Working as a social worker, either individually or in a group capacity can be equal parts rewarding and equal parts exhausting. Blending theory in to practice, caring for yourself, supporting others and simply getting the job done are a constant juggle each day.
As a Social Worker with 20 years experience in the child protection, mental health and grief and trauma field I advocate for good supervision for job satisfaction. I currently teach in the School of Social Work at the University of New England providing clinical supervision to a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate students on placement in addition to the social workers I see privately.
As a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers, an accredited mental health social worker and social work researcher I believe that the primary function of good supervision is the provision of a safe place to explore client work, administrative challenges, exploration of new career opportunities and work/life balance.
Sessions are run over the phone or via Skype for individuals based in Australia – either during work hours or in the evenings depending on availability.
I also offer group sessions for workplaces located in the Sydney metropolitan region.
I adhere to the AASW Supervision practice standards as a way to honour the complex and engaging environments social workers work within.