Restoring meaning to supervision through a peer consultation group in rural Australia

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Abstract

The establishment of a cross-discipline peer consultation group in regional Australia is described. An evaluation study, which explored the impact of the peer consultation on participants, using pre-group and post-group evaluation surveys along with data from an externally facilitated group evaluation session is discussed. Key findings reveal the value of access to varied modes of supervision; the importance of supervision not feeling like being subjected to surveillance; and the contribution that positive experiences of peer consultation has for our participants' well-being. The potential for improved connection and mutual benefits for practice and academia in sponsorship of professional peer consultation by regional universities also emerges from this study. The effectiveness of contemporary workplace counselling supervision arrangements, and of what, precisely, the enjoyment of engaging in case discussions in peer consultation groups is constituted are areas for more exploration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)479-495
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

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