Are you looking for a good resource to prepare you to take on the role of social work supervisor? Or perhaps you are an educator looking for an excellent book about supervision to use in your advanced practice class?
If yes, Supervision in Social Work, Fifth Edition, by Alfred Kadushin and Daniel Harkness may be the perfect book to fulfill your needs!
Kadushin and Harkness (2014) provide you with a thorough review of supervision, starting with how it originated, the different types, to recent innovations in the field (such as live supervision). Furthermore, you are alerted about the typical challenges and issues that arise when you become a supervisor and are guided in the art of social work supervision.
Individuals Learn Best Under the Following Conditions
How May Supervisors Optimize These 6 Conditions?
To Increase Motivation to Learn:
- Explain usefulness of content
- Make content meaningful in terms of worker’s specific needs and motives (What’s in it for worker?)
- Stimulate interest
- Provide structure (in terms of time, place, obligations, expectations etc)
- Establish safe & secure atmosphere
- Acknowledge and use what worker knows and can do
- Move from known to unknown
- Respect worker’s rights (within limits) to determine own solutions
- Provide learning in digestible dosages
- Give positive feedback
- Present content from simple/obvious to complex/obscure
- Evaluate progress over time
- Encourage worker’s participation in setting agenda
- Encourage discussion
- Provide opportunities to use knowledge
- Select content that interests the worker
- Present content within a theoretical framework (to help her/him understand why people do what they do in the way they do it)
- Plan your teaching
- Teach selectively (have priorities)
- Use educational diagnosis (what knowledge and skills this worker needs)
- Apply educational diagnosis
- Engage worker in assessment
- Consider worker’s pace
There are many additional valuable nuggets to gleam from this book!
In sum, I found the Supervision in Social Work book to be an excellent reference on supervision, whether you are an experienced or newbie clinician. For example, the chapter that has been referenced above pertaining to how you may improve your educational supervisory skills, is one section that is likely to be of great value to even the most seasoned practitioner.
One item that was not included in the book but could have provided some additional texture was a video/dvd component. I would have loved to have had the opportunity to listen to or watch the group supervision illustration Kadushin and Harkness described, albeit eloquently.
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