Supervision as a secure base: the role of attachment theory within the emotional and psycho-social landscape of social work supervision

Williams, Jo (2022) Supervision as a secure base: the role of attachment theory within the emotional and psycho-social landscape of social work supervision. Journal of Social Work Practice . ISSN 0265-0533 Full text available

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Abstract

In recognition of the importance of relationship and working alliance for effective social work supervision, psycho-social factors serve to influence the relational dynamics, impacting on functions such as case discussions and decisions and practitioner welfare and learning. Attachment theory provides an insightful lens for understanding these pivotal aspects of social work supervision and how supervisors may adapt their approach. This paper synthesises the literature linking attachment theory to supervision in social work and the allied discipline of psychotherapy, which is relevant to this lens. Consideration is given to the implications of the different adult attachment patterns of supervisors and supervisees, for their working alliance, the supervision process and social work practice more generally. Further thought is given to the notion of supervision within organisations as a secure base and the impact this may have for supervision practice and future research.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 07 Jul 2022
Uncontrolled Keywords: Attachment theory, Adult attachment, Secure base, Social work supervision, Supervision relationship, Supervisor
Subjects: Emotions, Affective Psychology > Attachment/Affectional Bonds
Social Welfare > Social Work
Department/People: Department of Education and Training
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2696

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