This site will help prepare students and supervisors by providing insight, tools, resources and discussion around the importance of supervision in social work practice.

Why Clinical Supervision in Social Work Education and Practice? 

The exploration and ultimate creation of this website is based on my accumulative research and professional work in the field of social work clinical supervision. I have discovered that not only are students not prepared for supervision, but many supervisors are also not prepared to supervise. It is my hope that this exploration around supervision not only empowers supervisors to think differently, but also enhances the experience for students during the learning process.

About the Author 


Andrea J. Calabrese, DSW, LCSW, CASAC, holds a DSW (Rutgers University School of SOcial Work), a MSW (Hunter College School of Social Work) and a BA in Theatre and Studio Art (Hope College). She is a licensed clinical social worker and a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor.

Andrea has spent over ten years working in the areas of substance abuse and mental health treatment as well as homelessness and supportive housing. She has assisted several clients in reaching their goals of employment, stable housing, sobriety and escape from violent and abusive relationships.

She currently holds the position of Adjunct Professor and Field Advisor at Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work as well as Adelphi University. She teaches a substance abuse CASAC course work at Outreach Training Institute in Queens, NY. She is also a master trainer and curriculum developer who has spent many years in the field training and educating social service staff in the areas of homelessness, addiction, emotional and behavioral health concerns as well as team building, staff development and supervision.

She has a consulting business geared to assisting non-profit social service agencies called Essential Elements.  She is currently working with several non-profits in the areas of supervision, staff development, training and quality assurance.

Recent Publications

Calabrese, A. (2017). Being Present: Social Work’s Gift. The New Social Worker,  Spring Issue 2017.