Focus on value of supervision at School of Social Work event


Associate Professor Kieran O'Donoghue

Associate Professor Kieran O'Donoghue, Head of the School of Social Work.


Routledge International Handbook of Social Work Supervision

The Routledge International Handbook of Social Work Supervision.

The School of Social Work is holding a continuing professional education event next week on the Manawatū campus and online to celebrate the importance of social work supervision for social work practitioners and their practice.

The event also launches The Routledge International Handbook of Social Work Supervision, edited by Associate Professor Kieran O’Donoghue, Head of the School of Social Work, and Professor Lambert Engelbrecht, Department of Social Work, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

“This book brings together an international team of social work supervision scholars, researchers, supervisors, and practitioners,” Dr O’Donoghue says.

The 702-page handbook is a comprehensive overview of social work supervision internationally and presents an analytical review of social work supervision theory, practice, and research. It examines how supervision contributes to the well-being, development, and practice of social workers.

Dr O’Donoghue says it also sets the agenda for the future development of social work supervision internationally. “Social work supervision is examined across countries, practice settings, and in terms of participants' roles, relationships, and responsibilities. The book shows how and why social work supervision is integral to social work and the rich diversity of ways supervision can be practiced.”

The event on June 25 includes contributors from the School of Social Work and Massey alumni Dr Leland Ruwhiu, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāi Tahu o Mohaka Waikare, and Dr Moana Eruera, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Ruanui and Ngāti Rangiwewehi, who are presenting on their chapter entitled, ‘An Indigenous eye glass on supervision in Aotearoa’.

Other presenters from the School of Social Work include Dr O’Donoghue who will present on the international research, 2011-2020, Associate Head of School, Lareen Cooper and Dr Michael Dale who will jointly present on enhancing and managing performance through supervision, and Associate Professor Ksenija Napan whose presentation explores the spirit of peer supervision.

“The handbook is an example of Massey University’s leadership within the field of social work supervision – also evident in the Postgraduate Diploma of Social Service Supervision which has been producing qualified social service supervisors for nearly quarter of a century,” Dr O’Donoghue adds.

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