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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, September 2011; 36(3): 156–166 available online: http://tandfonline.com/10.3109/13668250.2011.598499
Transforming staff practice through active support
VIVIENNE C. RICHES1, ANTHONY D. HARMAN1, DEB KEEN2, DONNA PENNELL2, JANE H. HARLEY3 & MICHELLE WALKER3
1Centre for Disability Studies and The University of Sydney, Australia, 2Australian Catholic University, Australia, and 3Department of Communities, Disability and Community Care Services Queensland, Australia
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Background: Active Support is being introduced in many residential and respite homes in an effort to improve engagement in meaningful activity of people with intellectual disability.
Method: A train-the-trainer approach was used in a large government organisation that supports people with intellectual disability in Australia. Five apprentice trainers were assisted to provide Active Support training to 65 staff associated with six group homes. These five trainers were then monitored to provide training to 54 staff in another six group homes. Staff evaluated their interactive training experiences, and pre and post outcome data were collected for a small number of service users from the second set of group homes, along with staff outcome data regarding residential working practices, group home management and staffing practices.
Results: The train-the-trainer model proved to be an effective strategy for training large numbers of staff. The interactive training component was particularly effective and was associated with improvements in service user engagement in domestic tasks and decreased depression levels. Staff job satisfaction increased and…