WHAT IS HAPPENING IN AN INDIVIDUAL SUPERVISION SESSION? REFLECTIONS OF SOCIAL WORKERS IN SOUTH AFRICA

  • Nyasha H Chibaya Stellenbosch University
  • Lambert K Engelbrecht Stellenbosch University
Keywords: social work supervision, clinical supervision, reflection, neoliberalism, managerialism

Abstract

This article reports on qualitative research, aimed at acquiring an understanding of what transpires in an individual social work supervision session in South Africa. Findings reveal that supervision sessions are chiefly “open door” and “on the run”, with minimal evidence of critical reflection. A key recommendation stresses that the evolution of supervision in the country should enter a new phase as response to the hegemony of a neoliberal inspired managerial discourse in social work. The deliberate utilisation of more clinical educational and supportive elements, and critical reflection-in-action and reflection-on-action in supervision sessions is therefore recommended.

Author Biographies

Nyasha H Chibaya, Stellenbosch University
Postgraduate student, Department of Social Work, Stellenbosch University
Lambert K Engelbrecht, Stellenbosch University
Department of Social Work, Stellenbosch University
Published
2022-11-30
How to Cite
Chibaya, N. H., & Engelbrecht, L. K. (2022). WHAT IS HAPPENING IN AN INDIVIDUAL SUPERVISION SESSION? REFLECTIONS OF SOCIAL WORKERS IN SOUTH AFRICA. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 58(4), 520-545. https://doi.org/10.15270/58-4-1079
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Articles