Training on offer
In-House Disability Benefits
For organisations that work with people in vulnerable circumstances, some of whom may also be disabled. If you work with people who are homeless or have substance misuse problems you may have a wealth of expertise in that area but lack the specialist knowledge to support your client with disability related problems including benefits claims. We do take referrals from other agencies but we would rather work with your staff to help them develop that specialist disability knowledge and know how how to keep it up-to-date. Inevitably there is a lot of staff turnover in some organisations so we can offer a cycle of training courses to suit your needs.
Mental Health First Aid
MHFA (Wales) is for everybody
Who should attend?
It is particularly relevant for those who are likely to come into contact with those at risk of experiencing mental distress such as police, nurses, community workers, employment agency staff and family members.
Quotes from participants:
“I am definitely more aware of mental health issues and think I would be better able to recognise if
someone is suffering from a specific type of mental health problem.”
“Before the training I would never have known someone was feeling suicidal or how to help them. I think I would now be able to recognise if someone was feeling that way and be able to provide them with support...even if it is just talking to them.”
The 12 Hour course covers a number of topics including:
- what is meant by mental health/mental ill health
- the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems including depression, anxiety disorders, and psychosis
- the range of effective interventions and treatment
- how to access help and support.
The course delivery is very flexible and may be delivered over 2 full days or spread out over a maximum of 4 sessions over 4 days. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance and a copy of the MHFA (Wales) Manual, which covers the course content.
You can learn to help someone who is developing mental health problems,
or is experiencing a mental health crisis.
There several different modules on offer. In a typical 1 day training session the day starts by looking at the Social vs. the Medical model of disability and establishing the difference between disability and impairment that is essential to understanding the social model.
This is followed by a session examining the language/imagery/etiquette of disability which may sound dry but in reality participants find this very useful and relevant to their day-to-day work practice.
What then follows depends largely on the needs of the organisation but can include modules on Practical Access Issues, the new Equality Act 2010, Disability Arts, Issues of Work Practice and Organisational practice.
The day concludes with an action-planning task that will give the organisation some actual, practical things to be doing to improve access for disabled people.
There is a lot of participation involved, tasks/games/exercises and discussion in small and larger groups and a variety of media are employed to make the day fun as well as educational.
The Value Base Of Disability Equality Training.
- Establishment of disability as a rights issue.
- Recognition of diversity.Equality of opportunity.
- The Social Model of disability as defined by disabled people collectively.
- Using the Social Model to inform changing practice.
- Anti-oppressive behaviour. (Challenging and interrupting oppression at all levels).
- Empowerment of disabled people.