Core Competencies in Social Work Supervision: Crucial Concepts and Skills

The supervisory relationship offers an extraordinary opportunity to influence the performance and job satisfaction of staff. Because supervisors are often expected to mediate the pressures associated with over-burdened staff, resource constraints, escalating client need, and a volatile policy climate, effective preparation for this role can make a world of difference. To be effective, supervisors must develop skills to manage complexity, think systematically and behave relationally.

Geared toward both new and experienced supervisors, this course focuses on developing, strengthening, and applying competencies essential for effective supervision.

After completing this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify, differentiate, and implement supervisory skills related to administrative and supportive supervision
  • Identify modalities to increase awareness and staff centered practices
  • Engage in skills of supervisory practice including reflective listening, holding to focus, and maintaining race and trauma informed boundaries with supervisees
  • Distinguish skills necessary for informed supervisory practice, addressing performance and decision making issues, and boundary issues
  • Evaluate their own supervisory experiences and styles in order to inform their developing supervisory styles

 

After completing this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify, differentiate, and implement supervisory skills related to administrative and supportive supervision
  • Identify modalities to increase awareness and staff centered practices
  • Engage in skills of supervisory practice including reflective listening, holding to focus, and maintaining race and trauma informed boundaries with supervisees
  • Distinguish skills necessary for informed supervisory practice, addressing performance and decision making issues, and boundary issues
  • Evaluate their own supervisory experiences and styles in order to inform their developing supervisory styles

 

About the Presenter

Christina Haddad Gonzalez, MSW, LICSW

Christina Haddad Gonzalez is the Director of Student Support Services at Richfield Public Schools where she is responsible for the oversight of school social workers, outreach workers, and guidance counselors. Support services partner deeply with schools and parents to support academic achievement for all students. Previously, Christina was the Senior Program Director at the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) and also worked at Washburn Center for Children managing the school based mental health program for Minneapolis and Bloomington Public Schools.

In addition, she served with The Family Partnership for 10 years, first as an in home and play therapist for six years and was then appointed Director of In-Home Services. Christina is also a Community Faculty at the University of Minnesota in the School of Social Work and serves on their Advisory Council. Christina is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in Child Psychology and Spanish/Portuguese—and obtained her master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in Social Work.

 

This workshop is eligible for the I-RISE grant opportunity for eligible Minnesota residents. Please click here for details and eligibility information.