Gerontological Social Work Supervision. Brennan F, Burack- Weiss A. New York: The Hawthorne Press, 1991; 137 pages, softcover.
Gerontological Social Work Supervision is a comprehensive and informative book for gerontological social work supervisors, social workers, and other health care professionals who have an interest in gerontology. The authors assume the reader possesses some experience in the field of gerontology, but those new to the profession of social work supervising will find the book invaluable.
The contents of the book include such topics as recognizing "the teachable moment," strategies for dealing with loss, individual learning and teaching styles, and appropriate application of teaching techniques. An indepth look at topics such as relationships among the interdisciplinary team, mediation, advocacy, and accountability provides the reader with a unique aspect not found in similar texts.
Because the authors focus on helping others through the supervisory relationship, the book should prove to be a most useful tool for helping those new to supervision apply various teaching and learning concepts.
The extensive appendices supply health care providers with references for select readings in areas that they will need to be familiar with when working with the gerontological client. These areas include entitlement, case management, long-term care, and family caregiving.
I recommend Gerontological Social Work Supervision for social work supervisors, social workers, and others who have an interest in gerontology.