Supervision is an important part of development for any Social Worker. It is an essential core to best practice. It enhances the professional skills and competence of social work practitioners. It gives you opportunities to reflect on your practice and learn ways to respond effectively to complex and challenging situations.
The Australian Association of Social Workers has supervision as a mandatory component of our ongoing registration. Why is it important to the accreditation boards and to potential clients that we are getting good evidenced based supervision?
There are a couple of reasons. Firstly working through a case with a Supervisor will improve client outcomes. It provides an opportunity for the Supervisor to identify other ways to build a client’s capacity that you may not have thought of, as well as allowing you to reflect with them on what has been occurring in the session. Secondly we are aware that complex and often challenging clients can put us at some risk. This risk could be around professional boundaries or own emotional or mental health. Receiving supervision can help us manage some of the issues that can come up. It is a mechanism that provides the opportunity to look at what is occurring in the client and supervise relationship. It also allows a supervisor to help guide the process if a client decides that they want to complain about the support they have been given.
We work from the premise that the supervisees are usually experts in their own niche areas, bringing with them a range of experiences, knowledge and skills. We are confident in supervising a range of modalities through the processes we use in supervision. We also welcome those that would consider that they have far more experience or knowledge than we have. Supervision in this context is not about a power relationship but an acknowledgement that through different backgrounds of practice we come together collaboratively in a collegial working relationship. Depending on what is being brought to the session supervision can be fluid and the supervisor can take the role of teacher, advisor, mentor or coach. We strongly believe in mutual growth and as a lifelong learner look forward to seeing how we can work together.
Fees vary on employment status.