Date of Paper


Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

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


Social Work

First Advisor

Katharine Hill, Ph.D., MSW, MPP, LISW


Social Work


The importance of supervision for social workers is demonstrated in research and the importance of strong Catholic formation is crucial to the Church and her mission. This study aims to investigate Catholic social workers’ perceptions on the use of Catholic supervision and social work supervision to work through ethical dilemmas. Five social workers and one marriage and family therapist were interviewed for this study. They were interviewed in regards to what Catholic supervision looks like, what does social work supervision look like, and how do they work through an ethical dilemma using both perspectives. The major themes from the study demonstrates that Catholic social workers approach the use of supervision in a variety of ways, and meeting informally with peers was the most meaningful avenue for the respondents. Respondents were more likely to first go to a member of the Catholic Church before going to their workplace supervisors. The findings of the study highlight the importance of both Catholic and social work supervision, whether formal or informal, to work through ethical dilemmas in the workplace.

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