Our Topics

Here is an overview of some of our core topics including a brief abstract

Supervision Introduction & My Role
We aim to provide participants with an understanding and appreciation of the opportunities for personal and professional development to be experienced from participating in group supervision. Expectations and general principles will be discussed in this first session. We will also introduce our first topic; exploring key tasks and responsibilities within participants’ roles and particularly the factors that contribute towards individual engagement and ability to fulfil these roles.
Reflective Practice
What is reflective practice and why is it particularly important in disability support roles? We examine how reflective practice is currently used by participants and discuss potential associated barriers. Importantly, we explore opportunities and positive outcomes made possible on individual and organisational levels, when reflective practice is an integrated part of daily practice.
Ethical Dilemmas
We discuss characteristics of an ethical dilemma and share work experiences where ethical dilemmas have challenged our practices and decision-making abilities. We explore why it is important for us to be able to identify and discuss ethical dilemmas with our colleagues, and what knowledge and guidelines we have available to support us making good but often difficult decisions.
Professional Communication & Collaboration
Participants will be prompted to reflect upon different aspects of communication within their teams and with other relevant stakeholders, such as, other professionals and families/whānau. We explore communication in relation to basic daily routines at work, addressing concerns and giving and receiving feedback. We aim for participants to discover opportunities and benefits associated with individuals taking responsibility for own interpretations and contributions during interpersonal interactions.
Building Relationships
The 3Ps of the Social Pedagogue is the concept we use to explore how we understand and apply our professional, personal and private selves in practice establishing and maintaining relationships with people at work – particularly the people we support including their families and whānau. We share challenges and learning from our attempts navigating the concept. We allow ourselves to get challenged yet expanded by discussions often influenced by individual personal values, boundaries and experiences.
Challenging Behaviours
We will share our experiences with conflicts in relation to challenging behaviours exhibited by people we support. We will explore our understandings of the functions of some of these behaviours, our interpretations and responses to the behaviours, and the potential effect this may have on the important relationships. Are we expected to cope with challenging behaviours, and how do we do this? We support participants to discover strategies enabling us to manage challenging situations – looking after all involved.
Abuse & Neglect (Including the Professional Bystander)
The intention with this session is to discuss barriers and general challenges associated with discussing and reporting abuse and neglect in particular with regards to potential grey zones. Despite guidelines with regards to expectations and processes to follow, it may still be difficult for many to comply with these. We wish to provide participants opportunities for self-insight and an understanding of human psychology concepts relevant to these processes, by offering a safe space to talk about own and practices in general. Ultimately participants will gain confidence also raising concerns about practices they may experience.
Rights & Responsibilities
In this session we discuss rights of disabled people and how participants understand and demonstrate these in practice, including examples of how people’s rights are actively encouraged. We explore and unpick challenges associated with ensuring duty of care is equally considered when respecting and promoting people’s rights. The aim of this session is to support the development of reflection skills enabling disability support to be of high ethical standards.
My Personal Luggage at Work
Levels of Engagement
Community Participation
Sexuality & Intimate Relationships