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According to Freda Brashears (1995), there is no argument that supervision is needed in the social work workplace. Her article, Supervision as Social Work Practice: A Reconceptualization highlights the need for a model of supervision that meets both the professions values and ethics while simultaneously providing administrative functions that are needed to "deal with the supervisory process" (Brashears, 1995, p. 693). Identical to those discussed by Weinbach, historical functions of social work supervision include "administrative, educational, and supportive" (Brashears, 1995, p. 693).

If supervision is not supported or allowed for the social work supervisor, "there is a forced fit into the educational and business management models of authority, expert, power, and control-at odds with those of socail work practice- that leaves supervisors feeling shaky and frightned about being the boss" (Brashears, 1995, p. 695).

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Higher education institutions offering web based courses and degree programs are on the rise. Online Supervision is also emerging on the professional social work scene. Benefits of such supervision include time efficiency, productivity, increased opportunity in diversified work experience, and peer supervision. One major drawback to such methods of supervision include cost for technology equipment (Watson, 2000).

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