Schools Report 2015: Staff Professional Learning and Development

Schools Report 2015: Staff Professional Learning and Development

A range of qualified staff are employed at Dunlea Centre across a range of positions brought together into a multidisciplinary framework. These qualifications include teaching, psychology, counselling, sport and recreation, conflict resolution, ministry, finance and residential care.

Currently, there are 8 qualified teachers, five counsellors, five life skills / social educators and eight residential workers. Thirteen staff members hold post-graduate qualifications, six are graduates with a further eleven holding TAFE or equivalent qualifications related to their position. Twelve staff members are working towards higher qualifications in teaching, counselling, social work, administration and finance and psychology. One executive staff member recently gained general registration as a psychologist with AHPRA. Two other staff members are currently completing their provisional registration internships. Average attendance rates of staff were above 95%.

Dunlea Centre values the development of professional networks that contribute to improvement and the development of staff skills. In 2015 this included:

  • Child Protection Investigation Training, Risk Management, Domestic Violence, Managing Suicides & Attempts, Fire Safety, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, First Aid, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Governance training as well as employee inductions.
  • Professional exchanges and experiences as well as visits to other NGO’s and associated agencies such as the Association of Independent Schools (AIS), Association of Welfare Agencies (ACWA), Marist Youth, Redbank House, Flexible Learning Centre Towradgi and the John Berne School Lewisham. The Executive staff continue to maintain professional links with Lund University Sweden, Ulster University Belfast, St Patrick’s School Malta and closer to home, St Dominic’s College Glenorchy.

 

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