International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice(CEASE PUBLICATION) Vol. 3(2), pp. 82 - 89
DOI: 10.13189/ijrh.2015.030204
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‘Narratives, Fragments and the Archeology of Authority': Exploring Supervision Experiences of Professionals Working with Domestically Abused Mentally Ill Young People


Dean-David Holyoake *
School of Health and Wellbeing, University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

ABSTRACT

This article explores the expectations made of organised supervision in health and social care settings. In particular, the way that supervision claims to be meeting the needs of the supervisee yet, is so often instructed in those of the organisation. Using the notion of conversations from supervision sessions and extracts from his ethnographic research with healthcare practitioners working with mentally ill young people and their families the author examines some of the interpersonal dilemmas practitioners encounter. His use of narrative and interpretive method allows him to reflect on how some practitioners view supervision with suspicion and as driven by systems which have no restorative characteristics as so often claimed. This exploration of supervision as a hidden site of struggle is aimed to be a starting point from which more precise questioning and testing of the possibilities of narrative type research methods could be progressed. For now, the author concludes that supervision is a site of conflict and authority because institutions use subtle messages to ensure supervisees represent expected performances and supervisors' archetypes of authority. Ethical approval for this project was granted: [LREC CA/ 5104].

KEYWORDS
Supervision, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Care Culture, Ethnographic Research, Domestic Violence

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Dean-David Holyoake , "‘Narratives, Fragments and the Archeology of Authority': Exploring Supervision Experiences of Professionals Working with Domestically Abused Mentally Ill Young People," International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice(CEASE PUBLICATION), Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 82 - 89, 2015. DOI: 10.13189/ijrh.2015.030204.

(b). APA Format:
Dean-David Holyoake (2015). ‘Narratives, Fragments and the Archeology of Authority': Exploring Supervision Experiences of Professionals Working with Domestically Abused Mentally Ill Young People. International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice(CEASE PUBLICATION), 3(2), 82 - 89. DOI: 10.13189/ijrh.2015.030204.