Empirical support and considerations for social work supervision of students in alternative placement models

Cleak, Helen, and Zuchowski, Ines (2018) Empirical support and considerations for social work supervision of students in alternative placement models. Clinical Social Work Journal. (In Press)

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Abstract

Field education is a core component of the Australian entry-level professional social work qualification and has long been recognized globally as offering students significant personal and professional growth and learning. However, in Australia, as in other western countries, social work courses are under pressure to find sufficient placements for increasing numbers of social work students, many of whom bring their own complexities and learning needs. Field education programs have been responding by using a range of alternative supervision models to replace the traditional one-on-one approach but there has been little attention to their impact on the learning experiences for social work students. This paper firstly describes the major field education supervision models and their effectiveness in enhancing the student experience. It then considers the literature which discusses the various factors that contribute to quality learning in field education and developing students’ professional identity. Finally, this evidence base is used to draw implications for supervisors and social work field educators in ensuring that quality and professional standards are maintained in a changing organizational, economic and political context.

Item ID: 55962
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-3343
Keywords: social work supervision; supervision models; field education; field placement; student experience
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Research Data: https://research.jcu.edu.au/researchdata/default/detail/4ff3be609382fdb9502b8a511e354ec7/
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2018 03:37
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development @ 40%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930502 Management of Education and Training Systems @ 20%
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