Strengths-Based supervision: A child welfare supervision training project

Cynthia Lietz, Tamara Rounds

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The process of supervision plays an important role in the implementation of practice models. Supervisors are responsible for training their supervisees regarding new practice techniques. Supervisors also monitor and evaluate the implementation of such practice. In addition, parallel process suggests that what happens in supervision can affect the way supervisees interact with clients. Acknowledging the role of supervision in the implementation of practice models, this paper describes a collaborative effort between Arizona's Division of Children, Youth and Families and ASU to develop continuing education to train child welfare supervisors in a model of strengths-based supervision. Specifically, the article discusses the development of this model of supervision, describes the training curriculum, and closes with findings from the training evaluations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-140
Number of pages17
JournalClinical Supervisor
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009


  • Child welfare
  • Family-centered practice
  • Parallel process
  • Strengths
  • Supervision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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