Continuity of Social Work Field Supervision Before and During COVID-19, 2016–2021

Orly Sarid, Vered Dietchman

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Retaining social workers in extended student supervisor roles presents a significant challenge, especially during crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the importance of incentives to encourage continued supervision has not been thoroughly explored. This study aimed to examine the persistence of social workers in their supervisory roles over multiple years and investigate the socio-demographic factors that contribute to their perseverance, particularly during the pandemic. The findings of the study indicate that supervisors who maintained their roles during the pandemic were more likely to have been recruited earlier and opted for specific payment methods, such as having their academic fees covered and being able to attend conferences. Furthermore, the variables strongly associated with the likelihood of continuing supervision during the pandemic were younger age and a higher number of total years of supervision. In conclusion, the continuity and perseverance of field supervisors play a crucial role in teaching and socializing students in the social work profession. To ensure their continued engagement, it is important to consider incentives such as earlier recruitment, designated payment methods, and supporting opportunities for professional development. Understanding the factors that contribute to the commitment of supervisors can aid in developing strategies to retain them in their vital roles, particularly during challenging times like the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationSocial Work Education and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Insights Toward Innovation and Creativity
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781003851202
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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