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Supervisors' Forum

About Supervisors' Forum

FAMSA Western Cape established the Supervisor’s Forum for supervisors in 2001.


The aim of the Supervisor’s Forum:

  • to create a career path

  • to support the fledgling supervisors by educating and equipping them about the practice of supervision

  • to ensure a quality ethical service

  • to remain well-informed

  • to provide a reflective space


The forum takes place once a month from February to November each year.

Dates: 1st Thursday of the month.

Fees: R150 per 90 minute session or R600 per annum

Time: 09:00-10:30


Venue: online meeting - Zoom

2023 Sessions

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Impact of work -related pressure on the physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of social workers

Work related stress usually present when the demands of your job are far greater than you can comfortably manage. We look into the maturity and experience level of social workers in dealing with work-related stress and relate that to the knowledge, skills and attitude according to the Professional Maturity Scale. The social worker as well as employee’s responsibilities in the effective management of work-related stressors in the workplace will be discussed. The importance of work-place health and wellness measures and how it can promote a more productive and healthier workplace and how it is crucial in the management of work-related stress ad pressure. Practical techniques and tools will be provided for better self-management.




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How to support supervisee in working with families who are impacted with Autism spectrum disorder.

The presentation will be based on how supervisee can work with families who are impacted with Autism spectrum disorder. Part of the presentation will be focused on creating awareness and providing useful tool and resources that can be used in supporting families.




Femicide is becoming more and more prevalent in the world and is not just limited to certain countries. It affects us all… people from all walks of life, in particular women and children.


Helping Social workers to understand transference and countertransference

Freud and Breuer (1895) originally identified and discussed transference and countertransference within a therapeutic context. These concepts were important part of the psychoanalytic treatment but have since been adopted by most forms of psychotherapy. These words used in therapy and in supervision.


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Cycle of awareness

Gestalt theory emphasizes the importance of the “here and now” and being present in the moment.  The Cycle of Awareness (Contact) can be used to create awareness about our interaction with the world and others and how interruptions/blocks can lead to contact being broken.  When awareness is created, it is possible to counteract the interruptions in order to enhance our relationships with ourselves and others.


Much has been written about the need for social workers to be mindful of Professional burn-out. References to self-care as a prerequisite of competent and ethical practice. However, with the constant demand of social work professionals to make decisions in crisis situations, filling out endless forms and going the extra mile when short staff, could result in Moral Injury. This topic unpacks the difference between burn out and moral injury. As well as the application of self-care and mindfulness to deal with it.


A summary of attachment theory and the influence of attachment on the behaviour of children

Attachment is an emotional bond with another person.  John Bowlby, the first attachment theorist, described attachment as a “lasting psychological connectedness between human beings”. He believed that the earliest bond formed by children with their caregivers have a tremendous impact that continues throughout life.  Primary caregivers who are available and responsive to an infant’s needs allow the child to develop a sense of security. Failure to form secure attachments early in life can have a negative impact on behaviour in later childhood and in later life. Mary Ainsworth expanded greatly on Bowlby’s original work and identified three different styles of attachment, to which Main and Solomon later added a fourth attachment style.

“If a community values it’s children, it must cherish their parents” (Bowlby). It is important for the therapist to be aware of the influence parental trauma has on the attachment styles.  Parents should be viewed as partners in therapy with children.  This presentation will also aim to give tips to therapists with regards to working with attachment in children.


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The challenges of multigenerational families living together

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