From Ken’s Desk February 2011

At the end of 2010, despite the Christchurch Earthquake delaying our fit-out by two months, we moved into our new premises on Level 4, Westpark Towers, 56 Cashel Street, Christchurch. For a long time we have wanted our own dedicated training space where we can host training events run by both our team members and others who may wish to hire the use of the facility. The philosophy behind the HMA training space is to provide a comfortable place for people to explore their learning and development needs, be able to access the most up-to-date information and ideas on best practice, and enhance their skills sets. Our mission of ‘Working with passion and integrity to bring out the best in people’ remains strong. Working from a strength-based perspective enhances and builds upon the skills and knowledge that people already have.

We have three main focuses on our work programme for 2011 that builds upon the work we have developed over the past 30 years.

Our main work of contract training for organisations still takes up most of our time and sees us on the road around New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and the UK. We enjoy being part of capacity building for organisations to increase their front-line ability to deliver services that create safer communities, improve the quality of life for clients and their families, and minimise the risk of harm to others. Our team are very involved in a number of key projects including the Change Programme for Department of Corrections (New Zealand).

We have a full agenda of programme development scheduled for 2011. This involves the development and design of a dedicated family violence intervention for the Tasmanian Safe at Home Project (open group and individual intervention), National DVA Approved Programme for Stopping Violence Services in Christchurch (closed group and individual intervention), potential redevelopment of the Making Choices Program for Queensland Corrections (after the recent flooding this may be delayed), and work with the Department of Corrections on the Integrated Practice Framework that is part of the Change Programme.

As you will read further on in this edition we are also developing two approaches to our learning and development. The first is a number of short courses that we will run throughout the year. The second approach we will be developing over the next couple of months is a number of online courses that people can do in a self-paced manner.

Published on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011, under Announcements

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