Creating the conditions for collective curiosity and containment: insights from developing and delivering reflective groups with social work supervisors

Williams, Jo, Ruch, Gillian and Jennings, Sharon (2022) Creating the conditions for collective curiosity and containment: insights from developing and delivering reflective groups with social work supervisors. Journal of Social Work Practice, 36 (2). pp. 195-207. ISSN 0265-0533

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Abstract

In this article, we share our reflections and insights from developing and facilitating small group reflective practice spaces over the last 3 years as part of a government-funded professional development programme for statutory children and families social work supervisors and their managers. Based on formal programme feedback and communication with facilitators and participants, there is clear evidence that participants have valued the space to reflect with peers on the diverse dilemmas they face in their role. We begin by setting the context for including small group spaces in the programme, and outline the theoretical and research frameworks underpinning our approach. Drawing from the sources of evidence outlined above, we explore three key thematic reflections: creating conditions for successful reflective groups; understanding roles and functions within the groups and reflecting on group processes. We conclude the paper by highlighting our learning from both in-person and virtual modes of delivery.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 31 May 2022
Uncontrolled Keywords: Reflective groups, Group supervision, Facilitating groups, Supervisor, Containment, Children and family social work
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Children and Families - Social Work
Social Welfare > Social Work
Department/People: Department of Education and Training
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2690

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