module specification

SW7015 - Reflective Supervision (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19
Module title Reflective Supervision
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Professions
Total study hours 300
45 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
207 hours Guided independent study
48 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Record a supervision session and present a reflective written log.
Running in 2018/19 No instances running in the year

Module summary

• The module aims to teach senior practitioners and managers a range of reflective supervision styles. The purpose is to provide a framework for supervision to support effective practice and build resilience.
• It will support participants in the development of the skills and knowledge required to be an able supervisor and supervisee, making maximum positive use of the supervisions process.
• The module will give opportunity to critically analyse the impact of various systems of supervision and dispel myths and fears around the process.
• It will support the development of problem solving skills and positive solution focussed approaches to supervision.


Looking at supervision & reflective practice as it is applied across health and social work include:  L.O 1
Policy frameworks
Frequency and duration, evidencing commitment to the process
Types of supervision individual, group, planned, ad-hoc etc.

Reflective models of supervision and how to apply them in practice.  L.O 2
           Supervision cycle
Seven eye supervision
Solution focussed supervision
Reflective group and peer supervision
Appreciative enquiry

Becoming a skilled reflective supervisor. To include  L.O 2, 3
Understanding the professional self
Communicating effectively
Being a reflective practitioner
Enabling analytical reflection in others

Managing resistance, reluctance and fear in staff. To include  L.O 3, 4
How do we avoid reflective supervision becoming a tick box process?
Why are people resistant?
Myths and fears around supervision and reflecting on practice.
How do we address achieving change positively and creatively

Developing a reflective analytical culture in the work place. To include:  L.O 1,2,3,4,5

Improving outcomes for staff and people in receipt of services by solution focussed approaches to case management.
Reflective teams / unit style supervision
Modelling positive approaches to supervision (not cancelling!)
Team meetings and conversations developing a reflective analytical style and solution focus.

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Given that all students enrolled on this module are in employment, a significant amount of independent learning (application of learning to their practice) will take place within their social work employment setting. There is a significant amount of opportunities on reflective learning and practice within this module. Furthermore, given that this is a post qualifying CPD module all the learning will be linked to the student/practitioners own personal career and development plan.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module participants will have:

1. Considered policy expectations as they apply to frequency, purpose and function of supervision.
2. Explored a range of supervision models with emphasis on reflective solution focussed approaches.
3. Developed understanding of what makes a skilled supervisor (or supervisee) and why using reflective analytical approaches improves positive outcomes for staff, and thus people in receipt of services.
4. Discussed what can get in the way, make people reluctant and limited in their reflection and analysis, and explored myths and fears.
5. A plan to ensure a reflective, enquiring and analytical culture in the work place with particular relevance to reflective supervision.

Assessment strategy

The richness of adult learning and training is the diversity of the participants. In roles, levels of experience, priorities, levels of understanding, personality, ethnicity etc. This module will enable everyone to have a positive experience of the course, the key messages of the programme will be re-enforced in various ways to ensure people with visual, auditory or kinaesthetic learning styles have equal opportunity to absorb the essential information. This will be achieved by using lots of real examples, chosen to relate as closely as possible to the work place of the specific participants. It should also involve encouraging participants to think of examples themselves in situations they may be part of and in settings they visit. If the sessions feel really relevant and targeted to the participants, they are far more likely to achieve the learning outcomes.

We will ensure participants understand how to access further resources, e learning packages to support their learning is essential in achieving a blended learning approach. Only a limited amount of information can be absorbed at a workshop so it important participants have opportunity for good reflective effective supervision, mentoring and modelling to embed new skills and knowledge and the motivation to seek further information as required.



Core Text:
Supervision in Social Work by Alfred Kadushin and Daniel Harkness (2014)
Other Texts:

Reflective Supervision in Practice: Stories from the Field by Rebecca Parlakian (1998)
Effective Supervision in Social Work by Kate Howe and Ivan Lincoln Gray (2012)
Guided Reflection: A Narrative Approach to Advancing Professional Practice Paperback – 20 Aug 2010 by Christopher Johns (Editor)
Reflective Practice in Social Work (Transforming Social Work Practice Series)
2016 by Christine Knott and Terry Scragg

A critique of the domestic law framework Access to Social Care Human Rights: transforming services? By Bowen, P (2014) London. Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

Social Work Theory and Practice (2017) by Lesley Deacon - University of Sunderland, UK Stephen J. Macdonald - University of Sunderland, UK

The British Journal of Social Work (Oxford journals for BASW)
Professional Social Work. (BASW)
Journal of Social Work  SAGE Publications Ltd
British Journal of Social Work  Social Care Online

Getting started with Reflective Practice -

British Association of Social Workers: BASW
Community Care Social Work News & Social Care Jobs
National Institute for Social Work: NISW
The British Journal of Social Work Oxford Academic - Oxford Journals

Electronic Databases:
Social Care Online.
Social Policy & Practice

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