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Title: The practice and experience of social work supervision : an analysis of supervisory practices in Malta
Author: Cole, Maureen.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3560 1154
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2003
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The research question which drove this study was 'The practice and experience of social work supervision in Malta - what is the practice like? How is this practice experienced by supervisors and supervisees?' The grounded theory approach was used to analyse twenty-eight (28) audiotapes of `live' supervision sessions and in-depth taped interviews with each of the fifty-six (56) participating supervisors and supervisees. Supervision sessions were observed as different from one another and these differences were corroborated through the analysis of the interviews with supervisors and supervisees. The framework developed to explain these differences between the supervision sessions was that the complexity, multifarious character and possible incompatibility of supervision functions made supervision a potentially 'impossible task'. This resulted in a 'resolution' of sessions in one of four directions along an Agency/Person continuum. The term 'resolution' was adopted as it suggested that the outcome was the resultant of various forces and that aspects of the supervisory activity were omitted and therefore identified as `missing' from supervision by supervisors and supervisees. The four 'types' of supervision sessions were the agency-orientated resolution focusing on ensuring performance, the caseorientated resolution focusing on cases and social work practice, the worker-orientated resolution focusing on how the work affects the worker and the person-orientated resolution focusing on the person of the worker. A divide was also observed between those resolutions which focused on the `work' and others which focused on the 'worker'. Possible explanations for the resolution of sessions in one of four directions are put forward. The thesis considers the broad implications associated with the resolution of supervision sessions and with the notion that supervision is an 'impossible task' and proposes specific recommendations around the themes of agency supervision policies, supervision contracts, supervision and the agencies' management, the supervision session and supervisors and supervisees.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Sociology