In this episode we talk about how to make the most of supervision, how to be a supervisor and some of the issues social workers encounter when running a business. Jane shares her experience working in a range of fields locally and internationally, training, educating and supervising. She shares her top tips for making the most of supervision and empathises with supervisors who are working with passive supervisee’s ,sharing her wisdom and ideas for improving the supervisory relationship
Jane Wexler is the Founding Director of Wex Group Pty Ltd, specialising in leadership development, coaching, supervision and training in Australia, China, Singapore and Asia Pacific. Jane is widely sought after for her expertise as consultant, supervisor, coach and educator, having delivered AASW/ACWA endorsed supervision training and other learning programs to thousands of human services professionals in Australia and abroad. Prior to establishing her own company, she was co-owner/co- publisher of a successful Australian entertainment magazine and taught social work students across Australian universities, and business studies students in China.
Jane combines her qualifications and unique blend of skills in human services, business and education with an interest in eastern philosophy and dissolving some of the boundaries between sectors, disciplines and methods. Her professional life is balanced by a long involvement in the arts and entertainment industries in publishing and as an accomplished singer/songwriter. Jane’s approach reflects her commitment to developing self-mastery, authentic relationships and using effective frameworks and tools creatively, with a spirit of adventure.
Challenges working as a social worker and starting a business
Cross over with social enterprise
You have to like taking risks
Jumping in trying something new
How to relinquish control and not take on everything
You don’t know what you don’t know
The journey to becoming a supervisor and started a business as a trainer and coach
Started in a primary school
Moved into a wide range of sectors
Started working with an educational college
Moved to China
‘’Don’t worry if you make mistakes’’
‘’Back yourself more’’
Tips for supervisors
If the supervisee is passive
Ask them directly - if you suspect something don't wonder
Different ideas and experiences of what it is
Organisation can have pressure to use it as a management tool while its an aspect of supervision ,we want supervision to be focused on deep thinking, reflection, professional growth.
Collaborative trusting relationship. There may always be that power difference if your supervisor is your line manager.
Tips for supervisees
Face to face training - open to the public
Elearning course - online at https://janewexler.com/online-learning
AASW interview https://www.aasw.asn.au/events/event/Becoming-a-social-work-supervisor-An-interview-with-Jane-Wexler
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