Self as a Supervisor

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I would like to start this self-evaluation by first giving a simple definition of supervision. I found two definitions that I feel describe supervision in a way that helps me to keep some important goals in mind. First, according to Brashears (1995) supervision is an opportunity for the supervisor to use this unique relationship as a process to enable other social workers to practice to the best of their abilities. The second definition I found was from Tsui (2005). which states that supervision is used to ensure clients receive maximum services, limit inappropriate staff responses to clients, enables workers to deliver more effective care, address concerns, receive feedback, maintain standards, review interventions, provide critical analysis, and maintain standards of professional performance. Using these two definitions as a foundation of self analysis I will now look more deeply into the type of supervisor I would like to be. Three major roles of the supervisor are: (1) Administrative role; which focuses on the correct, effective, and appropriate implementation of policy and regulations. (Tsui, 2005) This role also deals with management aspects of the agency resources, and operations. (Brashears, 1995.) (2)The supportive role; which enhance the job satisfaction and morale of the supervisee. (Tsui, 2005) The supportive role includes being a mentor and a consultant to the supervisee by helping them come to decisions about treatment.( Haynes, Corey,& Molton, 2003). (3) The educational role; which teaches the supervisee necessary values, knowledge, and skills to complete the job. Brashears (1995) goes on to say that Social work supervisors have the same skills as the social worker. However, during supervision the goal is to teac... ... middle of paper ... ... counseling during supervision. I feel it maybe necessary to do some counseling in the sense of preventing burnout and providing coping techniques. I realize that although counseling may be necessary in some aspects, it should never be the focus of supervision and should only be used when it relates to the supervisee’s ability to do their job and treat clients. In conclusion, although I have had some experience supervising undergraduate social work, education, and psychology students I have learned a lot from these articles and look forward to utilizing some of the tasks, tips, techniques, and methods I discovered while researching this paper. I have also learned new vocabulary for techniques I had been using with out realizing it was an actual technique. I realized I have many skills I still need to work on and now recognize my areas of strength and weakness.
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