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Restorying Social Work Supervision

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    RESTORYING SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISION Kieran O’Donoghue Dunmore Press, Palmerston North,  Aotearoa New Zealand   ii © 2003 Kieran O’Donoghue © 2002 The Dunmore Press Limited First Published in 2003  by The Dunmore Press Limited P.O. Box 5115 Palmerston North  New Zealand Copyright. No part of this book may be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews.   iii CONTENTS Forward by Merv Hancock iv Introduction v 1. Constructing Supervision in Social Work 1 2. Supervision stories internationally and within Aotearoa New Zealand 30 3. The social story and its influence 51 4. Personal stories and their influence 69 5. Towards a contextual framework for social work supervision 86 6. The Foundations of the Framework 104 7. Deconstructing the narratives of the persons involved 120 8. Deconstructing the local and global stories 134 9. Towards a restoried practice of supervision 153 References 159 Index 171   iv FORWARD In Aotearoa New Zealand, historically each generation of social workers have had to face circumstances that are unique and invariably challenging to them. A detailed historical account of what has happened is yet to be told. One of the exciting things about Kieran O’Donoghue’s book, Restorying Social Work Supervision, is that he provides, from his point of view, pictures of Supervision in social work throughout the Twentieth Century and before. The pictures, whether of the present day, or the 1920’s, or post-war social work supervision have plenty of colour. They are good to look at and call for a response from the reader. It is the depth in pictures that is especially attractive. You can put yourself in the  picture of a particular supervision model or a particular practical approach to social work supervision. Once you are in the picture, there is no escape from engaging in reviewing your own  personal view of social work supervision. Reviewing your supervision practice is not sufficient. You have to go on, taking account of the foundations, the context and framework of what you have been doing. It is a demanding approach but full of interest and stimulation. Yes, the pictures are a challenge, but there is more. There are exercises to do. You cannot avoid them if you want to be fit in your social work supervision practice. Finally – Question, Question, Question. There are many many questions in the book. They make the book more formidable than if they were not asked. The emphasis and support in the book to the view that social work practice and social work supervision belong together is of major importance. Kieran O’Donoghue’s book is appearing at an important time for social work supervision. Statutory registration is imminent for social workers. The social work  profession is gaining strength at the same time, as there is a deepening of international connection and links among social workers. The bicultural policy of the Aotearoa  New Zealand Association of Social Workers is illuminated by close attention to the keystone – Te Tiriti O Waitangi, and the issues of Human Rights, Social Justice and Empowerment. Kieran O’Donoghue firmly anchors his book in theory and in story. His account of his own position using a constructionist approach is detailed and clear. He invites the theory to assist in his proposed restorying of social work supervision. I can tell you it is worth the effort. Merv Hancock October 2002
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