Professional Development: A Timely Idea!
“If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life, you
must become a worthwhile person in your own self-development.”
It’s been a pretty exciting couple of weeks around PeakCare. Not only have we been coping with the aftermath of the flooding in Brisbane and Queensland wide, we have also been hard at work putting the finishing touches on our 2011 Professional Development Calendar. It’s a gigantic undertaking for so many reasons, but we have it up and running with all sorts of great professional development opportunities on offer!
As we all are aware, our sector serves some of Queensland’s most vulnerable young people, children and their families. Across our sector we provide a vast assortment of prevention, early intervention, secondary and tertiary supports and services particularly to children who have been, or are at risk of abuse or neglect. Our sector sees practitioners working in both government and non-government organizations and agencies, charged with the critical task of reducing risk for at risk families; providing vulnerable families with supports and services to build their capacity and be better able to successfully care for their children and young people; to ensure that children and young people are safe from neglect and abuse; to provides services and supports to address the emotional, physical and behavioral problems of children and young people; and when necessary, to ensure children and young people have safe, caring places to live when they are unable to remain with their families.
Wow! We child and family welfare professionals have our work cut out for us. That is why we need to ensure that we have the most up-to-date, comprehensive, inspiring professional development opportunities to equip us to do this vitally important and very challenging work!
While we all need to ensure we meet the standards of qualification for our work, base qualification is just not enough. Professional development is an absolutely essential requirement for ensuring quality services for vulnerable children, young people and their families. Through professional development we maintain our existing knowledge, build upon it, refine our skills, affirm best and ethical practice and stay up to date on current research, standards and legislation. We also connect with other practitioners to gain support, to access the the practice wisdom of our peers and gain the reward of increasing our personal as well as professional development.
We here at PeakCare are so excited to be entering into an exciting year of offering quality professional development opportunities for our sector. Please have a look at the calendar and make your plan for being the best professional you!
Professional Development Opportunities for February 2011
February 17th – Child Protection Induction
February 22nd – Complex Trauma in Childhood:
Implications Across the
Fiona McColl – Peak Care, Training and Development Manager