Tutor profile: Tilly D.
Subject: Social Work
The care provided at my place of work is sub standard, and at times poor, I don't want to be a part of this, but I also don't want to leave, my management team does not support my concerns, what do I do?
Firstly, this is a great thing to recongise, and also acknowleding that you do not wish to be a part of this is the key! At what level do your management team not support you? Is this your line manager, is this your CEO's? If it's all the way to the top, what are the meganisims locally for this poor practice, who funds the service? Who are the stakeholders interested in this poor quality of service? All of these answers are worth discussing in details on a case by case scenario.
Subject: Professional Development
How can I ensure my career continues to develop without becoming stagnant or just a means to an end?
In order to create a career that develops, grows & changes with you, meaning you don't end up bored at work is a process YOU have to be the leader of. Beautiful careers don't just happen to us. Yes we can turn up to work each day and do your job, but that's not working on your career. There are three threads to this, what you do for your job at your job, how you get your workplace e.g. managers to recognise this, and finally, what you do, outside of that paid time that has an impact on threads 1 & 2, but also on your life path as a whole.
What are the top three things to consider when communicating with a person who has a communication disability?
When beginning to communicate with someone who has a communication disability, it is key to very quickly consider how this person can best be supported in their communication. First of all, I would go into the situation over-prepared, you can always take away supports, using images, signs and option questioning rather than open questions. Secondly, I would quickly ascertain the interests of the individual, this will allow for more motivation on the part of your speaker, making the flow of comunication easier, and the cognitive load much lower. Finally, I would consider what my purpose is, do I want to gain a speech sample, build rapport, what am I trying to gain from this?
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