5-Step Method training in Australia

As part of the ‘Checkmate’ programme (reported elsewhere in this newsletter) , Gill and Richard Velleman undertook a 2-day 5-Step Method training course for the Checkmate staff (Frances Kay-Lambkin, Jenny Geddes and Sally Hunt) and 12 researchers and clinicians working at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) based at the University of Sydney. 

The course was very well rated, with representative comments including: “The training was well organised, extremely educational. I particularly liked the role plays between Gill and Richard”; “LOVED your role plays- gave insight into how we could apply the steps”; and “the presenters are engaging and the materials & slides very clear”.  Unusually for such training, the practice sessions (getting the participants to role-play the skills being taught) came in for especial praise: “Role plays were daunting but particularly useful- your feedback on rephrasing was very useful”; “As painful as the role plays are, I found the feedback process useful”; (I particularly liked the) “practical role-plays and feedback” … “The opportunity to role-play, reflect, and receive feedback is incredibly helpful” … “Role-plays and feedback” … “Role-plays with multiple partners” … “Videos and role-plays” … “The role play was very interesting! Enlightening” … “Liked the role plays as colleagues but also observing your role plays”.

This was all summed up by two participants: “I liked the practical examples and ‘hands on’ approach of the workshops, the DVDs, practice sessions and modelling” and “I really enjoyed the combination of watching the DVD and then doing the practice ourselves, both as the counsellor to practice and as the FM to know how it feels.

Richard and Gill Velleman

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