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Transdisciplinary CPD Showcase Series

Book NowNorthumbria University's Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing (SWECW) places itself strategically to play a significant role in aiding societal recovery and repair beyond the pandemic period (Future of SWECW, 2021).

Together with the Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health (NMH), SWECW have a wealth of expertise in working with our partners in the north-east and beyond, supporting professional development and being responsive to workplace needs.

In this series we showcase some of our expertise in teaching and in research, to our partners and interested parties. We can offer bespoke CPD provision (either accredited or non-accredited). Working collaboratively, we can blend our CPD offer with our research and knowledge exchange strategies.

We invite you explore the free-of-charge CPD sessions listed below. Please register for those which appeal to you and share details with colleagues who may be interested. The sessions commence on Wednesday 20th October 2021 and run through until 15th December 2021.

Session 1: Transdisciplinary Video Arena Observation Model - An Approach to Early Intervention

In this session - Transdisciplinary Video Arena Observation Model; An Approach to Early Intervention - attendees will explore;

  • The Transdisciplinary Arena assessment will demonstrate a six-step process of assessment leading to a development of an analysis/ individual family Service Plan/ICHP.
  • This process begins with a brief introduction then, each of the six-step observation process will be illustrated. For each section there will be an introduction and summary of the most important characteristics.

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Session 2: Introducing the BASW Capability Statement on Social Work with Autistic People

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability; however, autistic people are very diverse with some needing additional professional support while many do not. As Stephen Shore explained “if you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism”. The evidence is autistic people can be overlooked when seeking support, autism may be generalised and the person’s individuality, their strengths and needs, may go unrecognised, particularly when some autistic people mask or camouflage themselves. It is generally recognised professionals need training in supporting autistic people.

This training session introduces the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) launched the Capabilities Statement for Social Work with Autistic Adults. This internationally unique capabilities statement was commissioned by the Department for Health and Social Care and co-produced with autistic people. The Capabilities Statement provides guidance for professionals, managers and other stakeholders involved in delivering social work/ social care to autistic adults. 

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Session 3: Mental Health, Empathy and Picture Books for Children

Dr Mel Gibson will open the session by talking with participants about children's books that they remember from childhood, or work with professionally today, which focus on emotional states. The session will explore how such books could potentially be used with children and young people to enable conversations around mental health.

Using children's books allows children and young people to talk about issues without making themselves vulnerable and can increase empathy in those who have not had the experiences the books depict. Mel will share several key picture books, including Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett, reading them aloud and asking for feedback for participants about where and how they might be used.

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Session 4: Rapid Project Refinement Activity (Intervention Taster)

Do you work with diverse teams of people to address shared concerns? Are you concerned about inclusion, meaningful participation and better collaboration? Would you like to try some of our tested methods for reviewing situations, forming ideas and testing proposals? 

This informal online workshop, facilitated by Dr Ian Robson, will invite you to join participants to experiment with activities that support rapid project review and development. He will explain how the creative methods used have been tested in health, care and local government systems and are informed by theory and evidence. No special skills are needed, and you do not need to share information that you would rather not. Importantly - no-one will be embarrassed or put on the spot! You can bring an idea to develop and test, or simply take part in developing a fictional scenario. 

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Session 5: Supporting the Educational Journeys of Young People with Care Experience or Who are Studying without a Family Support Network

In this session - Supporting the Educational Journeys of Young People with Care Experience or Who are Studying without a Family Support Network - attendees will explore:

  • Background to numbers entering HE
  • Challenges
  • Assets
  • Current work across the region and in the university
  • What can professionals do in the context of their roles

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Session 6: Understanding Sexual Violence

Sexual violence associated post-traumatic stress is a significant public health concern due to the substantial ongoing health implications for the survivor. Enhancing what happens before, during and after disclosure of sexual violence within a healthcare and social care setting may provide greater support for survivors and have a positive impact on recovery.

To provide this support health and social care practitioners need to be aware of how their reactions to disclosure. This taster will touch on what informs our response and how best to support survivors.

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Session 7: Working with Communities from Different Cultures - Cultural humility and Culturally Appropriate Practices

There is a growing awareness of the changing demographic and cultural profile of the North East. Service delivery organisations (Social Services, the NHS, Education, Police and others) are aware of the opportunities and challenges that this changing community profile brings about.

The goal of this session is to illustrate how the training programme, designed by the Department of Social Work Education and Community Wellbeing, can help agencies to better prepare their workforce to work in diverse communities.

The session will look at some of the basic principles and then look in more detail into cultural humility. Some of the practical tools used will be briefly discussed and examples given of how for example cultural differences, language and can be understood to improve communication and engagement with service users.

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Session 8: Using Different Forms of Knowledge to Help Teach and Assess

We tend to think about learning as the acquisition of either information or the demonstration of a skill. However, learning is much more than this and there are dimensions of knowledge which do not fit neatly into binary categorisations. Exploring how we know something (epistemology) and as importantly, how this can be expressed will be the focus of this session. In this session we'll look at your discipline and the types of teaching and learning that takes place there, delving deeper we'll explore the different forms of knowledge we may seek to develop and make these explicit. The outcome will be an awareness of the discreet forms of knowledge can streamline planning, teaching and assessment appropriate to different contexts and how this empowers both the educator and the learner. 

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