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Title: External supervision for social workers in another socio-political context : a qualitative study in Shenzhen, China
Authors: Mo, KYH
Tsui, MS 
Issue Date: 2016
Source: China journal of social work, 2016, v. 9, no. 1, p. 62-74
Abstract: External supervision of local social workers has become a common practice in Shenzhen, China as the development of social work as a profession reaches break-neck pace and when the shortage of experienced social work supervisors also becomes acute. Hence, many supervisors have been recruited externally from Hong Kong to fill the gap. However, for external supervisors working in another socio-political context they will need an awareness and sensitivity of cultural issues, and cultural dynamics in supervision. Based on a qualitative study conducted in Shenzhen of 16 in-depth interviews with supervisors and supervisees in eight supervisory dyads, as well as a focus group meeting with three external supervisors from Hong Kong, this study finds that the institutional hierarchy, ruling culture and traditional Confucian values which place great importance of harmony, reciprocal relationships with others, effective self-control and respect for hierarchy have impacted the day-to-day practice as well as the interactions between social workers and their external supervisors in Shenzhen. The implications of this study is that in achieving successful supervisory practice the further development of intercultural competence is one of the key directions for professionalising social work in the Chinese Mainland.
Keywords: China
External supervision
Social work supervision
Socio-political context
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Journal: China journal of social work 
ISSN: 1752-5098
EISSN: 1752-5101
DOI: 10.1080/17525098.2016.1141474
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