Social work group supervision

Authored by: Mari Alschuler

The Routledge International Handbook of Social Work Supervision

Print publication date:  June  2021
Online publication date:  June  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367250867
eBook ISBN: 9780429285943
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429285943-26

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Abstract

Group supervision has grown as both an adjunctive approach to individual supervision and as a stand-alone practice for social work students in field placement, agency staff, and in external clinical supervision. In a group setting, students and staff learn to develop their clinical skills, experientially understand group dynamics, to give and receive peer feedback, listen to multiple perspectives, and use reflective thinking. This chapter will review the history of group supervision and several contemporary theories, including relational, attachment, narrative, solution-focused, trauma-informed, and mindfulness-based approaches to group supervision. It will explore issues related to group dynamics and parallel process; the power differential; trainee anxiety and nondisclosure; reflective, present moment, process-oriented approaches; and self-care strategies to decrease anxiety and avoid burnout.

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