Supervision: building strengths, developing competencies
Presenter: Michael DurrantThe role of Supervisor is often thrust upon senior clinicians, managers and team leaders in human service agencies, often without a lot of consultation, training or support. The supervisor’s role is critical to the successful functioning of any agency so it is important that supervisors practice according to a framework that is grounded in best practice research. According to The Gallup Organisation, the most effective supervisors and managers direct 80% of their focus on their supervisees’ strengths and only 20% of their focus on areas of problem, deficit or difficulty that need attention. This finding (which goes against many traditional attitudes to supervision) is in keeping with the rise of “strengths-based practice” as a popular approach in service delivery. However, few supervisors have systematic, effective, user-friendly tools for helping those whom they supervise harness strengths and use these to build increased confidence and competence. This 2-day training will explore how a strengths-based philosophy can be extended into and utilised by those in supervisory roles to provide focused supervision that not only leads to better and safer practice, but also improves job satisfaction and agency culture as a result. Participants will learn practical methods for working with staff in ways that enhance their sense of competence and effectiveness.
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Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT): a comprehensive introduction
Presenter: Michael DurrantSolution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is an internationally recognised, short-term goal-focused therapeutic approach which research has shown to be particularly successful in work with children and young people. By focusing on how change happens and constructing solutions rather than concentrating solely on the historical details of how a problem developed, SFBT offers a range of approaches and easy to use techniques to assist in facilitating timely, lasting change. In the process of SFBT, people utilise their existing strengths and redirect their focus towards how they want things to be, and what it will take to make it happen.
In this popular course Michael provides a comprehensive introduction to the practice of SFBT and its application within a range of professional contexts relating to work with children and young people. He will un-wrap the theory which underpins SFBT discussing how it fits within broader strengths-based approaches and introduce participants to the questioning skills and tools central to the success of this approach. Videotaped examples of actual interventions will be used to complement the discussion and participants will leave with a range of new techniques that can be easily and immediately incorporated into their own work. If your work involves you having change focused conversations with young people then this workshop is definitely for you.
Michael Durrant is a Sydney-based psychologist and author. He is the Director of the Brief Therapy Institute of Sydney and an Honorary Associate in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. In addition to his extensive clinical and consulting work, Michael is engaged by the NSW Psychologists Registration Board to train supervisors of Intern Psychologists. This workshop has been delivered in a range of international agency settings over the last 10 years and is being offered in New Zealand in response to numerous customer requests for supervision training. The material has been especially designed for supervisors, team leaders and managers in health, welfare, education, and community-based agencies.