Over two days, participants brainstormed in three groups to compile an extensive list of skills, abilities and attitudes, which they felt successful facilitators needed to possess.
Psychological and Counselling Services Manager John Murray said the ideas would be used to compile competencies aimed at meeting national training standards.
“These competencies will be put to staff for consultation, and once approved, all facilitators will undergo an accreditation process,” he said.
“The competencies may also highlight areas where staff need to undergo additional training, and will form the basis for employing new facilitators.”
John said the competencies would be critical to ensuring the Department delivered effective sex and violence offending programs.
“It’s not sufficient for the Department to just have good programs,” he said. “These programs need to be delivered by competent, well-trained staff of the highest standards.”Facilitators from across the State gathered at the TDC to develop competencies