Intentions to leave supervision among social work supervisors: contributing factors

Anat Freund, Galit Guez

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The study shows the evolution of intentions to leave supervision among students’ supervisors in their first year of supervision. A total of 168 social work supervisors in 10 academic institutions in Israel, during their first year of supervision, answered the questionnaires at the beginning (October 2014) and end (June 2015) of their supervisors training course. The findings indicate that the most powerful predictor of intentions to leave supervision at T2 was intentions to leave supervision at T1. This interesting finding shows that the supervision course does not necessarily address the issue of long-term commitment to supervision, and it is crucial that more attention be paid to this issue. Furthermore, we also found a significant contribution of organizational climate at T1 and of role overload at T2. Practical implications challenge the current structure of supervision courses, in order to encourage students’ supervisors to retain their supervisory role over time.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)458-471
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Work Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - 19 May 2018


  • Supervision
  • intentions to leave supervision
  • organizational social context (OSC)
  • role overload
  • social work supervision
  • supervisors’ perceptions of students and supervision

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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