Continuum of Need Professional Development
The Continuum of Need is a tool for mapping a young person on a continuum to determine their level of need against a wide range of domains that support their health, wellbeing and development. CCLLEN is maintaining and regularly adding to the directory of services that is linked to the Continuum of Need mapping tool.
Schools have been impressed by the directory and can see the value of mapping students to better understand their needs and the supports that could assist them. Several schools and agencies had attended a short session in using the tool in May last year. Now schools were asking for assistance to better understand the mapping process.
CCLLEN and School Focused Youth Service arranged for Vanessa McCormack from St Arnaud Secondary College and Maurice Billi from Grampians Community Health to provide a second professional development session in Echuca for schools and agencies to explore in more detail the use of the tool. Thirty people attended this session on 2 April. A highlight was mapping three case studies of young people using the tool, and the rich conversations each table had as they worked through each case study.
The last session for the day was presented by Tracey Farrell on the Campaspe Core Competencies Project. Tracey focused on the impacts of trauma on brain development and included the short documentary “Resilience” on research into trauma and the strategies being used by schools in the USA.
It was a very full and intense PD day, from which participants reported they gained a lot. In particular they commented on feeling much more confident with mapping students.