Critical thinking in child welfare supervision

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

23 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Decision making in child welfare is complex. As administrators seek to prepare their workforce for this challenging task, agencies commonly look to trainings as the primary way to develop new workers. This article asserts supervision as an essential part of enhancing the knowledge of workers. In addition, reflective supervision that prompts critical thinking can also develop the analytical skills needed to respond to the complex situations commonly seen in child welfare. To assess the degree to which reflective supervision is being used, a mixed methods online survey was administered to 348 caseworkers, supervisors, and administrators at a large public child welfare agency to measure activities indicative of critical thinking in supervision. Results suggest that despite some level of critical thinking, supervision in child welfare could be advanced through an increase in supervisory interaction that fosters critical thinking ultimately supporting decision making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-78
Number of pages11
JournalAdministration in Social Work
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010

Fingerprint

Child Welfare
child welfare
supervision
Administrative Personnel
Decision Making
decision making
worker
online survey
Thinking
interaction

Keywords

  • Child welfare supervision
  • Critical thinking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Administration
  • Health(social science)

Cite this

Critical thinking in child welfare supervision. / Lietz, Cynthia.

In: Administration in Social Work, Vol. 34, No. 1, 01.2010, p. 68-78.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{d40b6a8259974346850748060e4b15c2,
title = "Critical thinking in child welfare supervision",
abstract = "Decision making in child welfare is complex. As administrators seek to prepare their workforce for this challenging task, agencies commonly look to trainings as the primary way to develop new workers. This article asserts supervision as an essential part of enhancing the knowledge of workers. In addition, reflective supervision that prompts critical thinking can also develop the analytical skills needed to respond to the complex situations commonly seen in child welfare. To assess the degree to which reflective supervision is being used, a mixed methods online survey was administered to 348 caseworkers, supervisors, and administrators at a large public child welfare agency to measure activities indicative of critical thinking in supervision. Results suggest that despite some level of critical thinking, supervision in child welfare could be advanced through an increase in supervisory interaction that fosters critical thinking ultimately supporting decision making.",
keywords = "Child welfare supervision, Critical thinking",
author = "Cynthia Lietz",
year = "2010",
month = "1",
doi = "10.1080/03643100903432966",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "34",
pages = "68--78",
journal = "Administration in Social Work",
issn = "0364-3107",
publisher = "Routledge",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Critical thinking in child welfare supervision

AU - Lietz, Cynthia

PY - 2010/1

Y1 - 2010/1

N2 - Decision making in child welfare is complex. As administrators seek to prepare their workforce for this challenging task, agencies commonly look to trainings as the primary way to develop new workers. This article asserts supervision as an essential part of enhancing the knowledge of workers. In addition, reflective supervision that prompts critical thinking can also develop the analytical skills needed to respond to the complex situations commonly seen in child welfare. To assess the degree to which reflective supervision is being used, a mixed methods online survey was administered to 348 caseworkers, supervisors, and administrators at a large public child welfare agency to measure activities indicative of critical thinking in supervision. Results suggest that despite some level of critical thinking, supervision in child welfare could be advanced through an increase in supervisory interaction that fosters critical thinking ultimately supporting decision making.

AB - Decision making in child welfare is complex. As administrators seek to prepare their workforce for this challenging task, agencies commonly look to trainings as the primary way to develop new workers. This article asserts supervision as an essential part of enhancing the knowledge of workers. In addition, reflective supervision that prompts critical thinking can also develop the analytical skills needed to respond to the complex situations commonly seen in child welfare. To assess the degree to which reflective supervision is being used, a mixed methods online survey was administered to 348 caseworkers, supervisors, and administrators at a large public child welfare agency to measure activities indicative of critical thinking in supervision. Results suggest that despite some level of critical thinking, supervision in child welfare could be advanced through an increase in supervisory interaction that fosters critical thinking ultimately supporting decision making.

KW - Child welfare supervision

KW - Critical thinking

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=74349096180&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=74349096180&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/03643100903432966

DO - 10.1080/03643100903432966

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:74349096180

VL - 34

SP - 68

EP - 78

JO - Administration in Social Work

JF - Administration in Social Work

SN - 0364-3107

IS - 1

ER -