Implementing staff supervision training in a corrections environment




supervision training, supervision, staff supervision, implementation, corrections


INTRODUCTION: Many human service organisations aim to improve the delivery of supervision to their professional staff. In the Aotearoa New Zealand Department of Corrections, changes led to a project which involved the implementation of in-house supervision and supervision training for programme facilitators. This article describes the project and reports on a subsequent review against a retrospective literature review. The content, methods and evaluations of seven deliveries of the week-long supervision training are then critically reflected on through the lens of the literature, with concluding recommendations.

SEARCH STRATEGY AND DATA: The literature review was defined by the use of key terms to search four databases and a library catalogue, resulting in use of 25 articles. While not set up as a formal research project, data from participant evaluations of eight, week-long supervision training courses were analysed, as were results of a national supervision survey.

FINDINGS: Training content, methods and principles were generally well aligned with what is identified as important in the literature, with a few omissions such as assessment processes of supervisors when in the field. Data from participant evaluations showed strong areas of the training (such as skill development through practices) using the model prescribed. A relatively high level of participant satisfaction was demonstrated in the evaluation material. Specific challenges to staff supervision in the Department of Corrections’ context were identified with reference to the literature and are discussed.

CONCLUSION: Seven areas of further focus were identified and recommendations are made with reference to the literature. 

Author Biography

Ruth Ford, Department of Corrections

Principal Facilitator

Programme Delivery, Corrections Services

Dept of Corrections, Aotearoa


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How to Cite

Ford, R. (2017). Implementing staff supervision training in a corrections environment. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 29(3), 95–107.



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