Socw week 4 | SOCW 6500 – Social Work Field Education I | Walden University


Week 4: Role of Supervision

Important Note: Please use the media player below to hear an audio course introduction that will give you more background information about the course topic. Also provided is a transcript for you to download and print out.

Laureate Education. (Producer). (2013). Role of supervision [Audio file]. Retrieved from

Note:  The approximate length of this media piece is 1 minute.

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Learning Objectives

Students will:
  • Analyze role of supervision in field education experience
  • Evaluate field instructor’s leadership style in relation to agency learning agreement

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Garthwait, C. L. (2017). The social work practicum: A guide and workbook for students (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
Chapter 3, “Learning from Supervision” (pp. 28-50)

Bogo, M., Regehr, C., Power, R., & Regehr, G. (2007). When values collide: Field instructors’ experiences of providing feedback and evaluating competence. The Clinical Supervisor, 26(1–2), 99–117.
Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Mctighe, J. P. (2011). Teaching the use of self through the process of clinical supervision. Clinical Social Work Journal, 39(3),301–307.
Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Required Media

Laureate Education. (Producer). (2013). Role of supervision [Audio file]. Retrieved from

Note:  This audio introduction is located in the “Introduction and Objectives” section. The approximate length of this media piece is 1 minute.

Optional Resources

Click the following link to access the MSW home page, which provides resources for your social work program.

MSW home page

Assignment: Week 4 Blog

Refer to the topics covered in this week’s resources and incorporate them into your blog.

By Day 3

Post a blog post that includes:

  • An explanation of the role of supervision in your field education experience
  • A description of your field instructor’s leadership style and an explanation of whether the leadership style will promote your agency learning agreement during your field education experience
By Day 4

Respond to the blog post of three colleagues in one or more of the following ways:

  • Validate an idea in your colleague’s post with your own experience.
  • Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.


 Allison Stewart  at Wednesday, September 18, 2019 10:40:55 AM

                                                          An explanation of the role of supervision in your field education experience

 The role my field supervisor Mr. Anthony Buckson has he’s the Program Director, and his responsible is overseeing the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of a broad range of programs for youth between the ages of 5 and 18 within a designated Clubs programs in several areas of Charlotte, NC

To name a few: The Salvation Boys & Girls Club Milton Road, Boys & Girls Club – Delahey Court, and Boys, and Club Belmont Boys Club – Stuart Andrew Blvd.

His role is to make sure his staff who works under him does their part to implement for the Boys & Girls Club, Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, the Arts and Sports, and Fitness and Recreation.

His also to provide leadership, supervision to program and volunteer staff; manage budgets, and control expenses as assigned. 

A description of your field instructor’s leadership style and an explanation of whether the leadership style will promote your agency learning agreement during your field education experience.

When I asked about his role he replied, “My leadership style is one of empowerment and engagement.  I believe this style will allow the student to be creative and take a positive ownership approach to the tasks assigned.”

Yes, I believe his style of what I have witness from him and how he handle himself when he comes within contact with staff or when he has to deal with parent’ whom children who are at the Boys & Girls club. He has shown me as a student intern how this will be an asset to stimulate my Learning Agreement during my internship at the Boys& Girls Club.

For example, from looking back at the “Learning agreement” this is already been shown to me by my field supervisor: “use reflection and self-regulation to manage personal values and maintain professionalism in practice situations”.

As I mentioned from my last Blog about him having to address a problem with a parent. I sense he has the leadership that shows charisma, assertiveness, and supervision.

Garthwait, C. L. (2017). Chapter 3(p.29) In our studies, Functioning as a supervisor in a social service agency can be very challenging responsibility. It is a job that required sensitivity, skill, common sense commitment, good Humor, and intelligence.


Garthwait, C. L. (2017). The social work practicum: A guide and workbook for students (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Chapter 3 , “Learning from Supervision” (pp. 28-50).

Response 2

 Brianna Bothof  at Wednesday, September 18, 2019 10:39:16 PM

In my field work experience, the role of supervision is extremely important. As our practice is small, I am in close contact with my supervisor every work day. I observe as many sessions as possible, and I meet with my supervisor between clients to discuss interventions and techniques used. When I am not in sessions, I am independently completing the tasks that my supervisor suggests, which are reviewed often for feedback. My supervisor and I have scheduled times to review my weekly tasks and overall goals, and to make sure things are on track.

I believe that my supervisor’s style is very educational. She is always open to discussing the theory, interventions, and evaluations used in her therapy sessions, and she encourages me to ask questions. During my time in field, my supervisor has already shared several of her personal books that apply to our practice. According to Garthwait, this educational component of supervision is very important; supervisors should promote evidence-based practice through informal and formal trainings (2017). My supervisor is very hand-on with my learning.

 I feel very supported in supervision, especially for learning about private practice psychotherapy and community engagement. However, my supervisor is very focused on therapy sessions and specific interventions, and this does limit our scope. Through active communication and goal-setting, I think we will still be successful in covering the items on the learning agreement. Overall, my supervisor is very accommodating and encouraging of my education and field experience.


Garthwait, C. L. (2017). The social work practicum: A guide and workbook for students (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Response 3

 Carrie Ashley  at Wednesday, September 18, 2019 10:47:52 AM

         When it comes to the role of my supervision within my field education experience, my supervisor is amazing.  She ensures that all students in field placement receive an educational based practice.  The role of the supervisor is to create a setting that as students we can explore, process, seek and incorporate feedback. According to the text, it explains that “the supervisor is responsible for ensuring that staff members receive all the initial training needed to perform well in their position” (Garthwait, 2017, p. 30). Which also includes emotional support. Field experience is a critical point in the educational process where students learn the adaptive

and flexible qualities necessary for success within our social work practice.  

 The leadership style of my field instructor she always makes herself available. She provides structured supervision in a way that begin to transition “me” the student from a subordinate state of mind to an advocate state of mind. After completing a biopsychosocial assessment on  a client it is then emailed to my instructor (Kim). Another thing the text shares about the field instructor is that,  the “field instructor will like view any errors or omissions that you make not as mistakes only, but also as ways to learn and grow in your work with future clients” (2017, p. 36). Kim is just that type of instructor, the next day she will sit with me and review the biopsychosocial. She will provide feedback on the things that need to be worked on and the things that were successfully completed. I think this very crucial in the learning process as we prepare to take on the professional role of as a provider for the people.


Garthwait, C. L., (2017). The social work practicum: A guide and workbook for students (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

  • Chapter 3, “Learning from Supervision” (pp. 28-50)


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