Training & supervision

Supervision should be available to all staff with contact with young people; particularly those with challenging behaviour. The aim of supervision is to improve communication, understanding and to contribute to safer and more accountable practice.

It is becoming more common for professionals to facilitate a greater understanding of their own professional development by undertaking supervision. This is of upmost importance to organisations if they want to combat work-related stress and avoid ‘burn-out.’

Phil McMahon – Director, EllisonSage Search & Selection
“Andrew is a trusted friend and I rely on him for sage advice and support. I know his character well. He’s wise with a sharp mind and a real concern for, and knowledge of, the community he serves. He has a natural gravitas and a striking and admirable passion for his subject. When I need to understand what drives the actions of others Andrew is the first person I ask for insight. He’s an exceptional individual and I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending him to others.”

Supervision has positive benefits for the organisation such as greater psychological well being, reduced stress, improved communication and relationships at work, heightened awareness and functioning.

Dr. Cornes can offer individual or group supervision with the following outcomes:

  • To help order complex data and/or experience to improve decision making;
  • To develop an insight into own ‘blind spots’ (limitations, defences and bias) that can interfere with good relationship building with young people and result in poor casework;
  • To focus on processes rather than experiencing conflict with young people as personal attacks and threats;
  • To learn and engage in different methods of mediation, conflict resolution and de-escalation techniques;
  • To identify stress as a reaction to pressure and develop adaptive coping strategies;
  • To develop confidence as practitioners and managers.

Training is important to acquire new knowledge and develop skills when working with young people who present with different emotional, behavioural and psychological problems. Bespoke training can be arranged depending on organisational needs. Training will promote the following outcomes:

  • To facilitate a greater understanding of re-thinking behaviour and its application to case work and managing challenging young people;
  • To formulate hypotheses about young people’s problems, prioritise and match need and plan successful interventions;
  • To improve communication with young people;
  • To show appropriate familiarity and competence with new ideas relating to mental health;
  • To develop new skills and knowledge in the area of working with challenging young people with changing needs.

Karyn Barrasso – Communications and Operations Manager, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
“Dr Andy Cornes is an engaging and responsive professional and it is always a pleasure to have him present in Australia, where his work is highly respected and in demand. Dr Cornes uses great personal and professional case studies to provide an engaging presentation and workshops. Andy’s delivery style is entertaining however he is able to handle sensitive issues and/or questions beautifully, as well as providing practical and well referenced handouts and notes for participants to follow. Dr Andy Cornes knows his stuff and is a delight to work with on every level!”

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