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Clinical Social Work Supervision: Practice and Process

By Robert Taibbi

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jan 30, 2012

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A 4-stage developmental model providing a comprehensive, practical guide to clinical social work supervision


This text is a part of the Advancing Core Competencies series.


Clinical Social Work Supervision: Practice and Process presents a developmental model of supervision that helps supervisors meet the challenges of working with clinicians at different levels, and allows adaptations to style and focus as clinicians grow and change over time.


A better teaching and learning experience

This program will provide a better teaching and learning experience--for you and your students.  Here's how:

  • Improve Critical Thinking — Students arechallenged to examine their own values, increase their self awareness, and put into practice the concepts discussed.
  • Engage Students — Tools and tips, case examples and charts that cover all aspects of clinical supervision.
  • Explore Current Issues — Information and tools for handling the management aspects of supervision–from hiring, evaluation, and disciplining of staff; ethics and liability issues; effective time management; self-care.
  • Apply CSWE Core Competencies - The text applies the 2008 CSWE EPAS, with critical thinking questions and practice tests to advance student competency.
  • Support Instructors — An Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank, Computerized Test Bank (MyTest), Blackboard Test Item File, and PowerPoint presentations are included in the outstanding supplements package.

Table of Contents






Chapter 1: The Challenges of Social Work Supervision

Chapter 2: Laying the Foundation — Part 1

Chapter 3: Laying the Foundation — Part 2

Chapter 4: Stage One: Supervisor as Teacher

Chapter 5: Stage Two: Supervisor as Guide

Chapter 6: Stage Three: Supervisor as Gatekeeper

Chapter 7: Stage Four: Supervisor as Consultant

Chapter 8: Supervisory Tools and Techniques

Chapter 9: Supervisory Process

Chapter 10: Supervision and Groups

Chapter 11: Supervision of Supervision

Chapter 12: Management: Hire / Fire & Everything In-Between

Chapter 13: Ethics and Liability

Chapter 14: Staying Creative: Self Care for the Long Haul


Chapter 1 The Challenges of Social Work Supervision

The Challenges of Clinical Supervision

Models of Clinical Supervision

Core Principles of The Four-Stage Supervisory Model

Goals of This Book

Book Format

Chapter Review


Chapter 2  Laying the Foundation – Part 1

Anxiety Coping Styles

Anxiety and Relationships

Anxiety and the Clinician

Learning Styles

Leadership Styles

Parallel Worlds

Chapter Review


Chapter 3 Laying the Foundation – Part 2

The Relationship Triangle

The Big 6

A Guided Imagery Exercise

Chapter Review


Chapter 4 Stage One: Supervisor as Teacher

Characteristics of Stage One

Stage One Supervisory Goals and Tasks

Confronting and Managing Anxiety

Supervision versus Therapy

Stage One Challenges & Dangers

Stage One and the Experienced Clinician

Putting It All Together

Chapter Review


Chapter 5 Stage Two: Supervisor as Guide

Characteristics of Stage Two

Supervisory Goals of Stage Two

Supervisory Tasks

Impasses, Intimacy, and Dependency

Stage Two Challenges & Dangers

Moving In and Out the Other Side

Chapter Review


Chapter 6 Stage Three: Supervisor as Gatekeeper

Characteristics of Stage Three

Growing Up and Out

Supervisory Goals and Tasks

Challenges & Dangers of the Third Stage

Breaking Away       

Chapter Review


Chapter 7 Stage Four: Supervisor as Consultant

Growing Up – Stage Four Characteristics

Supervisory Goals and Tasks

Stage Four Challenges & Dangers

Moving Towards Integration

Moving Through the Four Stages – Summary of the Process

Chapter Review


Chapter 8 Supervisory Tools and Techniques

Running the Session

Recordkeeping and Documentation

Recordings – Learning to See and Hear

Clinical Observation

Clinical Consultations



Empty-Chair Work

Readings, Training Recordings

Training Programs and Conferences

Written Exercises



Chapter Review     


Chapter 9 Supervisory Process

Session with Amy

Session with Marcus

Session with Maria

Session Process Redux

Chapter Review


Chapter 10 Supervision and Group

Group Think

Types of Groups

Setting Structure, Facilitating Process

Group Problems: Playing Out Roles

Coming Together – A Summary

Chapter Review


Chapter 11 Supervision of Supervision

Transitions and Challenges

Qualities: What to Look For in a New Supervisor

Developing Skills – The New Supervisor Curriculum

Putting Knowledge into Action

Shaping the Supervision of Supervision Process

Being a Supervisor of Supervisors

Chapter Review


Chapter 12 Management: Hire / Fire & Everything In-Between

Leadership Essentials

Time and Tasks

Hiring: The Preparation


Hiring: The Process

Holding Steady: Disciplinary Action

Termination: Managing the Process

Developing Skills

Chapter Review


Chapter 13 Ethics and Liability

Ethics: Cooperative, Protective, and Intentional

Liability / Legal Issues

Confidentiality Issues

Ethics and Liability Guidelines

Chapter Review


Chapter 14 Staying Creative: Self Care for the Long Haul

Supervision and Support

Self Supervision

Self Assessment: The Bigger Picture

Run Towards What You Fear

Training as Expansion

Making Work Effective, Efficient, and Enjoyable

Staying Creative – The Why Question

Chapter Review


Clinical Social Work Supervision: Practice and Process

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