Supervising to Improve Practice

Course Aim:

This course aims to provide participants with the skills required to deliver effective supervision with a focus on complex practice dynamics and methods and tools for developing and improving performance.

Course outcomes: 

Participants will be offered the opportunity to:

  • Understand what constitutes effective supervision and its relationship to safe practice and positive outcomes for service users.
  • Consider the Integrated Model (4x4x4) of supervision and how it can assist in understanding the functions of supervision and its impact of supervision on others within the system.
  • Consider how past experience of supervision can impact on the supervisory relationship.
  • Understand the importance of developing and reviewing the supervisory relationship and the role of the agreement in promoting inclusive practice within supervision.
  • Consider the role of supervision throughout the stages of professional development from newly qualified to experienced practitioner.
  • Understand the importance of recording supervision.
  • Understand the importance of the authoritative supervisory style in promoting good outcomes through supervision.
  • Use the supervision cycle, and understand how it can be used as a model to facilitate effective supervision
  • Consider the impact of anxiety, vicarious trauma and how emotions may impact on staff, critical thinking and decision making
  • Understand the role of supervision in promoting critical thinking when working with complex issues
  • Consider the role of supervision in working effectively with the dynamics of professional networks
  • Use the six stage model in relation to supervision of social work practice
  • Use tools to help staff evaluate and analyse information to inform assessments, decision making and risk management
  • Consider the importance of the positive expectations model when working to improve practice.
  • Understand the factors that might affect high quality practice and strategies for improvement.
  • Use authority appropriately within supervision and avoid setting people up to fail
  • Practice a range of techniques to build confidence in dealing with difficult and/or distressing situations.