Co-supervision of social work students: A model for meeting the future needs of the profession

Authors


Pauline Coulton, BSW, is a social worker for Sydney West Area Health Service (formerly Wentworth Area Health Service) at Cranebrook Community Health Centre. Email: coultop@wahs.nsw.gov.au

Lyn Krimmer, BSW, is a social worker for Sydney West Area Health Service (formerly Wentworth Area Health Service) at Cranebrook Community Health Centre. Email: krimmel@wahs.nsw.gov.au

Abstract

This article presents co-supervision as an effective and efficient model for field education of social work students. In our current climate of scarce resources and with a changing workforce that is increasingly feminised and part-time, this model provides a framework for efficient resource allocation by sharing the responsibility of field education among more than one social work supervisor. We will describe a model of co-supervision that we have developed over a period of 6 years. We will be using the findings from our own exploratory study for this model along with practice-based reflection to support our proposal that co-supervision is an innovative and beneficial model for field work education of social work students.

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