ON THE ISSUES OF PROFESSIONAL TRAINING OF SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISORS AND SUPERVISION IMPLEMENTATION IN CANADA AND UKRAINE

Sofiya Stavkova

Abstract


Introduction: Integration of the domestic educational system into European and global educational spaces stimulates inquiry into and implementation of innovative ways to ensure a high level of professional training of specialists in social services including supervisors, using the best examples of international experiences and, at the same time, preserving national achievements.  The analysis of domestic scientific research provides a basis for acknowledging the insufficient development of the theoretical and practical aspects of supervision and lack of research on the issues of training supervisors in the area of social work. Thus, it is relevant and important to study Canada’s experience as one of the leaders in the formation and development of supervision in the professional activities of social workers and in the preparation of social workers for its implementation.

The purpose of the article is to sort out the central features of social work supervision as well as different approaches to its professional training, practical application, and complications of its identification in Ukraine.

Results: The interconnections between supervision as a sphere of professional activity in the area of social work and training of social workers targeted to professional development needs in the area of supervision in Canada and Ukraine are analyzed; commonalities and differences in Ukrainian and Canadian experience in the mentioned above issues are specified.

Conclusions: In rhe article the attempt is made to analyze the experience of Ukraine and Canada in the area of social work supervisors’ training and the practical implementation of supervision in social sphere. It has been determined that the quality of social work education depends on the qualification level of the training of social workers and envisages, in particular, the possession of skills and abilities of supervision in order to facilitate the work of the personnel and ensure the proper level of social services provision. However, insufficient development of theoretical and practical aspects of supervision as well as insufficient research of professional training of supervisors in the area of social work in Ukraine is noted. The necessity of studying the experience of Canada as one of the leaders in the formation and development of supervision in the field of professional activity and preparation of social workers for its implementation is mentioned. Some common and distinctive aspects in the Canadian and Ukrainian experiences of social workers’ professional training in supervisory activities in the field of social work are singled out. 


Keywords


social work; supervision; supervised; supervisory activity; professional training; formal, nonformal, informal education

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