Using live supervision to teach counselling skills to social work students

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Andrews, Paul and Harris, Sera. 2017. "Using live supervision to teach counselling skills to social work students." Social Work Education. 36 (3), pp. 299-311. https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2016.1270929
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Using live supervision to teach counselling skills to social work students

ERA Journal ID20481
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsAndrews, Paul and Harris, Sera
Journal TitleSocial Work Education
Journal Citation36 (3), pp. 299-311
Number of Pages13
Year2017
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0261-5479
1470-1227
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2016.1270929
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02615479.2016.1270929
Abstract

This article reports on a research project which explored how anxiety can be managed when social work students receive live supervision as they are learning counselling skills. Eight social work students volunteered to participate in an eight session project in which they role played counselling sessions and received live supervision of their work. Their subjective experience of live supervision was elicited via survey reported surveys over the course of the project. They also submitted pre-and post-project recordings of their counselling role plays which were evaluated for changes in skill level. The participants’ survey results showed that, over the course of the project, each participant became less anxious about live supervision and came to find it a valuable learning experience. Their recorded role plays all showed improvements in skill level across a range of domains. The authors contend the establishment and maintenance of positive and trusting relationships between participants and between participants and the supervisor was crucial to the success of this project, as was attention to power dynamics and differences in learning styles. These results suggest that, under the right conditions, live supervision can be a valuable addition to counselling skills teaching strategies with social work students.

KeywordsPractice teaching; skills ; teaching; supervision
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440901. Clinical social work practice
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Byline AffiliationsSt Vincent's Hospital, Lismore, Australia
Western Sydney University
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