See More

> Events > Browse by Branch/Location > New South Wales > Supervision of staff for social workers

Supervision of staff for social workers

Event Details
Date: 11, 12 October and 1, 2 November 2019
Venue: Sydney, NSW
CPD hrs: 28

AASW members: $950

Non-members: $1100

Organiser: Pamela Cohen and Marie Heydon
Further information

Event date has passed

The course is a four day multi-method workshop focusing on the development of skills and knowledge in supervision for social workers. A maximum of 15 participants with two facilitators provides an excellent opportunity for small group learning through presentation, discussion and experiential sessions. A comprehensive reading list is provided to all participants prior to the course key readings related to supervision are discussed in detail during the workshops. The course is run over two by two day sessions, with the first and second two days separated by three weeks. This enables participants to integrate and apply learning in between sessions. The content of the workshops focuses on the structure and process of supervision. Particular focus is on developing skills to understand and manage difficult supervisee behaviours . The extensive use of videoing provides an invaluable way for participants to practice skill development and receive feedback in a supportive environment. The course focuses on staff rather than student supervision although there are many overlapping skills.

ASSESSMENT : After completion of the course, participants will be given the opportunity to video a real supervision session in their workplace then submit it for assessment accompanied by a critical reflection. Feedback will be given in an individual coaching session. The assessment attracts additional CPD hours and provides a significant additional way for participants to embed learning in an actual workplace scenario. This course has been very positively evaluated and comments from previous participants include: ‘Enjoyed the theory and learning;’ ‘Handouts excellent;’ ‘Clear presentations;’ ‘Small group exercises excellent;’ ‘Established an excellent learning environment;’ ‘Presenters’ passion for the subject came through.’

Learning objectives

  • clarified the aims and importance of supervision
  • increased their understanding of the processes and structure of supervision
  • increased their knowledge of the ways in which supervision links with other organisational systems
  • learnt the skills of contracting in the first stage of the supervision process - increased their understanding of how to reduce anxiety and build trust in the supervisory relationship
  • an understanding of the structure of a supervision session
  • integrated their understanding of learning styles into the supervision process
  • identified some of the common problems of supervision and their solutions
  • developed skills in providing feedback to enhance learning

Learner prerequisites

This course is suitable for graduate social workers who already supervise staff or who expect to do so in the future. A minimum of 3 years experience as a social worker is advisable.

Presenter details

Pamela Cohen MSW, MAASW (Accredited Mental Health Social Worker) Pam was the Senior Staff Supervisor at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney for 14 years. She has conducted this supervision course for the AASW NSW for many years and has extensive experience in supervision and teaching. She is now working in private practice as an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker at St Vincent's Clinic in Sydney.

Marie Heydon MSW, Dip Leadership and Management, Cert IV in TAE, MAASW ( Acc). Marie is a Social Worker with extensive experience as a clinician, supervisor and educator in the health sector including running individual and group supervision for staff and students. Marie currently works as a manager in education and workforce development in health.

Location and date

Centre for Education and Workforce Development Health
Building 301, Rozelle Hospital Grounds,
Balmain Rd,
Rozelle, NSW

11 and 12 October


1 and 2 November 2019


AASW members: $950

Non-members: $1100

Prices are inclusive of GST

Cost includes course materials.


e: or

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers