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 discussing disability support - Enabling Good Lives in partnership with people supported and their families/whānau. We unpick the key tasks and responsibilities within participants’ roles and particularly factors contributing towards individual engagement and ability to fulfil these roles.
Critical Thinking & Reflective Practice
What is critical thinking and reflective practice and why is it particularly important in disability support roles? We examine how these are currently and potentially used by participants and discuss associated barriers. Importantly, we explore opportunities for possible transformation and positive outcomes made possible on individual and organisational levels, when critical thinking and reflective practice are integrated in daily practice.
Ethical Dilemmas, Power & Control
We discuss characteristics of an ethical dilemma and share work experiences where ethical dilemmas have challenged our practices and decision-making abilities. Together we explore what knowledge and guidelines we have available to support us making good but often difficult decisions. Furthermore, we identify the power and control that exists in the relationship with people we support and the potential implications. We aim for participants to develop awareness of power and control in relation to own practices enabling support to be of high ethical standards.
Professional Communication & Collaboration
Participants will be prompted to reflect upon different aspects of professional communication within teams, with families and whānau, other service providers and relevant professionals from other disciplines. 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 and 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. Understanding ourselves helps us understand other people which is crucial to the development of good relationships.
Challenging Behaviours
We will share our experiences with conflicts in relation to behaviours exhibited by people we support that challenge us. 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 relationship. 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 in relation 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 self-determination and general rights of disabled people, and how participants understand and actively support these in practice. This includes exploring how alternative communication strategies are used and how people’s needs are assessed and met. 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.
Active Support
We share our experiences offering opportunities for people supported to be involved in activities meaningful for them and to develop and maintain skills, enabling them to make choices and live as independently as possible. We identify barriers which at times may influence our ability to offer person-centred support and explore how this awareness is key overcoming these barriers. We discuss the move from institutional thinking to current models of disability support and explore what this means in practice ‘doing with instead of doing for people’.
Community Inclusion
We discuss the role and opportunities for participants to assist people they support to become part of their community, living an everyday life in everyday places. We share experiences of how individuals are supported in person-centred ways to explore their culture and identity. By recognising that lack of knowledge and experience contribute to the marginalisation people with disabilities often experience from their community, we explore opportunities to bridge relationships by being involved with educating the community.