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Seven Steps to Self-Direction, Sunshine Coast

October 11, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Seven Steps to Self Direction; Building right relationships between people with disability, families, committed friends and support workers

About the Workshop:

How have other people made self-directing work?
This one-day workshop explores a practical, values-based framework of self-direction, and how to develop supports that work respectfully and constructively together.

The seven steps provide a simple, helpful guide that can be worked through, or started at any step. This workshop draws on the resource developed by Griffith University (Dr Margaret Ward) as part of the NDS Innovative Workforce Fund Project.

Self-direction has been found to give greater choice and control, and more effective and flexible use of available formal and freely-given support. Good support requires the right people to provide the right level of support at the right time.

There are some preconditions that make good support in self-directed arrangements more likely to happen. This seven step approach takes participants from starting with the person through to problem solving and checking for resilience.

 “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”         Henry Ford

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About the presenter:

Sharon Bourke currently works as a Professional Development Consultant and presented many of the NDIS  Participant Readiness sessions for CRU over the past three years.

She has worked in various roles, including managing individualised support agencies, advocacy, workshop facilitation and planning. In partnership with her youngest son Dan, Sharon has chosen to self-direct funds that support him.

Who should attend?

This workshop is for people with disability, their families, supporters and workers who are involved in a self-directed arrangement who want it to work as well as possible, and for people interested in moving to a person-centred, self-directed arrangement. It works best if the person comes with their family and supporters.

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Learning Outcomes:

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Understand how a framework for self-direction of supports could be applied to their own circumstances;
  • Analyse the requirements for supporting the person well, in ways that assist the person to achieve their goals and live the life they want;
  • Develop skills around recruiting suitable staff and creating, maintaining and monitoring a high quality, person-centred support arrangement;
  • Develop and apply a practical problem-solving framework as a key safeguarding strategy;
  • Evaluate the resilience of the person supported and the support arrangement as a method of safeguarding the quality and sustainability of the support arrangement.


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