Mojo-Maintenance Training (MMT)
- Does your staff face day to day challenges to their sense of enjoyment of the service you provide to the students?
- Throughout the year, do you notice ups and downs in staff members coping with these challenges?
- Are you seeking ways to enhance your whole staff’s learning about options for maintaining mojo?
MMT has emerged from the convergence of two streams of work with teams facing challenging human service work.
At Positive Creative Solutions Nick Burnett & Drew Allison have been working with a range of services, mainly through the Team-Teach behaviour support approach, to help these services better support staff to better support clients. As former Principals who have worked in a wide range of school environments. They both have many years’ experience in training and facilitation.
pAul Montgomery & David Lees of Unique Outcomes [www.uniqueoutcomes.com.au] are social workers with many years’ experience working with staff in emergency services, mental health and child protection services to strengthen their skills for becoming resilient in responding to the challenges of their work. They share a commitment to developing collaborative ways of approaching human service work.
During 2016 these streams converged in a pilot project with Nambour Special School. The intention was to create prototype “tools” to be used by colleagues in various roles to share reflections on practice in challenging situations as a way to enhance their sense of “felt professional support”.
Following shadowing and consultation with staff in various roles (teacher aides, teachers and leaders) these tools have been road-tested by staff of Nambour Special School where there have been positive effects on staff well-being.
The “train the trainer” process created in this project enables participants to get their hands on and use the tools before preparing to introduce them to colleagues. This process is now available for other schools wanting to invite shared responsibility for enhancing staff well-being.
By completion of the ‘train the trainer’ workshop participants will:
- have an understanding of the why, what and how of peer reflective practice
- understand the different tools and how they could be implemented back in their school settings
- have practiced introducing others to some of the tools and developed a plan for implementation
MMT is designed to enable participants to train colleagues back in their setting in the use of “peer reflective practice” tools to help staff support each other in:
- taking stock of the impacts of the challenging situations they face daily, and
- sharing ongoing learning about their own resilience and self-regulation.
By undertaking MMT with staff back in their school, participants will support colleagues to:
- create mutually supportive learning alliances that prioritise collaborative practice-focused discussion and experimentation,
- have a sense of ownership of an agreed structure for sharing reflections following challenging situations,
- feel a stronger sense of shared responsibility for working out how to address recurring challenges associated with students’ behaviours
- experience a stronger sense of “felt professional support”
- be clearer about the ingredients of their most successful ways of responding to challenging behaviour