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Chinara Enterprises Learning and Development Events

Chinara Enterprises Learning and Development Events

Time to start planning your ongoing continual professional development(CPD) for 2021 With over 90,000 social workers having just renewed their professional social work registration its a good time to start planning your regular CPD. 

We are pleased to be launching a wide range of CPD events for social workers and those who want to upskill themselves. We have listed a few of our upcoming events, more will be added over the coming months.

We are pleased to launch our 2021 programme of events. We will be adding more programmes in the coming months.

If you are a member then you can enjoy our special discounted rates with courses starting from of £15 + VAT and fees. If you are not a member and would like to know more, then contact us for more information.

Chinara Enterprises has a team of associates that cover a range of specialisms, which include social work, coaching, mentoring, project management, training and business development.

If you are a registered social worker, you need to undertake regular CPD and reflect on it, so why. not make 2021 the year you make a regular appointment with yourself to maintain your CPD.

Course Title: Learning cycle and reflective learning

 

Date Thursday 21 January 2021

Facilitator: Shahilla Barok

Target Audience: Social Workers and anyone wishing to identify and maximise their learning style

Learning Objectives

This 90 minute webinar covers:• Identify how you learn best
• Introduction to the Learning Cycle
• Apply the learning cycle to your learning style
• Describe meaningful reflection
• Embed reflective learning to your course
• Use spacing to embed learning

Fee: £25 + VAT and booking fee for non members

£15 + VAT and booking fee for members

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Course Title: Continual Professional Development (CPD) Masterclass

 

 

Learning Objectives

All social workers registered with Social Work England are required to maintain and evidence their CPD before the annual renewal deadline in November each year.

This event aims to :
To talk through the  CPD requirements for Social Work England and use group work to demonstrate how to meet the requirements and record online

To work through examples on how to meet the requirements to provide more confidence in regular recording and reflecting of your CPD

Date Monday 25 January 2021 5.30 pm-7.00 pm, Monday 15 March 2021

Facilitator: Carol Stewart: Director Chinara Enterprises

Target Audience: Registered Social Workers

Fees: £25 + VAT for non members, £15 + VAT and fees for members

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Course Title: Group Reflective Supervision for Social workers in adult’s social work

 

 

Facilitator Sue Conn

Learning Objectives

Chinara Enterprises is pleased to be launching the first in our series of group reflective supervisions.

Targeted at independent social workers, or those who do not have access to reflective supervision from a qualified and experienced social worker.

The reflective supervision sessions, provide a space for social workers to critically reflect on their practice, and apply learning to practice

The sessions will be facilitated by qualified and experienced social workers and will be in groups of up 10 people. Each group includes up to 5 sessions that take place bi-monthly.

You can choose one of five sessions or attend all five. You can choose your preferred specialism of Adults social work or Children and Families social work.

The sessions will provide an opportunity to:

 Develop an understanding of the principles of reflective supervision

 Develop the skills to give and receive reflective supervision

 Learn about the different models of supervision

 Reflect of case study examples

 Plan your personal development

The reflective supervision sessions will support you in reflecting on your continual professional development (CPD) as part of the mandatory requirement to record and reflect on CPD for Social Work England.

Dates: You can choose one or all five sessions: 28/1/21, 24/3/21, 27/5/21, 28/7/21, 29/9/21

Times: 6 pm -7.30 pm

Fees: £35 + VAT and fees for members

£25 + VAT and fees for non members

There will be a maximum of 10 per session

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Course Title: Group Reflective Supervision for Child and Family Social Workers

Facilitator Sue Skrobanski

Learning Objectives

Chinara Enterprises is pleased to be launching the first in our series of group reflective supervisions.

Targeted at independent social workers, or those who do not have access to reflective supervision from a qualified and experienced social worker.

The reflective supervision sessions, provide a space for social workers to critically reflect on their practice, and apply learning to practice

The sessions will be facilitated by qualified and experienced social workers and will be in groups of up 10 people. Each group includes up to 5 sessions that take place bi-monthly.

You can choose one of five sessions or attend all five. You can choose your preferred specialism of Adults social work or Children and Families social work.

The sessions will provide an opportunity to:

 Develop an understanding of the principles of reflective supervision

 Develop the skills to give and receive reflective supervision

 Learn about the different models of supervision

 Reflect of case study examples

 Plan your personal development

The reflective supervision sessions will support you in reflecting on your continual professional development (CPD) as part of the mandatory requirement to record and reflect on CPD for Social Work England.

Dates: You can choose one or all five sessions: 10/2/21, 14/4/21, 9/6/21, 11/8/21, 13/10/21

Times: 6 pm -7.30 pm

Fees: £35 + VAT and fees for members

£25 + VAT and fees for non members

There will be a maximum of 10 per session

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Course Title: Dealing with Difficult and Challenging Conversations

 

 

Facilitator: Jill Webb

Target Audience: Social Workers or other professionals working with the public

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session you will:

  1. Have considered what makes conversations difficult
  2. Identified some strategies for deal with challenging situations
  3. Use case studies to develop your skills in this arena

 

Date: More dates to be added

Fees: £25 + VAT and booking fees for non members

£15 + VAT and booking fees for members

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Course Title: Resilience Through Coaching

 

Date: Monday 22 February 2021

Facilitator: Fiona Bryan

Target Audience: Social Workers and other professionals who would like to develop resilience techniques

Learning Objectives

What does ‘being resilient’ mean?
How resilient are you currently?
Sharing values and what’s important
Identifying personal resilience goals using the Wheel of Life
Group (blind) coaching to set and start addressing personal resilience goals

Fees: £25 + VAT and booking fees for non members

£15 + VAT and booking fees for members

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Course title: Understanding, Stress, Pressure and Burnout

 

 

Date: Thursday 11 March 2021

Facilitator: Sarah Jones

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, delegates will be able to:
• Define what is meant by stress, pressure and burnout
• Understand the main causes of stress and burnout
• Recognise the signs and symptoms of stress and burnout
• Understand the impact of stress on an individual’s performance

Fees £25 + VAT and booking fee for non members

£15 + VAT and booking fees for members

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To view more of the learning and developments we have available, visit our events page

Members in any of our learners areas receive a discount, just enter your email to receive the discount

If you have any queries about any of these events please email us

We look forward to seeing you at these events

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chinara Enterprises Learning and Development Events

Chinara Enterprises Learning and Development Events

Time to start planning your ongoing continual professional development(CPD) for 2021 With over 90,000 social workers having just renewed their professional social work registration its a good time to start planning your regular CPD. 

We are pleased to be launching a wide range of CPD events for social workers and those who want to upskill themselves. We have listed a few of our upcoming events, more will be added over the coming months.

Get access to all resources, eLearning and discounted personnel development services.

 

 

My social work journey by Eloise

My social work journey by Eloise

I joined the social work profession I was 19 years old. I was very naive at the time as to what actual ‘social work’ consists of in this generation. I applied for the social work course because I simply wanted to help others. For anyone who is a social worker, needless to say, social work is not that simple.

This desire to ‘help people’ is innate for me. I have never liked to see people in distress to put it simply and wanted to make a difference. I, therefore, don’t think I stumbled across social work, but rather social work stumbled across me (I know how cheesy that sounds). When I was 16 years old I was one of 40 people chosen in my school as part of a focus group to do a test that is designed to help students discover a profession that is conducive to their skills and capabilities, upon graduating. This is quite helpful for those of us who felt burdened by such a huge responsibility and had no idea what we wanted to do in the future. I am not sure if the test still exists, as I believe it was being trialled out, but social work came up as the number one suggested career for me.

I did not give social work much thought at the time. I was really focused on pursuing a career in performing arts. I had just applied for a BTEC in performing arts at sixth form prior to finishing school. That plan didn’t exactly work out. The sixth form made a last-minute decision to stop the BTEC course (for reasons I can’t remember) and requested we chose other subjects urgently. Among the subjects I chose was sociology, which was my favourite. For anyone who has studied sociology, you will be familiar with theories on Marxism, Feminism, and Functionalism; and the lists goes on. As dull as it sounds (or as dull as I make it sound) I was truly captivated by learning about sociological theories that seek to explain human behaviour. I am quite a curious person.

During my sixth form years, my stepmother got me some work experience with ‘Action for Children’. I was working on a ‘pinnacle project’ during the summer period. This was completely voluntary and I am smiling as I write this, because I am quite proud that I gave up my free time to commit myself to the project. I applied for self-development purposes. I knew that work experience would be helpful whilst applying to Universities. At this point in time, I was considering a career in social work but I was not 100% sure. The project was designed to support young boys from BME communities who had absent fathers. Being un-trained I did not have too much direct involvement with the boys but I did get to see first-hand some of the great work the project delivered. The most vivid memory I have is escorting the boys to the theatre to see ‘We Will Rock You’. I was informed by one of the support workers that none of the boys had been to the theatre before. Needless to say, they absolutely loved it, and were grinning from ear to ear.

Following this experience, and with some input from my stepmother – I chose a career in social work and therefore applied to do the course at University. When I started University I really struggled with the written word. I had poor critical thinking skills, and I had no idea how to do a proper plan for an assignment. It took me almost two years to develop these skills. Also, if I’m honest I was more focused on the social aspect of ‘uni life’, and my dedication to the course was lacking as a consequence. When my grandmother passed away during my second year at University it gave me a fresh perspective on what was important to me and graduating from University with a good degree was one of them. From that point onwards I channelled much of my energy into succeeding.

 

During my first year at University, I thought I would pursue a career in social work working with children and families. As a child of divorce, something I really struggled with personally, I believed that this would be an area of social work that would be most suited to me because it would help me to empathise with others (perhaps?). I quickly changed my mind. I have the utmost respect for anyone working with children and families, but at the time I was aware of the bad media coverage social workers received when I came across case studies such as the Baby P case. I immediately felt burdened by the enormity of pressure social workers face in front line practise working with children and families that I didn’t believe I would be able to handle.

My social work placements whilst at University ranged from working for The Prince’s Trust with young people not in education, employment or training (NEET); as well as a third sector drug and alcohol service (that lost its funding); working with young asylum seekers fleeing war-torn countries; and finally, in mental health, the forensic hospital where I worked with women on medium and low secure units. That was my final placement and in all honesty, the one I learned from and enjoyed the most.

When I graduated, I graduated with a 2:1 degree. Considering I was getting all D’S and C’S in my first and second year, and then getting A’s and B’s, I was proud of my achievements. When I graduated I embarked on a Balloon Kenya voyage (so to speak) now known as Balloon Ventures. My University gave scholarships to those of us who were lucky enough to get picked, to get involved in the 6-week social enterprise in Kenya that entailed helping to develop micro-businesses. 9/10 of the participants I worked with received funding to expand their business.

When I returned I found it impossible to get a job as a newly qualified social worker. Employers were looking for people with at least 1-2 years’ work experience. Whenever I was declined by an employer or agency I would think to myself – how the hell am I supposed to get work experience if you won’t give me any?

Eventually, I took an internship to try and get my foot in the door. The internship paid a basic wage but was designed to help graduates get positive work experience. I found myself working for a commissioner across a Tri-Borough in transition services for people between the ages of 16-25 with learning difficulties (LD). My employer was fantastic. I did not know much about transition services nor LD, but she wholeheartedly trusted me to get on with the work delegated to me and gave me plenty of learning opportunities. This helped me to develop my self-confidence and independence as a practitioner. It also demonstrated to me the importance of having a leader who has faith in their employees.

During this period of time, the Government were making changes to the Children and Families Act 2014 and also introduced the Care Act 2014. My role included helping Manager’s across transitional services in Education, Health and Social Care to implement the Legislation within the practice. When the internship (12 months) was drawing a close I had a wealth of knowledge on the Care Act 2014, which was shaping social work practice across the Country. Jobs were suddenly not hard to come across because of the expertise I had to offer, and social work was changing for everyone in the profession no matter how long you had been in the field for. I went for an interview with a Council (I won’t name) and got the job that same day. I was working in a community team that entailed complex casework and safeguarding adults.

What did I learn?

Social work is HARD!!!! and reliant on partnership working. People’s lives are complex and people have varying needs. Social workers have to shift their approach depending on the circumstances, and rigid practice that sometimes comes with policies, procedures, and budgets can be crippling. Having a good supervisor for support makes the world of difference. I have been really lucky to date that all of my supervisors have been approachable and taken the time to listen to me. I also had an AMAZING team. I say ‘had’ as I moved on to a different council after roughly 18 months where I now safeguard the elderly and review their care across residential and nursing homes. However, having a team ethic makes the world of difference, particularly when you feel like you are on the verge of a breakdown or suffering a panic attack – such as in my case. However, I have also learnt to be resilient, and I know that I have made a genuinely positive difference to the lives of others through care and grit. I have been fortunate that in the short span I have worked as a social worker I have been given the opportunity to submit a case study for the Social Care Institute for Excellence and provide training opportunities for my colleagues. I am also incredibly fortunate that I have met unbelievable people who share the same goal as me – to help others – and are doing so every day.

 

Written By:  Eloise Cromwell