Interview with a Professional Social Work Supervisor

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Interview With a Professional Social Work Supervisor

Assignment Overview

Mentorship and engaging with colleagues are important components of professional development. This assignment will ask you to engage with an experienced social work supervisor as a means of better understanding the field and best practices within the profession. Through this glimpse into the real world of social work, you will better understand the concepts and theories you are learning in your courses.

By successfully completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following EPAs and advance practice behaviors:

  • EPA 2.1.1: Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
    • APB 2.1.1.A: Apply professional use of self and leadership skills with colleagues, clients, organizations, and communities.
      • Related Assignment Criteria:
        • 7. Explain the importance of self-care in social work practice when acting as a supervisor.
  • EPA 2.1.2: Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
    • APB 2.1.2.A: Articulate and provide leadership in the application of the core values and ethical standards of the social work profession through an ethical problem solving model to aid in critical thinking and ethical decision making related to individuals, families, organizations, and communities to guide and inform ethical advanced generalist social work practice.
      • Related Assignment Criteria:
        • 3. Explain how education, training, and practice support can help protect the code of ethics and best practices of social work supervisors.
        • 4. Explain how technology supports best practices and ethical standards used in social work practice.
  • EPA 2.1.3: Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
    • APB 2.1.3.A: Apply critical thinking in verbal and written communication through the use of leadership and technology with colleagues, individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
      • Related Assignment Criteria:
        • 9. Apply critical thinking through written communication in analyzing social work best practices and supervision.
  • EPA 2.1.4: Engage diversity and difference in practice.
    • APB 2.1.4.A: Analyze dimensions and differentiation in diversity and apply the influence of relationships, intervention techniques, and technologies with diverse clients, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
      • Related Assignment Criteria:
        • 5. Explain dimensions of diversity and how they influence leadership and supervision in social work.
  • EPA 2.1.7: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
    • APB 2.1.7.A: Apply and integrate theories of human behavior and the social environment in advanced generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
      • Related Assignment Criteria:
        • 8. Describe conflict theories that support best practices as an advanced generalist supervisor.
  • EPA 2.1.8: Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
    • APB 2.1.8.A: Apply leadership skills as social change agents to collaborate with clients, colleagues, and identified stakeholders to advance social and economic well-being in the delivery of effective and technology-assisted social work services to individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
      • Related Assignment Criteria:
        • 6. Discuss how leadership skills advance social and economic well-being when working collaboratively.
  • EPA 2.1.9: Respond to contexts that shape practice.
    • APB 2.1.9.B: Analyze and respond to evolving leadership, technological, political, economic, social, cultural, geographical, and environmental contexts to shape advanced generalist practice.
      • Related Assignment Criteria:
        • 1. Identify best practices and standards related to supervision and leadership integrated into the social work profession.
        • 4. Explain how technology supports best practices and ethical standards used in social work practice.
        • 6. Discuss how leadership skills advance social and economic well-being when working collaboratively.

Assignment Description

For this assignment, you will interview a supervisor in social work and reflect on the information you learn. You will also conduct research on the information you gather from the interview and connect it to conflict theory and advanced generalist best practices as a supervisor.

The information you gather through your interview and research should include:

  • Best practices and standards that are a part of supervision and leadership within the social work profession and how they relate to the code of ethics.
  • The code of ethics and how it can be supported through education.
  • Education, training, and practice support available to social workers’ supervisors.
  • The use of technology and how it relates to best practices and the code of ethics.
  • Diversity and how it affects leadership and supervision.
  • Self-care and how it is applied in social work practice as a supervisor.
  • Conflict theories and how they apply to best practices as an advanced generalist supervisor.

Assignment Instructions

Your assignment should include information about the interview. You should also include connections between the interview and the theories and standards involved in the profession.

Complete the following:

  • Identify best practices and standards that are a part of supervision and leadership within the social work profession and how they are integrated into the social work profession. Why are they important to the profession?
  • Connect the NASW code of ethics to social work standards and best practices in supervision.
  • Explain how education, training, and practice support can help protect the code of ethics and best practices of social work supervisors.
  • Explain how technology supports best practices and ethical standards used in social work practice.
  • Explain dimensions of diversity and how they influence leadership and supervision in social work.
  • Explain how self-care is applied in social work practice as a supervisor. What is self-care and why is it important for a professional in the field of social work?
  • Discuss leadership skills needed to collaborate with clients, colleagues, and stakeholders to advance social and economic well-being.
  • Describe conflict theories that support best practices as an advanced generalist supervisor.
  • Apply critical thinking through written communication in analyzing social work best practices for supervision.

Additional Requirements

The assignment you submit is expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style and formatting standards. Include a title page, reference page, headers, and appendices as applicable. For example, the list of questions used for the consolation should be in an appendix. Reference the appendices as needed within your paper.
  • Cited resources: Minimum of three scholarly sources. All literature cited should be current, with publication dates within the past five years.
  • Length of paper: Minimum of three double-spaced pages.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.

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