Supervision in Child Welfare

Supervision in Child Welfare

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Child welfare supervisors need and deserve a book oriented to the reality of their work.Supervision in Child Welfare connects the theoretical and practical to provide readers with the most relevant and sound approaches to supervision. While the availability of professional training programs in the states for supervisors has grown exponentially over the past years, publications that can support this work specific to supervision in a child welfare context are few. Supervision in Child Welfare translates generic supervision principles to the specifics and reality of the child welfare practice environment. Supervisors operate in a bureaucratic system and respond to a community context of multiple stakeholders. Supervisors support and offer guidance to a stressed workforce while attending to competing demands in an environment where children's lives are at stake. Research has shown that supervisors stand in a pivotal position in the child welfare workforce in terms of recruiting and retaining the best employees, moving agencies to best practice frameworks and creating an sustaining positive organizational climates. Supervision in Child Welfare bridges the gap between research and supervisory practice, between management and organizational theory and supervisory practice. It provides a comprehensive, integrated resource for child welfare supervisors to give them tools and information to succeed in the fast-paced and intense world of child welfare. The book covers a wide range of must-have skills and knowledge for supervisors including leadership, developing worker performance, managing the Child Welfare unit, working beyond the agency, managing performance, providing clinical supervision, and respecting diversity. Plentiful examples and case studies illustrate key concepts.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1 black and white half tone, 5 line illustrations
  • 0195326768
  • 9780195326765
  • 1,645,576

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"The field of children, youth, and families services has waited a long time for a text that provides such clear and informed guidance. This should be required reading for all child welfare professionals and scholars."--Gerald P. Mallon, DSW, Professor and Executive Director, National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning, Hunter College School of Social Work"This book is a welcome addition to currently available literature on supervision. It draws on a variety of models to present a practical guide, particularly for child welfare supervisors. In addition, the practice examples and skills-based activities will be of interest to trainers and practice educators. I would highly recommend this excellent book."--Reviewed by Gillian Calvin Thomas, Senior Lecturer, Practice Learning, Bournemouth University, in Child & Family Social Workshow more

About Cathryn Potter

Cathryn Potter is the Executive Director of the Erna and Brad Butler Institute for Families and Research Director at the Graduate School of Social Work of the University of Denver. Charmaine Brittain is the Program Manager at the Erna and Brad Butler Institute for Families in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver.show more

Table of contents

1. Child Welfare Supervision: An Overview ; 2. Models of Social Work Supervision ; 3. Supervisors as Leaders: A Critical Dimension for Organizational Success ; 4. Management Essentials for Child Welfare Supervisors ; 5. The Child Welfare Unit ; 6. Maximizing the Middle Management Role in Child Welfare ; 7. The World Beyond the Unit ; 8. Working in Changing Environments ; 9. Beyond the Question of Color: Diversity Issues in Child Welfare Supervision ; 10. Getting and Keeping the Best People ; 11. Developing Worker Competence ; 12. Clinical Supervision in Child Welfare ; 13. Managing Performance ; Indexshow more

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