Supervision as a Tool for Reflection on the Personal Problems of a Social Worker – Czech and Croatian Practices

Martina Krivankova

OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study is to answer the question: What are the attitudes of social work students, social workers, and social work educators towards the use of supervision as a tool for reflection on personal problems in the Czech Republic and Croatia? THEORETICAL BASE: In this study, I draw particularly on the theoretical anchoring of supervision processes (Kadushin, Harkness, 2002; O’Donoghue, 2008; 2010; 2015). I focus on the supportive function of supervision, which I reconceptualise in relation to a focus on “reflection on personal issues”. METHODS: The qualitative research strategy was used, followed by a comparative study showing Czech and Croatian practices. The data collection technique was a semi-structured interview, with elements of grounded theory being used. OUTCOMES: The Croatian respondents perceive supervision much more as a tool for reflecting on personal problems. The Czech respondents are more sceptical about using supervision to reflect on personal problems. Both groups define barriers that stand in the way of making supervision a more confidential environment where personal problems could be reflected. SOCIAL WORK IMPLICATIONS: The conclusions contribute to the discussion on the use of supervision in social work with an emphasis on describing the benefits and limitations of supervision as a tool for reflection on both professional and personal problems.

social work, supervision, reflection on personal problems, Czech Republic, Croatia

p. 45-59

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