This handbook provides a comprehensive overview of social work supervision internationally and presents an analytical review of social work supervision theory, practice, and research.

Presented in seven parts:

  • International perspectives
  • Supervision settings
  • Roles, responsibilities, and relationships
  • Models and approaches
  • The interactional process
  • Leading and managing supervision
  • Emerging areas

The book examines how supervision contributes to the well-being, development, and practice of social workers. It also sets the agenda for the future development of social work supervision internationally. Social work supervision is examined across countries, practice settings, and in terms of participants' roles, relationships, and responsibilities. Contributors show how and why social work supervision is integral to social work and the rich diversity of ways supervision can be practiced.

Bringing together an international team of social work supervision scholars, researchers, supervisors, and practitioners, this handbook is essential reading for social workers, supervisors, managers, policy advisors, and professional leaders.

part I|126 pages

International perspectives

chapter 1|10 pages

Developing reflective models of supervision

The role of the United Kingdom professional association

chapter 2|16 pages

A German perspective on supervision

Supervision between maintenance of, emancipation from, or abnegation of the origins of social work?

chapter 5|14 pages

Supervision of social workers within a social development paradigm

A South African perspective

chapter 6|11 pages

Social work supervision in Singapore

Historical development and the way forward

part III|90 pages

Roles, responsibilities, and relationships

part IV|134 pages

Models and approaches

chapter 26|13 pages

The integrated supervision model

The 4×4×4

chapter 27|11 pages

Effective supervision in child protection

An integrative Australian model

chapter 28|13 pages

Thinking critically

A four-layered practice model in supervision

chapter 29|13 pages

The PASE supervision model

chapter 30|15 pages

The SNAP model of supervision

chapter 31|15 pages

Strengths-based supervision

chapter 32|9 pages

Transformative supervision

chapter 33|16 pages

Trauma informed supervision

part V|70 pages

The interactional process

chapter 35|9 pages

Interactional supervision

Shifting the guiding paradigm

chapter 36|10 pages

The supervision session

chapter 37|10 pages

Emotionally sensitive supervision

chapter 38|12 pages

Thinking aloud in supervision

An interactional process for critical reflection

part VI|96 pages

Leading and managing supervision

chapter 41|12 pages

Leadership and supervision

chapter 42|13 pages

“Riding the juggernaut”

Tensions and opportunities in management supervision

chapter 46|9 pages

Strengths-based supervision

Supporting effective implementation of family-centered practice in child welfare

chapter 47|12 pages

Evaluating supervision