Supervision in Child Welfare

Paperback | March 25, 2009

byCathryn C. Potter, Charmaine R. BrittainEditorCharmaine Brittain

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Child welfare supervisors need and deserve a book oriented to the reality of their work.Supervision in Child Welfare connects the theoretical and practical to provide readers with the most relevant and sound approaches to supervision. While the availability of professional training programs inthe states for supervisors has grown exponentially over the past years, publications that can support this work specific to supervision in a child welfare context are few. Supervision in Child Welfare translates generic supervision principles to the specifics and reality of the child welfarepractice environment. Supervisors operate in a bureaucratic system and respond to a community context of multiple stakeholders. Supervisors support and offer guidance to a stressed workforce while attending to competing demands in an environment where children's lives are at stake. Research has shown that supervisorsstand in a pivotal position in the child welfare workforce in terms of recruiting and retaining the best employees, moving agencies to best practice frameworks and creating an sustaining positive organizational climates. Supervision in Child Welfare bridges the gap between research and supervisory practice, between management and organizational theory and supervisory practice. It provides a comprehensive, integrated resource for child welfare supervisors to give them tools and information to succeed in thefast-paced and intense world of child welfare. The book covers a wide range of must-have skills and knowledge for supervisors including leadership, developing worker performance, managing the Child Welfare unit, working beyond the agency, managing performance, providing clinical supervision, andrespecting diversity. Plentiful examples and case studies illustrate key concepts.

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Child welfare supervisors need and deserve a book oriented to the reality of their work.Supervision in Child Welfare connects the theoretical and practical to provide readers with the most relevant and sound approaches to supervision. While the availability of professional training programs inthe states for supervisors has grown expone...

Cathryn C. Potter, MSW, PhD, is Executive Director, Erna and Brad Butler Institute for Families, University of Denver. Charmaine R. Brittain, MSW, PhD, is Program Manager, Erna and Brad Butler Institute for Families, University of Denver.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:March 25, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195326768

ISBN - 13:9780195326765

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Table of Contents

1. Child Welfare Supervision: An Overview2. Models of Social Work Supervision3. Supervisors as Leaders: A Critical Dimension for Organizational Success4. Management Essentials for Child Welfare Supervisors5. The Child Welfare Unit6. Maximizing the Middle Management Role in Child Welfare7. The World Beyond the Unit8. Working in Changing Environments9. Beyond the Question of Color: Diversity Issues in Child Welfare Supervision10. Getting and Keeping the Best People11. Developing Worker Competence12. Clinical Supervision in Child Welfare13. Managing PerformanceIndex