Supervision in social work in Aotearoa New Zealand: Challenges in changing contexts

Liz Beddoe 

The major supervision journal The Clinical Supervisor has just started a new series, which will run over several years: Global developments in clinical supervision, see here for the Call for Papers.

The series, “Global Developments in Clinical Supervision,” will provide the opportunity to systematically document the current professional status of clinical supervision, as well as ongoing efforts to enhance the specialty, in a range of professions/disciplines around the world.

It is hoped the series will allow clinical supervision advocates an opportunity to share their work and learn from each others’ efforts; will encourage networking among practitioners, educators, supervisors-in-training, and researchers across disciplines and countries; and will stimulate research needed to further advance the specialty. As an ongoing series, these publications may serve as “baseline data” for future comparisons as well as a chronicle of the evolution of clinical supervision.

I was very pleased to be invited to submit an article for the launch of the series, with a focus on supervision in social work in Aotearoa New Zealand (Beddoe, 2016). As I started to compile the material for the article I was aware of how much  research and writing on supervision has emanated from this context over the last few decades.

Supervision is a subject of much study and discussion in social work in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is a popular topic within the country’s only peer-reviewed journal, Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work ( Three national supervision conferences have been convened, in 2000, 2004, and 2010, with an earlier one in 1970 (O’Donoghue & Tsui, 2012 ). I’ve been involved in a number of supervision related research projects and started a blog-The Supervision Research Agenda.

I wrote that Allyson Davys and I  along with Kieran O’Donoghue (and his Hong Kong-based collaborator Ming-sum Tsui) have made significant contributions to the professionalization of social work supervision in New Zealand by advocacy, educational development, and expanding the research and scholarship over several decades. Four books have been published on supervision since 2003 by social work authors   (Beddoe & Davys, 2016 ; Beddoe & Maidment, 2015 ;  Davys & Beddoe, 2010;  Davys & Beddoe, 2015; O’Donoghue, 2003 ).

I noted that while the word count for the article didn’t allow space for  a full review of the literature; however, research activity is lively in Aotearoa New Zealand, with authors contributing to the international literature on themes beyond local concerns (see, for example, the work of O’Donoghue (2015) ; Beddoe, (2015); Beddoe, Karvinen-Niinikoski, Ruch, & Tsui, (2015 );   O’Donoghue & Tsui, (2015)  and Tsui, O’Donoghue,  & Ng (2014).

The article also discusses the contributions of tangata whenua writers about supervision in social work in Aotearoa New Zealand. I wrote about the innovations  to be found in the work being undertaken to develop specific approaches to supervision that reflect and are responsive to Māori worldviews.( see for example Eketone, 2012; Eruera, 2005,2012)  The aims of these approaches to supervision are to ensure the cultural identities and issues impacting within clinical social work practice are brought to the forefront in supervision…….

Read the full article here:

Beddoe, L. (2016). Supervision in social work in Aotearoa New Zealand: Challenges in changing contexts. The Clinical Supervisor, 35(2), 156-174. doi:10.1080/07325223.2016.1217497

PS When free e-prints are gone, if you can’t access via your institution please contact me via ResearchGate 


Beddoe, L. (2015). Supervision and developing the profession: One supervision or many? China Journal of Social Work, 8(2), 150-163. doi:10.1080/17525098.2015.1039173

Beddoe , L., & Davys, A. (2016). Challenges in professional supervision: Current themes and models for practice. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Beddoe, L., Karvinen-Niinikoski, S., Ruch, G., & Tsui, M.-s. (2015). Towards an international consensus on a research agenda for social work supervision: Report on the first survey of a Delphi study. British Journal of Social Work. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcv110

Davys, A., & Beddoe , L. (2010). Best practice in professional supervision: A guide for the helping professions. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Eketone, A. (2012). The purposes of cultural supervision . Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work , 24(3/4), 20-30.
Read free here.

Eruera, M. (2005) ‘He Korero Korari.’ In L. Author, J. Worrall and F. Howard (eds) Weaving Together the Strands of Supervision. Proceedings of the 2004 conference, Auckland, New Zealand (pp.59–66). Auckland: Faculty of Education, University of Auckland.

Eruera, M. (2012) ‘He kōrari, he kete, he kōrero.’ Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work  24, (3/4), 12–19.Read free here. 

Davys, A., & Beddoe , L. (2015). Interprofessional supervision: Opportunities and challenges. In L. Bostock (Ed.), Interprofessional Staff Supervision in Adult Health and Social Care Services (Vol. 1, pp. 37-41). Brighton, England: Pavilion Publishing

O’Donoghue, K. (2015). Issues and challenges facing social work supervision in the twenty-first century. China Journal of Social Work, 8(2), 136-149. doi:10.1080/17525098.2015.1039172

O’Donoghue, K., & Tsui, M.-s. (2015). Social Work Supervision Research (1970–2010): The Way We Were and the Way Ahead. British Journal of Social Work, 45(2), 616-633.

Tsui, M.-s., O’Donoghue, K., & Ng, A. K. T. (2014). Culturally Competent and Diversity-Sensitive Clinical Supervision. In C. E. Watkins & D. L. Milne (Eds.), The Wiley International Handbook of Clinical Supervision (pp. 238-254). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


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3 Responses to Supervision in social work in Aotearoa New Zealand: Challenges in changing contexts

  1. socialworknz says:

    Reblogged this on Supervision in Social Work.

  2. rurujude says:

    A really valuable piece bringing together ideas about the origins and history of supervision in ANZ including current trends and challenges. We’re lucky to have work of such quality being published here in ANZ.

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