Research shows that post-training support is critical for effective and sustainable program delivery.
Peer support system
- Participants will be encouraged to form support networks with other professionals during practitioner training. Peer support groups are encouraged to meet once every three weeks to review program content/in-session video footage and to problem-solve obstacles to effective program delivery. Additional recommendations regarding the content and structure of peer support meetings will be provided in training.
Half-hour individual telephone consultation
- Each trained practitioner will receive a half-hour follow-up telephone consultation with a Trainer or Regional Advisor.
- The consultation is scheduled by the practitioner, usually within the first month of program delivery. The agenda for the phone call will be determined by the practitioner. Successes and barriers to program implementation will be discussed.
- Co-facilitators may elect to share their follow-up consultations.
Access to the Social Skills Training Institute website
- Offers advice on frequently asked practitioner enquiries.
- Advertises SAS Facilitators' contact details on a community referral directory.
- Keeps practitioners updated on the latest advancements in research and training.
A number of additional support options can be purchased as needed. Please contact the Social Skills Training Institute to discuss what type of additional support would be valuable in assisting with program planning, implementation and/or capacity building.
Telephone support is available by the hour, or in packages of 3 x one-hour consultations. Consultations can be scheduled at convenient intervals (i.e. one per month for the first three months), or on an as-needs basis. Consultative support can also be accessed to assist with preparing funding applications.
Site visits can be booked by agencies for a number of purposes, including briefing staff on the program, observing and providing feedback on program delivery and/or discussing implementation incentives and barriers.