Certainly, social work supervision could be considered similar to the role of a jazz band conductor. Social work supervision is independent melody lines, improvisation, syncopated rhythms, and ensemble collaboration in concert…metaphorically speaking.
Caspi and Reid (2002) explain that those interested in social work supervision should make sound choices about the direction of their education. The jazz conductor also recognizes the importance of the ‘clarity of expectations’ from his players.
They may improvise, but it must be within the structure of the song. Caspi and Reid (2002) also emphasize the need for clarity of roles for everyone involved. This clarification reduces anxiety, builds negotiation into the relationship, and shows that issues are open for discussion. As in the jazz band, the player may say to the conductor, “What if we try the dissonant transition ‘this’ way? It is almost impossible for me to change my embouchure that quickly.” The comparisons to social work supervision are endless.
Social work supervision could be encompassed in many metaphors. How about a natural scientist? A scientist is interested in process, order, knowledge, education, learning, and truth. Nature embodies chaos, compassion, creativity, and change.
Herman Lotze (2010) describes that there is a unity in nature. Development, ‘spontaneous growth of order from un-order,’ and the ‘inherent purposiveness’ of ‘actions and reactions,’ are the end result. Holman (2010) presents the case for mankind, and the ability to ‘successfully face disruption and emerge stronger than ever.’ She explains how we become part of a gradual change which leads to the ‘transformation of culture itself.’
The social work supervisor wants to instill these philosophies and methods in their supervisees. In turn, the supervisees may want to empower their clients with these methods when possible. The social work supervisor wants to provide a framework for improvisation, growth, conversation, empathy, science, and a spirit of diversity with an ‘open- mind.’ In my experience in the ‘helping professions’ and in music, what may sound to one like tuning an instrument may sound like a melody to another.
Caspi, J.; Reid, W. (2002). Educational supervision in social work. Columbia Press.
Holman, P. (2010). Engaging emergence: Turning upheaval into opportunity. San Francisco, CA, US: Berrett-Koehler Publishers. xvii, pp. 239.
Lotze, H. (2010). Nature evolved from chaos. In: Microcosmus: An essay concerning man and his relation to the world. Vol 1(3rd ed.). Edinburgh, Great Britian: T & T Clark, 1888. Pp. 419-442.
Black Disabled Lives Matter and How Social Workers Need to Address Structural Ableism
Conversations about police violence are happening all over the world from the killing of Mr. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Jacob...
How Health & Fitness Businesses Are Flexing Their Muscles For Customers Right Now
We’re all public health nerds now, and many of us have stepped up our games when it comes to washing...
Tourette Association of America marks National Tourette Awareness Month with Engaging Virtual Events and Activities
The Tourette Association of America (TAA), the premier national nonprofit organization serving the Tourette Syndrome (TS) and Tic Disorder community,...
Legislation Introduced to Honor Former Foster Youth Lost to Corona Virus
On May 15, 2020, Rep. Karen Bass, co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, and Rep. Gwen Moore will...
Connect With SWHELPER
Mental Health7 years ago
Children Who Experience Early Childhood Trauma Do Not ‘Just Get Over It’
Social Work7 years ago
Ending the Therapeutic Relationship: Creative Termination Activities
Education4 years ago
5 Social Work Theories That Inform Practice
Education7 years ago
Want to Work With Children: 5 Skills and Qualities You Should Be Working On