Impact of Stressors on Child Welfare Supervisors

Katharine Dill

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    Abstract

    The death of children, intense media scrutiny, and million
    dollar lawsuits are all potential stressors faced by child welfare professionals.
    Despite this, very little research or literature has explored the specific
    realities of stressors for the individual front-line child welfare supervisor.
    Therefore, as a contribution to the field of child welfare practice, this paper
    expands our understanding of this unique supervisory population
    through a detailed examination of the literature. This review links theory
    to practice through a series of case examples involving situations of child
    welfare supervisors who have been affected by workplace stressors. The
    paper provides both individual and organizational solutions to either prevent
    or intervene in situations involving child welfare supervisors who may
    be at risk of burnout and/or compassion fatigue.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)177-193
    Number of pages15
    JournalThe Clinical Supervisor
    Volume26
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

    Keywords

    • supervision
    • child welfare
    • compassion fatigue

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