Singapore University of Social Sciences

Theories and Principles of Supervision for Social Work

Theories and Principles of Supervision for Social Work (SWK507)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Social Services

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


Theories and Principles of Supervision for Social Work presents both models as well as techniques for supervising social workers and staff individually and in a group. Skills such as goal setting, building the supervision relationship and evaluation are taught. Students will learn specific supervision strategies like teaching, mentoring, coaching and consulting. Included is an overview of the functions and skills of a supervisor: management, education, support/enabling and mediation. The course also covers some of the fundamentals of human resource development including staff evaluation and training. Developing an effective accountability structure, personnel policies and safety issues will also be discussed.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • History, definition, and objective of social work supervision
  • Functions of supervision
  • Process of supervision
  • Context of supervision
  • Strategies and skills
  • Techniques and feedback
  • Use of self in supervision and staff management

Learning Outcome

  • Analyse the theoretical underpinnings of supervision.
  • Evaluate the functions, structure, and process of supervision.
  • Apply skills and activities for carrying out the supervisory functions.
  • Examine values and ethics associated with the supervisory role.
  • Discuss appropriate use of self in the supervisory role.
  • Design a supervision session.
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