Developing clinical competence by applying a generic model in mental health social work supervision: a case study from Hong Kong, China

NG Petrus, HO Wingchung
Journal article citation:
Practice: Social Work in Action, 22(3), June 2010, pp.167-179.
Taylor and Francis

Noting that the primary purpose of supervision or consultation is to help consultees to work more effectively, this paper discusses the tasks and roles of the clinical consultant at different stages of the consultation process. Using a particular consultation case, where the consultee is a mental health social worker working in a non-government community mental health organisation for people with severe mental illness and a history of violence, this paper demonstrates the application of a 4 stage generic model in mental health consultation. The 4 stages making up the generic model are: entry, diagnosis, implementation and disengagement. The article presents excerpts from the discussions between the consultee and the consultant about the case. The authors discuss the consultation, the Hong Kong context, and practice implications.

Subject terms:
mental health services, models, social workers, staff supervision, case studies;
China, Hong Kong
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