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Home > Arhiva > 2014 > Numar: 1 > Group Supervision in Social Work. A Model of Intervention for Practitioners

 Group Supervision in Social Work. A Model of Intervention for Practitioners

  • Claudia Oşvat (University of Oradea, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, Department of Sociology and Social Work, 5 University Street, 0259/408766, E-mail:
  • Cristiana Marc (University of Oradea, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, 5 University Street, 0259/408439, E-mail:
  • Judit Makai-Dimeny (The General Directorate of Social Assistance and Child Protection Bihor, Center for Counseling and support for parents and children "Plopii fără soţ", Episcop Ioan Alexi Street no. 23, Oradea, 0744 619320, E-mail:

It is well established that employees of all professions can be affected by stress at work that can lead to burnout, but this problem occurs especially in the case of workers in social services. It is known that the real work of social workers entails great mental and emotional stress which may be an important factor for burnout. Supervision holds a special place in preventing burnout.

Aim: Starting from this consideration, our paper highlights the importance of group supervision as a form of supervision in social work practice. Methods: The paper presents a model of group supervision used by a group of social workers from Oradea in their activities. In addition to the methodology part, the paper explores the role of group supervision, capturing both the advantages and disadvantages of using such a method.

Conclusions: As the findings of the paper we emphasize: the key role that supervision has in social work practice, the importance of this kind of work for both specialists, for personal and professional development purposes and also for service users by improving the quality of services provided by social workers. Further implications: As recommendations we mention: awareness of the need for supervision by social work practitioners and by policy makers in the institutions that provide social services and the institutionalization of such practices.

Keywords: group supervision, social work, personal and professional development