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Kieran O'Donoghue

Doctor of Philosophy, (Social Work)
Study Completed: 2010
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Towards the construction of social work supervision in Aotearoa New Zealand: A study of the perspectives of social work practitioners and social work supervisors.

Mr O’Donoghue explored how social work supervision was constructed within Aotearoa New Zealand. He found that this was primarily from a professional standpoint and was influenced by bicultural, indigenous and multicultural discourses. He also found that improvements were required within the professional and organisational systems that support supervision as well as within its practice. The implications and recommendations concern social work supervision theory and practice, cultural competence and the further development of professional supervision. He recommends that the future research and development agenda for social work supervision both internationally and within Aotearoa New Zealand focus on theory-building, responding to the dynamics of culture and difference within supervision and the professionalisation of supervision.

Professor Robyn Munford
Associate Professor Andrew Trlin

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