Rural Remote Social Work Conference 2013: Working with a Social Worker who Displays Change Resistant Unprofessional Behaviour
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Social workers are required to practice 'professional behaviour' as defined through their education, organisational policies and workplace culture. This is reinforced by documents such as the "AASW Code of Ethics (2010)" and "AASW Practice Standards - Supervision 2000". Social workers require different levels of mentoring in their journey from 'knowing' to 'practising' professional behaviour.
Ideally, responsibility for developing and maintaining professional behaviour is shared by the organisation, supervisor and supervisee. Supervisors who lack the competency to facilitate change may label a supervisee 'resistant', rather than reflect on the interface between their supervisory practice and the social worker's learning style.
As a city social worker struggling to be 'professional', I possessed a fragile professional identity when commencing a position in a regional community. Facing the dissonance between trusting my professional self and recognising aspects which required change was challenging.
To achieve and maintain improvements, I engaged in non-authoritative, authentic dialogue with three mentors. My social work supervisor and I developed and applied a practice tool to identify, monitor and change my behaviours. Drawing on an auto-ethnographic account of my journey through supervision, I will provide practical ideas to assist organisation, supervisors and supervisees to improve professional behaviour in a safe, supportive environment.
Jo Parkinson, Social Work Department, St John of God Hospital, Bunbury, Western Australia
This recording was filmed in July 2013
Duration: 45 mins
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