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Welcome to the Who's in Charge? Facilitator's Forum

Post by Eddie Gallagher on Tue Apr 19, 2016 8:31 am

I'm new to creating a Forum so bear with me while I set it up.
Any problems let me know.

I'm a bit suspicious as apparently there are ads (though I haven't seen any yet) and you have to pay to turn them off.  This is reasonable but it was really difficult to find out how much this cost. It's only $16 per year so I'm happy to pay that.

Only recently have WiC? Facilitators started talking among themselves using e-mail.  E-mails get lost and are not as easy to comment on.  Hopefully people will feel more free to use this Forum.  It's also easier to opt in or opt out of a Forum.

I'm creating Usergroups so you, and I, will be able to message facilitators in specific areas (Australia-wide, the UK, and Melbourne for starters).

Part of my goal is to make the WiC? groups less dependent on me.  I'm looking to begin easing out of work over the next couple of years.
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Re: Welcome to the Who's in Charge? Facilitator's Forum

Post by Eddie Gallagher on Fri Apr 22, 2016 2:20 pm

There have been several new groups start up in the past 2 years, even though I haven't done much facilitator training.
I did the training in Adelaide last month for the first time in many years and Tonia tells me there are plans for a couple of groups in North Adelaide soon.
Carole and Cathy are training people in England and doing a terrific job.

By a strange co-incidence there are three groups starting with parents of children on the Autism spectrum.  Definitely an idea whose time has come.  This is something I've discussed with a couple of agencies in Melbourne in recent years but I've only done a one-day version of the WiC? group with this group of parents.
I'm doing the Facilitator training in Melbourne early July for the first time in about 5 years.
Fliers will be available in next few days.
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Re: Welcome to the Who's in Charge? Facilitator's Forum

Post by carole williams on Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:40 am

Hi Eddie
Managed to sign myself in, it feels good to be able to have the facility to share with facilitators in the UK so we will let them know that they can log in here.

We must have trained over 100 facilitators in the UK now and the interest is certainly growing as the issue emerges and people become aware. I am assuming that the forum will purely be for trained facilitators is that right?

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Post by Eddie Gallagher on Sat Apr 23, 2016 12:17 pm

Yes, Carole, that's my intention.  Those planning to run the group can join after doing the facilitator training.  But not for other professionals, academics or parents.
Perhaps once I've got the hang of this I'll start one for parents linked to my web-site.

What is "Basket of the Forum"? Any idea?
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Post by KateB on Sat Apr 23, 2016 6:24 pm

The forum basket is where the old topics go when you archive them, or they have not been accessed for a long time. This is like the recycle bin of the forum in essence, and they will eventually disappear once the forum gets bigger and the time has elapsed or your forum space on the server becomes full
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Re: Welcome to the Who's in Charge? Facilitator's Forum

Post by Louise Oliver on Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:33 pm

Hi all,

This is forum has the potential to be very useful - it is a fantastic idea.

Please forgive me if it takes a while for me to get used to it.

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Re: Welcome to the Who's in Charge? Facilitator's Forum

Post by Tonia Keating on Fri May 13, 2016 12:22 pm

Greetings all

It's taken me a little while to register but here I am.

We are starting a couple of WiC programs in Elizabeth (northern suburb of Adelaide SA); one at a primary school and another at Relationships Australia SA. The school program will be run during the day and the RASA program is being held early evening. This is to accommodate the competing and at time conflicting needs of the clients. We have good registration numbers for the evening session (which will begin in a few weeks time) and low, but enthusiastic, numbers for our day time program starting next week.

We will see how attendance and group development goes.

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Hi there!!

Post by Jacqui Murdoch on Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:38 pm

This is my second attempt to say hello on this new forum.
I was 1/2 way through a message, was interrupted and on my return I cannot find it!

Anyway, as stated, we completed week 5 of our WIC group at Hampden Special School in Cobden SW Victoria this week and this has been an interesting group with great participation and discussion, and not without its challenges!!
Clearly these parents are the specialists in the field of their child's challenge/ diagnosis and whilst WIC is still relevant, there are aspects that are not applicable.
Did I read somewhere that someone has already done a group for parents of child with a disability?
I know Carol and KateB are doing it....would love to hear from you.

If so it would be great to know the challenges/ strengths/ positives/ negatives that people have encountered with this group of participants because as stated earlier their challenges are unique and dependant on their child's ability/ capacity.
Look forward to ongoing discussion and sharing
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Post by carole williams on Fri Sep 02, 2016 9:49 pm

Well back off holiday and ready to face the onslaught of the Autumn term here in the UK! Next week we have our Peer Mentoring Group for trained facilitators which runs every quarter. WE are also set to run 5 WIC? parent group across Suffolk so we will have run 12 this year and it continues to be a programme of choice for parents and professionals.

We are also looking at adapting the programme for parents of children on the ASD spectrum in the near future. So, a busy time ahead as we continue to work with the Youth Justice Board and the NSPCC on working toward a formal evaluation in The UK.

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