Date of Paper

5-2013

Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Felicia Sy

Abstract

The topic of social work supervision has received a fair amount of attention in recent years, especially with new supervision training requirements for licensing supervisors recently implemented by the Minnesota Board of Social Work. However, the majority of the previous research on the topic of social work supervision training has been gathered from supervisors, rather than supervisees. The purpose of this survey research was to investigate the perceptions of social work supervisees surrounding the topic of supervision and supervision training. Using quantitative survey research, responses were received from thirty total survey respondents regarding their perceptions surrounding the topic of social work supervision and the possible need for additional training on the topic. The findings strongly supported previous research linking the provision of quality supervision to better service delivery and overall stress management for social workers. In addition, varying reported frequencies of supervision sessions indicated a concerning issue regarding the need for consistent provision of formal one-on-one supervision. The findings from this research study also provide implications for specific topics within social work supervision that may require additional training and also the need for supervision training for supervisees and supervisors alike.

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