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The Socio-Communicational Style and the Need for Supervision of Professionals from the Social Services (English version)


  • Patricia-Luciana RUNCAN

    () (West University of Timisoara, Department of Social Work, Timisoara, ROMANIA)

  • Cosmin GOIAN

    () (West University of Timisoara, Department of Social Work, Timisoara, ROMANIA)

  • Laurentiu TIRU

    () (West University of Timisoara, Department of Sociology, Timisoara, ROMANIA)


The present paper aims to make an analysis of the way supervision is perceived in the Romanian professional community working with people in difficulty. Defining supervision includes four dimensions: a professional view, in which supervision is seen as a part of the integration process and professional development; a social support dimension; a third emphasizes learning, supervision as education, teaching; and the last dimension is that of control. In this study we performed a research on professionals involved in supervision: psychologists and social workers. Our findings show that education is the best accepted way of seeing supervision, while that of control is the most rejected one. A huge majority 94.5% of the investigated professionals appreciate the role of supervision. Approximately 50% of the subjects see the supervisor as educator. Professional development and professional learning are seen as the advantages of supervision.

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  • Patricia-Luciana RUNCAN & Cosmin GOIAN & Laurentiu TIRU, 2012. "The Socio-Communicational Style and the Need for Supervision of Professionals from the Social Services (English version)," Revista de cercetare si interventie sociala, Editura Lumen, Department of Economics, vol. 37, pages 180-195, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:lum:rev2rl:v:37:y:2012:i::p:180-195

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    supervision; professional development; education; professional burnout; social work;

    JEL classification:

    • A23 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Graduate
    • I39 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Other


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