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Exploring formal supervision in social work field education: issues and challenges for students and supervisors


Loos, M and Kostecki, T, Exploring formal supervision in social work field education: issues and challenges for students and supervisors, Advances in Social Work & Welfare Education, 20, (3) pp. 17-31. ISSN 1329-0584 (2018) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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TThis article describes a qualitative study examining processes and issues for social work field education supervisors and social work students engaging in formal supervision. The study is a collaborative partnership between two major hospitals in Western Sydney and The University of Sydney.

TCollaboration between social work field supervisors and universities as field education partners is important in the provision of placement experiences for social work students and for supporting field educators in provision of quality learning experiences. Field supervision is a key feature of social work placements and forms a compulsory component of all accredited social work degree programs in Australia. Effective supervision assists students to draw links between theory and practice, to develop critical reflection skills, to understand the complexity of ethical practice and to promote professional growth and identity.

The findings provide some insight into both students' and supervisors' experiences of supervision. It is anticipated that the results will assist social work and university field educators to better prepare both supervisors in the field as well as students in social work practice learning.

Item Details

Item Type:Professional, Refereed Article
Keywords:social work field education, student supervision
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Social work
Research Field:Social work not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in education
UTAS Author:Kostecki, T (Dr Tina Kostecki)
ID Code:152496
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Social Work
Deposited On:2022-08-19
Last Modified:2022-09-15

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