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Understanding leadership for wellbeing at work training

Part of BASW's Taught Skills Development Programme

This course is aimed at team leaders, managers and directors and explores how our leadership style can impact both positively and negatively on the well-being of our staff. The session will explore how we can provide challenge, manage and improve performance and instigate change in a positive way that minimises the negative impact of these interventions on the well-being of staff.

We'll look at how we can promote the well-being of staff and encourage a culture that enables help-seeking and supports members of a team that may be struggling. The importance of modelling engaged coping mechanisms, professional resilience and emotional intelligence are explored. Delegates are encouraged to bring and share their own dilemmas and/or examples of good practice.

Learning Methods:

This training is delivered using an online interactive classroom approach and all delegates will be expected to take part to ensure an effective adult learning experience. Using whiteboards and breakout rooms, a combination of learning methods will be used throughout the day, including trainer presentation and group work in the form of case studies and reflection dilemmas to support application to practice. Local templates and expectations will be embedded in the programme where required and appropriate.

Learning Outcomes:.

This course will provide participants with the following learning outcomes:
• To enable leaders to consider how their leadership style might positively or negatively impact on the wellbeing of their staff. • To explore how to adopt a leadership style that is strengths-based and enables and promotes well-being • To consider how to maintain and protect the well-being of staff when dealing with issues of performance, challenge and change. • How to promote Wellbeing including self-care, engaged coping, professional resilience and emotional intelligence. • How to model and promote well-being and help-seeking behaviour.

Delegate Requirements

All delegates will need access to a laptop/desktop for the whole session, with a functioning microphone and camera, and a strong stable internet connection to allow effective participation. Delegates will need a quiet place to work, largely free of interruptions so they can unmute to contribute.

Please note – for health and safety reasons it is not appropriate to access these courses from a mobile phone. Whilst tablets can be used; delegates will find a laptop/desktop is easier as functionality on tablets are still limited.

Programme Outline:

9.00 Log-in – Check your connection, camera & mic (the get a cuppa)
9.30 Introduction to the session and the tech
9.45 The impact of the leadership culture
• Why leadership cultures matter.
• Signs of healthy/unhealthy workplace cultures.
• Embedding a strengths-based approach.
• Reflect on communication that enables and empowers.
10.40 BREAK
11.00 Promoting well-being in challenging circumstances
• Considering well-being during performance management.
• Considering wellbeing in periods of change or challenge.
11.40 Promoting Emotional Intelligence, Professional Resilience and Engaged Coping Mechanisms
• What is it, how do we get it, how do we teach it?
• The importance of modelling emotional intelligence and help-seeking behaviour
12.15 Final Reflections
12.30 Close

The trainer

Kim Detjen

Kim qualified as a Social Worker in St Louis, Missouri in 1999 and has over 20 years’ experience in Children and Families Social Work.  She worked as a Paediatric Medical Social Worker in a Children’s Hospital in St Louis for 5yrs and worked as a Family Therapist before moving to the UK in 2005 and holding Senior Social Worker and Team Manager roles in Statutory Safeguarding, Assessment and Access Teams for 8years working with early help, CIN, CP and LAC Cases. From 2013 until 2021 Kim held the post of Senior Social Work Lecturer at the University of East London with specialisms in Domestic Abuse, Human Growth and Development, Children and Families, Social Work Legislation and Policy and Communication Skills. Kim remains registered and in practice and regularly undertakes Independently commissioned work for local authority Children’s Services conducting Form F Assessments, Connected Persons Assessments and Special Guardianship.  She continues to be involved in social work education.  

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