Incorporating the Ally Model of Social Justice to the Supervision Process

The ally model of social justice calls for those with the privilege to act on behalf of those without privilege who belong to a different social group. Built on the concepts of multi-identities, social justice, self-awareness and professional values, this approach contains over 30 ally characteristics that can be incorporated into supervision. It is developmental in nature and contains an extensive list of specific characteristics that can inform the supervisory process at the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and system levels.  This workshop presents content, interactive discussions, and case application with the ally model focused on supervision. It will also include critiques of the model as it relates to supervision. 

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Explain the ally model of social justice and its influences on the supervisory process
  • Identify and discuss the characteristics of an ally 
  • Apply the ally model to vulnerable groups
  • Apply the ally model in supervision

 

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Explain the ally model of social justice and its influences on the supervisory process
  • Identify and discuss the characteristics of an ally 
  • Apply the ally model to vulnerable groups
  • Apply the ally model in supervision

 

About the Presenter

Priscilla A. Gibson, PhD, LICSW

Priscilla Gibson,  a Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota, is a 2020 Fulbright Scholar. She has a long history of social work practice and teaches social work with individuals, families and groups; diversity and social justice; and international social work in Ghana. She conducts research on African American grandmothers as intergenerational caregivers, the ally model of social justice, out-of-school suspensions, character virtues in homeless youth and parenting in families with low-incomes. Dr. Gibson explores health and healing of  women of color at predominantly white institutions and international social work education in Ghana, Namibia and Moldova. Some of her publications include Universal design: A new framework for accommodating students in social work courses (2005), Reframing multicultural education: Teaching white privilege in social work education (2007), Mental Health in the African American Community (2007), Extending the Ally Model of Social Justice to Social Work Pedagogy (2015), Ally Model of Social Justice in Social Work (2016), Mental health and older adults (2020) and a special issue on black racism in Reflections: Narrative of Professional Helping (in press).