a) Mentoring and supervision   

Opportunities

In staff mentoring and supervision some topics that may usefully come up for discussion are:

How do I approach working with people with ABI - what's different to working with aged care, people with intellectual disability etc
What skills and knowledge do I need?
What are my survival strategies for working with people with ABI?

Processes and resources that mentors and supervisors may find useful are in Section E: Staff supervision in the notes for facilitators and presenters : Working with people with ABI: Materials for facilitators and presenters PDF.

There are opportunities in staff mentoring and supervision for working on building knowledge and skills for working with people with ABI.

Suggestions

The following are 6 suggestions that draw on key ideas and use some of the learning materials.
The Handouts Worksheets and Tools referred to below are available as a PDF:
Working with people with ABI: Training materials Handouts, Worksheets & Tools PDF

Suggestion 1: Understanding ABI - the on-line module

Ask the staff member to complete the on-line Module 1: An introduction to ABI.
Ask the staff member when using the module to complete the Pre-Test and Post Test and bring a printout of the questions and answers for discussion. If the staff member completes the tests the questions and answers will be emailed to him/her.

Suggestion 2 : Working with people with ABI - the on-line module

Ask the staff member to complete the on-line Module 2: Working with people with ABI
Ask the staff member when using the module to complete the Pre-Test and Post Test and bring a printout of the questions and answers for discussion. If the staff member completes the tests the questions and answers will be emailed to him/her.

Suggestion 3: How do I need to work differently with people with ABI from the people I usually work with?

Give the staff member Handout 3A and ask them to bring back a list of specific ways in which they see themselves as working differently with people with ABI from the people they usually work with.

Suggestion 4: Working with people with ABI...Can you?

Use Worksheet 6 as a discussion starter. Worksheet 6 is a checklist of competencies needed by staff who are working with people with ABI.

It is a list to help identify what areas a person feels competent in. It is not a comprehensive test of their competence.

Suggestion 5 : Tools and strategies

Discuss Handout 4 and identify the most relevant tools and strategies for this staff member.
Ask the staff member to report back at the next session after trying one or more of them out.

Suggestion 6: Survival skills

Discuss Tool 12: Essential survival tips for people working with people with ABI
What does this person need to be able to better work with people with ABI?