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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