AIT collaborates with Genio in developing a pioneering new supported self-directed living course

AIT collaborates with Genio in developing a pioneering new supported self-directed living course

Athlone Institute of Technology, in collaboration with Genio, an organisation which promotes social service transformation, has developed an educational and training programme, Certificate in Supported Self-Directed Living (SSDL), to enable Social Care Workers and other human service professionals to specialise as Supported Self-Directed Living Practitioners. The programme will focus on training those working with people experiencing disabilities, mental health issues and dementia in a well-recognised theory of practice and a validated approach to engaging in person-centred discovery and planning. The practical implementation of coherent, best-practice strategies to address the devaluation of people experiencing marginalisation will be strongly emphasised. Dr Niall Seery, Head of Department of Social Sciences (Athlone Institute of Technology) stated that ‘This is a very exciting development for Athlone Institute of Technology and we warmly welcome this collaboration opportunity with Genio. Athlone Institute of Technology has a strong and established reputation in the provision of undergraduate and postgraduate Social Care degree programmes. Social Care Workers plan and provide professional care to vulnerable individuals and groups of all ages who experience marginalisation, disadvantage, or have particular needs. This Certificate in Supported Self-Directed Living provides an additional specialised qualification for Social Care Workers and other human service professionals working with those experiencing disabilities, mental health issues and dementia’.

Genio works to bring government and philanthropic funders together to develop better ways to support people experiencing disadvantage to live full lives in their communities. Their work currently centres on improving the lives of people with disabilities, mental health issues and dementia. Since 2010, Genio has awarded funding to 226 projects nationally to provide over 5,500 people with individualised supports in the community.

In addition, over 9,000 families, carers and staff have attended information and training events through the Genio funded projects. Dr John Healy, Director of Change at Genio emphasised that ‘This collaboration with Athlone Institute of Technology provides a solid platform for ensuring that Social Care staff have further exposure to cutting-edge ideas and professional recognition of their skill sets. The accreditation of the Supported Self-Directed Living programme demonstrates that academic institutions and organisations with expertise in reforming social services should collaborate closely. At Genio, we see this as a milestone in the advancement of the field of practice of SSDL and believe that over time it will result in significant improvements in the care delivered to vulnerable populations in Ireland.”

The Certificate in Supported Self-Directed Living (SSDL), accredited by Athlone Institute of Technology, will commence in January 2017. Further details are available at http://www.genio.ie/learning-skills/ssdl-training-courses-2017/disability-practitioner

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