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SWK 665 Leadership and Supervision Key Assignment
This assignment was designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate the integration
of the skills and knowledge gained through the course content and activities. Specifically, this
course focused primarily on Competency 1 Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior and
Competency 6 Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. This
assignment will allow you to integrate social work values and ethics with trauma informed
reflective supervision and leadership skills within the context of an ethical dilemma.
You will utilize a revised version of the Ethical Framework covered in Barsky’s textbook, but
will also integrate the trauma informed reflective supervision content from the assigned
articles/workbook/handouts and Northouse’s textbook.
As you think about integrating trauma informed practice in your assignment, think about the
trauma informed principles of 1) safety, 2) trust and transparency, 3) collaboration and mutuality,
4) empowerment, 5) voice and choice, and 6) peer support and cultural, historical and genderrelated issues. These components are, of course, closely linked with the many of the chapters and
content on leadership and supervision.
As you think about integrating the leadership and supervision skills, refer back to the Northouse
textbook. Suggestions of certain chapters were provided throughout the directions; however, you
are not limited to those identified.
For this assignment, you will use the provided ethical scenario, the NASW Code of Ethics, and
applicable laws for your state of residence and all course readings/resources to answer the
assignment questions. Use APA formatting. Specifically, write in essay format to include
appropriate headings to reflect each of the 5 stages and subheadings for the related discussion for
each stage. It is expected to take a minimum of 7 pages and a maximum of 10 pages (not
including the title page or reference page(s) to thoroughly answer each question/prompt of the
assignment. You must use a minimum of 6 scholarly resources to support your paper. Each
section of the assignment should have resources to support your answers/discussions. Two of
these resources must be peer reviewed scholarly journal articles outside of the sources provided
within the course. Full text versions of the articles must be available through the university’s
online library database or online. This assignment is worth a possible 50 points. Please review
the provided grading rubric for additional details.
1. IDENTIFY THE ISSUE (1.4)
a. What are the key facts?
b. What are the relevant ethical, legal and agency obligations? Be sure to identify the
specific NASW Code(s) that apply the dilemma. Provide justification/evidence to
support your selection.
c. What additional information would be helpful to know?
d. What is the specific ethical question to be considered?
2. DETERMINE APPROPRIATE HELP (1.2) B
a. Who should be consulted? Considerate different levels of practice (micro, mezzo,
macro resources, i.e. supervisor, human resources, board of directors, attorney,
licensure board, etc.)
b. Why? What type of help can each person provide?
3. THINK CRITICALLY: This section will create an opportunity to demonstrate your
utilization of the trauma informed reflective supervision as you engage the supervisee in
this discussion. The first part involves your own self-reflection component of trauma
informed reflective supervision, then next that of your supervisee and then others who
may be involved in the process. For this piece, answer those questions within the context
of yourself as the supervisor. Share questions and comments you would make within the
discussion and how you would engage the supervisee within the context of the assigned
scenario to demonstrate your understanding of the technique. Also note, it may be useful
to review the supplemental resources for trauma informed reflective supervision for
handouts or tools to help guide your conversation. Remember the key pieces of trauma
informed supervision from the readings and on first page of these directions. This is a key
area in which to use scholarly resources to support your discussion.
a. What are my own values and beliefs (this would include personal biases, cultural
influences, power imbalances, social justice, etc.), emotional reactions (this would
also include trauma history relevant to the scenario), virtues, and perspectives,
and how do these affect my thinking and responses to the ethical questions?
NOTE: even though you are in “character” for this assignment, use your own
personal feelings, experiences, biases, etc. for the purposes of this component.
b. What are my supervisees values and beliefs (this would include personal biases,
cultural influences, power imbalances, social justice, etc.), emotional reactions
(this would also include trauma history relevant to the scenario), virtues, and
perspectives, and how do these affect my supervisees thinking and responses to
the ethical questions? Be specific about the interpersonal skills within reflective
trauma informed supervision that you will use to engage the supervisee in the
discussion of these components and the relation to the current dilemma (6.3)
In these next questions, integrate the trauma informed principles of safety, trust and
transparency, collaboration and mutuality, empowerment, voice and choice, and peer
support, cultural, historical and gender-related issues that relate to your specific scenario.
c. What are the values, beliefs, emotional reactions, virtues, and perspectives of
others affected by the ethical question? (6.4)
d. In terms of the ethical management process, what are our goals and what are the
potential areas of conflict between these goals? (6.4)
e. What options should we consider to address the ethical question? What are the
pros and cons of each option? (6.4)
f. What is the best response to the ethical question and what is our ethical
justification for choosing this response? (6.4)
4. MANAGE CONFLICT: Although both textbooks address conflict resolution, for this
section utilize the Northouse textbook chapter on managing conflicts. Other potentially
applicable chapters would be engaging strengths, overcoming obstacles, listening to
outgroups, etc. You are not limited to these areas, just providing potential suggestions.
Other chapters may apply to this section as well. Make sure you discuss how you will
ensure a strengths-based demeanor during this process in particular and give specific
examples and use resources to support this component (1.1 and 6.1)
a. If stakeholders are not currently agreeing on the best response, what is the nature
of conflict (e.g., difference of beliefs, interests, values, power,
b. What form or method of conflict management should we try, and why?
c. What conflict management strategies may be most helpful?
5. PLAN AND IMPLEMENT DECISIONS (1.3 and 6.2)
a. What is the specific ethical decision to be implemented?
b. What tasks are required to implement the decision and who is responsible for each
c. What challenges may arise during implementation, and how can they be preempted or managed?
d. How will implementation be monitored to enable early responses to any