Acknowledgement of client diversity and oppression in social work student supervision

Maidment, Jane and Cooper, Lesley 2002, Acknowledgement of client diversity and oppression in social work student supervision, Social work education, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 399-407, doi: 10.1080/02615470220150366.

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Title Acknowledgement of client diversity and oppression in social work student supervision
Author(s) Maidment, Jane
Cooper, Lesley
Journal name Social work education
Volume number 21
Issue number 4
Start page 399
End page 407
Publisher Carfax Publishing
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2002-08
ISSN 0261-5479
Keyword(s) social work
Summary An enduring theme of social work literature and education has been the need for workers to recognise and challenge oppressive structures and develop competence in working with diverse client groups. This paper reports the findings of a qualitative research project where student and field educator supervision sessions were recorded, with the view to examining how oppression and diversity were addressed in these sessions. The authors have used the term 'difference' to describe the breach between the student and client experiences. Examples of anti-discriminatory practice were identified in the recordings, however on occasions supervisors had difficulty in assisting students to acknowledge diversity and oppression in supervision. Four factors that related to addressing diversity emerged from the supervision material. These were: the struggle to unmask subtle themes of oppression; the use of questioning to raise student awareness and development of self-knowledge; using student biography to facilitate learning on 'difference'; and field educator use of self-disclosure during discussions on diversity. Successful approaches to anti-oppressive practice and responding to diversity are outlined.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/02615470220150366
Field of Research 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, The Board of Social Work Education
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