Systemic Social Work Supervision and Management

15 day course we aim to be AFT accredited at Foundation Level

Course outline

Day 1

Welcome and practicalities; introductions and context setting:

  • Introducing systemic ideas,
  • Placing systemic theory and practice within a historical context,
  • First Order and Second Order cybernetics: an overview of First Order and Second Order approaches.
Day 2

The systemic approach part 2

  • The use of genograms,
  • The idea of family scripts,
  • An introduction to Social Constructionist approaches,
  • Introducing how systemic ideas and practices can support the social work management and supervision task.
Day 3

Self-reflexivity:

  • Making connections between personal and professional,
  • The effect of these connections on the management and supervision task,
  • Patterns of relationships within supervision relationships,
  • The concept of attachment and application to supervision context.
Day 4

The Social GRRRAAACCEEESSS:

  • The impact of differences and diversity on the supervision relationship and the relationships established with families,
  • Talking about these differences in supervision and management,
  • Supporting supervisees to talk about these differences with families.
Day 5

What do we mean by systemic supervision and management?

  • What does systemic supervision look like?
  • How might we distinguish between management and supervision?
  • How do we balance the competing demands of supervision and management?
Day 6

Models of supervision and management; using systemic models in the application of the supervision and management task

  • First and second order approaches to management and supervision,
  • The management of risk,
  • The tension between reflective supervision and case management,
  • Group supervision models.
Day 7

Case management and performance management:

  • The use of systemic ideas in case management,
  • Approaching poor performance systemically,
  • What to do when a systemic approach doesn't work!
Day 8

The use of systemic questions in supervision and management:

  • Introduction to Tomm's interventive interviewing framework,
  • The use of systemic questions in supervision to introduce different kinds of supervision conversations,
  • Supporting the use of systemic questions in practice to introduce difference in supervisees' work with families.
Day 9

Practising the use of systemic questions and course review:

  • Where are we at in our learning journey?
  • What difference(s) is/are being made?
  • What needs to happen for us to get the most out of the remainder of the course?
Day 10

Using systemic ideas to manage multi-disciplinary professionals' meetings:

  • The use of an Open Dialogue approach,
  • The use of Reflecting Team approaches,
  • A systemic approach to chairing meetings.
Day 11

The systemic concept of isomorphism and its relevance to the supervisory and management context

  • Isomorphism as an intervention,
  • Management and supervision as transformative contexts,
  • Supporting practice to be focused upon making change.
Day 12

Supervising the supervisor:

  • What kind of supervisor/manager would we like to be?
  • What support do we need from our own supervisor/manager to get there?
  • What does this mean for the families that our service is working with?
Day 13

A CMM and Social Constructionist approach to management and supervision:

  • What does this approach mean?
  • How can it support the supervisory and management task?
  • What does a CMM and Social Constructionist approach to social work practice look like?
Day 14

A CMM and Social Constructionist approach to management and supervision:

  • What does this approach mean?

  • How can it support the supervisory and management task?

  • What does a CMM and Social Constructionist approach to social work practice look like?

Day 15

End of course review:

  • Review of course and endings.