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Supervision of professional practice

This module examines the practice of supervision in the professional development of others. It aims to assist supervisors to develop the knowledge and skills relevant to professional supervision; to foster the growth of open, self-aware, flexible supervisors, with a clear sense of the professional boundaries and responsibilities of their role; and to promote critical debate and develop thorough knowledge of the supervision models available so that students can develop an approach which best suits their professional practice.
It further provides a structured opportunity for students to develop their skills in providing reflective supervision and in the holistic appraisal of professional capability fostering critical evaluation of their own supervisory practice.

Learning outcomes:  

  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the theoretical literature on the purposes and processes of professional supervision and its impact on practice.
  • Reflect critically on the value and power base of professional supervision.
  • Discuss, apply and critically evaluate the skills needed in providing accountable and reflective support, holistic assessment and continuing professional development through supervision.
  • Critically evaluate their own practice in the light of new learning.
  • Identify and analyse strategies for enhancing the quality of their work in this area; their own professional development needs in relation to providing supervision and develop a plan to address these needs.

Who is the module for:  

This module is suitable for social workers and health professionals. This module is for students who have responsibility for providing professional supervision in a practice setting.

Module code:   SW7013

Entry criteria:  

Number of credits and level of study:   30 credits at level 7.

Assessment:   DVD practice and practice analysis

Location:   Kingston University

Pattern of Delivery:   Start dates Jan to May (35 hours including 10 hours in the practice learning suite developing skills in critically reflective supervision).

Module dates*

*Dates may change

Fee:   £1657

Module leader:   Ms Dale Van Graan (primary)

Supervision of professional practice